NEW RELEASES

New Academia Academic Books

THE EARLIEST CHURCH
William P. Sampson, SJ

This book brings to life the experience of the disciples after Christ’s death, the possibilities they faced and the choices they made. Nothing was inevitable: the earliest Church could have gone in this direction or in that.

SEEING THINGS: How Your Imagination Shapes You and Your World
James P.M. Walsh, S.J., PhD

This book stands as an eloquent and accessible mini-course in the place of imagination in moral theology.

EMPOWERING STUDENTS: A Contemporary and Essential Approach to Education
Elizabeth Quinn and John Scileppi, eds.
This collection of essays by specialists in education presents psychological research and empowerment strategies to bring about better academic outcomes.
ART CRITIQUES: A Guide. Third definitive edition revised and expanded
James Elkins

This is a guidebook for art students at the college level (BA, BFA, MFA, PhD). Compared to other books on critique, this book is more colorful, more engaging, and less formal.

STRANGERS WHEN WE MET: A Century of American Community in Kuwait
W. Nathaniel Howell

This book relates the story of Americans living in Kuwait, from 1911 to 2011, and provides a positive example of service and accommodation between two peoples who began their interaction as strangers.

POLITICAL ISLAM AND THE INVENTION OF TRADITION
Nicholas P. Roberts

This work provides seeks to foster a better understanding of the multifaceted phenomenon of political Islam, especially in the context of the post-Arab Spring Middle East.

 

Nonfiction

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.
A PRINCE TOO FAR: The Great Powers and the Shaping of Modern Albania
by Ferdinando Salleo. Translator from Italian, Roland Flamini

The book deals with Albania’s transition from Ottoman possession to independent nation (1913-1914), mainly from the perspective of the Marquis San Giuliano, Italy’s foreign minister.

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.
ECONOMICS AND DIPLOMACY: A Life in the Foreign Service of the United States
Deane R. Hinton

This memoir presents a reliable firsthand account of the development of U.S. strategic economic policy and the new institutions that became the framework for trade, aid, economic growth, and monetary policy.

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

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.

 

poetry/Memoirs

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.
LIFE UPON THE WICKED STAGE: A Memoir
Grace Cavalieri

This book chronicles a career in writing poetry, broadcasting, publishing, teaching, and writing for theater.

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
THE WHITE SPIDER IN MY HAND: Poems
Sonja James

This is a collection of postmodern poetry that explores the intensities and nuances of feminist expression. The poems address the subjects of family, the natural world, and contemporary society.