Created by Alums
A collection of published works by JMC alumni.
“A Beautiful Equation”
by Robin Truesdale (MA ’03)
An hour-long documentary film that explores the humanitarian philosophies of physicists Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr through stories told by eight grandmothers.
The Trials of Muhammad Ali
by Brian Gersten (’10) Associate Producer
No conventional sports documentary, “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” investigates its extraordinary and often complex subject’s life outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America’s controversies over race, religion, and war. From Kartemquin Films – makers of such acclaimed documentaries as “Hoop Dreams” and “The Interrupters” – and Academy Award-nominated director Bill Siegel (“The Weather Underground”), “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience.
Heeere’s Dusty: Life in the TV and Newspaper World
by Dusty Saunders (’53)
Dusty Saunders worked at the Rocky Mountain News for 54 years as a copy boy, police reporter, city hall reporter, feature editor and covered the broadcasting beat as critic and columnist for more than 40 years. He was founding member and past president of the Television Critics Association, a national organization made up of critics and columnists from major newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and Canada. A graduate of the University of Colorado Journalism School, Saunders is a recipient of the school’s Outstanding Alumni Award. In 1993, Saunders was named Colorado Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists. A former president of the Denver Press Club, he’s a member of club’s Hall of Fame.
Cabin Stories—an Arkansas Memoir
by Norma Klefstad Connor (’55)
Seventeen stories relating to our Chicago family’s discoveries and adventures in the northwest corner of Arkansas explore the dynamics and benefits of learning a different culture. Maintaining a seventy-nine year old log cabin is a chore in itself, rendered memorable by our love of discovery and family. Cabin Stories covers over 40 years of discovery, exploration and adventure in the Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas. This rocky, forested area, known as the Boston Mountains, hides many barely accessible hills and valleys; therein lies Connor’s Cabin.
by Norma Connor (’55)
Dreamspeak is a fast-paced mystery novel with psychic overtones and a hint of romance. Cassie Alexander is a recent widow who fears a recurring dream, just as she has feared all the past dreams. Still mourning the loss of her husband, she struggles to return to a normal life when she is called to jury duty. Belief in her psychic abilities is difficult to deny, as the eerie, wintry dream plagues her sleep night after night. Once chosen for the jury, Cassie meets Ross Fairchild, a high-living, self-made millionaire who’s stuck in a cold, distant marriage. They develop a guarded friendship and when he learns of her psychic abilities, he encourages her to trust her dreams.
Gardening in the Treasure Valley
by Margaret McCutcheon Lauterbach (’56)
As the Idaho Statesman’s weekly gardening columnist for 20 years, author Margaret Lauterbach has advised Treasure Valley gardeners on everything from sowing to composting to coping with the soils, pests and diseases of this unique climate. This book features her very practical advice in an extremely organized format. Lauterbach, who has gardened in Boise for more than 40 years, has been a master gardener and an advanced master gardener in Ada County.
Journalistic Writing: Building the Skills, Honing the Craft
by Robert Knight (’67)
Aimed at those pursuing careers in creating public prose, this is the definitive handbook for aspiring journalists. Offering budding writers suggestions on how to improve their skills—even when faced with a tight deadline—this guide also reviews many elements essential to the occupation such as utilizing strong nouns and verbs, paring down adjectives and adverbs, describing with concrete detail, and avoiding clichés and the passive voice. Going beyond a standard presentation of information, this reference encourages students to put its methods into practice, making each and every word count and maintaining the appropriate energy level in their content. With expert analyses of real-world articles, this book also provides advice on avoiding poor sentence structure that can kill reader interest and includes perspectives on diversity sensitivity. Accessible, humorous, and engaging, this revised edition offers a practical approach for those seeking to improve their communication skills.
Lost Worlds, Retraced
by Juliana Rew (’70), Editor
Third Flatiron presents “Lost Worlds, Retraced,” with over a dozen new SF/Fantasy/Horror short stories about lost worlds and parallel universes. If Discovery Channel shows like “Ancient Aliens” or “Man vs. Wild” are among your guilty pleasures, this could be the anthology for you. Our storytellers retrace the lost paths of an ancient sun-worshipping civilization, a doomed planet, a tribe of persecuted witches and robots, a cartoon world stalked by death, and an abrupt end to fossil fuel use. Meet a spy at the end of the universe, a Sons of Chaos motorcycle chick, a TV survival show host, and, of course, that icy rock we once knew as the planet Pluto. Contributors include Maureen Bowden, Ron Collins, Neil Davies, Judith Field, Bruce Golden, Sarah Hodgetts, DeAnna Knippling, Andrew Kozma, Marilyn K. Martin, Will Morton, Konstantine Paradias, Soham Saha, and Jonathan Shipley.
