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Picture a Poem: Ekphrastic and Other Poems

By Caroline Giles Banks (Ph.D. '90)
Wellington-Giles Press, 2014

Picture a Poem: Ekphrastic and Other Poems features poems written in response to paintings, sculptures and photographs, many of which are in museums in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Josiah's Apple Orchard

By Katherine L. Holmes (M.A. '85)
Couchgrass Books, 2014

Besides music, Vivvy loves green apples. She and her brother Matt go on morning apple raids until, one fall, their father drives them to a pick-your-own orchard.


The Wild Cat Book: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Cats
By Mel Sunquist (B.S. '65, M.S. '70, Ph.D. '79)
The University of Chicago Press, 2014

From the ancient Egyptian cat goddess, Bastet, to the prophet Muhammad’s favorite cat, Muezza, and our contemporary obsession with online cat videos, felines have long held a place of honor in their human counterparts’ homes and cultures.

Remembering the Modoc War
By Boyd Cothran, MA '08, PhD '12
UNC Press, 2014

The hanging of four Modoc headmen in 1873 ended the Modoc War of 1872-73, but began a new struggle over the memory of the war.

The Birth of American Law: An Italian Philosopher and the American Revolution
By John Bessler, '88
Carolina Academy Press, 2014
The Birth of American Law tells the forgotten, untold story of the origins of U.S. law.

Bad Lies: A Novel
By Thomas B. Jones, '64
North Star Press, 2014

An African American golfer and a washed-up St. Paul Saints’ pitcher struggle to find a common ground of trust as they mount a challenge to segregation in professional golf.

Seasons of Change: Labor, Treaty Rights, and Ojibwe Nationhood
By Chantal Norrgard, '08
University of North Carolina Press, 2014

Norrgard explores the critical link between Ojibwes' efforts to maintain their tribal sovereignty and their labor traditions and practices from the 1870s to the 1930s.

Abroad - Cuernavaca, Mexico: A Novela of Adventure
By Merideth Cleary, 00
Create Space - Amazon, Kindle Edition, 2013 
Join in the adventure, escape and fun in going 
Abroad - Cuernavaca, Mexico!

The Dog and The Dolphin
By James Dworkin, '77
Createspace, 2014

This is the delightful story of the friendship that blossoms between a dog and a dolphin.

The Black Power Movement and American Social Work
By Joyce Bell (Ph.D. '07)
Columbia University Press, 2014

The Walking Qur'an: Islamic Education, Embodied Knowledge, and History in West Africa
By Rudolph T. Ware III (B.A. '97)
The University of North Carolina Press, 2014

Spanning a thousand years of history--and bringing the story to the present through ethnographic fieldwork in Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania--Ware documents the profound significance of Qur'an schools for West African Muslim communities.

Sustainability & Scarcity: A Handbook for Green Design & Construction in Developing Countries
By Peter Ozolins (M.Arch. '83)
Routledge, 2014

Sustainability and Scarcity addresses a gap in the literature on green building recognized by many in the fields of international development, architecture, construction, housing and sustainability.

Off the Shelf: The Bohemian Flats
Bringing to Life the Bohemian Flats
The Bohemian Flats
by Mary Relindes Ellis
Reviewed by Laura Silver

The Chalk Line Killer
By Russel Warnberg, '67
Fountain Blue Publishing, 2014

Maine Detective Cole Sullivan nearly meets his match in this crime drama, a sequel to Edge of Redemption.

Hunger and Hope
By George Norton (MS 1975, PhD 1979)
Waveland Press, 2014
Hunger and Hope provides honest, sometimes humorous, but ultimately serious stories of rural poverty and efforts to pursue prosperity.

How to Create Your Own Gig Posters, Band T-Shirts, Album Covers, & Stickers: Screenprinting, Photocopy Art, Mixed-Media
By Ruthann Godollei ('84)
Voyageur Press, 2013

Author Ruthann Godollei explains, with step-by-step instructions and photos, DIY techniques such as screenprinting, photocopy art, mixed-media collage, stencil, stamping, and other guerilla art styles.

Framing Chief Leschi: Narratives and the Politics of Historical Justice
By Lisa Blee ('08)
The University of North Carolina Press, 2014]

In 1855 in the South Puget Sound, war broke out between Washington settlers and Nisqually Indians. A party of militiamen traveling through Nisqually country was ambushed, and two men were shot from behind and fatally wounded.

Paris Thibideaux & the World of Lost Things
By Kathryn Thurber ('03)
Amazon/KindleDirect Publication, 2013
Paris Thibideaux believed in a World of Lost Things. He was convinced of the existence of this World because pieces of it kept turning up in his yard, in the alley, and in the great green basin of Powderhorn Park—busted bicycles, toys, and appliances

Flute Lore, Flute Tales: Artifacts, History, and Stories About the Flute
By Katherine Holmes ('85)
Couchgrass Books, 2014

Explore the flute’s four types as they have appeared on most continents since prehistoric times. This book follows the discovery of artifacts and the historical impact of the instrument.

Geographies of Liberation: The Making of an Afro-Arab Political Imaginary
By Alex Lubin
The University of North Carolina Press, 2014

In this transnational history, Alex Lubin reveals the vital connections between African American political thought and the people and nations of the Middle East.


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