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Right of Way

By Mason Spirit contributor on May 10, 2011

The stories in Right of Way (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2010)describe fictional Cleave Springs, a gentrifying neighborhood in the nation’s capital. These insightful stories introduce the neighborhood’s dazzling variety of characters—longtime survivors and new arrivals, preservationists and visionaries, black people and white people—as they navigate the complexities of diversity and change, and strive to realize…

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The Big Book of Christian Mysticism

By Mason Spirit contributor on May 10, 2011

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism (Hampton Roads Publishers, 2010) celebrates the beautiful and profound tradition of experiential and conscious spirituality within the Christian faith. From the recognition of mystery in the New Testament to the austere spirituality of the desert fathers and mothers, to the insights of the great visionaries and contemplatives of the…

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Born a Refugee: A Novel of One Palestinian Family

By Mason Spirit contributor on May 10, 2011

Born a Refugee: A Novel of One Palestinian Family (CreateSpace, 2010) is about two brothers and their widowed mother living in the Kalandia Refugee Camp and how they survive and even triumph over the hardships of poverty and oppression. This novel seeks to humanize the Palestinian refugee narrative, which is often reduced to a controversial…

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In Barefoot in Baghdad (Sourcebooks, 2010), Manal Omar, BA International Studies ’96, an American aid worker of Arab descent, tells a story in which the chaos of war and occupation dramatically shifts the fortunes of Iraqi women, destroying any hopes they had for a more liberated lifestyle. Omar’s various identities gave her a unique perspective…

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Real Stories of Nursing Research: The Quest for Magnet Recognition

By Colleen Kearney Rich on November 2, 2010

Real Stories of Nursing Research: The Quest for Magnet Recognition M. Maureen Kirkpatrick McLaughlin (PhD Nursing ’04), Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, and Sally A. Bulla (PhD Nursing ’03) Real Stories of Nursing Research: The Quest for Magnet Recognition (Jones and Bartlett, 2010) demonstrates how direct care nurses in clinical settings can conduct nursing research…

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The Invisible Moon

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 2, 2010

The Invisible Moon Robert DiFlugo, DA Community College Education ’05 Athena Press, August 2009 In this novel, Bryan thought he knew who he was and what he believed in. Joining the navy and fighting in Vietnam would shatter his beliefs, yet make him a stronger person than he thought possible. But it is not until…

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Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark: A Life of Service

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 2, 2010

Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark: A Life of Service Mimi Clark Gronlund, MA English ’84 University of Texas Press, November 2009 An associate justice on the Warren Court whose landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education overturned racial segregation in schools and other public facilities, Tom C. Clark was a crusader for justice…

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Special Dream: Personal Accounts after the Death of a Loved One

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 2, 2010

Special Dream: Personal Accounts after the Death of a Loved One Luellen Hoffman Maskeny, BIS ’87 Crossroad, 2009 Special Dream is a collection of inspiring stories about the rare dreams people experience after the death of a friend or loved one. The stories interplay between scientific and religious inquiry into after-death communication, featuring Americans from…

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Seminole Views: A Postcard Panorama of America’s Only Unconquered Tribe

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 2, 2010

Seminole Views: A Postcard Panorama of America’s Only Unconquered Tribe Emmett H. L. Snellings Jr., MA English ’93 Rainbow Books Inc., 2008 Seminole Views is a full-color coffee table book that features Seminole postcards (some more than 100 years old), as well as modern photographs and interviews of members of the Seminole tribe in Florida….

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My Dream of Stars: From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 1, 2010

My Dream of Stars: From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer Anousheh Ansari, BS Electrical Engineering ’89 (with Homer Hickam) Macmillan, March 2010 My Dream of Stars: From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer tells the story of space pioneer Anousheh Ansari’s childhood in Iran and her family’s move to the United States after the…

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