Hero Street U.S.A.: The Story of Little Mexico’s Fallen Soldiers
by Marc Wilson (’73)
Hero Street, U.S.A. is the first book to recount a saga too long overlooked in histories and television documentaries. Interweaving family memories, soldiers’ letters, historical photographs, interviews with relatives, and firsthand combat accounts, Wilson tells the compelling stories of nearly eighty men from three dozen Second Street homes who volunteered to fight for their country in World War II and Korea—and of the eight, including Claro Solis, who never came back.
March 1939: Before the Madness
by Terry Frei (’76)
In 1939, the Oregon Webfoots, coached by the visionary Howard Hobson, stormed through the first NCAA basketball tournament, which was viewed as a risky coast-to-coast undertaking and perhaps only a one-year experiment. Seventy-five years later, following the tournament’s evolution into a national obsession, the first champions still are celebrated as “The Tall Firs.” They indeed had astounding height along the front line, but with a pair of racehorse guards who had grown up across the street from each other in a historic Oregon fishing town, they also played a revolutionary fast-paced game.
Olympic Affair: A Novel of Hitler’s Siren and America’s Hero
by Terry Frei (’76)
Riefenstahl and Morris: An unlikely couple? Perhaps, but in her 1987 memoirs, the German filmmaker belatedly confirmed she had an affair with the American athlete during the filming of Olympia, Riefenstahl’s documentary about the Berlin Games. In “Olympic Affair,” Terry Frei turns to historical fiction in a novel researched in much the same fashion as his widely praised works of non-fiction. Using deduction, imagination and narrative skill to augment documented fact (as well as debunk myths parroted for many years), Frei tells the story of their ill-fated affair…and beyond.
Well Read and Dead: A High Society Mystery (High Society Mysteries)
by Catherine O’Connell (’77)
The return of blue-blooded fashionista Pauline Cook, whose search for a missing friend leads her from an iconoclastic book group to the deepest and most unfashionable reaches of the Far East. Back in Chicago after a disastrous European love affair, socialite Pauline Cook finds her finances nearly depleted, her co-op a shambles, and her best friend mysteriously missing—vanished along with Pauline’s cat. Though Whitney Armstrong’s husband offers a substantial reward for the return of his lost wife, Pauline can’t help suspecting that his grief is merely an act.
Damaged Tweets, Vol. 1
by Alan Felyk (’78)
Twitter humorist Alan Felyk (@AlanFelyk) had the answer when one follower asked how his tweets could be located without scrolling back through months of material he posted on the social network: You can buy them. This book represents Felyk’s first six months on Twitter, and it includes his unique, priceless thoughts.
Cave of the Winds: Then & Now
by Richard Rhinehart (’79)
The book provides the reader with a comprehensive history of the scenic natural cavern and rugged Williams Canyon north of Manitou Springs, Colorado. Including dozens of rare historic images matched with current images of the same location, the reader can gain a clear sense of time passing – and the timelessness – of the caves and the canyon. Many of the images are stereographic pairs – both historic and modern – allowing readers the opportunity to use stereographic viewers to experience the cave and the canyon in three dimensions.
The Adventures of Tempest and Serena
by Marty Banks (’82)
Wild, brave Tempest wants summer to last forever. Her calm, timid sister, Serena, can’t wait for the start of the new school year. On the first day, Tempest decides to skip fourth grade, seek adventure by using magic to sprout wings, and fly away to exotic places. As she waves good-bye, Serena promises to save her sister’s seat on the bus. Will Tempest make it home? Can Serena keep her promise? As each sister battles bullies, disasters, and loneliness, they discover they’re more alike than they know. The Adventures of Tempest & Serena is that rare mix: a suspenseful yet charming chapter book for ages 7 and up.
A Different Shade of Blue: How Women Changed the Face of Police Work
by Adam Eisenberg (’82)
What’s it like to be a female cop? Stripped of the television stereotypes and politically correct whitewashing, this is the on-the-record in their own names accounting from three generations of female officers. Black, white, lesbian, straight, feminist, married, single. The only thing they have in common is the badge and gun.
