Books

(The following descriptions are taken from publisher or author websites)

The Kurrajong Tree
Eastcot Publications, $29.95
Elinor Martin, BA’54, BEd’58

Three British women from varied backgrounds leave Britain to make new lives for themselves in New South Wales. They cannot anticipate the circumstances awaiting them or know that, in a small town on the western slopes of the colony, friendship, love and marriages will link them forever.

The Shakespeare Drug
Kerrera House Press, $12.99
K. Scot MacDonald, BA’88

While researching Alzheimer’s disease, Los Angeles neurosurgeon Julie Stein discovers the key to her long-frustrated dream of becoming a novelist: a drug combination that allows her to write as well as Shakespeare. Unfortunately, the drugs’ side effects may kill her.

Beer in the Bilges, Sailing Adventures in the South Pacific
iUniverse Publishing, $24.95
Alan Boreham, BASc’79, Peter Jinks, Bob Rossiter

Beer in the Bilges offers a fascinating glimpse into sailing voyages to the other side of the world, where three men join forces and have to rely on their skills, their wit, and most importantly on each other as they embark on an unforgettable nautical adventure.

Stage Turns: Canadian Disability Theatre
McGill-Queen’s University Press, $29.95
Dr. Kirsty Johnston, Associate professor in theatre and film

Over the past three decades, disability theatre artists have claimed greater space on Canadian and world stages. While disabled figures and themes are theatre mainstays, productions tend to employ disability figuratively rather than engage with actual disability experience. In reaction, disability theatre pursues an activist perspective that dismantles stereotypes, challenges stigma, and re-imagines disability as a valued human condition.

Wavelengths of your Song (to be released April 2013)
McGill-Queen’s University Press, $16.95
Eleonore Schönmaier, MFA’92

In poems that travel extensively around the globe, in lists for living well, and in love letters, Eleonore Schönmaier takes the reader on a journey along the wavelengths of the ocean, sound, and the physics of light.

Architectural Design with SketchUp: Component-Based Modeling, Plugins, Rendering, and Scripting
John Wiley & Sons, $54.95
Alexander Schreyer, MASc’03

This user-friendly handbook covers component-based modelling for assembly, scheduling, collaborative design, and modelling with a BIM approach. It demonstrates the use of plugins for 3D modelling, fabrication, data integration, and analysis (energy efficiency, etc.), as well as rendering in SketchUp, enhancing with Photoshop, and combining with hand-drawn content.

Lucky Horseshoes
CreateSpace, $12.00
Georgia Hunter, BEd’87

A heart-warming story about a baby Belgium who must adjust to living on a dairy farm after being raised on a horse ranch. A lovely story that touches on making new friends and finding happiness. An excellent story for children four to eight years of age.

The Blue Guitar
Dundurn Press, $19.99
Ann Ireland, BFA’76

At the International Classical Guitar Competition in Montreal, top-flight musicians fly in from all over the world to compete in a gruelling week. More than a decade ago Toby made the finals in a similar competition but suffered a breakdown and is only now venturing back into the fray. Middle-aged Lucy is tired of playing bar mitzvahs and weddings and is determined to perform the recital of her life. Trace is a kayaking teenager from the West Coast who seems careless in her talent. Judges and contestants alike battle and scheme to achieve what they most desire here.

The Wind River Variations
Oolichan Books, $22.95
Brian Brett, Fritz Mueller, BCom’79 (photographer)

The Wind River Variations addresses the intricate weave of relationships that exists between human beings and the natural landscape.

Desperately Seeking Susans
Oolichan Books, $19.95
Edited by Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang, MFA’11

An anthology of Canadian poetry featuring 40 Canadian poets named Susan. Combined, these Susans have received every literary award there is to win in Canada.

The Path of Names
Arthur A. Levine Books, $18.99
Ari Goelman, MSc’99

Middle grade fantasy which combines ghosts, a murder mystery and a summer camp coming of age story.

The malalignment syndrome: Diagnosing and treating a common cause of acute and chronic pelvic, limb and back pain. 2nd edition
Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, $114
Wolf Schamberger, MD’70

The Malalignment Syndrome has established itself as a trusty one-stop reference providing a detailed description of this syndrome and how it can be identified and treated. It concentrates on the trunk, pelvis, spine, sacroiliac joint and legs, incorporating anatomy, biomechanics, stability issues, possible causes, examination and diagnostic techniques as well as a comprehensive treatment approach. Emphasis is also placed on the participation of the patient/athlete in the day-to day treatment process to achieve long-term results.

Fathers: A Literary Anthology
Patremoir Press, $27.64
Edited by André Gérard, BASc’74, BA’76

Wise and wonderfully varied essays and poems by five Nobel laureates and by writers such as Margaret Atwood, Alan Bennet, Angela Carter, Virginia Woolf and Franz Kafka make Fathers a powerful self-help manual for all children trying to understand and improve their relationships with their fathers.

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