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University of Colorado Boulder

Autumn Desire

Autumn Desire by Sharon Noble (CommThtr’71, MArt’72) is a novel depicting the complicated romance of a 50-year-old widow, Paula Wincott. The story is set in the beautiful scenery of Boulder as Paula decides to return to CU to take classes years after dropping out and marrying a professor she met her freshman year.

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Night Café: The Amorous Notes of a Barista

Night Café: The Amorous Notes of a Barista by Gray Kochhar-Lindgren (Phil’77) depicts the café world as both sophisticated and intellectual as he delves into the history of coffee while combining the artistic and stimulating subjects of painting, poetry and philosophy.

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A Duck Looking For Hunters

In A Duck Looking for Hunters by Lt. Col Dale Amend, the incredible story of the author’s own experience as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) in South Vietnam in 1965-66 is described in vivid detail.

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The House of My Sojourn

The House of My Sojourn by Jane Sutton (PhD Comm’84) delves into the world of rhetoric and the exclusion of women from its foundations. Sutton’s vision of the relationship between women and rhetoric is described as an ancient Greek house. The house allows for women, but also denies their authority to speak from within it.

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The Gospel of Progressivism: Moral Reform and Labor War in Colorado, 1900-1930

The Gospel of Progressivism: Moral Reform and Labor War in Colorado, 1900-1930 by R. Todd Laugen (PhD Hist’05) records the difficult journey of Progressive groups fighting corporate and political corruption during the twentieth century. The book follows Protestant reformers, labor organizers, activist women and mediation experts as they lobbied to defend the public against special interest groups involved with Colorado politics, including the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s.

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Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship

Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship by Cathie Beck (MEngl’92) is a memoir about an unlikely friendship between Beck and a vibrant, savvy, unpredictable woman who quickly becomes her best friend, Denise Katz. The book traces Beck’s life from a young, single and lonely “empty nester” to the changed woman that she is today.

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Bad Cop: New York’s Least Likely Police Officer Tells All

Paul Bacon’s (Jour’90) memoir Bad Cop: New York’s Least Likely Police Officer Tells All humorously explains his four years as a New York City Police Officer. The book delves into his reasons for leaving his at-home online job to become a cop and follows his brief stint as a city protector.

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Dancing on the Edge of an Endangered Planet

The motivational Dancing on the Edge of an Endangered Planet by John Mattson (ArchEngr’88) is a book of short adventure stories that span worldwide and describe the author’s experience of transforming from a poor farm boy to living a life of extreme adventure. The book highlights his time involved in kayaking, skiing, climbing, rodeo and working in a gold mine.

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Sunsets and Shattered Glass: Finding God and Gospel in Everyday Life

In Sunsets and Shattered Glass, Mike Tolerico (Jour’00) writes on how one can find God in all aspects of life. The book is intended to spark spiritual conversations and encourage readers to observe the beauty and truth of life. Tolerico gives an honest account that challenges readers to question their life’s purpose and to look on the world with a new and uplifting perspective.

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The People are Dancing Again: The History of the Siletz Tribe of Western Oregon

Distinguished professor of law Charles Wilkinson has written an insightful account of the Siletz Indian tribe, a tribe that has overcome immense hurdles to become the traditional but lively community it is today. The People are Dancing Again follows the Siletz tribe’s journey from living on their 1.1 million acre, luscious homeland along the Oregon coast in the late 1800s to becoming terminated by the government by 1956

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Dairy of a Naïve

In Ursula Maria Mandel’s (Engl’81, MA’83, PhD’87) second novel Dairy of a Naïve, the importance of self-worth is highlighted. The book is centered on Kate Hamilton, who was once strong, creative, and vibrant. Over the course of 20 years, she slowly loses her sense of self and falls into a lackluster marriage and a discontented lifestyle. On a quest to find happiness, Kate decides to chronicle her life as a way to determine how she changed from the determined girl she used to be.

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Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11

After September 11, 2001, Muslim Americans became subject to alarming amounts of backlash violence. Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11 presents accounts from 140 Muslim Americans describing their experiences encountering prejudice, discrimination, exclusion and harassment both pre- and post- 9/11. The book seeks to explain the reasons that blame is so prevalent after catastrophes, using Muslim Americans as the prime example.

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Life from an RNA World: The Ancestor Within

Professor Emeritus of Biology, Michael Yarus seeks to explain a theory about the origin of life in his book Life from an RNA World: The Ancestor Within. This book contains a detailed and descriptive style, which will appeal to scientists and non-scientists alike. Its main focus is RNA, which is thought by some to be the link between the first rudimentary life on earth and the complex creatures today.

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Old Abe, Eagle Hero: The Civil War’s Most Famous Mascot

Old Abe, Eagle Hero: The Civil War’s Most Famous Mascot by R.L. Young, Jr. (PolSci’60) is a children’s picture book about the eagle “Old Abe,” the bird present at several Civil War battles that is said to have inspired troops during combat while also squawking at the opposing army. The book contains bright and dazzling watercolor and ink illustrations. Old Abe, Eagle Hero is intended for children aged 6-9.

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There’s no business like snow business

It was early ski season in the Rockies, and Mike Kaplan (IntlAf’86), CEO of the Aspen Skiing Co., had his hands full. Literally. With a ski pole in each hand, he clicked into his Blizzard Titan Atlas 185 skis and joined the “Powder Posse” at Aspen Highlands to ski the fresh stuff before opening day to make sure it was packed down.

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Beauty is in the life of the beholder

Was my life a total failure? This question blindsided me in a high school gymna­sium during a graduation ceremony. My niece, Caitlin, was up on stage about to make her salutatory address. That’s when it hit me.

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Training Unreasonable entrepreneurs

The Unreasonable Institute in Boulder. Founded by several young CU alums two years ago, the institute aims to help young, civic-minded entrepreneurs across the globe reach their goals.

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Sleepless night finally quantified

Exactly how damaging are those sleepless nights from which thousands of Americans suffer? In the first-ever quantification of energy expended by humans during sleep, a team at CU’s Sleep and Chronobiology lab found the metabolic cost of an adult missing one night of sleep is the equivalent of walking slightly less than two miles.

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March 2011 Editor’s note

The ski season is not what it used to be for me and my husband, Tom Rutkowski (MCivEngr’03), since we had kids. We used to explore Colorado’s mountains on backcountry hut trips and ski moguls at the resorts.

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You are what you blog

Writing a blog reveals more about you than researchers previously thought, according to one of the largest studies on the matter done to date by CU psychology and neuroscience postdoctoral fellow Tal Yarkoni.

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Profile: Ellie Vaughter

After a lifetime of helping others and dreaming about what it would be like to serve in the Peace Corps, Ellie Vaughter’s (Thtr’91, MHum’00) aspiration is finally coming true.

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Herd of Buffs joins football staff

After being named head football coach in early December, Jon Embree (Comm’89) hired an assistant coaching staff that includes other ex-CU players and/or coaches. On board are former Buff players Eric Bieniemy (Soc’01) (offensive coordinator and running backs) and Brian Cabral (PE’79) who was retained as linebackers coach and Kanavis McGhee (defensive line). In addition former CU assistant coaches Greg Brown, who is now defensive coordinator and secondary, and Steve Marshall (offensive line). Boulder High School alum Bobby Kennedy (wide receivers) also joined the staff.

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