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Down and Out, on the Road:
The Homeless in American History

By Kenneth L. Kusmer '68
Oxford University Press, 2002

The misunderstood population of homeless Americans has been an integral part of our civilization for 200 years. Kusmer examines why people become homeless, how charities and agencies deal with the problem, and why we fail to solve it. Homeless people have often had much in common with average Americans, says Kusmer, a professor of history at Temple University.

Iraq under Siege:
The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War

Edited by Anthony Arnove '91
South End Press, 2002

In this updated, critically acclaimed series of short essays, leading voices document the human and environmental toll of the U.S. and U.K.-led war against Iraq. Photos and first-person accounts demonstrate the human story of the sanctions. Arnove is a New York-based activist and frequent writer.

Hallucinogens: A Reader

Edited by Dr. Charles S. Grob '72
Tarcher/Putnam, 2002

With theories derived from Timothy Leary's 1960s research into the positive effects of hallucinogens and messages in Aldous Huxley's novels that explored the capacity of drugs to influence personality, Grob and his contributors re-evaluate the social worth of hallucinogens used in medicine, psychiatry, and spirituality. He is a professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Republic on Trial: The Case for Representative Democracy
By Karl T. Kurtz '67, et al
Congressional Quarterly Press, 2003

From military intervention to Social Security to abortion, Americans are deeply divided over major issues. Yet, say the authors, our system is not flawed by this division; rather democracy in America is necessarily complex and contentious. Without the chaotic features of public opinion and our legislature, the American system would not be working as its founders envisioned. Kurtz is director of the National Conference of State Legislatures' Trust for Representative Democracy.

Translating Mo'Um

By Cathy Park Hong '98
Hanging Loose Press, 2002

This collection of 27 poems vividly expresses Asian Pacific American issues of identity, language, and exotification. In such pieces as "Rite of Passage" and "Translating Michin'yum," Hong's life stories are intertwined with Korean and American influences. Hong is a winner of the Pushcart Prize and Van Lier Fellowship. Her poetry appears in Columbia Journal, McSweeny's and Mudfish, and Oberlin's Field.

Servants of the State:
Managing Diversity and Democracy in the Federal Workplace, 1933-1953

By Margaret C. Rung, '85
The University of Georgia Press, 2002

Rung traces the federal government's hiring and promotional practices for women and African Americans during the Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Cold War, demonstrating how our nation's most prominent employer helped foster labor relations that diminished patterns of discrimination. Rung is an associate professor of history at Roosevelt University.

War Torn
By Laura Palmer '72, et al.
Random House, 2002

Palmer is among nine writers to share their experiences as women reporters covering the Vietnam War. From her antiwar protesting days at Oberlin to her first nights in Saigon (mistaking B-52s for "the lulling sounds of tropical thunder")--which led to work with ABC, NBC, Time, and Rolling Stone--Palmer speaks candidly about the war that changed her life. She is the author of three books and an independent TV producer working primarily for Nightline.

Misreading Masculinity: Boys, Literacy, and Popular Culture
By Thomas Newkirk '70
Heinemann, 2002

In his up-close look at elementary-shool-age boys and their relationship to sports, movies, and video games, Newkirk determines that certain venues of pop culture are not enemies of literacy, but rather resources for literacy. A scholar of literacy learning at all ages, Newkirk is a professor of English at the University of New Hampshire.

Interview Yourself for Working Moms:
A Guided Journal

By Marci Taub '87
Careerstyling‚, L.L.C., 2002

Most of the 24 million working mothers in this country face enormous challenges in coping with their dual roles; Taub, a career counselor and mother of two, addresses many of them. Based on the belief that strategically organized, key questions can be a tool for self-help, this workbook offers 100 lessons that teach working mothers to become their own career and life coaches. Taub is the president of Careerstyling, a seminar and consultation company.

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