Roo Alumni Authors


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UMKC's Alumni Authors hold various degrees and represent wide-ranging
fields of employment and life experiences. 
But one thing they each have in common is a passion to write.
From fiction to non, how-to's, guides and plays,
take a look at what Roo Authors have to offer.

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Authors with the Miller Nichols Library logo have books that can be checked out at our library.  Click the logo above to view the entire UMKC Alumni Publications Collection at the library.

  Gloria Thomas Anderson, MSW ’06
College of Arts & Sciences

Passion For Your Purpose: Discovering Peace, Direction and Balance in your Life
This motivational nonfiction reveals those things in your life that help or hinder you from fulfilling your purpose and experiencing God's best. Because of belief systems, perceived realities and other’s expectations, many people find themselves sacrificing who they are and what they were created to do, settling for a boring, routine life and missing out on the greatness intended for their lives. The author asserts that everyone was created for a purpose and when your purpose is uncovered or discovered and you know who you really are, you can actually change the course of your destiny. 
Published June 2002, Heart Tones Press
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Patricia (Pat) Antonopoulos, BA ’74, MA ’82
School of Education 

Four Ordinary Women: A Gathering at the Cedar Roe Library

"Just as there are no normal families, so there are no ordinary women, and, despite its engaging title, this book proves that.  Each of the four women who participated in this intriguing project is unique and each, thus, resists being labeled as ordinary or labeled as anything other than endlessly interesting.  What these women show is that we all have our stories to tell because we all have been blessed and battered by life.  Readers will find countless points of intersection with their thoughts and experiences because we all share a common humanity.  But readers will not simply be looking in a mirror here at their own lives played out by another.  Rather, they will find new insights into common experiences.”Bill Tammeus, Faith Columnist, The Kansas City Star 
Published June 2009, Seven Locks Press
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Rita Arens, MA ’02
College of Arts & Sciences

The Obvious Game

"Everyone trusted me back then. Good old, dependable Diana. Which is why most people didn't notice at first."  Described as an important read on a complex and confusing mental illness, The Obvious Game is a journey into anorexia. Diana starts out 'normal' enough, but soon the spiraling reality of her mother's health and her growing relationship with a high school wrestler cutting weight, find her helpless against the new rules taking shape in her mind. This journey sheds light on the psychology of anorexia, and how one young person found her way back.
Published 2013, Inkspell Publishing
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Scott Alan Ast, BA ’87, MPA ’91
Henry W. Bloch School of Management, College of Arts & Sciences  

Managing Security Overseas: Protecting Employees and Assets in Volatile Regions

Threats to multinational corporations come in two forms: natural and man-made. This book illustrates the types of risks that confront corporations when working outside of North America. It provides key tools and understanding that are required to do business in a safe and secure manner, no matter the level of risk. It walks through a logical framework for safety and security program development from Day One. Using real-world case studies and examples, the book is a useful reference to security managers, security consultants, contractors, frequent global business travelers, and for those who are presently or soon-to-be assigned in overseas positions. 
Published August 18, 2009, Auerbach Publications  
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Stanley E. Banks, BA ’79, MA ’91
College of Arts & Sciences

Blue Beat Syncopation

Blue Beat Syncopation reveals Stanley E. Banks' status as a literary child of Langston Hughes. To the rhythm of a "drowsy syncopated tune" Banks tells us exactly "what happens to a dream deferred" in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. Written over a span of 25 years, Blue Beat Syncopation chronicles the despair, death, and decay of urban America in a manner reminiscent of Hughes's poem "Harlem." Lamenting lost love, lost loved ones, and the loss of hope in a world defined by harsh realities, Banks humanizes people dismissed as "pathological" by social commentators. Capturing the music and the misery of the modal black experience in written form, Blue Beat Syncopation is an extended blues elegy, a counterpoint to the American progress narrative. - Jeffrey R. Williams, University of Missouri-Columbia
Published February 14, 2003,
BkMk Press
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Brian Birdwell, MPA ’96
Henry W. Bloch School of Management

Refined by Fire: A Family’s Triumph of Love and Faith

On September 11, 2001, Brian was walking down the hall, a mere 20 yards away from his office at the Pentagon, when American Airlines Flight 77, under the control of terrorists, exploded into the building.  His entire body was immediately awash in flames.  He staggering down a debris laden hall but collapsed.  Just as he thought death was imminent, he felt cool water from an overhead sprinkler putting out the fire that consumed him.  He was the closest person to the plane’s point of impact to survive.  Burned over 60 percent of his body, his life would be forever changed.  Refined by Fire, cowritten by his wife Mel, tells the story not only of his struggle to survive, but also of the power of love and faith during the darkest moments of life.
Published June 7, 2004, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
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Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum, BA ’43
College of Arts & Sciences

The Future has an Ancient Heart: Legacy of Caring; Sharing; and Vision from the Primordial African Mediterranean to Occupy Everywhere

Feminist cultural historian Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum, PhD, caps her previous work with The Future has an Ancient Heart; a scholarly study of the transformative legacy of African origins and values of caring; sharing; healing; and vision carried by African migrants throughout the world.  Birnbaum focuses on the long endurance of these values from the first human communities in south and central Africa; ones that Africans manifested in the region of the African Mediterranean landmass that later separated Africa from Europe and Asia when the ice melted and waters rose.  These migrants reached every continent and later became spiritual as well as geographical migrations back to Africa; from ancient times to the transformative present.    
Published August 16, 2012, iUniverse
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Robert L. Bloch, BA ’79
College of Arts & Sciences

My Best Friend, Abe Lincoln: A Tale of Two Boys from Indiana

My Best Friend, Abe Lincoln is a children's book told from the unique perspective of Abraham Lincoln's fictional best friend, Sam Harding.  In 1820, Sam and Abe forge a strong friendship based on their love of learning and of the outdoors.  With very little historical information on Lincoln during the years 1820 - 1823, the author has created a wonderful, close imaginary relationship between the two boys, the experiences they shared growing up in early America and how one of the boys eventually became the sixteenth president of the United States.  

