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University of Colorado Boulder

An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World

CU-Boulder research associate Anders Halverson’s newest book is a gripping account that follows the discovery and propagation of the most commonly stocked and controversial freshwater fish in the United States, the rainbow trout. Halverson explores the different viewpoints that surround the species, from people who believed the fish could be the savior of democracy to the people who seek to eradicate the fish entirely. Halverson has a doctorate in aquatic ecology from Yale University and was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to support the research and writing of this book.


The Pink Lady: The Many Lives of Helen Gahagan Douglas

Sally Denton’s (Engl’74) sixth nonfiction book tells the story of Helen Gahagan Douglas, an Irish girl from Brooklyn who defied her father to become a Broadway star and internationally famous opera diva. She married a film star and moved to Hollywood. During the Great Depression, Douglas was drawn into politics when she saw dust bowl refugees in California.


The Spiritual Traveler—Spain: A Guide to Sacred Sites and Pilgrim Routes

After living in Spain for 24 years, Beebe Bahrami (MCDBio’86) was able to compile this non-denominational guide to the spiritual places and people of Spain. The book details the rich culture and human diversity of Spain from the Upper Paleolithic era to present day, discussing folklore, mythology and tradition. The Spiritual Traveler is packed with fascinating information, beautiful descriptions and insightful interpretations and would be an excellent companion for any European traveler.


The Politics of Medicaid

In The Politics of Medicaid, Laura Katz Olson (MPolSci’72, PhD’74) unravels the confusing puzzle of Medicaid, paying special attention to those who invest in and benefit from the program. The book assesses the social, political, and economic dynamics that have shaped Medicaid for nearly 50 years.



Unbroken is the fictional story of a woman, Gwen Swan, who faces the challenges of working on a family ranch in Wyoming while struggling to raise her two children. The novel by Jamie Lisa Forbes (Phil’77) brings disasters and triumphs to the family as their relationships develop and their friendships are tested.