The Magazine lists a selection of general interest books, films, and albums by alumni. For additional alumni releases, browse the Magazine’s Goodreads bookshelf.
Bernie Sanders, AB’64
Following his presidential run, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders gives an inside look at the campaign that attracted millions of voters across the country. The book (priced at 27 bucks) also lays out his ideas for achieving economic, social, environmental, and racial justice in 2016 and beyond.
Amy Gentry, AM’05, PhD’11
When 13-year-old Julie Whitaker is kidnapped from her bedroom, her younger sister is the only witness. Eight years later Julie reappears on the family’s doorstep. Now it’s the girls’ mother who doesn’t quite believe Julie’s story of where she’s been—and who starts a high-stakes investigation into the young woman she wants desperately to believe is her daughter.
William Domnarski, AM’78
Judge Richard Posner, a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, has served for 35 years on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. His opinions, which he writes himself, have been cited more often than those of any other American judge. In the first full-length biography of Posner, lawyer and legal writer William Domnarski draws on interviews with the judge and more than 200 of his colleagues and acquaintances, as well as on Posner’s own writing, to show how the often-controversial jurist has emerged as one of the country’s most influential thinkers.
Marilu Henner, EX’74, and Michael Brown, AB’74
After being out of touch with him for more than 20 years, actress Marilu Henner reconnected with former classmate Michael Brown in 2003 and a relationship quickly blossomed. Several months later Michael was diagnosed with bladder cancer and then with lung cancer. Detailing how Marilu incorporated Eastern medicine and healthy habits into Michael’s treatment regimen, this candid account chronicles their successful journey to Michael’s remission, and how their struggles ultimately strengthened their relationship.
Lauren Oliver (née Laura Schechter), AB’04
When read from one cover, Replica, the first book of a new duology from young adult author Lauren Oliver, tells the story of Gemma, a sickly girl who discovers her father has a connection to a mysterious research facility. When read starting from the other cover, it’s the story of Lyra, a human study subject who breaks out of the same facility. When the two girls, both searching for answers, meet in Florida, their lives and stories become irreversibly intertwined.
Marianna Tax Choldin, LAB’59, AB’62, AM’67, PhD’79
Russian scholar and librarian Marianna Tax Choldin has traveled to Russia more than 50 times since 1960 and has spoken with hundreds of the country’s citizens about their experiences with censorship. In her memoir she describes the tension between her own commitment to freedom of speech and her growing understanding of Russian censorship. Choldin also reflects on the friends she’s made during her travels and what it’s like to return to the country that her Jewish family left a century ago.
Gretchen Bakke, PhD’07
America’s electrical grid is not only aging and in need of repair, it’s also not designed for new power sources like wind and solar energy that require flexible capacity and large-scale storage. Cultural anthropologist Gretchen Bakke explores the history of the grid and profiles the people who are working to revolutionize our electrical infrastructure.
R. Scott Hanson, PhD’02
Since the 17th century the Queens, NY, neighborhood of Flushing has been one of the most religiously diverse areas in the country. R. Scott Hanson, a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and an affiliate of Harvard’s Pluralism Project, explores the neighborhood’s commitment to religious freedom and how immigration has made this densely populated area a microcosm of world religions—though not without some conflict. With a foreword by the Divinity School’s Martin E. Marty, PhD’56, City of Gods uses Flushing to analyze both the possibilities and limits of religious pluralism in America.