Published June 1, 2011, Castlebridge
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J.R. Boles
aka Jenifer (Lindahl) Boles, BA 06
College of Arts & Sciences

Bringer of Light: Book One of the Bringer Trilogy

For generations, the kingdom of Arten has stood alone against the ancient dark mage Mercer, a man no longer bound by time.  But when King Wern is kidnapped, Queen Arin will risk everything to get him back.  Lynden Trenadin is chosen to join the ranks of the elite Queen's Champions both for her prowess as a warrior and her remarkable resemblance to the queen.  She has spent her life battling at Arten's borders, but now she must defend the queen with her life as they journey to their enemy's castle.  When the tide of battle goes against them, Lynden unleashes a magical power she didn't know she possessed.  Even though she saved hundreds of warriors, Lynden is forced to flee in shame for her use of forbidden magic.  Now on the run, Lynden must raise a rebellion to free her country from the tyranny of the enemy she thought she'd destroyed.
Published October 3, 2014, Iuniverse
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F. Travis Boley, BA 95
College of Arts & Sciences

The Little Book of Bowling

From the satisfying smack of a solid strike to the good-natured competition of a local bowling league, this once-kitschy sport is now getting the attention it deserves and this fun and fact-filled Miniature EditionTM features fascinating bowling trivia and photographs of bowling memorabilia, is here to celebrate.
Published March 6, 2002, Running Press Miniature Editions
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B.K. Bradshaw, BA 91, MA 94, PhD 00
School of Education, School of Graduate Studies  

Crystal Brave: Treasures of the Current

One year after the earthquake at the Taum Sauk, Crystal is finally allowed to go on an archaeological dig with her parents, who are excavating a mysterious gravesite in the Ozark Mountains.  Her friends, Joseph, Will and Robin, join her to go trail riding near the site when the region is suddenly threatened by a devastating wildfire.  Crystal must call upon her courage to help find Robin's lost horse, Shotgun, as well as help save the treasures of the Current, ancient and new.
November 2014, Goldminds Publishing, LLC
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Benton Brockliss, BS ’86 
School of Computing and Engineering

Jolly Nice Angriness

In the worst economy of the last 80 years, one man is about to lose his life's savings, his house and put his family at risk.  As he considers his limited options, he takes the only job available to him... in a war zone where his life will be at risk on a daily basis.  Death, carnage and intrigue surround him.  Another man, also surrounded by death and intrigue, must fight his own battles for survival.  In the high stakes world of international espionage, this man learns that the only people you can trust, are the ones you can't.  These two different lives will be saved and redeemed by courage, chivalry and tenacity.
Published August 2011, Badger and Canary Press

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B.J. Burton, BA 73
College of Arts & Sciences

The Philadelphia Connection: Conversations with Playwrights

Philadelphia is one of America’s most interesting and innovative cities for theater, rich in new theaters, new plays, and rising playwrights. This book paints a picture of the city’s burgeoning scene through interviews with some of Philadelphia’s most influential and successful playwrights. Featuring interviews with Bruce Graham, Michael Hollinger, Thomas Gibbons, Seth Rozin, Louis Lippa, Jules Tasca, Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, Ed Shockley, Larry Loebell, Arden Kass, Nicholas Wardigo, Alex Dremann, Katharine Clark Gray, and Jacqueline Goldfinger, the book will be a source of inspiration for playwrights in Philadelphia and far beyond.
Published September 2015, Intellect, The University of Chicago Press
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  Steven J. Byers, MPA 84
Henry W. Bloch School of Management

What was Lost: The Chronicles of Japheth

Noah's prediction that the world is about to end poses a terrible dilemma for Japheth: either his father is a madman, or he is the prophet of a future that is too awful to contemplate.  What was Lost is the epic story of Japheth's adventures as he faces the worst catastrophe in the history of the world - a time when taking a stand means risking everything and failure could spell the doom of mankind.
Published June 30, 2005, Infinity Publishing
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Cathy Cartwright, MS ’79
School of Nursing 

Nursing Care of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Patient

Nursing Care serves as a detailed reference for all nurses caring for children with neurosurgical problems.  The target audience for this book includes staff nurses (and student nurses) working in clinics, PICU, pediatrics, operating rooms, post-anesthesia care units, emergency departments and radiology.  Cartwright, along with Donna Wallace, presents explanations of pathophysiology, anatomy, radiodiagnostic testing and treatment options for each neurosurgical diagnosis, helping the reader understand the rationale behind the nursing care.  Also included are symptoms and findings on neurological examination and history that will enable nurses to identify normal signs, plus guidelines on patient and family education. 
Published 2007, Springer (Softcover reprint November 23, 2010)
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Shelley Cochran, BA ’76
College of Arts & Sciences

The Pastor’s Underground Guide to the Revised Common Lectionary

Awarded with the Anderson Prize (given by the Presbyterian Writers Guild) for best Presbyterian book, Pastor’s Underground Guide is a three volume reference work for pastors that details issues of social justice in the decisions behind the Revised Common Lectionary, which gives Bible readings for each Sunday and holy day and is used by mainline Protestant denominations.
Published August 1995, Chalice Press 
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Charles DeMotte, ’70
School of Education

Bat, Ball & Bible: Baseball and Sunday Observance in New York

“Charles DeMotte’s Bat, Ball, & Bible significantly enlarges our understanding of the watershed battle between the national pastime and Sunday blue laws during the early decades of the last century. Deftly contextualizing the social and cultural divisions punctuating the debate over playing baseball on the Christian Sabbath, DeMotte brilliantly illuminates the grassroots struggle in New York State between traditional and emergent values.”—William M. Simons, professor of history, SUNY Oneonta, and director/editor, Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture
Published December 1012, Potomac Books, Inc.
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Marchel Denise
aka Marchel Alverson, MA 00
College of Arts & Sciences

Kissed by Madness

Kissed by Madness chronicles the cost of domestic violence. The Ellis women live in pain. They face emotional traumas and fistfuls of hurt.  Honor Ellis, the prodigal daughter of the South, is trapped in her marriage nightmare. With frayed nerves and a broken spirit, she is inches away from insanity-completely unraveling after the birth of her son, Day.  Sasha Ellis is trapped in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend. Barely six-years-old at the time of her mother’s incarceration, she is a drug addict who will do anything for a hit, and to keep from being hit.  Carmen Ellis, the born-again mother, shares her words of wisdom from behind prison bars. Through her letters to her children, she seeks their forgiveness, the one thing she wants most. But she may be too late as another Ellis woman faces prison time for doing the unspeakable.  At the center of their struggles is Ranford “RJ” Ellis, Jr., who witnesses his mother, Carmen, shoot and kill his abusive father at age eleven. The memory of that fateful day haunts him as he takes his anger out on those he loves the most.
Published August 17, 2013, Abner Publishing
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Marie deYoung, BM ’81
Conservatory of Music and Dance

