Alumni Bookshelf

We celebrate and share the success of Oswego alumni authors, illustrators and recording artists, who may ask their publisher/distributor to send a copy of the work to the Oswego alumni office to be considered for this column and our website, where cover photos of all works in this column will be displayed.


John T. Sullivan Jr. ’68

Forks in the Road: Small Town Lives and Lessons

AuthorHouse, 2015.

Growing up in the 1950s and 60s in a working class neighborhood in Oswego, N.Y., the author, who was mayor of Oswego from 1988–1991, has compiled a community’s share of stories, of the people and places who helped shape his life and career.

Each brief biographical sketch provides not only an understanding of people and the times in which they lived, but also a feel for the contributions their lives made.

The book features an introduction by Oswego poet, author and SUNY Oswego professor emeritus Lew Turco, and contains 28 biographical type sketches and photos of several prominent Oswegonians, both living and deceased.


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Tom Balles ’73

Becoming a Healing Presence: A Guide for Those Who Offer Care

iUniverse, 2015.

Whether you are at home caring for an aging or ailing family member, training to be a volunteer or working as a healthcare professional, you’ll find powerful words of encouragement in these essays.

The writings are designed to remind you of the many healing capacities you possess as a caregiver and of the great strength to be found in the healing relationship.

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Marc Nussbaum ’78

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Your Guide to the Next U.S. Eclipse

Audible Rush Learning, 2015.b

On Aug. 21, 2017, the first U.S. coast-to-coast solar eclipse in nearly 100 years will occur.

For those who are interested in making the most of this once-in-a-lifetime event and to ensure the best viewing experience possible, Nussbaum offers advice for choosing a viewing site, photographing the eclipse and selecting eye protection.

He also explains the science and significance of total solar eclipses.




Joseph V. Abbate Jr. ’85

God’s Only Mistake

CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2014.

When he gets the call that his father needs help recovering from open-heart surgery, Joe Abbate tries to put his agoraphobia and anxiety disorders aside as he makes the journey to his parents’ backwoods Maine home.

However, his father has little faith in doctors and even less in Joe’s ability to do anything right. With an insurmountable task ahead of him, Joe is determined to do whatever he can to nurse his father back to health—whether his father likes it or not.

In this memoir, Abbate gives a raw and honest look at his relationship with his father and the new insights he gained as his father’s caretaker.



Jeanne R. Nelleke Burton ’79

The Web of Family Court: Ten Guiding Lights

Jeanne R. Burton, 2016.

Are you or a loved one feeling entrapped in the judicial system?

Through 10 life principles and illustrative stories of others, this book will provide support and guidance to readers to help ensure they not only survive family court, but thrive there.

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Carolyn Chapple Buckley ’87

Experience Psychology! A Laboratory Guide to Psychological Science

Kendall Hunt, 2015.

In this companion lab manual, students are engaged through explanations of concepts and applications of fundamental psychological science, outcome assessments and an accompanying appendix of answers for students to check their own work, glossary of terms and additional information about the ethics of research involving human participants.

Students will learn new ways to think about the philosophy and practice of science.


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Robert J. Shenandoah ’87

Tenor and Reality: A Stark Contradiction Throughout

WestBow Press, 2016.

This thesis investigates American historical and legal records to determine whether the Haudenosaunee should be required to be registered with the Selective Service System in order to be eligible for United States Student Financial Assistance.

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Jan Burkins and Kim Leary Yaris ’92

Who’s Doing the Work: How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More

Stenhouse Publishers, 2016.

In their follow-up to Reading Wellness, Burkins and Yaris offer additional literacy education tactics to help educators encourage students to become more independent readers.

Through an emphasis on reading aloud, shared reading, guided reading and independent reading, Burkin and Yaris argue that making students do the “work” in reading helps them absorb more of the information and become more independent thinkers.
Burkins and Yaris include in-depth ex­planations of eachpractice, tips for educatorsto engage their students and classroom snapshots at the end of each chapter so educators can see what the strategies look like in action.

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 Craig Pellingra ’12

Ricordi Cucina: Memories of My Grandparents Kitchen

Craig M. Pellingra, 2014.

Inspired by the memories of his grandparents’ Syracuse (N.Y.) kitchen, Pellingra offers 25 Italian recipes passed down through his family for readers to try and enjoy.

In addition to step-by-step instructions for how to prepare each dish, Pellingra includes family photos so readers can see the people behind the recipes.

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