Authors & Editors

Lifestones by Carl Cusato

Carl Cusato, B.A. ’66, recently released his second book, Lifestones, a science-fiction romantic comedy. Cusato’s book is a hybrid between a novel and screenplay; he has called it a “movel.” Lifestones centers on a male nano-physicist whose wife and child were killed in a car accident. The movel is a quick read for ambitious urban professionals. More information:

The Basic Beliefs of Judaism: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to a Timeless Tradition by Lawrence Epstein

Lawrence Epstein, B.A. ’67, M.A. ’68, Ph.D. ’76, is the author of a new book, The Basic Beliefs of Judaism: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to a Timeless Tradition. The novel provides an organized explanation and analysis of the central Jewish articles of faith. Subjects covered include the nature of God; the natural world; the Jewish people; why good people suffer; the Jewish ethical foundations of living; love and marriage in the Jewish community; and death and the afterlife, among others.

Janey by Richard Matturro

Richard Matturro, B.A. ’68, M.A. ’69, Ph.D. ’73, has published Janey, the completion and central novel in his tri-city trilogy. The novels, set in the neighboring upstate New York cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy, are about three women who share an aversion to all things feminine, especially motherhood. These women face unexpected detours that bring them to a place where myth and reality collide. More information:

Sea Glass Soul

Richard Morgan, B.S. ’69, recently composed a book of poems entitled Sea Glass Soul. His third book of poetry, it also includes art drawn by Pat Morgan. The poems were inspired by the authors living on an island off the Jersey shore. More information:


Peter Pollak, M.A. ’70, Ph.D. ’78, has released his third novel, Last Stop on Desolation Ridge. The novel begins with the main character waking up in a small hospital in upstate New York unable to remember who he is or how he ended up near death. The remainder of the book explores the main character’s attempts to figure out who tried to kill him and why. More information:

Sherry Penney, Ph.D. ’72, has published three books; the latest is Next Generation Leadership: Insights from Emerging Leaders. Co-authored with Patricia Neilson, the book deals with 21st-century leadership and how generations X and Y view leadership and what kind of leaders they want to aspire to be. Penney’s other books are A Very Dangerous Woman: Martha Wright and Woman’s Rights and Patrician in Politics: Daniel Dewey Barnard of New York. More information:

The Captain's Coin by John Amodeo

John Amodeo, M.A. ’73, has a new book on Amazon. The Captain’s Coin tells the story of an immigrant 13-yearold escaping the web of starvation and death in his native County Cork, Ireland, during the potato famine. Michael Brady, young, naive and afraid, sets foot in a strange city, intent on survival. His story will resonate with anyone who has had to re-examine the direction of his or her life while readjusting to the realities of life’s challenges. More information:

Susan Katz, B.A. ’75, is the author of Start Your Career: 5 Steps to Finding the Right Job after College. This book provides a guide, through a series of steps and tips, for college students seeking to begin professional careers. In five steps, Katz demonstrates how to turn a college degree into a personally satisfying career. The book’s advice ranges from identifying skill sets to creating a network and preparing for job interviews. More information:

Ed Moser, B.A. ’77, author of seven published books, has written a new book on American history. A Patriot’s America from A to Z is a riveting primer for everyone interested in this nation’s past, featuring heroic events and creative individuals who surmounted great difficulties to accomplish great things: traveling to the moon, defeating the Nazis, wiring the planet, setting the first large democratic republic and largely banishing starvation overseas. More information:

Voice from the Mangrove Swamps by Bassey Essien

Bassey Essien, M.S. ’77, Ed.D. ’81, has written a memoir titled Voice from the Mangrove Swamps. The book describes Essien’s early struggles working with his mother in the village farms; canoe fishing with his father on the ocean; laboring in Nigeria’s mangrove swamps; working in Lagos as an apprentice photographer; and later pursuing an education in America. More information:

The First Kindergarten by Froebel-Parker

Johannes Froebel-Parker, B.A. ’79, M.A. ’82, M.S. ’85, is the author of The First Kindergarten, the third novel in his Ahnentafel series. In this historical novel, which includes a great deal of biographical information, Froebel-Parker joins through literature the lives and contributions of two of the world’s greatest proponents of children’s education. More information:

Patricia Nugent, M.S. ’80, offers 300 vignettes about caregiving and loss in her book They Live On: Saying Goodbye to Mom and Dad. The book, published in 2010, offers vignettes portraying the stages of caring for and saying goodbye to a loved one, as seen through the eyes of a daughter and her terminally ill parents. More information:

Teresa Sutton, B.A. ’80, has published her first book of poems, They’re Gone, with The Finishing Line Press. It is about the loss of both of her brothers in 1980 from cardiomyopathy. More information:

Draping Period Costumes: Classical Greek to Victorian by Sharon Sobel

Sharon Sobel, B.A. ’81, had a book, Draping Period Costumes: Classical Greek to Victorian, published by the Focal Press in March. More information:

Legal Detriment by Vince Aiello

Vince Aiello, B.A. ’81, is the author of Legal Detriment. In this novel – a thriller involving a San Diego law firm – a robbery, a murder and a descent into madness all come together with a shocking outcome. It is published by Sareth Publishing House. More information:

Denise Garofalo, B.A. ’81, M.L.S. ’82, has had a book chapter published in Robots in Academic Libraries: Advancements in Library Automation. Her chapter is titled “Empires of the Future: Libraries, Technology and the Academic Environment.” More information:

Jeff Laing, Ph.D. ’82, has written Bud Fowler: Baseball’s First Black Professional, the first full-length biography of the first African American to play in organized baseball. After the color line became impregnable in the 1890s, Fowler also organized and managed numerous all-black touring teams. His 35-year-long career in the national pastime mirrored the social, political and cultural turbulence of the Gilded Age.

Daniel Guyton, B.A. ’00, has recently been published. His new play Mrs. Claus Gets Menopause, was selected by ArtAge Publications’ Senior Theatre Resource Center from over 300 submissions, and is featured in ArtAge’s newly released 2014 catalog.

Wonderful Words by Lisa Bundrick

Lisa Bundrick, M.S.W. ’04, has had another children’s book published. Wonderful Words is written to help enhance a child’s self-esteem by teaching him/her the meaning of selected “wonderful words” and encouraging the child to think about how these “wonderful words” may apply to him/her.

The Anatomy of Hose Race Handicapping: Or How to Have Fun at the Track by Chodkowski

Jean Chodkowski, M.A. ’05, is the author of The Anatomy of Horse Race Handicapping: Or How to Have Fun at the Track. The book, based on cognitive psychology research concerning decisionmaking, is written for people who enjoy horse racing, whether it be following the Kentucky Derby or simply going to the races on a regular basis. More information:

Harry Dancler, B.A. ’09, is the author of A Father’s Journey. From now until December 31, Dancler will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the sales of his debut novel to The One Fund Boston. The compelling contemporary story of unparalleled love, personal conflict, forgiveness and self-discovery examines the consequences for his family of a man’s long absence from his Newport home. The book is available in paperback and e-book formats from numerous distributors.