This Woman's Army: The Dynamics of Sex and Violence in the Military

Written by Marie deYoung, the first woman chaplain to serve in four combat units, This Woman's Army provides an account of numerous professional clinical experiences that will provide insight into the string of sexual harassment and family murder cases that continue to plague the United States Army.
Published November 1999, PSI Research
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Terry W. Drake, BBA ’72, MBA 76
Henry W. Bloch School of Management


Father Damien is a Catholic priest at Santa Maria Maggiorie in Bergamo, Italy during World War II. He has assumed the leadership role in the underground after the death of his best friend Matthew Gillespi. The Americans have enlisted his support in the demolition of the Bergamo airfields supply headquarters held by the German occupation force. They also seek his support in destroying the German supply routes into the region. The allies have agreed to assist in the recovery of stolen art believed to have been hidden in caves in Switzerland by the renegade German force that raided Clusone and surrounding communities. The priest seeks Restitution in exchange for his assistance with the underground. This novel takes the reader on one action packed adventure after another as they unravel the mystery of the hidden treasure. 
Published March 2012, Xibris Publishing
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  Julie Dunlap, BS ’79
College of Arts & Sciences

Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together

Rachel Carson’s classic 1956 essay “Help Your Child to Wonder” urged adults to help children experience the “sense of wonder” that comes only from a relationship with nature In this anthology, authors Julie Dunlap and Stephen Kellert gathered essays that are by turns lyrical, comic and earnest - recounting adventures great and small with children in the natural world.  The stories include a father who captures fireflies with his children and reflects on fatherhood; an observation on how both gardening and parenting are “disciplines of sustainability”; an exploration on how African American children can connect to the land after generations of estrangement; and a mom has “the big talk” with her children, not about sex but about global warming.
Published February 17, 2012, The MIT Press
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Patrick W. Emmett, BS ’69
College of Arts & Sciences

A Second Chance, Surviving Sudden Cardiac Death

On a cold January morning in an airplane 30,000 miles above Minnesota, Patrick Emmett felt a discomfort in his chest, numbness in his hands and pain in his right shoulder.  Collapsing due to sudden cardiac arrest, he died on the spot.  Through the quick thinking of airline personnel and two passengers on the plane he was administered CPR, and eventually delivered a shock from an Automatic External Defibrillator.  A Second Chance looks at that dramatic event and encourages lifestyle chances for readers in addition to public awareness, testing, and placement of AEDs in all public places. 
Published June 15, 2008, Bascom Hill Publishing Group
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Pat Dunlap Evans (formerly Pat Livingston) BA
’78, MA 80
College of Arts & Sciences

To Leave a Memory

To Leave a Memory is the heartwarming story of a Georgia family’s victory over a devastating tragedy. When history professor Andrew Ward ignores his wife Lizzy’s premonition that something will happen if he allows their son to go out one stormy night, the teen dies on a rain-slick highway. Andrew is too anguished to admit he was wrong, and over the years he and Lizzy drift into avoidance.  Decades later, Lizzy decides to leave. Their daughter Jane, urges her mother to repair her marriage. Oblivious to the women’s plans, Andrew hides in his office, trying to write a grand apologia that will finally atone for his heartbreaking error. But when a second tragedy strikes, each family member faces a difficult choice that no one wants to make. 
Published December 11, 2015, A.M. Chai Literary
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Stephen J. Farnsworth, BA 90
College of Arts & Sciences

The Global President: International Media and the US Government 

“The Global President” provides an expansive international examination of news coverage of US political communication, and the roles the US government and the Presidency play in an increasingly communicative and interconnected political world. This comprehensive yet concise text includes analyses of not just the Presidency, but US foreign policy and contemporary political media itself. Farnsworth, along with co-authors S. Robert Lichter and Roland Shatz show that the realities of an ever-changing political landscape are magnified nowhere more greatly than in the realm of foreign policy, and the stakes surrounding the need for quality communication skills are no higher than at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue because – when the voices of the US government speak – the world is listening.
Published August 2013, Rowman & Littlefield
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Sally Ellis Fletcher, M.S.N. 89
School of Nursing and Health Studies

Cultural Sensibility in Healthcare: A Personal and Professional Guidebook

Today’s diverse healthcare landscape presents providers and patients alike with cultural experiences, challenges, and barriers. Subconscious beliefs and biases have the potential to undermine what should be positive interactions and outcomes. Healthcare providers must practice cultural sensibility, applying thoughtful reasoning to their own cultural awareness. This allows providers to be responsive and discreet in their patient interactions and to proactively acknowledge the cultural inheritances that might surface. In this practical guidebook, the author encourages healthcare providers to consider their own cultural attitudes, biases, beliefs, and prejudices through exercises and self-reflection and challenges readers to go beyond theory and explore culture as it affects their professional roles.
Published 2015, Sigma Theta Tau International
Available at: Nursing Knowledge International


Maria Finn, BA 91
College of Arts & Sciences

The Whole Fish: How Adventurous Eating of Seafood Can Make You Healthier, Sexier and Help Save the Ocean

The “gill to adipose fin” trend means buying fish whole and using the entire animal. Make fish head soup, broil the collars, brine the eggs, bake the skins for “fish bacon” dry the bones and grind them into a “salt” or smoke them for stock. Learn to love sardines, mackerel and herring for all their wonderful oiliness. You’ll get mega doses of omega 3’s, serotonin highs, increased stamina and all sorts of other benefits to ramp up your sex life and vastly improve your health. Research has shown that experiencing new things triggers the chemicals, dopamine and norepinephrine - the same ones released when you're newly in love. So make this as simple as an adventurous dinner.
Electronic Book - Published 2012, TED Books
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  Sue L. Hall, M.D. 83
School of Medicine

For the Love of Babies: One Doctor's Stories about Life in the Neonatal ICU

This book
invites readers into the NICU—an area in the hospital that’s unfamiliar and frightening to most people—and demystifies this place where extraordinary things transpire.  Accompany babies with a range of medical concerns as they journey through the NICU, seeing the challenges each one must surmount, all the while getting a sense of life-and-death urgency that permeates NICU care.  The all-important needs for parents to maintain hope, and for healthcare professionals to support them, are the transcendent messages.  This is the book for anyone who’s ever wondered how parents whose babies are critically ill cope with the enormous emotional pressures facing them, and what the daily rhythms of life are like in a NICU. 
Published June 1, 2011, WorldMaker Media
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Kitty (Price) Hanson, BA ’76, JD ’79
College of Arts & Sciences, School of Law

