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Publications by Obies

The Joy of Soy
By Vance Lehmkuhl '84
Laugh Lines Press, 1997

This collection of vegetarian cartoons pokes fun at meat-eaters and vegetarians alike, and includ-es cartoons on subjects such as mysterious party dips, raising vegetarian children, and "What's Really in that Burger?" A vegetarian since 1985, Lehmkuhl has had a weekly political comic strip called "How-to Harry" in the Philadelphia City Paper since 1990. He won Philadelphia Magazine's 1992 "Best of Philly" award for his work and has been published in several national magazines.

Health and Welfare during Industrialization
Edited by Richard H. Steckel '66
University of Chicago Press, 1997

These ten essays about economic history bring a new perspective to the modern debate about standards of living. Examining industrialization and its affect on health and welfare in the U.S., Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Japan, and Australia, the authors examine economics, education, and disparities between classes. Steckel is professor of economics at The Ohio State University and research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Contesting the Market Pay Equity and the Politics of Economic Restructuring
By Deborah M. Figart and Peggy Kahn '75
Wayne State University Press, 1997

From the perspective of political economy, this volume analyzes the role of the national pay-equity movement, women's organizations within state institutions, and public sector unions in placing wage discrimination on the state's agenda. Using Michigan as the quintessential example of the deindustrializing heartland, the authors examine Michigan's pay-equity reform and explain why and how it failed to meet the needs of workers. Figart and Kahn offer alternatives for reducing wage discrimination without formal job evaluations. Kahn is associate professor of political science at the University of Michigan, Flint, and a faculty member of the Women's and Gender Studies Program. She has co-edited Equal Value/Comparable Worth in the UK and USA (St. Martin's Press, 1992).

Through the Eyes of Hubble: The Birth, Life, and Violent Death of Stars
By Robert Naeye '85
Kalmbach Books, 1998

Using photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and computer-generated illustrations, Naeye's user-friendly text explains the new in-sights Hubble has helped generate about the universe. Details of the life cycles of stars and nebulae are illustrated in this highly acclaimed work. The London Times wrote that Through the Eyes of Hubble "gives us both the stunning pictures and a highly readable account of... the scientific research crucial to our understanding of the origins and future of the universe." Naeye lives and writes in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where he is associate editor of Astronomy magazine.

By Naomi (Radinsky) Holoch '61
Faber and Faber, 1997

Holoch's novel follows a week in the lives of two women; one lives in New York, and the other, in Paris. Theirs is long, established friendship that becomes a passionate affair when The New Yorker arrives in Paris unexpectedly. The visit leads both women to revelations about the nature of desire, obsession, and love. Holoch has co-edited and contributed to the Lambda Award-winning Women on Women short fiction series, and Offseason was nominated for the 1997 Lambda Award. The author lives in New York City and teaches French literature and creative writing at Purchase College, State University of New York.

The Radical Enlightenments of Benjamin Franklin
By Douglas Anderson '72
The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997

Here's a new look at the intellectual and literary roots of Benjamin Franklin. The book traces the evolution of Franklin's works, including the twenty-five year production of Poor Richard's Almanac, placing it in the context of early eighteenth-century moral and educational psychology. Anderson examines Franklin's seminal 1751 essay "Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind." The author is associate professor of English at the University of Georgia. His earlier publication is A House Undivided: Domesticity and Community in American Literature.

Alien Nation:Nineteenth-Century Gothic Fictions and English Nationality
By Cannon Schmitt '85
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997

Schmitt charts the ways in which Gothic fictions and conventions gave shape to a sense of English nationality during the years when the British Empire was at its height. Alien Nation explores the ways Gothic narrative, though generally conceived of as subversive, was instrumentalin "Gothicizing" history and politics, as tales of victimization gripped the public imagination and shaped official Victorian policy. Schmitt teaches English at Grinnell College.

Nurse-Social Worker Collaboration in Managed Care: A Model of Community Case Management
By Joellen W. (Beck) Hawkins '63, Nancy W. Veeder, and Carole W. Pearce
Springer, 1997

According to the authors, nurses and social workers are natural partners for the physical and psycho social care required in communities and by managed care networks. Written by representatives of both professions, readers will find a model for effective nurse-social worker collaboration. Interviews with leaders in nursing and social work share what kinds of collaboration works best and what doesn't, and make thoughtful recommendations for the future.

