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.

Revealing the Unseen HandLee R. Clendenning ’63

Revealing the Unseen Hand: God’s Providence Documented. WestBow Press, 2013.

This autobiography describes the author’s beginnings as a humble farm boy who rises to national academic success through his faith in God’s intervention. Clendenning details how he earned a science degree from SUNY Oswego and went on to serve the fields of academics and ministry for more than 50 years.



The Box Boy PoemsLes Von Losberg ’69 M’70

The Box Boy Poems. Poets Union Press, 2013.

The most recent of six books and dozens of publications of poetry, this large-print collection is dedicated to a deceased friend of the author. Constructed on the conceit of a box, the 38 poems range in subject from toys to beer and in tone from humor to sorrow. The author’s introduction explains the impetus for the book.


Nice Girls Still Don't Get the Corner OfficeLois P. Frankel, Ph.D. ’73

Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage Their Careers. Business Plus, 2013.

An updated and revised edition of Frankel’s New York Times bestseller that has served for more than a decade as a guideline for professional women, this volume reveals behaviors women learn in girlhood that lead to actions that sabotage their careers. Frankel breaks down potential mistakes women make and offers concrete suggestions for addressing each issue. The book is interactive, with self evaluations and quizzes to help readers identify behaviors that can undermine their success in the professional environment. (See “The Last Word,”)

The Parties in Court: American Political Parties under the Constitution.Robert C. Wigton ’77

The Parties in Court: American Political Parties under the Constitution. Lexington Books, 2014.

In this nonfiction depiction of past and current politics, Wigton explores the history and subsequent uncertain position of political parties in constitutional law. He highlights the ambiguity between private and public politics and proposes methods on how to maintain a “healthy party system” for a successful democracy.


Spies of Revolutionary ConnecticutMark Allen Baker ’79

Spies of Revolutionary Connecticut, From Benedict Arnold to Nathan Hale. History Press, 2014.

Baker’s passion for history is contagious in this nonfiction exploration of the fascinating role that spies played behind the scenes during the Revolutionary War. Baker highlights the legacy left by infamous spies such as Benedict Arnold and Nathan Hale. The book is rich with illustrations and coded messages sent between spies in Connecticut that changed the tides of the Revolutionary War.


Simple TruthsJacquelyn D. Golden, Ph.D. ’90

Simple Truths. WestBow Press, 2011.

This guidebook to a fulfilling spiritual life chronicles the author’s own experience in seeking and finding knowledge, or basic information as she calls it, about the abundant life found in the practice of faith and praise.


The Lost JournalTim Mollen ’91

Lost Journal, Vol.: Confessions of a Failed Paperboy. Shilo Ruby Press, 2014.

Humorist Mollen’s collection of memories document his Catholic school boyhood and the fantastic family who supports his adventures, understands his aspirations and forgives his failures. The book is rife with icons of his era—tater tots at lunch, Orange Julius kiosks at the mall, The Muppet Movie and Apple computers. Learn more about this syndicated humor columnist at


The Punkydoos Take the StageJennifer Thompson Jackson ’94

The Punkydoos Take the Stage. Disney Publishing Worldwide, 2014.

Children will want to sing along to the original song on a CD that accompanies this story about young neighborhood musicians and the rock band they assemble as Lexi-Lou recruits them one by one to stage an outdoor concert.


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