Gay Fad: Fran Taylor's Extraordinary Legacy
Volume I and II 

Fran Taylor (1915-1996) was a woman well ahead of her time. A talented artist, designer, and early female entrepreneur, she founded Gay Fad Studios, Inc., the premier glass decorating company of the mid-20th century, and single handedly built it into a million dollar enterprise.  This two-volume “encyclopedia” chronicles Fran’s fascinating life and documents over 900 designs, ranging from the whimsical to the exquisite, via 1,549 full-color photographs of Gay Fad glassware from co-author Donna McGrady’s personal collection.  Additional chapters on Gay Fad catalogs, price lists, advertisements, invoices, period newspaper and magazine articles, Gay Fad identification and what's not Gay Fad, provide a complete reference guide for researchers and collectors alike.  Photography by Rick Hanson, JD '79, School of Law.
Published August, 2011, Santa Fe Trading Post
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Kathleen Marie Higgins, BA 77
Conservatory of Music and Dance

The Music between Us: Is Music a Universal Language

From our first social bonding as infants to the funeral rites that mark our passing, music plays an important role in our lives, bringing us closer to one another.  Philosopher Kathleen Marie Higgins investigates this role, examining the features of human perception that enable music's uncanny ability to provoke, despite its myriad forms across continents and throughout centuries, the sense of a shared human experience.  Higgins asserts that music situates itself as one of the most fundamental bridges between people, a truly cross-cultural form of communication that can create solidarity across political new understanding of what it means to be musical and, in turn, human.
Published May 1, 2012, The University of Chicago Press
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Nancy Peterson Hill, MA ’09 
College of Arts & Sciences

A Very Private Public Citizen: The Life of Grenville Clark

Grenville Clark, born to wealth and privilege in Manhattan, became a lawyer, civil rights activist, traveler, advisor and world citizen at large.  Clark grew up on a first-name basis with both Presidents Roosevelt, and his close friends included Supreme Court justices. Hill gives life to the unsung account of this great and largely anonymous American hero and reveals how the scope of Clark’s life and career reflected his selfless passion for progress, equality, and peace.  Clark wrote a still-relevant treatise on academic freedom, fought a successful public battle with his good friend President Franklin Roosevelt over FDR’s attempt to “pack” the Supreme Court in 1937, refused pay while serving as a private advisor for the Secretary of War of the United States during the Second World War and worked closely with the NAACP to uphold civil rights for African Americans during the tumultuous 1950s and ‘60s. Clark devoted his last decades to a quest for world peace through limited but enforceable world law, rewriting the charter of the United Nations and traveling the globe to lobby the world’s leaders.
Published April 29, 2014, University of Missouri Press
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Thomas Hubbell, M.D. 75
School of Medicine

Sailboat Racing with Greg Fisher

Greg Fisher knows one-design boat racing.  He has won over 34 National, North American, or Midwinter Championships in nine different one-design classes.  How does he consistently achieve superior boat speed?  What’s the fuss about boat balance?  Why do conservative racing tactics work?  Greg’s lessons apply to virtually every kind of sailboat.  Learn strategies for enjoyment of the regatta experience.
Published December 1, 2000, Hathaway-Jones Publishing  
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  Vicki Landes, BA 99
Conservatory of Music and Dance

Europe for the Senses: A Photographic Journal

Europe for the Senses is a collection of photography and creative writing meant to transport the reader to each respective destination with stimulating sensory imagery.  Experience the sights, smells, sounds, and touch that make Europe so remarkable. Whether you've traveled to Europe many times or hope to visit there someday, this wonderful gift book will invoke a craving for these far-away countries and all the small and remarkable details waiting to be discovered.
Published January 17, 2006, BookSurge Publishing
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Shawn P. Lang, BLA ’04
College of Arts & Sciences

Heart Condition: From Religiosity to Relationship with the Creator

Described as her journey and personal experience in developing intimacy with the Lord, Shawn P. Lang's Heart Condition: From Religiosity to Relationship with the Creator is a collection of journal entries inspired by the Holy Spirit during a time of deep reflection, introspection, and quest for certainty.  Through her book, Lang encourages a closer, more intimate relationship with the Creator and to break the bonds of religion, traditions of men, and self-righteousness in the Christian community.  Heart Condition suggests that the church has come between God and his people (unwittingly), and that now is a great time for self-examination to see whether or not we are truly of faith.   
Published by WestBow Press, an affiliate of Thomas Nelson Publishing
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The Honorable Robert Larsen, JD ’73
School of Law

Navigating the Federal Trial

This comprehensive practice guide offers practical advice from a federal judge. It's an ideal guide for any attorney who wants to practice in federal court, but does not have extensive trial experience. With a focus on skill building, it covers each of the relevant phases of trial practice including: voir dire, opening statements, direct and cross-examination, evidentiary foundations for exhibits, expert and lay opinion testimony, and closing statements. Hypotheticals explain the points made in the text and each one carries a story line throughout the book.
Published (2010 ed.) June 16, 2010, Thomson West
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  Steven Law, BBA 92
Henry W. Bloch School of Management

Yuma Gold

Named “best breakout author” by, Steven Law presents his latest work.  After serving an eight year sentence, for a crime he didn't commit, Ben Ruby is paroled from Yuma Territorial Prison.  Along with detailed knowledge of a 300 year-old Spanish Galleon buried in the dunes of Imperial Valley, Ben uses a treasure map, in the form of trinkets, to set out to find the ship.  If following up on an old tale wasn't difficult enough, Ben has to outrun the man that put him in prison, as well as a breach in a Colorado River dam that threatens to flood the entire valley.
Published November 1, 2011, Berkley
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  Lee Levin, MA 78
College of Arts & Sciences

The Day the World Trembled

Lee Levin's latest book is described as a riveting tale of the most important few minutes in the history of the world.  Rome has been invaded by the redoubtable Hannibal, at whose hands its heretofore unbeatable armies have been utterly crushed in a series of devastating defeats, each the consequence of Hannibal's superb generalship.  Now, Hannibal has called from Spain a second Carthaginian army under the command of his brother Hasdrubal, considered by Rome to be every bit as fearful a foe as Hannibal.  Never having been able to beat even one Punic army, a weakened Rome, now faces two powerful armies on Italian soil.  The fage of Rome, and hence the fate of all future Western civilization, rests on the outcome of the most decisive battle in all human history.
Published November 1, 2012, Royal Heritage Press
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  Sunie Levin, BA ’51, MA ’68
College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education

