Magazine Web Exclusives

Magazine Web Exclusives


The Orphanmaster

by Jean Zimmerman ’79

Viking, 2012, $27.95



The Two Yvonnes: Poems

by Jessica Greenbaum ’79

Princeton University Press, 2012, $12.95/$29.95


Exit, Civilian

by Idra Novey (Rosenberg) ’00

University of Georgia Press, 2012, $16.95



Filipino Celebrations: A Treasury of Feasts and Festivals

by Liana Romulo ’90, illustrations by Corazon Dandan-Albano

Tuttle Publishing, 2012, $16.95



Blackness in Opera

edited by Naomi André ’89, Karen M. Bryan, and Eric Saylor

University of Illinois Press, 2012, $35


Rise of the Smartpower Class: Navigating the New Digital, Leaderful Era

by Lauren deLisa Coleman ’86

SmashWords, 2012, $.99


Purple Passages: Pound, Eliot, Zukofsky, Olson, Creeley, and the Ends of Patriarchal Poetry

by Rachel Blau DuPlessis ’63

University of Iowa Press, 2012, $39.95


Wall Street Women

by Melissa Fisher ’85

Duke University Press, 2012, $22.95


Samuel Barber: A Thematic Catalogue of the Complete Works

by Barbara (Brody) Heyman ’55

Oxford University Press, 2012, $99


In-Sync Activity Cards:  50 Simple, New Activities to Help Children Develop, Learn, and Grow

by Carol Stock Kranowitz ’67 and Joye Newman

Sensory World, 2012, $29.95


Write Outside the Lines: A Creativity Catapult

by Cathy Altman Nocquet ’78 and Pascal Nocquet (illustrator)

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, 2012, $2.99


Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step

by Cecile Pineda ’54

Wings Press, 2012, $15


The Selected Papers of John Jay, Volume 2, 1780-1782

edited by Elizabeth Nuxoll, Mary A.Y. Gallagher, and Jennifer E. Steenshorne ’88

University of Virginia Press, 2012, $85


Dinner With Churchill: Policy Making at the Dinner Table

by Cita Stuntz Stelzer ’65

Pegasus, 2012, $26.95


Field Notes From Grief: The First Year

by Judith Miriam Stitzel ’61

Word Association Publishers, 2012, $18


A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor

by Caroline (Davis) Stoessinger ’58

Random House, 2012, $23


Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Hindi

by Sonia (Sharma) Taneja ’99

McGraw-Hill, 2012, $16


In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti: Double Lives, Troubled Times, and the Massachusetts Murder Case That Shook the World

by Susan (Mondshein) Tejada ’67

Northeastern University Press, 2012, $27.95

On Tuesday mornings in New York, it is late afternoon in Johannesburg, and on both sides of the world, Barnard professor Yvette Christiansë and University of Witwatersrand professor Isabel Hofmeyr sign into Skype and turn on their microphones so that class can begin. This semester, Prof. Christiansë and her overseas colleague are co-teaching an Africana studies course entitled “Narrating Africa and the Indian Ocean” to a multinational class of students at both schools.

The course explores literary and cultural perspectives of the Indian Ocean’s place in the history of colonial Africa and African Diasporas. The two professors and their students “meet” every Tuesday, via Skype, and discuss ideas garnered from memoirs, newspapers, novels, performance and visual arts, and other examples representing this complex and less-heralded aspect of transoceanic trade and imperialism. Throughout the semester, the class is joined by live-streaming guests from locations around the Indian Ocean.

One of these virtual guests was Archal Prabhala, an Indian researcher, activist and writer whose work explores intellectual property. Joining from Bangalore, Prabhala gamely participated in the virtual discussion. In preparation, Barnard and Witwatersrand students had read excerpts from a recent issue of Chimurenga, a pan-African publication of writing, art, and politics, including a piece by Prabhala, an editor for the journal. He talked about his piece, which recounted his own experience as a teenager listening to Indian radio and attending the concert of a Soviet rock star, whose music would forever strike a chord of Cold War nostalgia despite the fact that he could not understand the Russian lyrics.

Barnard students joined in with questions using a wireless microphone in the center of the table. They discussed Chimurenga’s name—a Shona term for revolutionary struggles, as well as a type of music. Each issue is experimental in form; this one is a manuscript-style document with handwritten notations throughout. In response to commentary about Air India Radio, a student from Witwatersrand brought up The Voice of America and the way that radio has evolved as a relevant medium. Throughout the class session, technological hiccups were a slight distraction during an otherwise lively conversation.

