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Books by UU authors, Spring 2006

A selection of books written by Unitarian Universalists.
By Kenneth Sutton
Spring 2006 2.15.06

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Bird-Witched: How Birds Can Change a Life. Marjorie Valentine Adams. Univ. of Texas Press, 2005; $24.95. More than four decades of birding and environmental activism highlight these highly personal essays by the “Old Lady of Texas.” Marjorie Adams and her late husband Red took part in the rise of birding as a recreational industry and were producers of educational wildlife films. Adams wrote the syndicated column “Bird World” for major Texas newspapers for more than ten years. She is a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, Texas.

Nurturing Children and Youth: A Developmental Guidebook. Tracey L. Hurd. UUA, 2005; $15. Brief chapters introduce developmental characteristics of children from birth to young adulthood. Hurd, who holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, is director of children and families programs for the UUA.

Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity. Rev. ed. Chuck Collins and Felice Yeskel. New Press, 2005; $18.95. Explains wealth disparities in the U.S. and the policies that contribute to the divide. Collins and Yeskel cofounded the advocacy groups United for a Fair Economy and Responsible Wealth. Collins is a member of the First Church in Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Schoolroom Poets: Childhood, Performance, and the Place of American Poetry, 1865–1917. Angela Sorby. Univ. of New Hampshire Press, 2005; $24.95. This scholarly volume examines recitation of poetry in American schoolrooms and its effects on mass culture, community, notions of childhood, and pedagogy between the Civil War and the First World War. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Emily Dickinson are major subjects. Sorby is an assistant professor of English at Marquette University and a member of the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Lincoln’s Other White House: The Untold Story of the Man and His Presidency. Elizabeth Smith Brownstein. John Wiley and Sons, 2005; $24.95. Abraham Lincoln and his family spent nearly a quarter of his presidency living in a cottage at the Soldiers’ Home, a veterans’ country asylum three miles north of the White House. Brownstein, a writer and TV documentary producer, first became interested in the Lincoln cottage while researching her book If This House Could Talk: Historic Homes, Extraordinary Americans. She uses Lincoln’s time there as a lens through which to reexamine his life and presidency. She is a member of the River Road Unitarian Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

Submissions for Books by UU Authors may be sent, along with publisher, date, price, and the author’s UU affiliation, to UU World, 25 Beacon Street, Boston MA 02108. Due to volume, we cannot include every title and cannot return books. Preference will be given to books of general interest; self-published books will be included selectively.

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