Make New Friends, Live Longer: A Guide for Seniors

If you want to live longer and better, friends are essential. For everyone. But particularly for seniors. Old friends die, seniors move to be near children, or to find better climate, and it is exceptionally hard to break into new social circles which can already be set in concrete and rarely welcoming. Sunie Levin, a lifelong educator and author, found herself facing this exact problem. How do you make new friends from scratch, especially when everyone else is comfortable in their own tight circles?  Her breezy, warm-hearted book, winner of a 2012 national Indie Excellence Award, tackles this exact problem, with specific ideas for seniors, boomers - and everyone else, for that matter - regarding how to develop meaningful new friendships, whether you are active or home bound. 
Published September 27, 2010, Today's Young Grandparent  
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Vera Sonja Maass, PhD ’78
School of Education

Coping with Control and Manipulation: Making the Difference Between Being a Target and Becoming a Victim

Who is pushing your buttons - and what can you do about it?  Coping with Control and Manipulation examines the various spheres in which people encounter control and manipulation and shows how avoiding such victimization is absolutely possible.  Knowing the players, understanding what motivates them, identifying their goals, and learning the techniques they use can help potential victims avoid, or at least survive, control and manipulation attempts.
Published September 16, 2010, Praeger Publishers
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Lindsey Martin-Bowen, BA, MA ’88, JD ’00
College of Arts & Sciences, School of Law 

Inside Virgil's Garage

Lindsey Martin-Bowen has exposed the heart of every poet in her book, Inside Virgil’s Garage.  That human paradox of many a poet involving living in an orderly outer world while hiding an eclectic and chaotic inner self.  She takes the reader to a safe place to explore the corners of individual collection of memories and delusions. In opening the door of Virgil’s garage, the reader is given the freedom to explore.
Published February 6, 2013, Chatter House Press
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Debra McArthur, BA ’80, MA ’86
College of Arts & Sciences 

A Voice for Kanzas

Kansas Territory in 1855 is a difficult place to settle, particularly for a thirteen-year-old poet like Lucy Thomkins, the plucky and determined heroine of A Voice for Kanzas.  Between the pro-slavery Border Ruffians and Insiders like her father who are determined to make Kansas a free state, it’s hard to be heard, no matter your age.  But after Lucy makes two new friends – a local Indian boy and a girl whose family helps runaway slaves – she makes choices to prove to herself (and others) that words and poems are meaningless without action behind them.  Through their struggle to help a slave girl to freedom, Lucy ultimately finds her voice:  A voice for Kanzas.
Published March 1, 2012, Kane Miller Books
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Lise McClendon, MA ’81
College of Arts & Sciences

All Your Pretty Dreams

In the spirit of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, small town life in All Your Pretty Dreams provides a rich milieu of confrontation, betrayal, humiliation, laughter and redemption.  Lured back for the summer by his drama-ridden family, Jonny Knobel, whose life so far hasn't worked out, plays the music of Bruce Springsteen, James Brown, and the 'She Likes Kielbasa' polka on his grandfather's accordion.  What does this draftsman from Minneapolis, born into a cheesy polka band, have in common with Isabel Yancey, a prickly, rude, ambitious city girl scientist who studies wild bees... and how badly does she want him to breach her defenses?  Romance, humor and heartache abound for these young adults searching for the keys to happiness.
Published August 12, 2012, Thalia Press
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Some of Lise's additional works can be found at the Miller Nichols Library.


Kristin McKee, BA ’04  
College of Arts & Sciences   

Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half

Now more than ever, people are desperate to save money. Kristin McKee along with co-author Chrissy Pate, developed a system that allowed them to drop their household expenses by more than half - from spending $800 each per month to less than $350. Only a few years after developing their "be centsable" system, McKee and Pate have helped thousands of subscribers save money without spending hours finding and cutting coupons, or giving up "extras" like travel and entertainment. In this prescriptive guide, these authors show how anyone can save thousands of dollars on cleaning supplies, pet care, toys, travel, and most importantly - groceries, without giving up healthy foods, favorite products, or the occasional splurge.
Published March 29, 2010 by Plume (a division of Penguin Group)
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Ryan Murray, BA ’04  
School of Education   

When the Fireflies Come Again

They met in preschool and from then on, people said “Joe and Katie” more than they said just one name or the other. But after a terrible accident on Joe’s sixteenth birthday, his life changed forever.  Then there's Joe’s troublemaking hippie sister Christina and her quirky new friend Evelyn, Joe’s former second-best friend Bryan living out of town and drifting away, and the long-impending divorce of Katie’s parents. Everything is coming undone.  So how is Joe supposed to learn to live again when the best part of his life is gone forever?  Ryan Murray describes When the Fireflies Come Again as a novel for teens; a story of heartache, struggle, friendship, and the journey toward hope and healing in the midst of devastating loss.
Electronic Book - Published March 16, 2013
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Chiluba J. Musonda, BBA ’09, MPA 12   
Henry W. Bloch School of Management   

Home Away From Home: The Story of an International Student's Journey from Africa to America

Home Away From Home is a beautifully crafted, thoughtful and candid story about Chiluba Musonda’s journey from Africa to the United States. As an international student from the nation of Zambia, Chiluba has to leave everything that is known and comfortable behind to embark on a journey to study abroad. In this personal and fascinating memoir, the author chronicles his life coming to America to pursue a college education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. This autobiography includes stories such as his plane being delayed because there wasn’t enough fuel at the Zambian airport to make the flight, forcing the plane to land in the next country to fully fuel; and the moment when he arrived from his native tropical country just in time for a snow storm - something read about but never experienced - while wearing only a t-shirt.  The author also explains how he mastered the American scholarship and grant systems, as well as how he discovered himself and a purpose in life.
Published May 29, 2015, Light a Candle Publishing
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Dora Nadolski, PhD ’00
College of Arts & Sciences, School of Graduate Studies 

The Etatist Turkish Republic and Its Political and Socio-Economic Performance from 1980-1999: A Developing State Impacted by International Organizations and Interdependence

Providing the reader with an understanding of the theoretical perspective of interdependence among nations, Nadolski applies the requisites imposed by external organizations to Turkey's internal infrastructures.  This book discerns how a nation transformed itself from a Muslim state into a republic, is a major contribution to scholarship, and discusses the current context of Turkey's geographical proximity to surrounding Islamic nations.
Published May 20, 2008, University Press of America 
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  Dennis Okerstrom, MA 79, PhD ’03
College of Arts & Sciences 

