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Beloit College Magazine

Summer 2014 (July 10, 2014)

General-Interest Books by Alumni and Faculty Authors

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July 10, 2014

Bookshelf: Mindset list


By Tom McBride and Ron Nief

Sourcebooks, Inc., 2014

Written by Gayle and William Keefer Professor of the Humanities and Professor Emeritus of English Tom McBride and Director Emeritus of Public Affairs Ron Nief, The Mindset List of the Obscure examines 74 forgotten icons from A to Z, including the grocery store chain A&P—formerly called the “Wal-Mart before Wal-Mart,”—and cigarette girls, who were once a fixture in American nightclubs. Each chapter consists of a timeline of the icon to provide context for its cultural heyday, an inspired guess by today’s young people as to what the icon might be, an essay revealing its once famous identity, an assessment of how said icons would fare today, and a hypothetical usage of it in a sentence as uttered by those who lived during a time when everyone knew what it meant.







Bookshelf: Jump-starting Boys


By Pam Withers’78 and Cynthia Gill

Viva Editions, 2013

Somewhere around the fourth grade, boys hit what award-winning author Pam Withers’78 and counselor and former teacher Cynthia Gill call an “invisible wall,” after which they go from engaged to unengaged, discouraged, and disaffected. With the goal of providing a practical, readable book for frustrated parents of underachieving boys, the authors include easy tips, action-list sidebars, and heartwarming true stories in Jump-Starting Boys. Parents will learn, among other things, how to determine their son’s learning style and how best to help him learn; how to use his interest in technology to foster excitement about learning and form good reading habits; and how to limit his screen time without coming across as a tyrant.








Bookshelf: travels



By Thomas M. Upton’69

Charlton Publishing, LLC, 2012

Serving as an outsider’s look at Australia from the inside, Travels of the Wonthaggi Notpu is a collection of true stories from Thomas M. Upton’s six-month trip to the land down under in the late ’60s and early ’70s with his younger brother, Dick Upton’72. Thanks to their Melbourne landlady and a $150 used car, the sons of former Beloit College President Miller Upton saw, learned, and experienced more than they ever could have imagined. From a Sydney flophouse and a country jailhouse to the outback and the ocean, their journey changed the course of their lives forever.







The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants


By Lytton John Musselman’65 and Harold J. Wiggins

The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013

A recent rise in the popularity of urban farming and farmers markets points to a widespread and growing interest in the origins of our food. In The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants, botanists Lytton John Musselman’65 and Harold J. Wiggins coach readers on how to safely identify, gather, and prepare delicious dishes from readily available plants. In dealing with some of the most common plants of the Middle Atlantic states and the Northeast, the book includes more than 100 color illustrations, accompanied by detailed descriptions that will help readers recognize edible plants such as nettles, day lilies, lotus, and sorrel. The book also clearly indicates which plants readers should give a wide berth, dubbing its first chapter “Deadly Harvest: Plants You Should Avoid.” (Among them is hemlock, the plant that killed Socrates.)

The authors also provide more than 50 recipes, including black-locust yogurt dip, cattail corn dogs, walnut wild plant chips, and cordials. 



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