Books At-A-Glance

Here is a collection of new books written by CUNY authors:

Rum DrinksRum Drinks: 50 Caribbean Cocktails, From Cuba Libre to Rum Daisy

Queens College professor of English Jessica B. Harris

Chronicle Books

With recipes for 40 of the Caribbean's classic and contemporary cocktails and 15 traditional snacks to accompany them, Rum Drinks provides a tropical taste vacation. It's a rum resource, including salty tales -- from a history of the sugar trade to the sparkly heyday of the Cuba Libre -- an island-by-island listing of Caribbean rums, and a guide to great rum bars all over the world.


CurieThe Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science

Baruch College American history professor Julie Des Jardins

The Feminist Press at CUNY

Why are the fields of science and technology still considered to be predominantly male professions? The Madame Curie Complex moves beyond the most common explanations -- limited access to professional training, lack of resources, exclusion from social networks of men -- to give historical context and unexpected revelations about women's contributions to the sciences. Exploring the lives of Jane Goodall, Rosalind Franklin, Rosalyn Yalow, Barbara McClintock, Rachel Carson and the women of the Manhattan Project, Des Jardins considers their personal and professional stories in relation to their male counterparts -- Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi -- to demonstrate how the gendered culture of science molds the methods, structure and experience of the work.


Free for AllFree For All: Fixing School Food in America

Hunter College sociology professor Janet Poppendieck

University of California Press

How did our children end up eating nachos, pizza and Tater Tots for lunch? Taking us on an eye-opening journey into the nation's school kitchens, the book is the first to provide a comprehensive assessment of school food in the United States. Poppendieck explores the deep politics of food provision from multiple perspectives -- history, policy, nutrition, environmental sustainability, taste and more. How did we get into the absurd situation in which nutritionally regulated meals compete with fast food items and snack foods loaded with sugar, salt, and fat? Poppendieck reveals the forces -- the financial troubles of schools, the commercialization of childhood, the reliance on market models -- that are determining how lunch is served. She concludes with a sweeping vision for change: fresh, healthy food for all children as a regular part of their school day.


RebbeThe Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Queens College distinguished professor of sociology Samuel Heilman and professor emeritus of sociology Menachem Friedman (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
Princeton University Press

From the 1950s until his death in 1994, Menachem Mendel Schneerson -- revered by his followers worldwide simply as the Rebbe -- built the Lubavitcher movement from a relatively small sect within Hasidic Judaism into the powerful force in Jewish life that it is today. Swept away by his expectation that the Messiah was coming, he came to believe that he could deny death and change history. Heilman and Friedman paint an unforgettable portrait of Schneerson, showing how he reinvented himself from an aspiring French-trained electrical engineer into a charismatic leader who believed that he and his Lubavitcher Hasidic emissaries could transform the world. They reveal how his messianic convictions ripened and how he attempted to bring the ancient idea of a day of redemption onto the modern world's agenda.


Off the ChartsOff the Charts!: A Novel

City College adjunct lecturer in theater and English Kevin Scott Hall


When 21-year-old Greg Bounder, a brash, wealthy college student, meets his one-time singing idol, Sally Testata, at a Scranton bar, he seizes the opportunity to create an exciting career for himself by managing her comeback. With the half-million dollar inheritance from his grandfather, Greg intends to restart the career of this 40-something, washed-up singer. But first he must convince her, his conservative Philadelphia family and all the doubters that he has what it takes to make it big before he blows through his inheritance. With the help of his gay brother, Marcus, a DJ in New York -- and a lot of money -- Greg orchestrates Sally's return. The result is a whirlwind year in New York as their hit single "Grind" climbs the charts, but Greg soon finds that Sally might be more than he bargained for. While struggling to reap a return on his investment, Greg needs to figure out how to keep Sally clean and out of trouble and keep her from grabbing the wrong kind of headlines.


EthicsEthics and Economics: New Perspectives

Edited by College of Staten Island professor of political science, economics and philosophy Mark D. White and professor of economics and Christian ethics (Radboud University Nijmegen) and associate professor of feminist development economics, Institute of Social Studies Irene van Staveren


Since the days of Adam Smith, ethics and economics have been closely intertwined, and were nominally separated only with the advent of neoclassical economics in the beginning of the last century. This book features 11 essays by leading scholars in economics and philosophy who argue for a renewal of the bond between the two disciplines. Several of the contributors argue that the ethical content of economics and moral status of the market have been misunderstood, for better and for worse. Some recommend changes in the way individual economic choice is modeled, in order to incorporate ethical as well as self-interested motivations.


AlexanderPoetics of Dislocation (Poets on Poetry)

Hunter College and Graduate Center distinguished professor of English Meena Alexander

University of Michigan Press

The book sets the work of contemporary American poetry within the streams of migration that have made the nation what it is in the 21st century. There are few poets better qualified to muse on that context than Alexander, who spent her life studying at prestigious institutions around the globe before settling in the United States to work on her acclaimed body of poetry. The book studies not only the personal creative process Alexander uses, but also the work of other prominent writers. Alexander discusses what it means to come to America as an adult to write poetry, and her place -- and that of others -- in the collection of cultures that makes up this country.