With so many books authored by or about alumni, alumnae, faculty and staff, we gathered a few of our favorites for this issue’s Bookshelf. For details on all of the books pictured here, go to

Eric Cohler '81

One of the nation’s most soughtafter interior designers, in Cohler on Design (2013), Eric Cohler ’81 has created a volume that marries his own work with historic interiors, contemporary design, iconic images and architectural masterpieces in a style that is uniquely his own. Lush with vibrant photographs and thoughtful examinations, Cohler’s first book is a detailed look at his artistic expression.

Written for school-aged children Three 19th Century Women Doctors: Elizabeth Blackwell, Mary Walker, and Sarah Loguen Fraser (2007) profiles three women with Upstate New York connections who persisted in entering the all-male medical profession. The life of Dr. Blackwell was written by Mary LeClair, director of communications.

Monique Brinson
Demery '98

When Monique Brinson Demery ’98 realized she had never seen an obituary for South Vietnam’s former first lady Madame Nhu, she set out to find the enigmatic leader. Through personal interviews and careful study of Nhu’s unpublished memoirs, Brinson Demery paints a picture in Finding the Dragon Lady: The Mystery of Vietnam’s Madame Nhu (2013), of a ruthless social and political life leading up to the war in Vietnam, as well as her retreat from the public eye.

Kurt Vonnegut

Inspired by his experiences during World War II alongside two Hobart students, celebrated American writer Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) authored Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), one of the most important anti-war novels of the 20th century. In 1944, Vonnegut was with Gifford Doxsee ’46 and Edward Reginald Crone Jr. ’45 when the three were taken prisoner and brought to Dresden, Germany, where the infamous Bombing of Dresden occurred.

Re-released in 2011, Service Learning and the Liberal Arts: How and Why It Works includes chapters from 11 HWS faculty members and several staff members. As editor, Professor of Public Policy Studies and Political Science Craig Rimmerman says the work highlights the opportunity for students and faculty to apply a rigorous pedagogical framework from individual courses to see how those courses connect to the Geneva community.

Eric Patterson

Associate Professor of English and American Studies Eric Patterson’s On Brokeback Mountain: Meditations about Masculinity, Fear, and Love in the Story and the Film (2008) examines the film in relation to the cultural construction of masculinity, attitudes toward gay men, attitudes toward homosexuality, and the impact of homophobia on men who love men.

Written by William F. Scandling ’49, LL.D.’67, The Saga of SAGA: The Life and Death of an American Dream (1994) chronicles the history of SAGA Corporation from its humble start in a campus cafeteria at HWS to its rise as a multimillion-dollar food services empire. As one of SAGA’s founders, Scandling, who served as chair of the HWS Board of Trustees, shares his entrepreneurial vision for SAGA and firsthand business experiences in this candid memoir.

Written by Christie Lowrance ’65, Nature’s Ambassador: The Legacy of Thornton W. Burgess (2013), presents an in depth overview of one of the most beloved children’s authors and conservationists of all time. Through engaging text and historical pictures, the biography explores Burgess’s life and legacy, from his Cape Cod childhood to the present.

Dr. Jeremy Cushman ’96 and Professor of Biology Jim Ryan teamed up to publish iAnatomy (2013), an eBook comprised of 20 case-based, interactive exercises that reinforce human anatomy and physiology concepts. While engaging readers with the clinical relevance of anatomical details, iAnatomy complements traditional human anatomy texts by bridging the gap between anatomical concepts and clinical applications.

Cecila Capers '92

In her first novel, To Whom Much is Given (2013), lawyer and author Cecila Capers ’92 explores the price of success. Avery Benjamin, a young corporate attorney in New York City, is confronted with her desire to once again pursue her dreams when her relationship with her significant other is challenged by the reappearance of an old flame. With a support system of dynamic, multicultural women, Avery must learn to confront her past and decide her own destiny.

Released by Lynne Rienner Publishers, one of the foremost publishers on African studies and African politics, Inside African Politics (2013) introduces readers to a rich exploration of contemporary politics in Africa. This is the sixth book from Associate Professor of Political Science Kevin Dunn.


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