Crimes Against the Environment
By Susan Mandiberg '68 and Susan Smith

Michie, 1997

In the first comprehensive reference on federal environmental criminal law, the authors cover the history of federal environmental crimes, and examine the legal issues related to pollution control and natural resources. Readers will discover the procedures used today in investigating, charging, and resolving environmental crimes. The work combines practical advice for lawyers and theoretical discussion of legal issues. Mandiberg is professor of law at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College.

A Basic Music Library: Essential Scores and Sound Recordings, Third Edition
Compiled by the Music Library Association
Edited by Elizabeth Davis, Pamela Bristah, Jane Gottlieb, Kent Underwood, and William E. Anderson '67
American Library Association, 1997

Now including sound recordings for the first time, this work lists 7,000 recordings and 3,000 printed scores; it has long been a major resource for libraries and others in building and assessing their music collections. Anderson was one of two sound recordings editors for the third edition.

No Colder Place
By S. J. Rozan (Shira Rosan) '72
St. Martin's Press, 1997

Undercover investigator P.I. Bill Smith poses as a bricklayer when a Manhattan construction site is plagued by a series of thefts and misfortunes. With P.I. Lydia Chin working as his inside contact, Smith uncovers a plot, not of fraud or espionage, but of corruption and murder, that leads him into the depths of the New York City underworld. Rozan, an architect in New York City, previously won the Shamus Award for Best Novel and has been nominated for an Edgar Award.

Ben & Jerry's Double-Dip: Lead With Your Values and Make Money, Too
By Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield '73
Simon and Schuster, 1997

Ben and Jerry made a small ice-cream shop in Burlington, Vermont, into a $160 million international company--and used the business as a tool for progressive social change. This is the book that tells us how and why they did it. In Double-Dip they share their philosophy of "values-led businesses" and encourage anyone who owns, works for, invests in, or shops with a company to help make it socially responsible. "[You] don't have to sacrifice social involvement on the altar of maximized profits. One builds on they other," they say in their introduction. The pair, chums since childhood, also remind us to have fun on the job. Greenfield, cofounder and vice-chair of the board of Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc., plans to celebrate his 25th reunion in Oberlin in May 1998.

New Novel, New Wave, New Politics: Fiction and the Representation of History in Postwar France
By Lynn A. Higgins '69
The University of Nebraska Press, 1996

Awarded the Modern Language Association Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone studies last December, this book focuses on the New Novel and New Wave movement in France. Higgins demonstrates how postwar novels and films engage in historiography that preserves social commitment. She is professor of French at Dartmouth College and chair of the department of French and Italian since 1993. She is also the author of Parables of Theory: Jean Ricardou's Metafiction (1984) and editor or co-editor of several collections.

Broken Helix
By Dina Ben-Lev '86
Mid-List Press, 1997

Stuart Friebert, retired Oberlin professor of creative writing, says of Ben-Lev's newest collection of poetry that it is "a deeply conceived first book, a rare achievement for such a young poet." Ben-Lev is the author of two award-winning chapbooks, and her poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines. She is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets awards, the Ellison Poetry Prize, and a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Cincinnati.

Sister of Wisdom St. Hildegard's Theology of the Feminine
By Barbara Newman '75
The University of California Press, 1987
Reissued with New Preface, Bibliography, and Discography, 1997

This is the first book in English about St. Hildegard of Bingen, the extraordinary twelfth-century German abbess, spiritual counselor, physician, preacher, writer, and theologian, and it is the only long work on her theology of the feminine. Sister of Wisdom is an examination of Hildegard's life and work through interpretation of her prolific writings, and a study of the historical process by which certain ways of thinking about God have affected Christian thought about women and the feminine. The translations of Hildegard's texts from the original Latin are Newman's own. Newman is professor of English and religion at Northwestern University.

Stress and the Risk of Psychological Disorder in College Women
By Alfred B. Heilbrun, Jr. '49
University Press of America, 1997

This volume describes three programs of research concerned with the risk of various psychobiological disorders in college women: anorexia nervosa, menstrual dysfunction, and type A vulnerability to cardiovascular problems. Heilbrun's research was based on a new approach to developmental psychopathology in which risk factors for future disorders were isolated within a relevant normal population. These factors suggest the possibilities of early detection of disorders and intervention, and may contribute to the understanding of how these disorders develop. Stress and Risk is primarily directed toward mental health professionals and others who are concerned with student problems on campuses. Heilbrun is Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

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