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Books by Yale authors

Strange New Worlds: The Search for Alien Planets and Life Beyond Our Solar System
Princeton University Press, $24.95
Ray Jayawardhana ’94

About a thousand years ago, Chinese scholar Teng Mu described as “unreasonable” the notion that “there are no other skies and no other earths” in all the cosmos. Astronomers have vindicated Mu, recently discovering a plethora of other planets. In this readable account, astrophysicist Jayawardhana shows how researchers have used the “physics of light and gravity” to find the signatures of “strange new worlds.”


The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive after High School
Hyperion, $25.99
Alexandra Robbins ’98

High school can be hell, particularly for “the cafeteria fringe,” as Robbins dubs the kids who are not members of the in-crowd. Her book follows a year in the lives of seven students, typifying various points on the social spectrum. Through these profiles, and interviews with hundreds of others from students to psychologists, she explores the “cause and consequence of the gut-wrenching social landscape.” Her conclusion: after graduation, the last often become first.


The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
Simon and Schuster, $37.50
David McCullough ’55

In the 1830s, a remarkable group of Americans, including painter Samuel Morse ’10, medical student Oliver Wendell Holmes, and educator Emma Willard, headed across the Atlantic for the City of Light. “They were ambitious to excel in work that mattered greatly to them, and they saw time in Paris, the experience of Paris, as essential to achieving that dream,” writes McCullough, who follows these and other nineteenth-century intellectual sojourners. “They were to … bring back more, of infinite value to themselves and to their country, than they yet knew.” Morse, for example, returned with the idea for the telegraph.


The Greatest Game Ever Pitched: Juan Marichal, Warren Spahn, and the Pitching Duel of the Century
Triumph Books, $24.95
Jim Kaplan ’66

“Hitting is timing,” said legendary pitcher Warren Spahn. “Pitching is upsetting timing.” On July 2, 1963, Spahn, then 42, faced off against a 25-year-old fireballer named Juan Marichal. Over the course of 16 innings, the two pitchers kept hitters completely off stride, throwing scoreless ball. Sportswriter Kaplan tells the stories of the two Hall of Famers and their duel, which he calls “the best-pitched game in baseball history.”


The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy
Harper, $24.99
Priscilla Gilman ’93, ’02PhD

For the Romantic poet William Wordsworth, childhood was a time when “the earth, and every common sight … did seem apparelled in celestial light.” When Wordsworth scholar Gilman had her first child, she looked forward to witnessing that period of delight in ordinary things. But there was something far from ordinary about Benj. Intellectually precocious but socially impaired, he responded to life in ways she couldn’t relate to. This moving memoir traces Gilman’s journey to appreciation and, eventually, joy.


Habeas Corpus After 9/11: Confronting America’s New Global Detention System
NYU Press, $39
Jonathan Hafetz ’99JD

The U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay was merely “an island in an archipelago … of a larger prison system designed to operate outside the law,” writes Hafetz. Prisons including Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and secret CIA jails throughout the world were part of a system developed after September 11 by the Bush administration in which “prisoners could be held indefinitely … without charge and without a meaningful hearing.” Hafetz shows how lawyers challenged it.



More books by Yale authors

Stuart A. Banner '85
American Property: A History of How, Why, and What We Own
Harvard University Press, $29.95

Cathleen Blood '87 and Kim Todd '92 and Samantha Parent Walravens,
Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood
Coffee town Press, $18.95

Harold Bloom '56PhD Sterling Professor of Humanities
The Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life
Yale University Press, $32.5

Martin Boykan '53Musm
The Power of the Moment: Essays on the Western Musical Canon
Pendragon Press, $ 48

Joseph Braude '96
The Honored Dead: A Story of Friendship, Murder, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World
Spiegel & Grau, $26

Debra R. Comer '86PhD and Gina Vega
Moral Courage in Organizations: Doing the Right Thing at Work
M.E. Sharpe, $89.95

Kenneth M. Davidson '67 LLM
Reality Ignored: How Milton Friedman and Chicago Economics Undermined American Institutions and Endangered the Global Economy
CreateSpace, $19.95

