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Back to Blood: A Novel
It’s evening in Miami—well, Mee-AH-Mee—and Yale man Edward T. Topping IV, a Chicagoan transplanted to edit the Herald, and his alumna wife Mac have just been cut off in their attempt to find “a very nearly mythical piece of geography … a parking place.” What unfolds after a fiery confrontation is a sprawling novel that explores, in vintage Wolfe fashion, the uneasy way bloodlines play out in “the only city in the world where more than one half of all citizens were recent immigrants.”
Spillover: Animal Infections and the
Next Human Pandemic
The word “zoonosis” may be unknown to most readers, but the concept—an animal infection transmissible to humans—is all too familiar. Ebola, plague, many different kinds of influenza, Lyme disease, AIDS: these and numerous other ailments have made the jump from another species to our own, often with horrific results. In a gruesomely fascinating report, master science journalist Quammen details how pathogens “spill over” from the natural world to the human world.
Sex and God at Yale: Porn, Political
Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad
Sex Week! Sex toys! “Everything is sexual,” writes Harden, who was shocked, when he arrived at Yale, by activities on campus relating to human sexuality. In this impassioned exploration of what he sees as moral decline in both the curricular and extracurricular realms, Harden delivers a cri de coeur for a return to the university as the “modern-day equivalent of the Athenian agora,” rather than its current status as, he asserts, “an intellectual whorehouse.”
Samuel Barber: An American Romantic
A friend of the great twentieth-century US composer Samuel Barber once said, “Poetry was as necessary to his existence as oxygen.” In this fine collection of 21 tracks, conductor Johnson leads the choral organization Conspirare—the name means “to breathe together”—in a stunning performance of verse that Barber set to music. The poets Barber chose range widely in form and era, from a medieval monk to Pablo Neruda.
Vagina: A New Biography
In 2009, when she was 46, Wolf lost her sexual mojo. In an attempt to regain it, she discovered the critical importance of the pelvic nerve—hers had been muted by a spinal compression injury that was correctable—and as Wolf recovered, she began a remarkable journey that reframed her understanding of her vagina and the nerve connections to her brain. Her account, gleaned from scientists and Tantric masters, provides bold answers to the age-old question, “What do women want?”
Ceremony of Carols
New Haven–based Etherea, which includes several Yale alumni and staff among its singers and instrumentalists, offers a traditional Christmas collection: a moving performance of Benjamin Britten’s exquisite Ceremony of Carols, a joyful “I Saw Three Ships,” a spiritual “Coventry Carol,” and many more. The seven female voices and lone male countertenor (alternating as baritone), with occasional harp and organ accompaniment, were recorded at the Divinity School’s Marquand Chapel.
Books by Yale Authors
Lisa Garcia Bedolla ’99PhD and Melissa R. Michelson ’94PhD
J. Wesley Boyd ’85 and Eric Metcalf
Rebecca Dana ’04
Martin Duberman ’52
Max Gladstone ’06
Gary B. Gorton, Yale School of
Management Frederick Frank Class of 1954
Professor of Management and Finance
Lisa Kereszi ’00MFA
Klaus Kertess ’62
Mark S. Komrad ’79
Jill Lepore ’95PhD
Meira Levinson ’92, David E. Campbell, and Frederick M. Hess, editors
Richard Lingeman ’59LAW
Edison Miyawaki ’79
Jefferson Morley ’80
Todd L. Pittinsky ’92
David Quammen ’70
Frank Silverstein ’78, JJ Ramberg, and Lisa Everson
Steven M. Southwick ’70, Yale
School of Medicine Glenn H. Greenberg Professor of Psychiatry, and Dennis S. Charney ’90MAH
John Fabian Witt ’94, ’00PhD
Tom Wolfe ’57PhD
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