“Our technology both brings us together and underscores distance. It makes conversation possible and introduces a certain caution,” said Professor Christiansë, noting how virtual interactions introduce a new formality into the classroom. “Students are much more circumspect about speaking. They are trying to read and listen for signs that someone else might be about to speak and they do not want to cut over, and the time lag sometimes makes for a jumble of sounds.”

These challenges, though, are not a bad thing. “The students actually talk about it, and about what it means to try to be heard,” Prof. Christiansë added.

Read more about Prof. Christiansë's course in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.


I Couldn’t Love You More

by Jillian Medoff ’85

Grand Central Publishing, 2012, $13.99



by Liz Moore ’05

W. W. Norton & Company, 2012, $24.95


Finding Clarity: A Mom, A Dwarf and a Posh Private School in the People's Republic of Berkeley

by Laura (Ammann) Novak ’82

Amazon, 2011, $2.99




by Anna Davies ’05

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2012, $16.99



Keeping Faith with the Party: Communist Believers Return from the Gulag

by Nanci Adler ’85

Indiana University Press, 2012, $25


Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

by Katherine Boo ’88

Random House, 2012, $27


My Afghanistan: Before the Taliban

by Jean Boyce-Smith ’48

Aeronaut Press, 2011, $16.95


Pax Ethnica: Where and How Diversity Succeeds

by Karl E. Meyer and  Shareen Blair Brysac  ’61

PublicAffairs, 2012, $28.99


The Remarkables: Endocrine Abnormalities in Art

by Carol Zeller Clark ’65 and Orlo H. Clark, MD

University of California Press, 2011, $59.95


Jewish Community of Syracuse

by Barbara Sheklin Davis ’65 and Susan B. Rabin

Arcadia, 2011, $21.99


Healing Painful Sex: A Woman's Guide to Confronting, Diagnosing, and Treating Sexual Pain

by Nancy Fish ’81 and Deborah Coady, MD

Seal Press, 2011, $18


Bare Naked at the Reality Dance

by Suzanne Selby Grenager ’64

Bakula Books, 2012, $12.95


Speak Milk. Drink Wine: Becoming a Global Citizen

by Denise Louise Pirrutti Hummel ’83

CreateSpace, 2011, $24.95


New York: A Photographer’s City

edited by Marla Kennedy ’83

Rizzoli, 2011, $45


Night’s Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins

by Yael Tamar Lewin ’91

Wesleyan, 2011, $37


Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing

by Vernā (Bigger) Myers ’82

American Bar Association, 2012, $49.95


Rude Awakenings: An American Historian's Encounters with Nazism, Communism, and McCarthyism
by Carol Marks Sicherman ’58
New Academia Publishing, 2012, $28


A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer The World’s Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor

by Caroline (Davis) Stoessinger, Barnard ’58

Random House, 2012, $23


The Men's Section: Orthodox Jewish Men in an Egalitarian World

by Elana Maryles Sztokman ’91

Brandeis University Press, 2011, $29.95



Heaven Jumping Woman

by Pam Burr Smith ’72

Moon Pie Press, 2011, $11



Image Matters: Archive, Photography, and the African Diaspora in Europe

by Tina M. Campt, Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Director of the Africana Studies Program

Duke University Press, 2012, $24.95

More than 135 alumnae volunteer leaders returned to campus in November for a professional development program to enhance their abilities to perform their roles on Barnard’s behalf. Thursday working dinners targeted regional club leaders, class officers, and fund raisers; Friday’s sessions shared information about the College’s needs, priorities, and initiatives. Professor Jose Moya addressed the current debate about immigration. Delegates learned how Barnard students embrace mentoring, civic engagement programs, and internships. “No matter what we do as devoted and dedicated volunteers,” said Leadership Assembly chair Merri Rosenberg ’78, “it’s all for the students. The funds we raise, the alumnae connections we strengthen, the support we provide for faculty and administration—every effort supports the enduring legacy of Barnard in selecting and developing talented young women.”

Compete. Be your own advocate. Don’t be afraid to say yes to opportunities that you may not think you’re prepared for; don’t even fear failure.

