God and Government: Twenty-Five Years of Fighting for Equality, Secularism, and Freedom of Conscience—An Insider’s Account
by Barry Lynn ’70
A central player in every major church-state separation battle for decades, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn ’70 understands the complexities of this divisive issue like few others. As a longtime activist, a civil rights lawyer and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he offers a unique perspective and a wealth of experience on church-state controversies. In this lively book, he has compiled his writings from various sources to explore in depth the ways in which many religious extremists have attempted to erode individual liberties. The topics range from publicly promoted prayer to taxpayer-subsidized vouchers for religious schools, end-of-life and reproductive rights and censorship.
The Surgeon and the Cowgirl
by Heidi Hormel ’85
Harlequin American Romance
A former innkeeper and radio talk show host, Heidi Hormel ’85 has always been a writer. She spent years as a small-town newspaper reporter and in public relations before settling happily into penning romances. In her first novel picked up by Harlequin American Romance (the second, The Convenient Cowboy, will be available in August), she tells the story of retired rodeo rider Jessie Leigh, who has one more trick to pull: partnering with ex-husband Payson MacCormack to save her ranch. Hope’s Ride offers horse therapy for children, and Payson is a pediatric surgeon at the hospital set to certify the program. Their split wasn’t exactly amicable, but Jessie’s determined to make it work … even if Payson’s presence sends her heart racing. Payson’s career and Jessie’s ranch are depending on each other, but will working together bring the surgeon and the cowgirl closer together, or drive them apart for good?
The Sweetheart Deal
by Polly Sweeny Dugan ’87
Little, Brown and Company
Following the success of her first book, So Much a Part of You (2014), a linked story collection, Polly Sweeney Dugan ’87 presents her first novel, The Sweetheart Deal, which tells the poignant story of what happens when a woman who thinks she’s lost everything has the chance to love again.
Ladies of Letterpress: A Gallery of Prints with 86 Removable Posters
by Kseniya Thomas ’01 and Jessica White
Princeton Architectural Press
Who can resist the tactile charm of letterpress? Not many, judging by its ever-rising popularity among artists and designers working with old-school printing methods. Ladies of Letterpress features the best work of the members of Ladies of Letterpress, an international organization that champions the work of women printers. It includes a wide range of pieces, from greeting cards to broadsides and posters, printed in a variety of type and illustration styles. Each piece is accompanied by details of paper, inks and press used in its printing, as well as a profile of its printer. Whether you’re drawn to elegant greeting cards, humorous note cards, or calendars or posters, you’re sure to find inspiration in this volume. And when you do, there are 86 detachable pages just begging to be pinned up. The book was compiled by the founders of Ladies of Letterpress, Jessica White and Kseniya Thomas ’01, owner of Thomas-Printers, a commercial letterpress and design shop in Carlisle, Pa.
Read more from the summer 2015 issue of Dickinson Magazine.
Published July 28, 2015