South Carolina (Hub City Writers Project, 2004) by Edwin
C. Epps 70C is a wide-ranging history and reference
book that encompasses the lives and works of more than three hundred
Palmetto State writers. The sum total of my nearly fifty
years acquaintance with South Carolina literature,
Epps writes in his preface, has been many hours of absolutely
delightful late-night, squinty-eyed perusal of a surprisingly
wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalistic reportage,
confession, and historic reflection.
Mike Sager 78C has collected nineteen stories from
his career as a writer for Esquire, Rolling Stone,
and GQ under the title Scary Monsters and Super Freaks
(Thunders Mouth Press, 2004). His subjects range from
disgraced congressman Gary Condit to Pulitzer fabulist Janet
Cooke and bad-boy actor Rob Lowe. David Granger, editor-in-chief
of Esquire, says, There are no magazine writers like Sager.
His stories take you to places you didnt necessarily want
to go. But after youve been there . . . you cant
wait to head to the next Sager destination.
in Nigeria in 1954, Elaine Neil Orr 85PhD has written
a memoir of her childhood and adolescence in Africa, Gods
of Noonday (University of Virginia Press, 2003). Reviewer
William Boyd writes, Deeply thoughtful, candid, and unsentimental,
[Gods of Noonday] explores with great sensitivity and
understanding the rare blessing of this most extraordinary and
enriching of childhoods. A classic of its kind.
S. D. Englehardt 99PhD examines how the work of four
women writers formed a distinctive literature of gender and
place in The Tangled Roots of Feminism, Environmentalism,
and Appalachian Literature (Ohio University Press, 2004).
An assistant professor of womens studies at West Virginia
University, Englehardt previously was the editor of The Power
and the Glory: An Appalachian Novel by Grace MacGowan Cooke,
and was a contributing author in Cooking Lessons: The Politics
of Gender and Food.
a divorced boomer married to another divorced boomer, attorney
Marlene M. Browne 86L writes about what she knows
in the Boomers Guide to Divorceand a New Life
(Alpha Books, 2004). The guide is intended to help with the
logistics of a mid-life marital breakup, and includes sections
on division of property, alimony, and child custody, interspersed
with quotes from celebrities and cultural icons whose marriages
best-known short fiction of novelist and screenwriter Jameson
Currier 77C is collected in Desire, Lust, Passion,
Sex (Green Candy Press, 2004), along with several new stories
that meticulously detail the search for love, romance, and partnership
between gay men. Curriers characteristically spare prose
brings into sharp relief the sometimes maddening traits that
constitute a persons romantic ideal and show how the quest
for a meaningful relationship can transformor derailthe
course of our lives. Currier is a member of the National Book
Critics Circle and has written for such publications as the
Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the
Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review.
Rubinstein 91C is the author of Ballad of the Whiskey
Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian
Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts
(Little, Brown, 2004), the hysterically funny and heartbreaking
story of Attila Ambrus, a gentleman thief, a sort of Cary
Grantif only Cary Grant came from Transylvania, was a
terrible professional hockey goaltender, and preferred women
in six-inch platform heels. Reviewer Frank DeFord writes,
A wonderful saga of Hungarian cops and robbers, where
if crime doesnt pay, it at least beats playing hockey
H. Sims 47G examines the tragic course of relations
between the leading continental power in Europe and the worlds
greatest democracy in the twentieth century in The
German American Tragedy (Editors Copy Syndicate, 2004).
A Bridge Not Attacked (World Scientific Publishing, 2004),
Harold Johnston 41C details the work of highly
talented civilians who were carrying out research on poison
gases during World War II. Johnston is best known for his opposition
to the United States planned fleet of supersonic transports
in the 1970s, based on their impact on the global ozone layer.
His research led to the establishment of the first major program
of stratospheric research, the Climatic Impact Assessment Program.
Turks, and Other Strangers: The Roots of Prejudice in Modern
Germany (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003), by Jerome
P. Legge Jr. 75PhD is a well-written analysis
of anti-Semitism and xenophobia in contemporary Germany, presenting
findings that challenge prevalent stereotypes.
E. Wortsman 47C is the author of Toccata &
Fugue (Xlibris, 2002), which delves into both the American
and German sides of World War II, and Viscosity (Xlibris,
2000), the story of a young Southern Appalachian woman who is
trying to escape a childhood and youth spent in a primitive
family in northwest Georgia.
Clerical Failure: Ten Stupid Things Clergy Do to Mess Up
Your Church (Unlimited Publishing, 2004), Donald D. Hook
50C draws on history, linguistics and personal
experience in several Christian faiths to argue that many clergy
today are too weak to stem eroding core-religious values.