The Final Mission of Bottoms Up: A World War II Pilot's Story
On November 18, 1944, American co-pilot Lieutenant Lee Lamar struggled alongside Pilot Randall Darden to keep Bottoms Up, their B-24J Liberator, in the air.  On their 21st and final mission, Bottoms Up was staggered by an anti-aircraft shell that sent it plunging three miles earthward.  With two engines out, and hit by more German fire, the focus quickly became getting out of the doomed bomber.  Unable to extricate himself, Lamar all but surrendered to death before fortuitously bailing out.  He was captured and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner in horrific conditions at a Stalag on the Baltic Sea.  In 2006, more than sixty years after these life-changing experiences, Lamar received an email from Croatian archaeologist Luka Bekic who had discovered the wreckage of Bottoms Up.  Lamar visited the site, hoping to gain closure, and met the Croatian Partisans who had helped some members of his crew escape.
Published October 1, 2011, University of Missouri Press
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  JoAnn Oppenheimer, BA ’58
School of Education

Potpourri For and About Women

JoAnn Oppenheimer has worn many hats during her life including widow, mother, grandmother, realtor and 'Single Again' coach.  While she is now living her life to the fullest, she admits to making poor choices throughout her life.  Hoping to help other womenas they deal with life's twists and turns, Oppenheimer collected the stories of 41 women age 50+ and compiled them in the anthology Potpourri For and About Women.  While all 41 women have experienced tragedy in some way - from divorce, death of children and/or husbands, cancer, crime or financial devastation - they all share one thing in common: they survived and are living productive lives today.
Published May 27, 2010, Authorhouse
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William O'Rourke, BA ’68 
College of Arts & Sciences

Confessions of a Guilty Freelancer

William O’Rourke’s singular view of American life over the past 40 years shines forth in these short essays on subjects personal, political, and literary, which reveal a man of keen intellect and wide-ranging interests. They embrace everything from the state of the nation after 9/11 to the author’s encounter with rap, from the masterminds of political makeovers to the rich variety of contemporary American writing. His reviews illuminate both the books themselves and the times in which we live, and his personal reflections engage even the most fearful events with a special humor and gentle pathos. Readers will find this richly rewarding volume difficult to put down.
Published May 29, 2012, Indiana University Press
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Patrick R. Osborn, BA ’93, MA ’94
College of Arts & Sciences

A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign

Edited by well-known historian, Ed Lengel, this book contains 29 original essays written by American, British and German scholars addressing the single-largest battle in American military history. Osborn contributes: "French Armored Support during the First Phase of the Campaign," exploring the role that French armored units played in supporting 79th Division's efforts to capture Montfaucon and other objectives in the very middle of General John J. Pershing's First Army.  He uses original documents from French Army archival holdings in Paris and provides details about the colorful but forgotten Col. Daniel D. Pullen, whose untimely death contributed to his overshadowing by fellow tank brigade commander, future general George S. Patton, Jr.
Published May 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
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Steve Paul, BA ’74
College of Arts & Sciences

Architecture A to Z: An Elemental, Alphabetical Guide to Kansas City's Built Environment

Architecture A-Z began life as a magazine feature based on a simple concept: what can we learn and share about Kansas City's history and contemporary scene if we take a simple walk through the alphabet?  This simple idea became one of the best kinds of journeys: a random wandering through the city, primed for discovery at every turn.  With a keen and creative eye, the author takes readers into scores of nooks and crannies and beneath the surface of well-known buildings, places and spaces.  Through more than 200 photographs and detailed descriptions, he invites readers to look at our surroundings with a new awareness of history, detail and the endless variety and place-making influences of architecture. 
Published October 2011, Kansas City Star Books
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William H. Powell, BA ’68, MA 76
College of Arts & Sciences

Raising Money for Mighty Missions

How did one youth services organization exceed its fundraising goal in the middle of a recession?  Why did another triple its annual donations?  How do you work with volunteers who say "I don't want to be a fundraiser"?  In Raising Money for Mighty Missions, two veteran fundraisers tell you step-by-step how to: assess your organization's readiness to raise funds, develop a comprehensive fundraising plan, maintain strong relationships with donors and have the right person make ask for the right amount.  Their strategies and tools take the mystery out of raising funds for the causes that matter most.
Published October 21, 2011, Powell Publications
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Verla Lacy Powers, PhD ’91
School of Education

Child of Desire 

As a child, Amanda always knew that she wanted to be a mother. Growing up through the twenties and into the Great Depression, Amanda is a headstrong woman in a world that doesn’t want to accept her. Now she is trapped in a loveless marriage far away from the family who cares about her. While her husband, Sam, is paying more attention than Amanda likes to another woman, his brother, Luke, is the only one who makes Amanda feel like she’s loved. Dreaming of a way to bring joy into her life, Amanda dares to enter into a conspiracy that sinks her and Sam even further into deceit and lies. Will Amanda be able to make something out of her life and find true happiness? Or is she already too far down a path that will lead to nothing but destruction for her and her family?
Published November 8, 2011, Tate Publishing
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Annie Presley, MPA ’95
Bloch School of Management

Read This... When I'm Dead: A Guide to Getting Your Stuff Together for Your Loved Ones

For most of us, end of life discussions will always be difficult conversations to have with loved ones.  There is a way to easily and concisely tell your heirs about yourself, your belongings and your final wishes.  In Read This...™ When I'm Dead, co-authors Annie Presley and Christy Howard created a fill-in-the-blank guide to help organize and manage your key information, thoughts and wishes to pass along to your heirs.  You can record everything from noting where cash is hidden in your house, to what your pets like to eat and even the code to your garage door key pad!  It's not a replacement for a legal will, rather, a guide for your family and friends, walking them through the details of your life.
Published 2014, ACE Publishing

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Jim Reynolds, BA ’91
College of Arts & Sciences

Our Victorious Heart, A Journal of Grace

Written for those in any trouble, authors Jim and Deanna Reynolds tell the true story of their daughter, born with Trisomy 18, sharing the comfort they received from the God of all comfort.  Told through e-mails of gut-level honesty, written before and after she was born, narrative material and later reflections, the couple chronicle God's immense faithfulness in the midst of struggle.  It is a testimony of beauty for ashes in a different light, having nothing to do with sin, but everything to do with the reality of life's hardships and heartbreaks here on Earth.  Readers can find encouragement through their story of how God's grace and ever present mercy can lead anyone in trouble far beyond "coping" and well into a victorious heart.
Published November 2012, RMS1437 Publishing

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  Linda Rodriguez, BA ’88, MA ’92
College of Arts & Sciences

Every Last Secret

Half-Cherokee Marquitta “Skeet” Bannion fled a city police force and family entanglements for a Missouri college town as chief of campus police. Now, the on-campus murder of the student newspaper editor puts Skeet on the trail of a killer who will do anything to keep a dangerous secret from being exposed, and everywhere she turns she uncovers hidden sins. Time is running out as Skeet struggles to catch the murderer and prevent more deaths by unraveling every last secret.  “Every Last Secret” is the winner of the 2011 St. Martin’s/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition.

