Recent Books By Alumni

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WILLIAM ANDERSON ’71, Island Ice: Dazzle, Danger and Deceit in the Caribbean. Jack Donnelly finds himself in jail for overstaying his visa on St. Martin. When two women are murdered, his experience as a detective offers him a chance to escape deportation. The razzle-dazzle of island living places Jack in a maze to unravel passions of sexual seduction, dangerous smugglers and the most horrible acts of revenge.

CLAIR BERUBE (Ph.D. ’01), The X Factor: Personality Traits of Exceptional Science Teachers, Information Age Publishing. Stellar science teachers make us feel better about ourselves through their teaching, and bring us to a higher quality of life. Through interviews of current and retired teachers and former students, plus case studies of exceptional teachers, Berube uncovers those aspects of teaching that are hard to measure. She is also co-author of The Moral University (Rowman & Littlefield) with ODU Eminent Scholar Emeritus Maurice Berube.

KATHLEEN S. BLANCHARD ’85 (M.B.A. ’93), Listen to the Old, Maximilian Press. Blanchard has more than 25 years’ experience providing services and programs to the elderly, from which these stories come. The people in her book lived their lives in times of great personal challenge, cloaking themselves in a mantle of purpose, self-reliance and values.

DANIEL HOWELL ’92, The Barefoot Book: 50 Great Reasons to Kick Off Your Shoes, Hunter House. Howell describes the hazards of shoe use and health benefits of spending more time barefoot, especially when running and hiking. He explains how the continuous wearing of shoes is both a major and underrepresented health concern, causing everything from fungus growth, to bunions to knee and spine damage (particularly from high-heeled shoes).

NANCY LIEBERMAN ’80, Playbook for Success: A Hall of Famer’s Business Tactics for Teamwork and Leadership, John Wiley & Sons. There are basics that every woman must have if she is to succeed in the corporate world, start and run her own business, or coach a winning team. Basketball legend Nancy Lieberman brings her leadership and coaching acumen to the boardroom to teach professional women the same rules of success she teaches her players. The book offers a plan to help make success a part of one’s routine and includes profiles of successful businesswomen.

MICHAEL R. MASON ’78, Morgan 41, Bluewater Press. After M. Henry Lee’s wife of 30 years is accidentally shot in a botched bank robbery, “Capt. Mikey” drags himself into the rent-a-captain trade to escape his despair. He soon discovers Lori, a young stowaway, and assumes responsibility for her safety during an event-filled inland/coastal voyage from Knoxville to Fort Lauderdale.

EROL OZAN (Ph.D. ’03), Talus, CreateSpace. In this “speculative fiction novel with anthropological themes,” Rylan Walker and anthropologist Ursula Deiss push deep into a dangerous rain forest in Madagascar, where they find a population of cryptic manlike primates. They are drawn into a vortex of an ancient conspiracy that is bound to change man-kind’s destiny.

JACK RHOTON (M.S.Ed. ’75), Science Education Leadership: Best Practices for the New Century, National Science Teachers Association and the National Science Education Leadership Association. In this edited work, Rhoton examines what science education leaders at all levels need to do to promote science literacy and improve science programs. He shares the research, ideas and experiences of science teachers, supervisors, university STEM faculty and those who work for agencies representing STEM education fields.

APRIL RUDAT (M.S.Ed. ’05) and Sharon Madalis (lead author), Truck Drivers: Stop Your Job from Killing You! The Dietitians’ Guide to Smart Eating and Healthy Living for Truckers. Long work hours, unhealthy food choices while on the road and not enough exercise can be hazardous. Dietitians Rudat and Madalis offer truckers advice on how to merge onto the road to good health.

TOM YUILL ’94 (M.F.A. ’97), Medicine Show, University of Chicago Press. In the author’s first book of poetry, inner conflict is wonderfully realized in the clash of down-home plain speech and European high-culture utterances. Freely translating and adapting Catullus, Villon, Corbiere, Hikmet and Orpheus, and placing them alongside Jagger and Richards, skinheads and psalms, Yuill mirrors an old-style hawking of wares, with all the charm and absurdity that results when high culture meets pop.

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