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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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Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World Tyler Cowen, BS Economics ’83, professor of economics In Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World (Dutton, July 2009), Cowen shows that the way we think now is changing more rapidly than it has in a long time….

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The Convalescent

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 8, 2009

Jessica Anthony, MFA Creative Writing ’04 McSweeney’s, 2009 The Convalescent tells the story of an unlikely hero named Seymour Akos Pfliegman. Set in the Virginia suburbs, the story mixes Hungarian history with the hero’s entrepreneurial adventures. Anthony has been published in Best New American Voices, Mid-American Review, and New American Voices 2006. She won McSweeney’s…

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Stronger after Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 8, 2009

Peter G. Levine, BA Speech Communication ’87 Demos Health, 2008 Written for stroke survivors, their caregivers, and their loved ones, Stronger after Stroke puts the power of recovery in the reader’s hands by providing easy instructions for reaching the highest possible level of healing. Codirector of the Neuromotor Recovery and Rehabilitation Laboratory, Levine is a…

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The Endarkenment

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 8, 2009

Jeffrey McDaniel, MFA Creative Writing ’93 University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008 The Endarkenment delves into the world of poetry with vividly mature poems about family, sexuality, and society. The poems reflect an autobiographical glimpse of McDaniel’s life experiences—good, bad, funny, or serious. The recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, McDaniel…

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Nothing But a Smile: A Novel

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 8, 2009

Steve Amick, MFA Creative Writing ’91 Pantheon, 2009 Set in pre- and post-World War II Chicago, this love story begins with Wink Dutton, a soldier and photographer recently discharged because of an injury to his hand. As Dutton desperately seeks to make ends meet, he discovers his neighbor Sal Chesterton pays the bills by producing…

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Buzz Bradley and the Invisible Fort

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 8, 2009

Jeff Howe, BS Biology ’83 Llumina Press, 2008 Buzz Bradley and the Invisible Fort is a children’s book about school bully Stinky Gallagher and protagonist Buzz Bradley. After Stinky destroys Buzz’s fort, Buzz spends the summer determined to outsmart Stinky. With his vivid imagination, Buzz builds an imaginary fort and in the process has to…

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Words Gone Wild

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 8, 2009

Saadia Ali Aschemann, BA Government and Politics ’93 FireFly Publishing, 2008 In her second volume of poems, Aschemann uses haikus and sonnets to show her observations and interpretations. She won Best Poet in 2007 Preditors and Editors Readers’ Poll and was a featured poet in a short story collection called Blogger’s Delight: Stories of Love…

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Overcoming Evil God’s Way

By Mason Spirit contributor on April 4, 2009

Stephen Russell, BA European Studies ’88 Faith Builders Resource Group, 2008 Various individuals have their own views on violence and despair, and they have their own beliefs on what punishment is considered equal for a violent act of crime. Overcoming Evil God’s Way offers a biblical message that trusts Christians will replace hatred and trepidation…

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Two Minutes of Light

By Mason Spirit contributor on April 4, 2009

Nancy K. Pearson, MFA Poetry ’05 Perugia Press, 2008 A collection of poems, Two Minutes of Light reveals the struggles many people overcome as they confront the complicated obstacles throughout life. Pearson uses vivid imagination and language to create this beautiful, astonishing, and inspirational collection, which won the 2008 Perugia Press Prize. Originally from Chattanooga,…

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