These were some of the messages delivered to students, alumnae, trustees, and faculty from the five remaining Seven Sisters Colleges—Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Vassar—who participated in the launch of The Women in Public Service Project, a major initiative of the U.S. Department of State in partnership with these schools. More than 40 members of the Barnard community, including board members of the Alumnae Association, joined women from around the world at an all-day event on December 15, in Washington, D.C. The colloquium featured Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, elected women leaders from around the world, American women politicians, prominent women from the armed services, and founding second-wave feminists such as Gloria Steinem.

“We want to tackle this critical issue, to have more women inspired and empowered to participate fully in the governance of their nations,” said Secretary Clinton. “There are many ways women can serve. You don’t have to be president or prime minister or party leader to serve. There are many benefits of bringing more women into public service. We need a broader range of expertise as we work to solve our problems. We need more women at the table, expanding the pool of talented people.”

The Women in Public Service Project is intended to develop a new generation of women leaders from around the world. There will be a major educational program, starting with a pilot summer institute to be held at Wellesley in 2012. This initiative, which will provide training in public speaking, leadership, and strategic thinking, will rotate among the other founding women’s colleges in the partnership in future years. Other measures will include grants from the State Department for academic research into the issue of women in public service, an online mentoring program, and partnerships with businesses. As Clinton asserted, the project will “build a large, unprecedented public movement to support more women into public governance.”

For the past several years, Barnard College has been at the forefront of the effort to promote and encourage women leaders with innovative programs, and with President Debora Spar’s focus on Barnard’s global presence. The College has been offering leadership training and opportunities to young women leaders around the world in a variety of ways. Some of its groundbreaking initiatives may prove to be models for the project and the other sisters. The Global Symposia bring together regional women leaders and students for all-day panels and discussions. To date these symposia have been held in Beijing, Dubai, South Africa, and this spring, in Mumbai. Also at Barnard, The Athena Center for Leadership Studies trains and develops women leaders from the earliest ages throughout their careers, and the Visiting International Student Program (VISP), offers Barnard’s singular educational experience to young women from other countries.

“Graduates of women’s colleges are disproportionately represented in public service and have entered public life from the beginning as pioneers in public service,” said Vice President for College Relations Dorothy Denburg, at the Kennedy Center lunch for the participants. “We’ve produced a long and impressive list of firsts. We’re focused on expanding the network of women in public service.”

Still, there was no denying that simply being among such a critical mass of influential women in public service as well as meeting alumnae and student peers was a heady experience. “The accumulation of so many powerful, successful women yielded striking similarities across experiences, all of which produced advice that stressed a bolder, braver approach to the world that is so often lacking,” posted Barnard student attendee Adair Kleinpeter-Ross ’14. “It opened my eyes to a whole new realm of service that is powerful, as increased numbers of women in public service will change the decisions that are being made between countries, change policy, and really change the world.”

As Malvina Kefalas ’14 wrote, “Public service doesn’t simply happen: committed, thoughtful individuals must enter into it to make an impact on society…. Even in an inaugural session, these resources were present. Being able to network with and, quite frankly, even to speak to some of the women in the room was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Alumnae responded similarly. “As an alumnae leader who is also a public servant, the event brought those two roles of my life together,” said Peri Horowitz ’96, chair of the Alumnae Association’s professional and leadership development committee, who is the director of special compliance and policy for the New York City Campaign Finance Board. “The range of public service represented in the attendees was humbling and the barriers other women face are unimaginable to me. I was very proud to be part of Barnard’s delegation to the event and I hope that Barnard will be able to involve the many alumnae who are quietly doing all sorts of valuable public service on their local levels in future project initiatives.”

Reeva Mager ’64, chair of the Project Continuum committee and director of a social services agency DOROT East in New York, added, “The opportunity to be together solidified my thoughts about the importance of volunteerism. I am proud of Barnard’s role and was proud to represent us there.”

For many of the students, seeing mentorship in action and networking at the highest levels was undeniably exhilarating. “I can say with conviction that this experience was, thus far, the highlight of my Barnard career,” affirmed Shilpa Guha ’12, who interviewed White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett on stage as part of the Colloquium program. “As a student, to be able to witness living proof of this ‘pathway’ that has been paved for us, the next generation, I [feel] really compelled to continue the legacy.”

—by Merri Rosenberg ’78

Read student reflections and watch the colloquium in its entirety.

