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Fresh Ink

The Vanishing Old West book coverThe Vanishing Old West—Jerome
By Jeffrey W. Colburn ’77
www.creativecauldron.com
Coinciding with the Arizona Centennial, author/photographer Colburn’s book features images of Jerome, a mining town-turned-artists’ community, showing that parts of the Old West still exist.

 

With the Sea Beside Me book coverWith the Sea Beside Me: An Intimate Guide to California’s Central and North Coast
By Meade L. Fischer ’77
Eclectic Press
This travel guide covers the California coast from Santa Barbara to the Oregon border with attention to places to eat, stay, hike, surf and kayak, as well as interesting people and road stories gathered over 25 years.

 

Au Revoir, Paris book coverAu Revoir, Paris
By George Anthrony Flores ’96
PublishAmerica
Divorcee Sally Weathers takes a vacation to Paris and meets Jean-Pierre, a man with a past. On a trip to Versailles, they run into his business associate, a mobster called l’Araignee, the Spider, leading to a gunfight. She convinces the wounded Jean-Pierre to return with her to New York City where his past catches up to them.

 

Sustainable Thermal Storage Systems book coverSustainable Thermal Storage Systems: Planning, Design and Operations
By Lucas B. Hyman ’88
McGraw-Hill
Hyman, president and principal engineer at Goss Engineering Inc. in Corona, provides techniques for reducing energy and related costs through thermal storage systems and tips for maximizing system investments.

 

Floating on Mamas Song book coverFloating on Mama’s Song
By Laura Lacámara ’94; illustrated by Yuyi Morales
HarperCollins
In Lacámara’s debut children’s book, Anita’s Mama sings so beautifully that everyone who hears her magically floats above the ground. But then Mama stops singing. Can Anita find a way to bring back happy times?

 

Mai Tai One on book coverMai Tai One On
By Jill Marie Landis ’70
Bell Bridge Books Publishers
The author of 28 best-selling novels, Landis’ new mystery series begins with newly divorced Em Johnson running the dilapidated Tiki Goddess Bar on Kauai. When a body is found in the bar’s luau pit, Em and a cast of quirky characters band together to solve the mystery.

 

From Props to Jets book coverFrom Props to Jets
By Mike Machat ’78, Craig Kodera and Jon Proctor
Specialty Press
Machat, an aviation artist and former staff illustrator for Douglas Aircraft Co., and his co-authors examine the 1950s-60s transition into the jet age in a richly illustrated comparison of the world’s first commercial jet aircraft with their classic prop-driven predecessors.

 

Chasing a Dream book coverChasing a Dream
By Alice Jo Marlin ’77
iUniverse
A native of Malta, Marlin’s memoir recalls the island’s trauma during World War II and her eventual move to California where she coped with her husband’s illness and its aftermath—overcoming adversity throughout her life’s journey.

 

Getting Out of Dodge City book coverGetting Out of Dodge City, Heading for L.A. on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe
By Clifton E. Marsh ’68, ’71
PublishAmerica
Marsh recently retired as associate professor of sociology at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Va., and chronicles a proud black family beginning in 1821 in Dodge City, Kan., through recent years in Los Angeles, reflecting societal changes and family tribulations.

 

The Debt-Free Spending Plan book coverThe Debt-Free Spending Plan: An Amazingly Simple Way to Take Control of Your Finances Once and for All
By JoAnneh (Cornely) Nagler ’84
Amacom Books
Once mired in debt, Nagler developed her own five-minute-a-day financial planning approach that really works. She now coaches individuals and couples on revolutionizing their relationship with money.

 

Pioneers of the Possible book coverPioneers of the Possible: Celebrating Visionary Women of the World
By Angella (Maddahi) Nazarian ’91
Assouline
Nazarian shares the stories of 20 remarkable women including Golda Meir, Ella Fitzgerald, Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad and Dharma Master Cheng Yen. Nazarian, who taught psychology at CSULB, hosts workshops on women’s personal development.

 

Flicker book coverFlicker
By Jeanette Prather (Bent) ’07
Xlibris
Paige is a young woman who experiences life’s harsh realities and runs from her past, finally freeing herself and showing that people create their own destiny. Bent is a dancer, choreographer and fitness instructor.

 

Swipe This book coverSwipe This! The Guide to Great Touchscreen Game Design
By Scott Rogers ’92
John Wiley and Sons
The creator of games including God of War and Pac-Man World guides designers in creating games for pads and touchscreen systems. Rogers is a senior producer, interactive, for Walt Disney Imagineering and a lecturer in USC’s Interactive Media program.

 

Seawitch book coverSeawitch–A Greywalker Novel
By Kat Richardson (Kathleen Huffine ’90)
ROC–New American Library
The seventh Greywalker book follows private investigator Harper Blaine—who is able to move between our and the spirit world—as she tries to unravel the fate of the vessel Seawitch, which disappeared 25 years before and now has mysteriously returned empty.

 

The Eight-Fingered Criminal's Son book coverThe Eight-Fingered Criminal’s Son
By William Snyder ’83
Cactus Surf Press
Snyder’s first book is a collection of hilarious, mostly true stories about growing up in 1970s Southern California, recounting wild dealings with interesting people and encounters with L.A. celebrities.

 

I Am His Mother book coverI Am His Mother
By Carlos Solorzano ’96, ’04
iEnovel
Based on Gospel accounts, Solorzano writes a memoir of Mary, the mother of Jesus, as if it were an undiscovered ancient document, reflecting on her miraculous pregnancy through her son’s death and his effect on countless lives.

 

Boystown 4 book coverBoystown 4: A Time For Secrets
By Marshall Thornton (Lawrence Moss ’96)
MLR Press
Thornton’s sixth book follows private investigator Nick Nowak, who is haunted by his departure from the Chicago Police Department and the end of a relationship. The series received a 2011 Rainbow Awards honorable mention and was a 2011 Lambda Book Award–Gay Mystery finalist.

 

Rural Nursing book coverRural Nursing: Concepts, Theory, and Practice (3rd ed.)
By Charlene A. Winters ’79, ’83; and Helen Lee
Springer Publishing
This latest edition provides nurses with knowledge and insight to meet the unique needs of rural populations. Winters is a professor of nursing at Montana State University.

 

Chess Saves the World book coverChess Saves the World
By H. T. Wynn (Hugh T. Nguyen ’97)
Fantom Press
Chess Master and his cohorts are logical creatures whose purpose is to remove bigotry and ignorance from the human race and replace them with a sense of purpose based on the impartial rules and objectives of chess.

 

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