August 2013 Articles

Reading Room

Alumnae/i publications

Reading_BeardA Certain Summer, Patricia Beard ’64, Gallery Books 2013. This debut novel is set in an exclusive summer colony along the East Coast during the aftermath of World War II. Beard is the author of nine nonfiction books and hundreds of nationally published magazine articles. She has worked for Town & Country, Elle, and Mirabella.




Reading_CarlinLost Letters of Medieval Life: English Society, 1200–1250, eds. Martha Carlin ’75 and David Crouch, University of Pennsylvania Press 2013.  The details of everyday life in early 13th-century England is revealed in this collection of correspondence between masters and servants, husbands and wives, neighbors and enemies. The letters cover topics including politics and war, leisure activities, and friendships. Presented in both the original Latin and in English translation, each document is contextualized with an accompanying essay. Carlin is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Reading_DanielWhen “Spiritual But Not Religious” Is Not Enough, Lillian Daniel ’88, Jericho Books 2013. This book humorously examines the idea of being “spiritual but not religious” and argues that religion, and specifically the church, has more relevance to culture now than ever before. Daniel has served as the senior minister of the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, United Church of Christ, in the Chicago area since 2004 and is the author of two nonfiction books and numerous articles about religion.



Reading_FriedbergAmerican Art Song and American Poetry, Second Edition, Ruth C. Friedberg ’49 and Robin Fisher, Scarecrow Press 2012. The second edition of this critically acclaimed book combines all three volumes of Friedberg’s earlier work into one comprehensive book supplemented by the addition of 10 composers born after the midcentury mark. Friedberg has taught at Duke University, the New School of Music in Philadelphia, and numerous Texas universities.



Reading_KaslowDivorced Fathers and Their Families: Legal, Economic and Emotional Dilemmas, Florence Whiteman Kaslow, Ph.D. ’69, Spring Science 2013. This book is written with the intent to humanize how the legal, judicial, and mental health systems deal with families of divorcing parents so as to make the consequences less damaging for all. Kaslow lives in Florida, where she is president of Kaslow Associates and a distinguished visiting professor of psychology at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Lita Linzer Schwartz ’64 is a contributor to this book.



Reading_KevlesWill Google Books Library Project End Copyright? Millions of magazines hidden in Google Books Library Project endanger U.S. copyright, Barbara Kevles ’62, AALL Spectrum published by American Association of Law Libraries, May 2013. This article explores the impact on U.S. copyright of the millions of magazines in the Google Books Library Project. Kevles’ journalism collections reside at the John F. Kennedy Library, Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Stanford University Libraries, and Bryn Mawr College Library. Read the article at



Reaing_OrtnerNot Hollywood: Independent Film at the Twilight of the American Dream, Sherry B. Ortner ’62, Duke University Press 2013. Ortner combines her ethnographic expertise with critical film interpretation to explore the independent film scenes in New York and Los Angeles since the late 1980s and argues that independent American cinema has functioned as a vital form of cultural critique. Ortner is distinguished professor of anthropology at UCLA.




Reaing_PotterThe Life of William Shakespeare: A Critical Biography, Lois D. Potter ’61, Wiley-Blackwell 2012. This wide-ranging exploration of Shakespeare’s life and works focuses on literary and historical contexts such as: what Shakespeare read, whom he worked with as an author and an actor, and how these various collaborations might have affected his writing. Potter recently retired as Ned B. Allen Chair at the University of Delaware. She has also taught at the Universities of Aberdeen, Leicester, and Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle, and at Tsuda College, Tokyo.



Reading_ReedUnrepresented States and the Construction of Meaning: Clinical and Theoretical Contributions, eds. Howard B. Levine, Gail S. Reed ’64, and Dominique Scarfone, Karnac 2013. In the past several decades, the analytic field has widened considerably in scope. Therapy often requires that patient and analyst work together to strengthen, or to create, psychic structure that was previously weak, missing, or functionally inoperative. This book calls attention to contrasts between formulations of psychic structure and functioning that were once assumed to have been explained by Freud’s topographic theory and those that were not. Reed practices psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in New York City. Marion Michele Oliner ’52 is a contributor.



Reading_ReiderWhat Is … What If: A Roadmap for School Reform, Manon Charbonneau and Barbara E. Reider, Ph.D. ’89, Publish America 2012. This book contrasts what exists in schools today that is creating widespread disenchantment and what could be to create excellence in education. Charbonneau and Reider argue that positive developments occur in all schools, even those considered “failing,” but that they are not often shared with other teachers, school districts, and schools.




Reading_PardoPrettiest Doll, Gina Willner-Pardo ’79, Clarion 2012. Teenager Olivia has been entering—and often winning—pageants in small-town Missouri since she was 3. Her mother happily works two jobs to fund Olivia’s competitions, but Olivia is starting to feel lost and angry behind the heavy makeup and extravagant dresses. When Olivia meets Danny, a 15-year-old runaway headed for Chicago, her discontent boils over, and she decides to join him. This book tells the story of two teens from very different backgrounds making their way in a world preoccupied with physical appearance. This is Willner-Pardo’s 17th children’s book.

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