Athletics for All
New book captures the spirit of sport at Emory
“Athletics for All” has served as the unofficial motto for sports at Emory since former Athletics Director Ralph Fitts coined the phrase in the 1920s. So it is a fitting title for a new book by Professor Emeritus “Doc” Clyde Partin Sr. 50C 51G, Athletics for All: A History of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation at Emory University, 1836-2005. Partin has worked as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and historian in Emory’s athletic department since 1951. Last fall he was inducted into the Emory Sports Hall of Fame for his contributions as an administrator. His colorful, detailed coffee-table book offers an insider’s view of athletics at Emory, reaching beyond programs and progress to capture the spirit of sport that has pervaded physical competition here for more than a century. There are chapters on every varsity sport, as well as intramurals and star figures like the late “Sonny” Carter 69C 73M, a soccer player, Navy pilot, and astronaut. Edited by Gary Hauk, vice president and deputy to the president and author of A Legacy of Heart and Mind, the book is now available at the Druid Hills Bookstore.
Christine Rosen 99PhD was just three months old when her mother left. Even more disruptive, though, were the times her impetuous, transient mother came back into her life. Finding comfort in the security of a Christian school near her Florida home, Rosen tells the story of her road to emotional survival in My Fundamentalist Education: A Memoir of a Divine Girlhood (PublicAffairs, 2005), which the Washington Post Book World named one of the best nonfiction books of 2006. “Although today Rosen lives ‘an entirely secular life,’ her tone is affectionate rather than critical,” says Publishers Weekly, “and her subtle humor and ironically accurate descriptions will appeal to others with stringent religious backgrounds.”
Throughout history, women have done amazing things for the world. Unfortunately, many of these contributions were unrecorded—or recorded but attributed to men. Shelly Rachanow 97L has decided to set the record straight by writing If Women Ran the World Sh*t Would Get Done: Celebrating All the Wonderful, Amazing, Stupendous, Inspiring, Butt-kicking Things Women Do (Canari Press, 2006). The hot-pink volume is chock-full of real stories, websites, and lists like “The Top 10 things that women intend to do for themselves . . . and the 10 things that happen instead.”
Meg Eckenbrecht Bertini 92L recently started a publishing company and has launched an Open Your Heart (DreamTime Publishing, 2007) series of activity-based inspirational books, such as Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness, Open Your Heart with Basketball, Open Your Heart with Art, and Open your Heart with Bicycling. Written by various authors, the books provide helpful tips—such as how to choose a basketball, bikes to avoid renting on vacation, and learning to ski after forty—as well as motivational stories.
A severed head in a flower bed is not a good way to start your day. So begins the teaser for Crossword (Harbor House, 2006), by William Rawlings Jr. 68OX 70C, a follow-up to his 2004 thriller, The Rutherford Cipher: A Matt Rutherford novel. “Southern men tell stories,” says Rawlings, who practices medicine, runs a travel agency, grows pine trees, restores old buildings, and writes in his hometown of Sandersville, Georgia. “I have been a lot of places and seen a lot of things. I have lots of stories. Some are fun, some are fascinating, some are almost unbelievable. But they’re true.”
Caroline McAlister 89PhD recently published a children’s picture book, Holy Molé (August House, 2007). The book is based on a traditional Mexican folktale about the origins of mole (mo-lay) sauce. Colorful illustrations by Stefan Czernecki bring the text to life. McAlister’s second picture book, Brave Donatella and the Duke’s Jasmine, will be published by Charlesbridge in 2009.