By Susan Marquardt Tiberghien ’55
Red Lotus Studio Press
“What went right?” That’s the beginning question for Susan Tiberghien ’55 in her new book, Side by Side: Writing Your Love Story. Organized in seven parts, the book is as much Tiberghien’s memoir as it is a guide for the reader’s own journal writing. In writing about the good moments of her long marriage, she encourages readers to do the same. Each chapter deals with a different component of lasting love, from courtship to celebration. The components overlap, start anew and never end. Interspersed are pages for readers to record their own memories with writing prompts. The “side by side” becomes the author and the reader as well as the reader and partner.
By Brian Engelhardt ’73
While Reading, Pa., may be known today for the Fightin’ Phils, it also has been the site of 72 games played by 17 major-league franchises and barnstorming teams since 1874. Among the teams that have played in these exhibition games are the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, along with appearances by baseball greats Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mike Schmidt, Ernie Banks and Rogers Hornsby. Reading fans have looked on as both the 1906 Phillies and A’s tried to catch a bunny on the field mid-game, cheered for Christy Mathewson’s shutouts, sang “Happy Birthday” to Pete Rose and watched Shoeless Joe Jackson hit a home run. Brian Engelhardt ’73 is a Reading-area historian and regular contributor to the Historical Review of Berks County.
By David Strohmetz ’86, Gary Lewandowski and Natalie Ciarocco
In this breakthrough first edition, authors David Strohmetz ’86, Gary Lewandowski and Natalie Ciarocco draw on their extensive classroom experiences to introduce research methodology in a highly effective, thoroughly engaging new way, maximizing students’ familiarity with every step of the process. For the first time in a methods text, each design chapter follows a single study from ideation to writing for publication, with students researching an intriguing question emerging from a chapter-long case study. Also for the first time in a methods text, each design chapter models the entire research process, so students get multiple opportunities to experience that process start to finish.
By Laura Croghan Kamoie ’92 and Stephanie Dray
Drawing from thousands of letters and original sources, Stephanie Dray and Laura Croghan Kamoie ’92 tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic Founding Father and shaped an American legacy. She became her father’s helpmate in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him after he became American minister to France. And it is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that she learns of her father’s liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Patsy too has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé, William Short, a staunch abolitionist intent on a career in Europe. Heartbroken at having to decide between being William’s wife or a devoted daughter, she returns to Virginia with her father and marries a man of his choosing, raising 11 children of her own. Yet as family secrets come to light during her father’s presidency, Patsy must again decide how much she will sacrifice to protect his reputation, in the process defining not just Jefferson’s political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.
Published April 28, 2016