Adam Eisenberg is the Commissioner of Seattle Municipal Court in Seattle, Washington, where he presides over criminal and traffic court matters. Before taking the bench, he was a criminal prosecutor, a civil trial attorney, an advocate on mental health and domestic violence issues, and a Los Angeles-based entertainment journalist.
American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America’s Pastime
by Michael O’Keeffe (’82)
American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America’s Pastime is about much more than the downfall of a superstar. While the fascinating portrait of Clemens is certainly at the center of the action, the book takes us outside the white lines and inside the lives and dealings of sports executives, trainers, congressmen, lawyers, drug dealers, groupies, a porn star, and even a murderer—all of whom have ties to this saga. Four superb investigative journalists have spent years uncovering the truth, and at the heart of their investigation is a behind-the-scenes portrait of the maneuvering and strategies in the legal war between Clemens and his accuser, McNamee.
Black Tsunami:Japan 2011
by James Whitlow Delano (’85)
Black Tsunami provides a haunting portrait of the devastation left by the great tsunami that engulfed northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011. Images shot the day after the tsunami reveal an unreal landscape littered with debris. Later images of farms and villages in the exclusion zone show an uninhabited landscape where ancestral graves, decaying buildings and neglected animals share the abandoned space. Black Tsunami includes, 80 Black and white photographs, an introduction by the photographer describing his journey to the area and an afterword by Bill Emmott former editor of the Economist.
Bad Cop: New York’s Least Likely Police Officer Tells All
by Paul Bacon (’90)
In Bad Cop, Paul recounts his ill-conceived experiment in public service, focusing on his own professional handicaps: his glass jaw, his overly trusting nature, and his fear of confrontation. The book begins with his police academy training, when he falls in love with the beautiful cadet Clarabel (and develops an unhealthy attraction to his sidearm). Through amazing accounts of his escapades on the Harlem beat, his memoir emerges as both a celebration and a send-up of the legendary force that protects New York—most of the time.
Mamma Mania: Managing the Craze of 0-5-Year-Olds
by Amy Jewett Sampson (’90)
Amy Jewett Sampson found herself with three children under two years old in less than a year and a half. Like many mothers who find themselves in this overwhelming stage in life, she had to find the most effective ways to care for her children while still maintaining her sanity. Amy shares the must-have tools of the trade for the mothers of Mamma Mania. She covers all the basics-getting kids to sleep well and eat healthy, potty training, and those terrible twos-while also instructing mothers how to achieve ‘me time,’ time alone with each child, and how to travel long distances peacefully with young children. With handy tips at the start of each chapter and brief yet thorough sections, every harried mother can soon get a handle on Mamma Mania: Managing the Craze of 0-5-year-olds.
Parents Playbook: Tips, Tweets & Other Common Sense Advice
by Dimitria Cook (’92)
Parents Playbook: Tips, Tweets, & Other Common Sense Advice is a resource tool for parents, educators, therapists, psychologists, and life coaches. The tips provided in this 64 page activity book help create more authentic conversations amongst families. Parents are given simple tips on how to communicate more effectively with their teen(s), deal with teen peer pressure, enforce discipline techniques, confront bullying, and acknowledge their teens’ accomplishments in a positive manner.
by Heather Hach (’93)
And you thought Friday was Freaky! Hadley is pretty much the model student: straight As, perfect attendance, front row in class. So what if she’s overstressed and overscheduled. She’s got school covered. (Life—not so much.) Ms. Pitt is the kind of teacher who wants you to call her by her first name and puts all the chairs in a circle and tells her students to feel their book reports. Hadley wishes Ms. Pitt would stick to her lesson plan. Ms. Pitt wishes Hadley would lighten up. So when Hadley and Ms. Pitt find themselves switched into each other’s bodies, the first thing they want to do is switch right back.
Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change
by Bonnie Burton (’95)
Girls Against Girls is a must-read for today’s strong, smart, and capable generation of young women. Complete with:
- Guidance on how females can band together and quit breaking each other down
- Popular movie quotes
- Advice from female artists and athletes
- A resource section of girl-power organizations
Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars
by Bonnie Burton (’95)
Draw Star Wars®: The Clone Wars™ is packed with tips and techniques, practice space to draw right in the book, and translucent overlays to make you a master of drawing. Start with stick figures, move onto basic shapes, and finish up with the details. Learn to draw 20 different Clone Wars characters. The book comes with everything you need, including a black marker, double-tipped metallic — colored pencils, and an always-sharp mechanical pencil. Of course, we also include perhaps the most essential tool for any artist… an eraser. Because sometimes even a Jedi Master could use a do-over.