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Pampered to Death: A Jaine Austen Mystery
by Laura Levine ’65
Kensington Books, 2011, $22

Fare Forward
by Wendy Dubow Polins ’84
Hamilton Hall Press, 2011, $16


Cold Stone, White Lily
by Anne Bailey ’80
Friends of Julian, Norwich, UK, 2011, $15

See You in the Dark
by Lynne Sharon Schwartz ’59
Northwestern University Press, 2011, $16.95

What You Least Expect: Selected Poems 1980 - 2011
by Rebecca (Lou) Radner ’61
Class Action Ink, 2011, $12.95


The Adventures of M. M., Music Mouse
by Pia (Fiedler) Lord ’87
PublishAmerica, 2011, $16.95

Cato the Caterpillar
by Pia (Fiedler) Lord ’87
PublishAmerica, 2011, $24.95

Just Pia!
by Pia (Fiedler) Lord ’87
PublishAmerica, 2011, $9.95

The Night the Moon Went Out
by Pia (Fiedler) Lord ’87
PublishAmerica, 2011, $12.95


V is for Vagina: Your A to Z Guide to Periods, Piercings, Pleasures, and so much more
by Alyssa Dweck ’85 and Robin Westen
Ulysses Press, 2012, $14.95

Ethics for Enemies: Terror, Torture, and War
by Frances Kamm ’69
Oxford University Press, 2011, $35

The Brazilian State: Debate and Agenda
edited by Laura (Rosenbaum) Randall ’57, Mauricio Font, and Janaina Saad
Lexington Books, 2011, $85

Assisted Living Administration and Management: Effective Practices and Model Programs in Elder Care
by Darlene Yee-Melichar ’80, Andrea Renwanz Boyle, and Cristina Flores
Springer Publishing Company, 2011, $70

Adirondack Style: Great Camps and Rustic Lodges
coauthored by Lynn Woods ’78 and Jane Mackintosh; photos by f-stop Fitzgerald and Richard McCaffrey 
Universe Publishing, 2011, $50


Rites of Return: Diaspora Poetics and the Politics of Memory
Edited by Marianne Hirsch, William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia, and Nancy K. Miller
Columbia University Press, 2011, $27.50

Integrative Strategies for Cancer Patients: A Practical Resource for Managing the Side Effects of Cancer Therapy
by Elena J. Ladas and Kara M. Kelly, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Columbia University
World Scientific Publishing Company, 2011,  $39

Casualties of Credit: The English Financial Revolution 1620-1720
by Carl Wennerlind, Assistant Professor of History
Harvard University Press, 2011, $39.95

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer“What’s for dinner?” is an increasingly loaded question, one that has little relationship to the relatively benign query our mothers and grandmothers faced. Consider the decisions that many of us confront nearly every day: what we choose to buy—organic? locally sourced? fair trade? sustainably harvested?; where we buy it—supermarket? farmers’ market? food co-op?; and how we prepare it. For many of us, the issue of feeding ourselves and our families has become an ongoing political debate.

“Much indeed does, depend on dinner,” said Elizabeth Castelli, professor and chair of the religion department and acting director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, which sponsored the panel “What’s On Your Plate? The History and Politics of Food” this past November.

It wasn’t exactly the stuff of Food Network’s seductive recipes or glossy plates. Faculty members Kim F. Hall, Deborah Valenze, Hilary Callahan, and Paige West, explored some of the political, historical, and environmental issues around such basic staples as sugar, coffee, and milk, as well as genetically modified food, through wide-ranging and often provocative academic lenses.

For Kim F. Hall, the Lucyle Hook Chair and professor of English and Africana studies, the history of the banquet and sugar offer insight into economic relationships during the seventeenth century. The banquet in particular, “is a significant cultural and literary form in the seventeenth century that mediates desires about class, gender, and commerce,” she said. Hall noted that when sugar became cheaper, banquets became more elaborate. She also highlighted the discrepancy between the labor required to produce and bring to market the commodity and the illusion of ease that banquets suggested: “Wealth delivered without labor from nature, or from exotic, but domesticated people of color,” explained Hall, who’s currently working on a book about women, labor, and race in the Anglo-Caribbean sugar trade during the seventeenth century. The banquet and sugar enact a global fantasy that reinforces royal dominion over nature. The table, she said, “is an image of maritime control made entirely of sugar.”

