Alumni Bookshelf: Spring 2016

Alan Scott ’55

Dearie Goes to the Opera and Dearie Goes to the Dentist

America Star Books, 2015.

The second in Scott’s Dearie series, Dearie Goes to the Opera is an introduction to opera alongside 10-year-old Dearie, as her parents prepare her to see The Barber of Seville at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. It includes an opera dictionary to help young people enjoy the opera. In Scott’s third book, Dearie Goes to the Dentist, readers join Dearie on a dental visit where she learns the importance of oral hygiene.



Gary Fuller ’64

The Trivia Lover’s Guide to Even More of the World: Geography for the Global Generation

The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2015.

Fuller’s guide, a follow-up to his Trivia Lover’s Guide to the World: Geography for the Lost and Found, uses geographic trivia questions as a springboard to learning about non-trivial aspects of our globe. Fuller provides engaging maps and photos, plus thorough explanations for each intriguing trivia question.




Lois Frankel ’73

Ageless Women, Timeless Wisdom: Witty, Wicked
and Wise Reflections on
Well-Lived Lives

Crafty Sisters Press, 2015.

After spending a year speaking with—and photographing—women around the globe and collecting stories and remembrances from the families of women who have passed away, Frankel offers this compilation of wisdom that ranges from heartwarming to hilarious.


Don Sanford ’74

On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota

Commodore’s Press, 2015.

Sanford details the people, places and events that have shaped the shoreline of Lake Mendota, Wis., from native people to boat captains, inventors, scientists and Olympians, much of it in their own words. It is illustrated with more than 500 maps, newspaper articles and photographs. Many of the images were sourced from private collections and have never before been available to the public.


Al Roker ’76 and Deborah Roberts, with Laura Morton

Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom for Modern Times

New American Library, 2016.

Been There, Done That is a funny, heartfelt, and empowering collection of life lessons, hard-won wisdom, and instructive family anecdotes from New York Times bestselling author and Today show personality Al Roker and his wife, ABC news journalist Deborah Roberts.


Yvona Fast ’81

My Nine Lives: A Memoir

Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation of Canada, 2011.

Co-authored with her mother, Dana Fast, Yvona Fast shares her mother’s experiences before, during and after World War II. Dana Fast was an 8 year old living in an upper middle-class Jewish family in Warsaw when German troops marched into Poland in 1939. She eventually made her home in Adirondack Park.


Dave Goldberg ’87

The One Thing Happening: Aikido Master Sam Rye Jones Shares His Rants and Wisdom

Illusionoff Press, 2015.

Irreverent loner and martial arts master Sam Rye Jones shares his post-awakening journey and ranting moments of clarity as he and the cast of characters converge in an endearing, gritty and playful story that explores big questions of life that we all share—questions of happiness, identity, purpose and reality.


Tim Mollen ’91

Lost Journal Vol. 2: Five Older Brothers, Twenty Bad Jobs and Zero Dates

Shilo Ruby Press, 2014.

Volume 2 of Mollen’s three-part memoir series collects the best of his nationally syndicated column, distributed through more than 300 newspapers and websites. Each column is a humorous snapshot of a day in the author’s past, often including stories of growing up in the 1970s and ’80s as the youngest of six boys in a middle-class, Irish Catholic family. This volume follows Lost Journal Vol. 1: Confessions of a Failed Paperboy.


Tessa Edick ’92

Hudson Valley Food & Farming: Why Didn’t Anyone Ever Tell Me That?

American Palate, 2014.

Edick, founder and executive director of FarmOn! Foundation, educates the public about the Hudson Valley farming community and encourages the reader to choose local, fresh foods. By becoming a “locavore,” Americans can revitalize their local economy, become healthier and sustain farming in the country. Woven throughout the book are recipes and stunning photographs of the delectable harvest from the Hudson Valley. See related story on page 20.


Sara Goff ’93

I Always Cry at Weddings

WhiteFire Publishing, 2015.

Engaged to a wealthy New York City socialite’s son, Ava is ready to set the city abuzz with her glamorous wedding—at least until she realizes her relationship isn’t what it should be. Then, in a move as daring as a red satin dress, she does the unthinkable—she calls it all off and makes a promise to God that from now on, she’ll save sex for marriage.


Christian T. Avis ’95 M’97

Ironedge: An Inquisitor Damulis Novel (Vol. 1)

CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2015.

The former mining town of Ironedge is experiencing a rebirth, despite the murder of one of its founders and the threat of a nearby goblin encampment. A grieving widow seeks help from the unusual private inquisitor Damulis, a Westerner brought up in the traditions of Eastern martial arts and mysticism, to unravel the troubling secrets of Ironedge.


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