Star Wars Craftbook
by Bonnie Burton (’95)
Give in to the power of crafty side!
Chewbacca Sock Puppets. Ewok Flower Vases. AT-AT Herb Gardens. With The Star Wars Craft Book, fans of all ages and skill levels can bring the best of the galaxy far, far away right into their own homes. Fully illustrated, this guide features a variety of fun and original projects.
Astronomy 101: From the Sun and the Moon to Wormholes and Warp Drive, Key Theories, Discoveries and Facts About the Universe
by Carolyn Collins Petersen (MA ’96)
Explore the curiosities of the cosmos in this engaging book! Too often, textbooks go into more detail than readers have in mind when they want to learn a little something about astronomy. This is where Astronomy 101 comes in. It takes you out to the stars and planets and galaxies and discusses some of the latest Big Astronomy discoveries while presenting the basic facts about astronomy and space. From the Big Bang and nebulae to the Milky Way and Sir Isaac Newton, this celestial primer is packed with hundreds of fascinating and entertaining astronomy charts and photographs selected to guide you through the universe. Astronomy 101 has a LOT of answers–even the ones you didn’t know you were looking for.
Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic: Professional Views and Personal Insights
by Sarah Allen Benton (’98)
The book is part of Praeger Publisher’s (an imprint of ABC-CLIO) “Contemporary Health and Living” series, under the review of Harvard physician Dr. Julie Silver. It is an in-depth exploration of a hidden class of alcoholics. The author challenges the stereotype of the “skid-row” alcoholic by lifting the veil on alcoholics who believe they can hide behind their external successes. This book is intended to inform the audience that being successful professionally or personally and being an alcoholic are not mutually exclusive.
City Walks Architecture: New York
by Alissa Walker (’98)
Packed with 25 walking adventures!
This unique guide uncovers the Big Apple’s most breathtaking buildings, parks, and monuments! Each card focuses on a specific area and features helpful background information, detailed walking instructions, a full-color map, and stunning photography. Covering both landmark structures and little-known wonders, this is the perfect gift for design-savvy travelers and adventurous locals alike.
Developing Your Global Mindset: The Handbook for Successful Global Management
by Jennie Walker (MA ’00)
Najafi Global Mindset Institute’s new book, Developing Your Global Mindset: The Handbook for Successful Global Leaders, is full of practical and engaging ways to develop a Global Mindset for success in global business. This book is a must-have resource guide for managers and leaders who are in global roles or who have global responsibilities. In consultation with managers, executives, and very experienced international executive coaches, NGMI has put together a series of recommendations and ideas on how a manager can improve on thirty-five scientifically defined capabilities within Global Mindset. All of the ideas are actionable, specific, and easy to implement.
Mika, The Little Snail
by Angela Lapré (’00)
Mika is a little snail who loves to smile and lives in Ms. Pak’s pretty garden. However, when some of her fellow garden dwellers point out how plain Mika is, she starts to wonder if she is too ordinary to ever be special.
It takes the wisdom of a lovely new friend to help Mika realize that everyone has something extraordinary about them.
The Financial Love Triangle: Yours, Mine & Ours
by Larissa Kusel (’01)
The Money you have—or more likely don’t have—is an issue in all relationships. But it doesn’t have to be. Even in today’s economy. The Financial Love Triangle creatively mixes stories about real couples’ financial experiences with practical exercises and tools to help us become comfortable talking to each other about money. We are all in this together, so let’s make the most out of our financial situations by learning from each other! Especially in today’s economy when money is tight, emotions are high, and we all are just trying to make ends meet.
They Fought for Each Other: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq
by Kelly Kennedy (MA ’07)
Army Times writer Kelly Kennedy was embedded with Charlie Company in 2007, went on patrol with the soldiers and spent hours in combat support hospitals. During that period, one soldier threw himself on a grenade to save his friends, a well-liked first sergeant shot himself to death in front of his troops, and a platoon staged a mutiny. The men of Charlie 1- 26 would earn at least 95 combat awards, including one soldier who would go home with three Purple Hearts and a lost dream. This is a timeless story of men at war and a heartbreaking account of American sacrifice in Iraq.
The Constitutive Role of Occupational Safety in Chile
by Rodrigo Finkelstein (MA ’08)
Based on a non-technological perspective of mass communication, which conceives modern social practices as relevant disseminators of massive symbolic content, this book examines the social practice of occupational safety carried out in Chile by the Mutual Accidents Insurance Associations (Mutuals).