Arts & Culture


Works by Yale alumni and faculty.

Back to Blood: A Novel
Tom Wolfe ’57PhD

Little, Brown, $30

It’s evening in Miami—well, Mee-AH-Mee—and Yale man Edward T. Topping IV, a Chicagoan transplanted to edit theHerald, 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
David Quammen ’70

W. W. Norton, $28.95

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
Nathan Harden ’09

Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, $25.99

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
Conspirare, conducted by Craig Hella Johnson ’95DMA

Harmonia Mundi, $20

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
Naomi Wolf ’84

Ecco/HarperCollins, $27.99

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
Etherea Vocal Ensemble

Delos Audio CD, $17.99

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
Mobilizing Inclusion: Transforming the Electorate Through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns
Yale University Press, $35

J. Wesley Boyd ’85 and Eric Metcalf
Almost Addicted: Is My (Or My Loved One’s) Drug Use a Problem?
Hazelden Books, $14.95

Rebecca Dana ’04
Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $25.95

Martin Duberman ’52
Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left
The New Press, $26.95

Max Gladstone ’06
Three Parts Dead
Tor Books, $24.99

Gary B. Gorton, Yale School of Management Frederick Frank Class of 1954 Professor of Management and Finance
Misunderstanding Financial Crises: Why We Don’t See Them Coming
Oxford University Press, $24.95

Lisa Kereszi ’00MFA
Joe’s Junk Yard
Damiani Books, $45

Klaus Kertess ’62
Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore
Grey Art Gallery/New York University, $50

Mark S. Komrad ’79
You Need Help! A Step-By-Step Plan to Convince a Loved One to Get Counseling
Hazelden Books, $14.95

Jill Lepore ’95PhD
The Story of America: Essays on Origins
Princeton University Press, $27.95

Meira Levinson ’92, David E. Campbell, and Frederick M. Hess, editors
Making Civics Count: Citizenship Education for a New Generation
Harvard Education Press, $29.95

Richard Lingeman ’59LAW
The Noir Forties: The American People from Victory to Cold War
Nations Books, $29.99

Edison Miyawaki ’79
What to Read on Love, Not Sex: Freud, Fiction, and the Articulation of Truth in Modern Psychological Science
Medical Humanities, $35

Jefferson Morley ’80
Snow-Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835
Nan A. Talese, $28.95

Todd L. Pittinsky ’92
Us Plus Them: Tapping the Positive Power of Difference
Harvard Business Review Press, $27

David Quammen ’70
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
W. W. Norton Books, $28.95

Frank Silverstein ’78, JJ Ramberg, and Lisa Everson
It’s Your Business: 183 Essential Tips That Will Transform Your Small Business
Hachette/Business Plus, $29.99

Steven M. Southwick ’70, Yale School of Medicine Glenn H. Greenberg Professor of Psychiatry, and Dennis S. Charney ’90MAH
Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges
Cambridge University Press, $23

John Fabian Witt ’94, ’00PhD
Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History
Free Press, $32

Tom Wolfe ’57PhD
Back to Blood
Little Brown and Company, $30


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