Closer to our time, milk offers other insights into our ambivalent relationship to food, suggested Deborah Valenze, professor of history, and author of Milk: A Local and Global History, which was featured in the Salon section of the Fall 2011 issue of Barnard. Milk is, admittedly, “by, for, and about women,” said Valenze. “Milk originally comes from the breast,” she said, noting that the small statues and amulets of the goddess Isis nursing her son Horus depict the breast, “as a means of indicating sustenance.” Somehow, though, milk evolved from a remedy for “bodily ailments,” including “female problems,” to a more suspect substance before pasteurization, when milk sources were highly contaminated, sometimes by diseases like diphtheria and tuberculosis.

To Valenze, raw milk, the current craze, stands for “pure, unadulterated nature …it tastes like what we imagine the pastures that cows graze in taste like,” said Valenze. “People nowadays do seem to have had enough of modern food. Raw milk is a rebellion against all that. It raises a lot of questions about social class and the price of food … and how much we need to know about our food. Nowadays, there’s much more careful interrogation going on about how things got to the store.” Raw milk is a reminder about “how ambivalent we are about getting too close to nature,” said Valenze. “It’s a real tension.”

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer

Other tensions—cultural, economic, and environmental—arise from the ways different foods are produced. Paige West, an associate professor of anthropology, has worked in Papua New Guinea (PNG) for the past 15 years, and has studied many groups including a coffee-growing community. In PNG, 86 percent of the coffee is grown on smallholder farms, which often pride themselves on how their coffee industry connects them to the global community. Two hours and 10 minutes of labor, at a cost of 15 cents an hour for that labor, translates into one pound of coffee that we consume. The single-origin coffee has an elite status in many Western societies, even as the growers in PNG are reduced to “savage” status. West explains that the Western lens that perceives and labels their cultures as “primitive” makes it possible for them to be dismissed in the political and economic realms, rather than according them the dignity of their work producing a commodity that is in fact highly prized by Western consumers.

There’s no ignoring the political, economic, environmental, or feminist issues in food, insisted Hilary Callahan, associate professor in the biology department. “Does our food cause all of our diseases?” she asked. “Our plates are filled with sugar, with cheese—and does that lead to our society being crippled by obesity, by diabetes, by heart disease? We can ask whether what we have on our plates is causing our environmental problems.”

Some of the foods that are part of our daily diet, like sugar that comes from sugar beets, are genetically engineered. It’s ridiculous how chemical our food has become, said Callahan, who pointed out that in the twenty-first century, we’re going back to a more natural way. She noted due to the pressure and need to feed a planet that currently hosts some 7 billion people, citing the example of genetically engineered papaya that is virus-resistant, and pointing out that we convert rainforests and grasslands into coffee and sugar fields. Added Callahan, “We also have to think about the environment…. These simplistic, quick techno-fixes
are obviously wrong.… When we look at food, we really are using it as a funnel, and then we broaden back out to agriculture, to marketplaces, and to other social institutions.”

The lively discussion raised questions for the audience to think about, even if there was no easy resolution to the issues. Whether it’s a matter of avoiding contamination or seeking out those sometimes-elusive “pure” products, however we define them, food is inherently messy and complicated, noted West.

—Merri Rosenberg ’78

Watch a video of the event.

Renowned Haitian-born writer Edwidge Danticat came to Brooklyn, New York, at age 12. Around the same time, she read her first English-language book, Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, with a dictionary in hand. “I remember thinking that book is so raw and honest, all the things [Angelou] says, and she’s still walking around. Coming from a culture where you keep your business to yourself, it was so liberating,” says Danticat.

In her latest book, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, Danticat explores the connection between art and danger, particularly for those artists in exile from countries in peril. With a title that references a 1950s lecture given by Albert Camus about the responsibility of an artist in the time of crisis, the book examines how creativity thrives under difficult circumstances. Danticat discussed her work on an October afternoon in The Diana Center’s Event Oval, in the first planned talk of the Distinguished Alumnae Series sponsored by the Africana studies department. The goal of the series is “to honor the work of alumnae who inspire us, who think about race, gender, and ethnicity beyond the university setting,” says Tina Campt, director of the department, who opened the event. Artists who make an impact on the world and how we see it can help inspire others to realize their own powerful potential.

Beginning with her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, published in 1994, just four years after her graduation, the prolific Danticat has created a significant body of work. She was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award for her 2007 memior, Brother, I’m Dying; in 2009 she received a coveted MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant. Introducing Danticat, Professor Kaiama Glover referred to her as a woman who everyone from Oprah Winfrey to The New Yorker would like to claim as their own. The Barnard community happily makes that claim.

