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New & notable books

Recent books from the Goucher community

Some of the books published in the last year by Goucher faculty and alumnae/i

By Liam Dorsey ’20

book coverA Song for a New Day
Sarah Pinsker ’99   

In Sarah Pinskers speculative futurelarge gatherings are prohibited in the wake of terrorist threats and dangerous viruses; Luce Cannon, a budding rock star in the Before, now performs in underground concerts. Rosemary Laws, on the other hand, lives her life in the After deliberately avoiding people as a drone operator, but when a twist of fate leads to a new job discovering musical talent, a new world opens to her. A Song for a New Day won Best Novel at the 2020 Nebula Awards.  


book cover imageCircadian Rhythm: A Book of Poetry
Heidi Klotzman ’06   

This collection of poems by Heidi Klotzman encapsulates her love for music and performance in a series of emotional and thought-provoking pieces. Klotzmans lyrical know-how has enraptured audiences as she demonstrates love, loss, growth, and acceptance through her poetry 




book coverBuilding America: The Life of Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Professor Emerita Jean Harvey Baker ’61  

Jean Harvey Baker brings to life the only biography of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, America’s first professional architect, to be published in more than 60 years. Latrobe had a hand in the south wing of the U.S. Capitol building, the White House, and the Navy Yard, and his engineering projects included the municipal water systems for Philadelphia and New Orleans. This engaging narrative shows Latrobe’s struggles as he tried to elevate architecture as a profession in the U.S.  


book cover imageFlowers in the Gutter
K.R. Gaddy, M.F.A. ’15   

When Fritz, Gertrud, and Jean were young, they saw their parents arrested, disappear, or worse. Life for those who refused to conform was extremely hard in 1930s Germany, as K.R. Gaddy recounts in her book. The three protagonists are all a part of the Edelweiss Pirates, a rebellious group of working class youth that fought against Nazi control in any way possible. The activities of the Pirates went from civil disobedience in the early years of Nazisms rise to armed rebellion by the wars end. 


book cover imageIndomitable! Immigrants’ Stories of Perseverance and Resilience
Margery Leveen Sher ’69   

Margery Leveen Sher recounts the stories of 32 asylum seekers coming to America, chronicling their trials, tribulations, and their words of wisdom for future asylum seekers. Sher describes these immigrants as not necessarily extraordinary examples of the plight of immigrants but everyday individuals who are reacting to extraordinary circumstance. 



book cover imageCitizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine That Rewrote America
Stephanie Gorton, M.F.A. ’15   

Stephanie Gorton traces the swift rise and fall of the popular Gilded Age magazine McClures, particularly the careers of founder S.S. McClure and star reporter Ida Tarbell. The biography highlights some of the magazines greatest stories and achievements as well as the impact of those who wrote for it.  



book cover imageVanity Fair (1911): With Helen Gardner As Becky Sharp
Dorin Oltarsh Schumacher ’57 

This experimental nonfiction account follows Dorin Oltarsh Schumacher’s grandmother, silent film star Helen Gardner, who was the first actor to produce and star in an American feature length film. Using letters and other contemporary ephemera, the book explores Gardner’s history and the first filmed adaptation of the classic novel Vanity Fair 



book cover imageBallet Class: An American History 
Melissa R. Klapper ’95   

Melissa R. Klapper discusses the cultural history of America through the lens of ballet, charting its rarity in the 1910s to its position in pop culture, movies, and hobbies today. The book takes its time to shed light on the origins and humble practices of an art form long considered elite and encapsulates its theatrical roots. 




book cover imageChild of Light: A Biography of Robert Stone 
Professor of English Madison Smartt Bell 

Child of Light chronicles the life of American postwar novelist Robert Stone, who wrote Dog Soldiers and A Flag for SunriseMadison Smartt Bell was a close friend of Stone, and he carefully recounts Stone’s life from his troubled early childhood to his time in the navy that inspired many of his works, which saw him travel from pre-Castro Cuba all the way to Antarctica. Stone was known for his brutal but honest critiques of American power and corruption. 


book cover imageDon’t You Know That I Love You? 
Laura Bogart ’04   

In Laura Bogarts novel, Angelina Moltisanti feels that more than her car was broken after a serious accident leaves her trapped at home with her emotionally abusive father. With Angelina’s dreams of being an artist and independent in jeopardy, Janet, another artist, helps show her how to turn her tumultuous emotions into powerful art. 



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