Recent Books by Kenyon Authors

Michael Berryhill '67, The Trials of Eroy Brown: The Murder Case That Shook the Texas Prison System (University of Texas Press). Chair of the journalism program at Texas Southern University, Berryhill recounts the story of a Texas prisoner who killed two prison officials, pleaded self-defense, and finally won acquittal—but who remained in jail. “It was a tragedy that needn't have happened,” writes Berryhill, “but it also became a signal moment in the history of prison civil rights, revealing everything that can go wrong in prisons.”

Sarah Blick and Laura D. Gelfand, editors, Push Me, Pull You: Imaginative and Emotional Interaction in Late Medieval and Renaissance Art (Brill). Two volumes offer essays on “the layered relationships . . . between devotional objects and those who interacted with them.” Blick is a member of Kenyon's art history faculty.

Simone Dubrovic and Daniela De Pau, editors, Zoom d'Oltreoceano: Istantanee sui registi Italiani e sull'Italia (Vecchiarelli Editore). Dubrovic, of the Italian faculty, and his co-editor have assembled interviews with leading Italian film directors, by Italian scholars working in the U.S. The aim is to engage these two perspectives in an exploration of Italian identity and a changing Italy.

Larry Enright '72, A King in a Court of Fools. In this enjoyable novel of 1950s America, Enright spins out the adventures of sixth-grader Tom Ryan and his “gang,” as told by little brother Harry. Klondike bars, drive-in movies, Isaly's dairy store, and a baseball mitt signed by Bill Mazeroski—they're all here.

Emily King '87, Field Tested: Recruiting, Managing, and Retaining Veterans (American Management Association). A seasoned organizational consultant, King is also a veteran—a veteran, that is, in studying the nature of military and civilian leadership and the unique challenges involved in making the transition from the military realm to the civilian workplace. Her book guides civilian managers, human resource professionals, and other executives through the process of recruiting veterans—and retaining them.

Thomas D. LaBaugh '64, The Wins of Change. An executive coach, LaBaugh has seen many careers derailed by poor “management style.” His book offers practical advice and proven tools for avoiding “bad behavior” and developing leadership.

Victor Rodríguez-Núñez, Tareas (Renacimiento). Based on trips back to his native Cuba, this long poem won Spain's prestigious Rincón de la Victoria International Poetry Prize. Tareas (homework) is about “memory, place, and cultural identity,” Rodríguez-Núñez, a Spanish faculty member, has said.

Clara Román-Odio and Marta Sierra, editors, Transnational Borderlands in Women's Global Networks: The Making of Cultural Resistance (Palgrave Macmillan). Globalization has posed challenges to feminism as well as to the established orders (whether political or cultural) that feminism has often opposed. Román-Odio and Sierra, both of Kenyon's Spanish faculty, have assembled ten essays that explore these challenges.

Jessica Savitz '00, Hunting Is Painting (Lake Forest College Press). Reflecting on this poetry collection, Savitz has said, “I feel liberated thinking about how poetry relates to our relationship to the animal world, to the roots of things, to primitive people, to the first fire—and I wanted to explore these ideas.” Savitz was the first winner of the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer's Residency Prize at Lake Forest College.

Edward Schortman and Patricia Urban, Networks of Power: Political Relations in the Late Postclassic Naco Valley, Honduras (University Press of Colorado). Based on the extensive archaeological work done by anthropology professors Schortman and Urban along with Kenyon students as part of the Kenyon-Honduras Program, this book reconstructs the “fragile hierarchical structure” of Naco Valley society prior to the Spanish conquest.

Wendy Singer, Independent India 1947-2000 (Pearson). Most histories of India stop before independence. Singer, of Kenyon's history faculty, takes up the story from there, examining political change and social movements as well as the arts and culture in this dynamic world power.

Mark E. Sullivan '68, The Military Divorce Handbook (American Bar Association). This is the second edition of Sullivan's complete guide for lawyers handling domestic cases involving service members, military retirees, and their families.

Stephen C. Volz, African Teachers on the Colonial Frontier: Tswana Evangelists and Their Communities during the Nineteenth Century (Peter Lang). A history professor at Kenyon, Volz re-examines the colonial encounter between Europeans and Africans, focusing on the role of African converts to Christianity, often the sons of chiefs who became preachers. Colonization was not a simple process of oppression, he argues, but entailed a period of give-and-take.

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