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Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers & Their Children in the United States Since World War II, Daniel Winunwe Rivers, MA '05, PhD '07; U. of North Carolina Press, $32.50.

Who decides what makes a family? Rivers, an assistant professor of history at Ohio State University, explores how lesbian and gay parents have worked to expand the cultural and legal definitions of family since the 1950s. Interviews with activists and their now-grown children, many of whom were caught in the middle of custody battles, illuminate their struggles and the power of support networks throughout an era of rapid change and progress.

Teaching Naked

Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning, ANTONIO BOWEN, '84, MA '86 and MA '89, PhD '94; Jossey-Bass, $36.

Traditionalists may shudder at the author's assertion that "we need to make college more like a video game," but he defends that view and shows how games can virtually teach. Bowen warns that students now expect the kind of stimulation and interactivity provided by their gadgetry and that higher education should pay heed or wither. He offers a guide to "flipping" the classroom—technology outside, active engagement inside—to ensure successful learning outcomes: critical thinking ability and the capacity to adapt.

Many Rivers to Cross

Many Rivers to Cross, THOMAS ZIGAL, MA '74; TCU Press, $37.95.

The second novel in Zigal's New Orleans trilogy follows Vietnam veteran Hodge Grant as he searches for his family in a flooded city that's growing more treacherous by the hour, its landmarks and social fabric disintegrating in the days following Hurricane Katrina. The book hurtles its antiheroes through the muck and reveals what it takes to survive when nature's worst brings humanity to its knees.

The UnAmericans

The UnAmericans, MOLLY ANTOPOL; W.W. Norton, $24.95.

This is the first short story collection by Antopol, an English department lecturer and a 2006-08 Stegner fellow. Family dynamics and dysfunction are the common motif in these eight well-observed narratives, whose characters' immigrant heritage—be it Russian, Czech or Israeli—can weigh uneasily on their New World lives. The lies they tell their loved ones are most often poignantly well intentioned; the truth they tell hurts.

Men We Reaped

Men We Reaped: A Memoir, JESMYN WARD, '99, MA '00; Bloomsbury, $26.

Unable to shake the town's cloak of low expectations, five young men from DeLisle, Miss., lose their lives one by one over a four-year span to violence, drugs and suicide. Ward, a 2008-10 Stegner fellow, recounts her memories of the men—her brother, cousin and friends—as each stumbles through poverty and disadvantage toward his seemingly inevitable tragic end.

Newton's Football

Newton's Football: The Science Behind America's Game, ALLEN ST. JOHN AND AINISSA G. RAMIREZ, MS '92, PhD '98; Ballantine Books, $26.

Chaos theory meets the no-huddle offense in this readable book that aims to deconstruct football's inner workings through the prism of science. In chapters such as "How Is a Quarterback Like Your Laptop?" the authors connect Boolean algebra and the Butterfly Effect to former Stanford coach Bill Walsh's innovative West Coast offense. And who knew that quantum physics could help explain the zone blitz?

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Personal Development

Myths of Happiness

The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn't; What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does, Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD '94; Penguin Press, $27.95.

Creative Confidence

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, David Kelley, MS '78, head of Stanford's, and Tom Kelley; Crown Business, $29.

Her Best-Kept Secret

Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink—and How They Can Regain Control, Gabrielle Glaser, '86, MA '86; Simon and Schuster, $24.


Futurity: Contemporary Literature and the Quest for the Past, Amir Eshel, professor of comparative literature and of German; U. of Chicago Press, $40.

Civic Work, Civic Lessons

Civic Work, Civic Lessons: Two Generations Reflect on Public Service, Thomas Ehrlich, former dean of the Law School and visiting professor, Graduate School of Education, and Ernestine Fu, '13, MS '13; University Press of America, $19.99.


Vernacular Insurrections

Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Protest, and the New Century in Composition-Literacies Studies, Carmen Kynard, '93; SUNY Press, $26.95.

Learning from the Experts

Learning from the Experts: Teacher Leaders on Solving America's Education Challenges, ed. CELINE COGGINS, PhD '04, Heather G. Peske, Kate McGovern; Harvard Education Press, $29.95.


Collaboration and Peak Performance

Collaboration and Peak Performance: A Multidisciplinary Perspective for Emerging Leaders, ed. SILVIA RAMIREZ, MA '86, and Patricia Mitchell; Robertson Publishing, $30.

The Five-Fold Effect

The Five-Fold Effect: Unlocking Power Leadership for Amazing Results in Your Organization, Walt Pilcher, MBA '66; WestBow Press, $19.95.


Founder: Ventures of a Serial Entrepreneur, Don Seehusen, MS '65; self-published, $27.50.

Idea Agent

Idea Agent: Leadership that Liberates Creativity and Accelerates Innovation, Lina M. Echeverria, PhD '78; AMACOM, $27.95.

Cultural Studies

Rhymin and Stealin

Rhymin' and Stealin': Musical Borrowing in Hip-Hop, Justin A. Williams, '04; U. of Michigan Press, $60.

Little Manila Is in the Heart

Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California, Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, PhD '04; Duke University Press, $28.95.

Our Uncertain Future

Our Uncertain Future: When Digital Evolution, Global Warming and Automation Converge, David Mills, MS '66, PhD '71; self-published, $6.95.


Freeway Birding

Freeway Birding, San Francisco to Seattle, Harry Fuller, MA '70; Living Gold Press, $21.95.

Ski the Great Potato

Ski the Great Potato: Idaho Ski Areas, Past and Present, Margaret Fuller, '56, Doug Fuller and Jerry Painter; Trail Guide Books, $22.95.

21 Genres and How to Write Them

21 Genres and How to Write Them, Brock Dethier, '74; Utah State U. Press, $26.95.

Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook

The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook, Kathy Strahs, '96, MBA '02; Harvard Common Press, $19.95.


From Black Sox to Three-Peats

From Black Sox to Three-Peats: A Century of Chicago's Best Sports Writing, ed. Ron Rapoport, '62; U. of Chicago Press, $18.



Wince: A Pun on Thyme, Lou Lippman, '62; self-published, $12.95.


The Little Bookstore

The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book, Wendy Welch, '65; St Martin's Griffin, $14.99.

Frances Elizabeth Willis

Frances Elizabeth Willis: Up the Foreign Service Ladder to the Summit—Despite the Limitations of Her Sex, Nicholas J. Willis, '56; self-published, $24.95. (Willis, '20, PhD '23, was the first person to receive a doctorate in political science at Stanford.)




Cartwheel, Jennifer Dubois, Stegner Fellow 2009-11; Random House, $26.


Care Homes Are Murder

Care Homes Are Murder (Paul Jacobson Geezer-Lit Mystery), Mike Befeler, '66; Five Star, $25.95.

The Black Wing

The Back Wing, Mike Befeler, '66; Courtney Literary, $14.99.

The VV Agency

The V V Agency, Mike Befeler, '66; Oak Tree Press, $14.95.

The Whole Enchilada

The Whole Enchilada, Diane Mott Davidson, '70; William Morrow, $26.99.

The A-List Murders

The A-List Murders (A Hallie Marsh Mystery), Merla Zellerbach, '52; Firefall Media, $27.50.

Time to Retire

Time to Retire, Jon Foyt, '53, MBA '55; self-published, $14.95.

Science Fiction

Home World

Home World, Bonnie Milani, MA '76; Promontory Press, $19.99.


I'm Bernadette

I'm Bernadette!, Emily Grace Ortega, MA '07; Half Moon Bay Publishing, $7.99.

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