Published April 24, 2012, St. Martin's/Minotaur Books
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Jay Macey Rosenblum, JD ’51
School of Law

The French Lieutenant and the King of Rome

In The French Lieutenant and the King of Rome, Jay Rosenblum has penned an historical romantic novel set during the German occupation of France during WWII.  Through a series of flashbacks, the author weaves real historical personalities such as General Henri-Phillipe Petain, a cautious but successful French army commander, with imagined fictional characters who take the plot from mystery and violence to romance and constant suprise - climaxing in the spectacle of the 'return of the casket of the King of Rome'.
Published June 11, 2014, CreateSpace Independent Publishing

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Bambi Nancy Shen, MA '76
College of Arts & Sciences

The Uncrushable Rose

The Uncrushable Rose is a moving and heart-rending memoir - the story of a girl born in 1939 to a Chinese diplomat in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) Vietnam.  Shen offers vivid memories of the concentration camps she lived in during the five-year Japanese occupation of then Indochina, in World War II.  Her memoir also paints a clear picture of the mother/daughter conflict predictable in a culturally patriarchal society and male-dominated family system.  It is a story of challenge and survival, and of the struggle to be freed from the limitations of centuries-old tradition and cultural boundaries.  (Manouchehr "Manny" Pedram, Ph.D.)
Published 2011, How High The Moon Publishing
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Michael D. Sollars, MA ’82, PhD 01
College of Arts & Sciences, School of Graduate Studies

Falling into Starry Night

A review by Dr. Santosh Kumar applauds this special new collection of poems for the unique author’s perspective found in the book: "Michael D. Sollars’ poetry collection Falling into Starry Night reveals that the poet is endowed with impressive depths and heights of feelings, the marvelously spontaneous power, impressive precision of style enriched with sublime thought, and an unrivalled gift of song. Sollars’ eye of an artist avoids the obsolete or worn-out words."
Published May 20, 2013,
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Richard A. Stack, JD ’77
School of Law

Grave Injustice: Unearthing Wrongful Executions

In Grave Injustice Richard A. Stack seeks to advance the anti–death penalty argument by examining the cases of individuals who have been executed but are likely innocent.  Although polls indicate Americans favor death sentences approximately three to one, many respondents change their position when presented with the facts about capital punishment.  Stack aims to put a human face on the irrevocable tragedy of capital punishment.  His compelling descriptions of 19 wrongful executions illustrate the flaws of the death penalty, which, he argues, is ineffective in deterring crime and costs more than sentences of life without parole and that racial disparities in implementation, procedural errors, incompetent defense attorneys, and mistaken eyewitness identification lead to an alarming number of wrongful convictions.
Published April 2013, Potomac Books, Inc.
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Some of Rick's additional work can be found at the Miller Nichols Library


Dennis Stauffer, BA ’75
College of Arts & Sciences

Thinking Clockwise: A Field Guide for the Innovative Leader

Winner of the 2006 Fresh Voices Award, Thinking Clockwise is about innovation - what fuels it, what drains it and how to inspire it.  Stauffer provides a unique and powerful strategy for changing the way employees think and managers lead.  In this book he offers an imaginative yet brutally pragmatic approach to doing business, exploring innovation as a business necessity, not an option, and presenting solutions in an easy-to-implement field guide format.
Published July 2004, MinneApplePress
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James Steele, BA ’67, Honorary Doctorate 04
College of Arts & Sciences

The Betrayal of the American Dream

In their book America: What Went Wrong? authors Jim Steele and Don Barlett warned that federal policies were dismantling the middle class. But they feel they vastly underestimated how quickly the nation’s economic elite would consolidate their power and undermine the economic lives of virtually everyone else.  Their new book explains how trade policies bought and paid for by major corporations have wiped out millions of good-paying jobs; how Congress allowed companies to kill 85,000 pension plans in the last generation; and how the rich went from paying 51 percent of their income in federal taxes in the 1950s to 16 percent in our time. What is on the horizon for most Americans if the economic elite continue to have their way?
Published July 31, 2012, PublicAffairs
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Linda Sturrup, DDS ’00
School of Dentistry

A Sugar Bug on My Tooth

It's Natalie Jean's first dental appointment, and she's afraid. She has no idea what to expect. A little girl crying in the waiting room frightens her about this visit to the dentist. "Natalie Jean McDonald!" calls the dental assistant. Find out what happens when the dentist tells Natalie Jean she has a Sugar Bug!  A Sugar Bug on My Tooth is a story about a little girl's first dental appointment. Young children who are fearful of going to the dentist will find this story helpful in understanding the importance of seeing a dentist and calming as they realize, it can be fun!  There is also a Spanish version available, Un Bichito en Mi Diente.
Published September 24, 2013, AuthorHouse
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Daniel Robert Sullivan, MFA 06
College of Arts & Sciences

Places Please! Becoming a Jersey Boy

With over one billion in ticket sales worldwide, thirteen million people have seen the hit show Jersey Boys.  Cast members have performed on Oprah, the Today Show, Dancing with the Stars and the Emmys with shows in New York, Las Vegas, London, South Africa and Singapore.  Their recording has gone Platinum, selling more than a million copies in the U.S. alone.  Daniel Robert Sullivan is one of those performers and his book details his transformation from "small-time" professional actor to one of the stars of this hit mega-musical.  With humor and wit, Sullivan covers his two years of auditions, weeks of rehearsals and hundreds of performances, appearing as bad-boy Tommy DeVito.
Published July 25, 2012, Iguana Books
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Lauren Taylor, MA 03
College of Arts & Sciences


Ramsey Wolfe just met the man of her dreams. Her brother just found a mutilated dead body. Could the poor murdered girl have anything to do with that random physical attack on Ramsey - years ago? Or is the increasing string of murders the work of someone - or something - more sinister?
Published June 15, 2010,
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Nancy Thayer, BA ’66, MA ’69
College of Arts & Sciences

The Guest Cottage

New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer whisks readers back to the beloved island of Nantucket in this delightful novel about two single parents who accidentally rent the same summer house—and must soon decide where their hearts truly lie.  When sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson finds herself suddenly single after her husband leaves her for another woman, she impulsively rents a guest cottage on Nantucket for herself and her two boys – the exact same cottage that has been rented by Trevor Black, a software entrepreneur who has recently lost his wife, and his grieving son.  Determined to make this a summer their kids will always remember, the two agree to share the Nantucket house. But as the summer unfolds and the families grow close, Sophie and Trevor must ask themselves if the guest cottage is all they want to share.
Published May 12, 2015, Ballatine Books 
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Some of Nancy's additional works can also be found at the Miller Nichols Library.

