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.


Juan and Gwen's Big Fundraising SurpriseStan Levenson ’54

Juan and Gwen’s Big Fundraising Surprise

Stanley Levenson, 2017.

Juan and Gwen see the disrepair their school has fallen into, and embark on a fundraising campaign to fix it up. After asking for community support, Juan and Gwen’s efforts result in a big surprise.

Calling Me Back Again BookRick Mitchell ’70 M’77

Calling Me Back Again

Kelsay Books, 2017.

Mitchell’s third book of poetry touches on the times in life when we revisit where we have been, what we have left behind, what we have failed to consider and what we have thought to be real. Mitchell is a professor of English and the humanities at SUNY Alfred.

The Devil's Room BookJeff Durstewitz ’73 
(writing as Joe Fegan)

The Devil’s Room

CreateSpace, 2017.

An American professor of geology has a knack for writing best-selling caveman thrillers and has a gorgeous wife with expensive tastes, but he doesn’t like giving Uncle Sam his due. So he moves to an emerald land that allows him to keep all of his green. True, his new country manse needs a lot of work and is a bit odd, with its headache stone, overgrown chapel and a tiny walled-off room about which his neighbors seem strangely sensitive.

Theodore Book CoverSusan Derych Rubin ’74 M’81


Tails and Tales, 2015.

Puppies dream of what they want to be when they grow up, and Theodore wants
to deliver the mail.

Archival Arrangement and Description: Analog to DigitalLois Fanning Hamill ’79

Archival Arrangement and Description: Analog to Digital

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017.

An essential text for new and veteran archivists about keeping up with new technology and processes for archiving both analog and digital materials. Up to date with current methodologies pertaining to digital archives, this book provides basic and advanced information on recording data to cater to all levels of archivists.

What American Government Does Book CoverStan Luger ’78 and Brian Waddell ’83

What American Government Does

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.

It has become all too easy to disparage the role of the U.S. government today. Many Americans are influenced by a simplistic anti-government ideology that is itself driven by a desire to roll back the more democratically responsive aspects of public policy. But government has improved the lives of Americans in numerous ways, from providing income, food, education, housing and healthcare support, to ensuring cleaner air, water and food, to providing a vast infrastructure upon which economic growth depends.

The Longevity Economy Book CoverDr. Joseph F. Coughlin ’82

The Longevity Economy

PublicAffairs, 2017.

Over the past two decades, Coughlin has been busting myths about aging with groundbreaking multidisciplinary research into what older people actually want—not what conventional wisdom suggests they need. In this book, Coughlin provides the framing and insight business leaders need to serve the growing older market: a vast, diverse group of consumers representing every possible level of health and wealth, worth about $8 trillion in
the United States alone and

Under a Kindred Moon Book CoverJo Lynn Stresing ’91

Under a Kindred Moon

CreateSpace, 2017.

The Siberian husky, one of man’s best friends, is examined in close, personal and intimate detail in this collection of short stories and beautiful illustrations. Told through the voice of a woman with over three decades of breeding and mushing experience, the highly personable and relatable stories within will draw you into the everyday lives of dogs and their owners.

Star Trek Book CoverJim Davies ’93 and Dr. Anthony Francis (contributors)

Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier

Sterling, 2017.

Explore the deep, expansive space that is the Star Trek universe and the myriad of theories behind character creation in this comprehensive text. Engage in current, scholarly rhetoric concerning the psyches of the entire cast, as well as the complex implications behind the portrayal of artificial intelligence in the franchise.

June Bug's Journey Book CoverJim Arnold ’06 (Illustrator), Connie Evans and Marjorie Wentworth

June Bug’s Journey

Tails and Tales, 2016.

June Bug the dog teaches young readers to see everyone as they truly are.

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