NEW RELEASES

New Academia Academic Books

HEALTH COOPERATION with RUSSIA: An Example of Engagement that Really Worked
Edward J. Burger, Jr.

This book describes The Eurasian Medical Education Program, the interactions between its leadership and the Russian government, and the elements which made this program successful both in terms of its goals and as an instrument of foreign policy.

IOSIF VOLOTSKII AND EASTERN CHRISTIANITY: Essays Across Seventeen Centuries
David Goldfrank, Valeria Nollan, and Jennifer Spock, eds.

This collection of essays in honor of Iosif Volotskii, one of the most commanding and remarkable figures in Russian history, looks at early Eastern Church, and connects it to modern Russia and our technologically explosive era.

VYGOTSKY’S CHILDREN: Georgetown and Oxbridge Students Meet Urban Youth
John C. Hirsh

This book is concerned with the ways in which undergraduate students at Georgetown University (DC), Wadham College (Oxford), and Clare College (Cambridge), have worked with ethnic minority K-6 children in a series of university and college programs.

CHRISTIANITY IN EURAFRICA: A History of the Church in Europe and Africa
Steven Paas

This textbook for learners and teachers of the History of the Church focuses on the West and the South, on Europe and Africa, the continents whose histories have been increasingly intertwined since Antiquity.

THE MUSE OF URBAN DELIRIUM: How the Performing Arts Paradoxically Transform Conflict-Ridden Cities into Centers of Cultural Innovation
Blair A. Ruble

This book seeks answers to the challenges of urban diversity, conflict, and creativity by examining the emergence of musical and theatrical originality in specific cities at specific times.

THE MIRROR OF WRITING: Kang Youwei’s Curriculum for Chinese Calligraphy Art
Yuli Wang

This book is an annotated and illustrated translation from The Mirror of Writing, by Kang Youwei (1889). It contributes to the study of modern Chinese art and culture, and to an understanding of the history and aesthetics of Chinese calligraphy.

 

Nonfiction

ANSWER COMING SOON: More blog postings on arts, letters, policy
Dan Whitman

A sequel to Blaming No One, this collections of blogs includes personal anecdote, people profiles, foreign policy from a practitioner’s view, human nature, government functions, music, immigration, literature, oral history…. The collection has humor and social/institutional criticism.

LEFT-HANDED IN AN ISLAMIC WORLD: An Anthropologist’s Journey into the Middle East
John P. Mason
This is the memoir of an American anthropologist living in the Arab world with his family. His stories derive from across a number of different societies and time frames, and bring into play the larger Middle East context from 1968 to 2012.
TRAVELS INTO THE HEART OF EGYPT
Lillian Craig Harris
The author explores Egypt’s cities, deserts, societies, monasteries, and circumstances in a time of widespread unrest (1990-95), which helped set the scene for the Arab Spring two decades on.
HEARD AND OVERHEARD: Words Wise (and Otherwise) with Politicians, Statesmen, and Real People
James W. Symington

A memoir-anthology of episodes by a connoisseur/ participant. The author was right-hand man for Bobby Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Ambassador Jock Whitney, and he was present as national and world events unfolded.

AMBASSADOR TO A SMALL WORLD: Letters from Chad
Christopher E. Goldthwait
The book touches on U.S. foreign policy, foreign aid, and the life of the small American community in one of the continent’s most isolated countries. And it examines sharp contrasts within Chad and between Chad and the United States.
THE MIND OF THE AFRICAN STRONGMAN: Conversations with Dictators, Statesmen, and Father Figures
Herman J. Cohen

This book offers a colorful and penetrating look at African cultural norms and imperatives at the core of African political and economic performance over the past half-century.

 

Fiction

AMY'S STORY: A Novel
Anna Lawton

After Elena Ferrante, another powerful Italian voice emerges to tell us a tale of immigration with two strong women characters at its center. Amy’s Story unfolds on the background of American history, from the late 60’s to 2011.

 

 

 

 

THE CURSE OF THE AZTEC DUMMY: A Nebraskan Chronicle
Sabrina P. Ramet

The novel includes fruitless hunts for Aztec gold, a brief period during which two professors are committed to an institute for the mentally disturbed, and a lot of obsessing about okra.

 

poetry/Memoirs

INSIDE OUTSIDE: Poems
Sue Silver

This collection of poems is a composite of reflections and views of the natural world, inspired by the author’s spiritual practice as an outdoor woman and a medical practitioner. Some poems reflect the world’s physical energy, others, hospital experiences.

IS THE MOON THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE? A Reassessment of Many Things in Humorous Verse
Sabrina P. Ramet

This is a collection of mostly humorous verse rooted in an appreciation of the absurd and the ridiculous.

NO BARKING IN THE HALLWAYS: Poems from the Classroom
Ann Bracken

This volume of poetry offers readers a window into the stories of teachers and students as they struggle to be successful in our test-obsessed culture.

AT THE END OF THE SELF-HELP ROPE: Poems
Ed Zahniser

Humor and pathos share the stage. These poems speak to people working—whether alone, with a friend, counselor or therapist, or in a group setting—to reorient their personal and interpersonal compasses.

MASS FOR NANKING’S 1937: Synchronizing Musics and Tonal Rhyming onto Poetry
Wing-chi Chan
These poems crystallize a personal style that integrates English rhetoric with Italian musical terms and non-traditional rhyming words.
THE MAN WHO GOT AWAY: Poems
Grace Cavalieri
This is a book of poems, a document, testament, memorial for the author’s deceased husband―The Man Who Got Away

 

FICTION

SIBERIAN SECRETS
G.K. George
Siberian Secrets is the final volume in a trilogy of historical fiction that follows the investigations of Inspector Vasiliev and Sergeant Serov of the Moscow police into the plots to assassinate Alexander II, the pogroms in Kiev and the Siberian exile system.
THE ROGUE AND OTHER PORTUGUESE STORIES
Julieta Almeida Rodrigues
Written from a sociological perspective, these stories illuminate a wide range of topics in contemporary Portugal.
REBMANN: A Novel
Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye
A historical novel based on the life of Johannes Rebmann, 1820-76, describing his missionary travels to East Africa.
DC Undercover
Oscar Bartoli
In this thriller every chapter heightens the suspense. The subtext is the energy crisis that affects the global economy; the hero is a Bond-like daredevil.