Robert Thornhill, BA ’73, MA ’74
College of Arts & Sciences

Lady Justice and the Cruise Ship Murders

Ox and Judy are off to Alaska on a honeymoon cruise and invite Walt and Maggie to tag along.  Their peaceful plans are soon shipwrecked by the murder of two fellow passengers.  The murders appear to be linked to a century-old legend involving a cache of gold stolen from a prospector and buried by two thieves.  Their seven day cruise is spent hunting for the gold and eluding the modern day thieves’ intent on possessing it at any cost.  This eleventh volume in the Lady Justice series is another nail-biting mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat one minute and laughing out loud the next. 
Published October, 2012, Createspace
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Lori Lee Triplett, MA ’88, JD ’95
College of Arts & Sciences, School of Law

Sermon Warm-Ups II

In this follow-up to her successful first book, Lori Lee Triplett offers a collection of 24 additional sketches as attention getting dramas to set up a talk, small group meeting or sermon, helping the user to create living illustrations of scriptural themes that will stick to their audience's memory.  The book is organized by holidays allowing for the planning of many special events on the church calendar.  Drawing on both visual and auditory senses, these attention getting dramas can increase learning and retention rates and create a connection with the audience that can really make a difference.
Published 2007, Fairway Press
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Some of Lori's additional works can also be found at the Miller Nichols Library.


Hans “Tom” Tuch, BA ’47, Honorary Doctorate 86
College of Arts & Sciences, School of Law

Arias, Cabalettas, and Foreign Affairs: A Public Diplomat’s Quasi-Musical Memoir

Arias is a memoir of Tuch’s 35 years in the United States Foreign Service.  This book recalls his devoted engagement with music, especially opera, in the context of that career.  It spans from his Cold War service in Moscow, including Vice President Nixon’s 1959 visit to the Soviet Union, the U-2 disaster, and the U.S. – Soviet crisis, to his time as an assistant to the U.S. Information Agency Director Edward R. Murrow and as deputy director of the Voice of America, ending his Foreign Service career in Germany.
Published September 8, 2008, Vellum 
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  Janet Vaughan, MA ’81
College of Arts & Sciences

The Kansas City Monarchs: Champions of Black Baseball

Charter members of the Negro National League, stepping stone for Jackie Robinson, home base for Satchel Paige, and training ground for more than twenty blacks sent to the major leagues, the Kansas City Monarchs survived the entire thirty-five-year span of black baseball (from 1920 to mid 1950) and were widely regarded as the dominant black professional team, "the New York Yankees of the Negro leagues." Rich in anecdote and illustrated with more than ninety photographs of Monarchs players and scenes, this book is both a tribute to and a celebration of the top all-black team of all time.
Published August 1987, University Press of Kansas
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Janet's works are held in our Library's "Special Collections" under author name, Janet Bruce.

Phil Watlington, BBA 68, MBA 70
Henry W. Bloch School of Management

The Rise of Powerful Influential & Caring Women

"The Age of Women is here!"  As women move into higher levels of leadership, influence and power, they also continue as loving mothers and nurturing caregivers.  Their collaborative and inclusive relationship styles are redefining organizational leadership and communications.  In this, the great age of globalization and communications, where relationships seem more impersonal and distant than ever before, who better can we turn to for leadership than caring, influential, and powerful women?  This book is the first to focus on the trend and analyze its impact.
Published December 31, 2009, Infinity Publishing
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Phil's additional works can also be found at the Miller Nichols Library.

Grantham West
aka Bill Tautphaeus, BS 71
College of Arts & Sciences

AD2040: Clear and Present Danger, Triumph of the Religious Right

The year is 2039, and over the past fifteen years, the U.S. has gone through the bankruptcy and collapse of its governments, a second Great Depression, establishment of a harsh, provisional government, and martial law.  Economic recovery has taken place, but HIV/AIDS, long neglected, is now ravaging the country and religious-right conservatives in the government have a solution that could plunge the U.S. into a second Civil War.  In this surreal, alternate reality police state, the Reverend Gerald Fall finds himself on a dangerous journey of discovery, revelation and survival.
Published, November 14, 2011, Xlibris
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Robert Willoughby, PhD 97
College of Arts & Sciences, School of Graduate Studies

The Brothers Robidoux and the Opening of the American West

Meet Joseph, Francois, Antoine, Louis, Michel, and Isadore Robidoux, six brothers who helped shape the American trans-Mississippi West during the first five decades of the nineteenth century.  Their lives are the framework for stories about the American frontier.  Written in a unique biographical format, Robert Willoughby interweaves the family stories from their migration from French Canada to St. Louis; following their father into the fur business and American Indian trade; to an expedition up the Missouri River and difficult journey out west.  Settling in different parts of the country, the brothers would ultimately pass on their prosperous legacy of ranging, exploring, trading, and town-building to a new generation of settlers.  Their practices made each of them wealthy; however, they all died poor.  To understand the opening of the American West, one must first know about men like the brothers Robidoux. 
Published November 20, 2012, University of Missouri Press
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Ronald Winters, BA ’69
College of Arts & Sciences

An Angel for Maxey

Reese Maxey is a modestly successful industrial market researcher and executive interviewer.  When a new international religion explodes on the world scene with the goal of unifying all faiths into one body, Reese Maxey is recruited to bring his skills to the movement. But as he becomes more involved in the rapidly expanding worldwide church, he discovers not all is as it seems in the new faith. His discoveries bring to light his own inner spiritual struggles, and more disturbing, he finds there are human forces around him determined to make him, break him, or kill him.  From the lofty powers who meet annually in Davos, Switzerland, to the streets and corporate corridors of Midwestern cities comes a story about one man's spiritual struggle and the intrigue of spiritual wickedness in high places.
Published July 2, 2010, WestBow Press
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Gwendolyn Woods, BA 89
College of Arts & Sciences

Everyone is Gifted!:
Allow the Gifts Within You to be Released - Despite Yourself

Who am I?  Where am I going?  Why am I here?  Have you found yourself asking any of these questions at some point in your life?  Are you still unsure about your purpose for being here?  The author's goal is to help you discover your life's calling, your gifts and your potential.  In this book, you will learn how to break through fears and other barriers that stifle your gifts, and focus on often overlooked details that put the use of your gifts into perspective.
Published December 13, 2010, Xlibris
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