Edwidge Danticat, Photo by Asiya Khaki ’09 Create Dangerously, published in 2010, is not a handbook on how to create, rather it seeks information by taking “X-rays of artists,” according to Danticat. “I’m writing about a particular time in Haitian history, in a period that followed the earthquake, when you saw a flowering of the arts even in a most impossible moment that the country was facing,” she said in an interview prior to the event. “People were even more determined to display the new reality for the country.” One such example is graffiti artist Jerry Rosembert Moise, whose inspirational and hopeful tags on walls across the city of Port-au-Prince (such as Haiti pap peri or “Haiti will not perish”) have resonated nationally. The book is also about reading dangerously. She writes, “This is what I always thought it meant to be a writer. Writing, knowing in part that no matter how trivial your words may seem, someday, somewhere, someone may risk his or her life to read them.”

During the event, Danticat read a portion from Create that details a historic moment for Haiti in 1964, when François “Papa Doc” Duvalier called a national day off to allow citizens to witness the execution of two young men, Marcel Numa and Louis Druin. Emigrants from Haiti years earlier, they were writers and intellectuals who had studied, worked, and pursued happy lives in America before deciding to return on an unsuccessful guerrilla mission to end Duvalier’s brutal regime. Their deaths became a national spectacle, but also had an unintended effect on the Haitian artistic community that Danticat’s parents belonged to at the time. Their response was to mount their own dangerous production of Camus’ play Caligula, about a brutal and ridiculous Roman dictator. Staged five years before Danticat herself was born, the event has always resonated and inspired her creatively. In her talk, Danticat declared, “To create dangerously is to create fearlessly … bravely moving forward even when it feels as though we are chasing or being chased by ghosts.”

“Since this book has come out people say, ‘I live in a peaceful way, there is no war where I am, so it doesn’t concern me.’ But every act of creation is a kind of risky one, every artist comes face to face with that,” she says. “It takes some act of courage to extract things from yourself and put them out there no matter what the environment.”

During a Q&A session with the audience, led by Professor Quandra Prettyman, her mentor since her first-year seminar, Danticat talked about how she wanted to always have writing in her life. Her parents preferred she become a nurse or—her father’s suggestion—a brain surgeon who writes on the weekends. At Barnard she took any class that allowed her to read more. “I would go to Milbank and look at that box with the writers,” she says. “If you’re a writer I would recommend it as a visualization exercise. I would look at Ntozake Shange, [Thulani] Davis, [Zora Neale] Hurston. I would just imagine getting in that box.” To this day, she writes for the girl she was then, and others like her, who read to know the lives of others.

These days, the most difficult part of creating for Danticat is striking that balance between work and family. In addition to mingling with the likes of Oprah and Toni Morrison, she is active in several charities aimed to rebuild Haiti, including Li Li Li (“Read Read Read”) a program that involves young adults reading in Creole to children displaced by the earthquake, and 10x10, a group that encourages the importance of education in the lives of young girls. She is also mother to two children, ages 2 and 6.

Danticat recalls the words of former Barnard president Ellen Futter ’71: “You can do everything, but perhaps not all at the same time.” Danticat does what she can. She continues to write in the evenings, but it is not the sole pursuit it once was. Still, in life as in art, problems can have a positive side. “I feel like all of the different stages of life add layers and hopefully it makes the work deeper.”

—by Melissa Phipps

Watch highlights from Edwidge's visit.


Paper Conspiracies

by Susan Daitch ’76

City Lights Publishers, 2011, $16.95

The Ghost of Greenwich Village: A Novel

by Lorna Graham ’87

Ballantine Books, 2011, $15


Night Machines

by Kia (Tsakos) Heavey ’88

Unfiltered Creative, 2011, $11.95


Fare Forward

by Wendy Dubow Polins ’84

Hamilton Hall Press, 2011, $16


Re-Visions: Stories from Stories

by Meredith Sue Willis ’69

Hamilton Stone Editions, 2011, $14.95



Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability

Coedited by Shelia Black ’83, Jennifer Bartlett, and Michael Northen

Cinco Puntos Press, 2011, $19.95


Distant, Burned-out Stars

by Catherine Wald ’76

Finishing Line Press, 2011, $12



Mycophilia: New Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms

by Eugenia Giobbi Bone ’83

Rodale Books, 2011, $25.99


Why Jane Austen?