Victor E. Ferrall, Jr. '58, '60LLB
Liberal Arts at the Brink
Harvard University Press, $25.95

Mike F. Foster '58
The Ties That Bind: Birds, Nature and Us
Authorhouse, $22.49

Howard S. Friedman '72 and Leslie R. Martin '44
The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study
Hudson Street Press, $25.95

Andrew Gerle '94
The Enraged Accompanist's Guide to the Perfect Audition
Applause, $16.99

Julie Hubbert '96PhD
Celluloid Symphonies: Texts and Contexts in Film Music History
University of California Press, $34.95

Selby C. Jacobs '61, '72MPH
Inside Public Psychiatry
Public Medical Publishing House, $59.95

John Jagger '54PhD
Science and the Religious Right: What Americans Should Know About Both
IUniverse, $20.95

Paul W.Kahn '77PhD, '80JD
Political Theology: Four New Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty
Columbia University Press, $32.50

Gray Kochhar-Lindgren'82 and Bent SØrensen
Night Café: The Amorous Notes of a Barista
Eyecorner Press, $19

Charles Landesman '59PhD
"Leibniz's Mill: A Challenge to Materialism"
University of Notre Dame Press, $30

Ernest Lockridge '61, '64Phd
Skeleton Key to the Suicide of My Father Ross Lockridge, Jr. 
Global Enterprise, $21.95

Mary S.Mazzacane '47MusB
Music Education through Puppetry
Keynote Publishing, $34.95

James Mellon '64
The Judge: A Life of Thomas Mellon, Founder of a Fortune
Yale University Press, $38

Hannah Nordhaus '90
The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America 
Harper Perennial, $14.99

Juliana Ochs '02
Security & Suspicion: Ethnography of Everyday Life in Israel
University of Pennsylvania Press, $47.5

Robert Dale Parker '80PhD
Changing is not vanishing: A Collection of American Indian Poetry to 1930
University of Pennsylvania Press , $34.95

Stephen Partridge '81 and Leonard Cassuto
The Cambridge Companion to Baseball
University of Cambridge Press, $24.99

Daniel D. Perlmutter '56 and Robert L. Rothstein
The Challenge of Climate Change: Which Way Now?
Wiley-Blackwell, $79.95

William F. Quillian '43PhD
Voices From R-MWC: A musical group of R-MWC Faculty members
Warwick House Publisher, $20

Ron Rosenbaum '68
How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III
Simon & Schuster, $28

Elizabeth N. Saunders '07PhD
Leaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions
Cornell University Press, $35

Robert J. Shiller '82MAH and Randall S. Kroszner, Professor of Economics
Reforming U.S. Financial Markets: Reflections Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank
MIT Press, $19.95

Sharon J. Smith - attending
The Young Activist's Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World
Ten Speed Press, $14.99

Margaret Smith '91
Money from Fear to Love: Using the Enneagram to create wealth, Prosperity, and Love 
CreateSpace, $27.95

Paul E. Stepansky '78 and David W. Stepansky
The Last Family Doctor: Remembering my Father's medicine, $23.5

Jomo Kwame Sundaram '73
Reforming the International Financial System for Development
Columbia University Press, $34.5

Bryant F. Tolles, Jr '62
Architecture & Academe:  College Buildings in New England before 1860
University Press of New England , $50

Amor Towles '87
Rules of Civility: A novel
Penguin Group, $26.95

Celia Scher Wagner  '77
The Journal of Unemployment Studies, $14.95

Keith Wailoo '84
How Cancer Crossed the Color Line
Oxford University Press,  $27.95

Lawrence Warner '91
The Lost History of "Piers Plowman": The Earliest Transmission of Langland's Work
University of Pennsylvania Press, $49.95

Nicholas Fox Weber '72
The Bauhaus Group: Six Masters of Modernism
Yale University Press, $27.5

Jonathan Weinberg '78 and Barbara Buhler Lynes
Shared Intelligence: American Painting and the Photograph
University of California Press, $39.95

Jennifer B. Wriggins '80 and Martha Chamallas
The Measure of Injury: Race, Gender, and Tort Law
University of New York, $40


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