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Bruce Watson, Leverett resident & beloved columnist for the Amherst Bulletin, is author of a new book, Bread & Roses: Mills, Migrants, & the Struggle for the American Dream.   Watson tells the story of the 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, which began when textile workers stormed out of the mills in Lawrence on a frigid January day.   Based on newspaper accounts, magazine reportage, & oral histories, Bread & Roses is vividly narrated & teeming with colorful characters.   (2005)
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Bruce Watson has a new book, Sacco & Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, & the Judgment of Mankind .   Howard Zinn wrote, “This is a beautifully written, meticulously researched evocation of one of the most emotion-filled events of the twentieth century.   Bruce Watson brilliantly conveys the atmosphere, the drama, the excitement surrounding the case of Sacco & Vanzetti, which still fires the passion & touches the conscience of so many in this country & around the world.”   (2007)
Ellen Dore Watson, Director of the Poetry Center at Smith College, has just come out with a new collection of poetry, This Sharpening.   Watson is author of four volumes of poetry, including Ladder Music & We Live in Bodies; she has translated a dozen books; & serves as an editor for The Massachusetts Review.   Robert Pinksy has said that “Ellen Watson is an eloquent, passionate poet; tender, wildly inventive, with the wonder of childhood & a grown woman's comic sense.   Watson's poetry is the real thing“.   (2006)
Amherst resident & Mt. Holyoke professor, Donald Weber has a new book.   Haunted In The New World: Jewish American Culture From Cahan To The Goldbergs, explores the role of emotions in artistic works that shaped Jewish American culture in the first half of the 20th century.  In a review, Morris Dickstein wrote of the book, that it "is a superb, insightful, & acutely intelligent piece of work.  It makes a real contribution to the understanding of ethnicity in general & Jewish American culture in particular."   (2005)
Northamptonite Jan Whitaker’s new book, Service & Style: How the American Department Store Fashioned the Middle Class “discusses at significant length the subtle movements through which major chains from one end of the country to the other cultivated their reputations for being up–to–date with the latest Paris fashions, then tapped into additional markets for young adult & children’s wear.   More than 100 photographs & illustrations are integrated into the text, aptly demonstrating the lengths to which stores went in order to present themselves as elegant yet modern & convenient.   Legendary New York chains like Macy’s & Gimbel’s get much of the attention, but outposts from other regions, such as San Francisco’s Emporium or Philadelphia’s Lit Brothers, also get due notice, adding an additional aura of comprehensiveness to Whitaker’s richly detailed account.&rsdquo;   (Publisher’s Weekly)   Whitaker’s first book was Tea at the Blue Lantern Inn: A Social History of the Tea Room Craze in America.  (2006)
Reverse Rapture
As a reviewer in Harvard Review put it about Amherst resident Dara Wier's work—her poems call to mind “the philosophical comedy of Wallace Stevens and Wislawa Szymborska . . . [&] draw a reader away from a recognizable world into one in which women waltz with bears, houseflies chat with colonels, & the absence of sound makes a material presence.”   (2005)
Dara Wier‘s new collection of poetry, Remanants of Hannah is due in September.   Her work has been included in recent volumes of Best American Poetry & The Pushcart Prize Anthology.   The American Poetry Review awarded her the Jerome Shestack Prize in 2001.   She received a Pushcart prize in 2002, & has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation & the NEA.   Wier directs the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, & along with Noy Holland & Lisa Olstein co-directs the University of Massachusetts' Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts & Action.   (2006)
Christianity in the United States
Amherst College professor, David Wills is author of Christianity in the United States: An Historical Survey & Interpretation.   Wills places the history of Christianity in the U.S. in the larger context of the globalization of the Christian religion.  He links the rise of African-American Christianity with the emergence of Christianity in the non-western world.  Overall, he provides both a broad interpretation & a wealth of factual information on the history of Christianity in the United States.  (2005)
Wedding Cakes You Can Make
If you love to bake & are willing to plan ahead, you can make a spectacular wedding cake—& you don't have to be a pastry chef to do it! Let Amherst resident Dede Wilson guide you through every layer of the process—from choosing among flavors—styles to baking, assembling, & decorating your way to a beautiful & delicious cake. This accessible cookbook not only gets you ready for the big event, it helps you lend a truly personal touch to the celebration.   (2005)

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Douglas Wilson, who worked for years at Amherst College in the publications office, & is recepient of the Merriman Smith Memorial Award from the White House Correspondents Assocation for his work for the The Providence Journal, has edited a new book, Passages of Time: Narratives in the History of Amherst College.   The 28 essays that comprise the volume unfold in chronological order, providing for the first time in more than 50 years a single volume with a broad account of Amherst College's history.   Among the authors are faculty, alumni, students, & best-selling writers. Their portryals of people & events may be studied as history, consulted as sources of reference, or simply enjoyed as narrative essays.   (2007)

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