by Rachel (Mayer) Brownstein ’58

Columbia University Press, 2011, $29.50


No Fear: A Whistleblower’s Triumph over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA

by Marsha Coleman-Adebayo ’74

Lawrence Hill Books, 2011, $27.95


A Portfolio: Behind & Beyond Surface

by Margaret Dessau ’68

Available through, 2011, $32.95/$42.95


Myrna Loy: The Only Good Girl in Hollywood

by Emily Wortis Leider ’59

University of California Press, 2011, $34.95


Stellar Medicine: A Journey Through the Universe of Women’s Health

by Saralyn Mark, MD, ’83

Brick Tower Press, 2011, $19.95


Project Rebirth: Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit from 9/11 Survivors

by Dr. Robin Stern and Courtney E. Martin ’02

Dutton, 2011, $29.95


What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past

by Nancy K. Miller ’61

University of Nebraska Press, 2011, $24.95


I Have Nothing To Wear!: A Painless 12-Step Program to Declutter Your Life So You Never Have to Say This Again!

by Dana Ravich ’92 and Jill Martin

Rodale Books, 2011, $25.99


No More Enemies

by Deb Reich ’73

Joshua, Joshua & Reich, 2011, $14.95


See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception

by Madeline Schwartzman ’83

Black Dog Publishing, 2011, $45


Banishing Bullying Behavior: Transforming the Culture of Pain, Rage, and Revenge

by SuEllen Fried and Blanche (Eisemann) Sosland ’58

Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2011, $45/$19.95


Safta’s Diaries: Intimate Diaries of a Religious Zionist Woman

by Bina Appleman, Translated by Shera Aranoff Tuchman ’69

KTAV Publishing House, 2011, $39.50



The New Lombard Street: How the Fed Became the Dealer of Last Resort

by Perry Mehrling, Professor of Economics

Princeton University Press, 2010, $29.95


Economic Evolution and Revolution in Historical Time

by David Weiman, Alena Wels Hirschorn ’58 Professor of Economics

Stanford University Press, 2011, $60


Milk: A Local and Global History

by Deborah Valenze, Professor of European History and Studies

Yale University Press, 2011, $28





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In The King’s Arms
by Sonia Taitz ’75
McWitty Press, 2011, $13.95
by Florence Wetzel ’84
iUniverse, 2011, $16.95


The Night the Moon Went Out
by Pia Fiedler ’87
PublishAmerica, 2011, $24.95
Cooking for Change: Tales from a Food Service Training Academy
by Doris (Platzker) Friedensohn '58
Full Court Press, 2011, $25
Welcome to Bordertown
coedited by Ellen Kushner ’77 and Holly Black
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2011, $19.99


The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century
by Grace (Chin) Lee Boggs ’35 and Scott Kurashige
University of California Press, 2011, $24.95
Baltimore '68: Riots and Rebirth in an American City
coedited by Jessica Elfenbein ’84, Thomas Hollowak, and Elizabeth Nix
Temple University Press, 2011, $29.95
Persecution, Plague, and Fire: Fugitive Histories of the Stage in Early Modern England
by Ellen MacKay ’94
University of Chicago Press, 2011, $40.00
Say NO to Aging : How Nitric Oxide Prolongs Life
by Arlene Bradley Levine ’75 and T. Barry Levine, 2011, $29.95
Make It Your Business: Dare to Climb the Ladder of Leadership
by Sylvia M. Montero '72
Front Row Press, 2011, $19.95
In the Words of Women: The Revolutionary War and the Birth of the Nation, 1765 - 1799
by Louise V. (Hunningher) North ’62, Janet M. Wedge, and Landa M. Freeman
Rowman and Littlefield, 2001, $90
Blood Will Tell: Vampires as Political Metaphors Before World War I
by Sara Libby Robinson ’01
Academic Studies Press, 2011, $59
William Birch: Picturing the American Scene
by Emily T. Cooperman and Lea Carson Sherk ’65
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010, $75
The Way of the Happy Woman
by Sara Avant Stover ’99
New World Library, 2011, $15.95


Milk A Local and Global History
by Deborah Valenze, Professor of European History and European Studies
Yale University Press, 2011, $28


Transatlantic Tales
by Faye-Ellen Silverman ’68
Albany Records, 2011, $15.97
Souvenir of You – New Lyrics to Benny Carter Classics
by Benny Carter, Hilma Ollila Carter ’45, and Deborah Pearl ’72, $8.99