Books by Brown Authors

September/October 2018

By Edward Hardy

Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates
by Eric Jay Dolin (Liveright)

You've probably heard of Captain Kidd, but not Stede Bonnet, a Barbados plantation owner who in 1717 decided to abandon his family, build a 60-ton sloop, and go marauding. The golden age of pirates in the West ran from 1650 to 1720, and here Dolin zeroes in on pirates operating out of colonies and plundering the Atlantic coast. Things could be confusing, as there was an often porous line between a privateer, a captain with a "letter of marque" legally allowed to capture enemy ships, and an ordinary pirate. A cinematic look at an intriguing time.

The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How A Mysterious Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies
by Dawn Raffel '79 (Blue Rider Press)

In 1897, Dr. Martin Couney launched an incubator exhibit—with actual premature babies in incubators—for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in London. It was a hit, and Couney soon immigrated to the United States, where he set up similar exhibitions at amusement parks and World's Fairs. As late as 1943, you could have visited his sideshow in Coney Island. By the 1950s, just after Couney's death, incubators—which were developed in Europe in the 1880s, but rarely adopted by hospitals—finally became common in maternity wards. With a vast cast of characters and a lively narrative that jumps through time and place, this is history that reads like a novel.

Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto
by Alan Stern '75 & David Grinspoon '82

This is the story of New Horizons, NASA's 1,000-pound spacecraft that traveled three billion miles across the solar system for the first-ever flyby of Pluto in 2015. In an often riveting account, Stern, who led the mission, and Grinspoon, an astrobiologist, track the genesis of the idea, the decades-long trek to corral support for the project, the spacecraft's nine-year flight, and the frightening moment just days before the flyby when mission control in Maryland lost contact with the ship. The book also contains numerous color photographs of icy Pluto.

July/August 2018

By Edward Hardy

Belly Up
by Rita Bullwinkel '11 (A Strange Object)

"People kept dying and I was made to sleep in their beds." This is the first line of "Burn", one of 17 stories in this witty, intriguing, and often unsettling debut collection. Here, the narrator, Joe Engle, keeps being asked to comfort recently widowed wives whose ghostly husbands come back to confront him. You'll also encounter a girl with a blackened tongue and a child-eating church. These stories have surreal, just left-of-center power that quickly accumulates.

Asking For A Friend: Three Centuries of Advice on Life, Love, Money, and Other Burning Questions from a Nation Obsessed
by Jessica Weisberg '06 (Nation Books)

In this lively ride, Weisberg profiles 16 iconic advice-givers from across the centuries. You'll meet the men who toiled from the 1600s to the 19th century (John Dunton and Benjamin Franklin), 20th century women who wrote as if their readers were dear friends (Dear Abby and Ann Landers), the credentialed experts (Dr. Benjamin Spock and Elizabeth Kübler-Ross), and an entertaining selection of today's contemporaries (including Miss Manners). Along the way, Weisberg discovers that most advice-givers were, and are, somewhat liberal and extremely confident, and they all helped shift society's goals.

Radiation Nation: Three Mile Island and the Political Transformation of the 1970's
by Natasha Zaretsky '96 AM, '03 PhD (Columbia)

At 4 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 1979, a valve at Three Mile Island was left open and the nation's worst nuclear power disaster had begun. In this cultural study of the aftermath, Zaretsky, a history professor at Southern Illinois University, argues that the disaster fostered an ecological movement led by area women who were worried about radiation threats to the health of both them and their families. These anxieties in turn helped muddy any late-1970s political distinctions between the left and the right.

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by Andrea Neal '80

Using only named sources, Neal explores Mike Pence's path to the vice presidency. She interviews friends and foes for a multifaceted portrait of a self-described "Christian, conservative, Republican"–in that order. IU Press.

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by Cyndi White '69

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by Mariana S. Tupper '83

A transcribed oral history project documents the evolution of a small Maine Unitarian Universalist church.

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by Stephen Wallin '78

This book of poems explores the impact of violence on its victims through a series of characters who move us from despair to a clear-eyed resolve to shed the past and carry on. Amazon

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Gorgeous paintings for each sutra with clear, accessible translation and commentary, by an artist, long-time yoga practitioner, and Sanskrit teacher. "Visionary and thoughtful." "Stunning."

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by David R. Remington '61

Conditions at Gettysburg once disgraced the nation. A new Superintendent, stubbornly opposed but charged with fixing it, using untried methods found the help he needed. Amazon

A Life Out Of WhackA Life Out Of Whack
by Les Essif PhD '91

A French professor and former cop challenges the American way as he recounts the unusual life and mind of an iconoclastic baby-boomer.

by Hal Barwood '63

A Nevada gambler, accused of laundering money, discovers a plot to hack the state's next senatorial election. Will his own detective work save him while saving democracy? Sure, if he's very lucky. See more @

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