Fine Print (Spring 2019)

Fine print, spring 2019

The latest titles from Dickinson alumni include mystery novels by two veteran authors, a family history, a battlefield breakdown and an exploration of modernist writers in Chicago.

Dead of Winter
By Sherry Rothenberger Knowlton ’72
Milford House Press

The fourth book in Knowlton’s Alexa Williams mystery series is once again set in rural south-central Pennsylvania. This time, Alexa must untangle the clues in three murders in a tale that intertwines international terrorism, martial arts, political refugees, old flames and drones.

Holding the Line on the River of Death: Union Mounted Forces at Chickamauga, September 18, 1863
By Eric Wittenberg ’83
Savas Beatie

Wittenberg’s latest book focuses on the two important delaying actions conducted by mounted Union soldiers at Reed’s and Alexander’s bridges on the first day of Chickamauga. Wittenberg brings his expertise with Civil War cavalry operations to bear with vivid and insightful descriptions and places the actions in their full historical context. It includes a detailed walking and driving tour complete with GPS coordinates and more than 60 photos and 15 maps by master cartographer Mark Anderson Moore.

We Are Staying: Eighty Years in the Life of a Family, a Store and a Neighborhood
By Jennifer Rubin ’88
Carb House Press

For 80 years, a radio repair shop named Radio Clinic existed in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Rubin’s immigrant grandfather opened it in 1934 during the depths of the Depression, and her book explores the rise, struggles and fall of the store and the family that owned it. It’s a story about small business; a determined shop owner; immigrants; a grandfather, father and daughter; and the character a family business brings to a neighborhood.

Why We Lie
By Amy Shelley Impellizzeri ’92
Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing

In her latest novel, former litigator and D.C. federal court clerk Impellizzeri exposes the core of the #metoo movement in the legal/political realm. Why We Lie examines the unexpected consequences of those who tell the truth about abuse and those who lie and asks, “Is the truth always worth the cost?” Rising star politician and lawyer Jude Birch is clearly keeping secrets about his past from his wife. Jude has been the bystander to a seemingly gangrelated shooting, but as the secrets unravel—with the help of a zealous news reporter and the Capitol Police—his wife realizes he might not have been an unintended victim after all.

Chicago and the Making of American Modernism: Cather, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald in Conflict
By Michelle Moore ’94
Bloomsbury Academic

Chicago and the Making of American Modernism is the first full-length study of the relationship between America’s great modernist writers and the nation’s “second city,” and it reveals an important new dimension to the rise of American modernism. Drawing on local archival content, Moore explores how the defining writers of the era—Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald—engaged with the city and reacted against the commercial styles of “Chicago realism” to pursue their own, European-influenced mode of modernist art.

Read more from the spring 2019 issue of Dickinson Magazine.


Published May 10, 2019