Media Shelf Spring 2012

Courtroom Carnival: Famous New Orleans Trials

S.L. Alexander, Ph.D., associate professor of mass communication, presents a “who’s who” of Louisiana’s political and civic elite whose trials and tribulations captured widespread public attention.



More of His Presence: Understanding the "More" that God has for Your Everday Life

Music alumna Holly Armstrong ’01 shares her personal stories and suggestions for incorporating more of God in your everyday life.



Green Fields: Crime, Punishment & a Boyhood Between

English alumnus Bob Cowser, Jr. ’92 presents an exanimation of the 1979 murder in rural Tennessee of his classmate, Cary Ann Medlin, and the trial and execution of Robert Glen Coe that followed 20 years later.




The Women of Katrina: How Gender, Race, and Class Matter in an American Disaster

Sociology alumnus Emmanuel David ’03, along with Elaine Enarson, draws on original research and firsthand narratives from women in diverse economic, political, ethnic, and geographical contexts to portray pre-Katrina vulnerabilities, gender concerns in post-disaster housing and assistance, and women’s collective struggles to recover from this catastrophe.


She Walks on Gilded Splinters

Law alumnus Gene Dwyer, J.D. ’80 presents the never before told story of Marie Laveau, her life and legend uncensored.



Rising Sunsets

Communication alumnus David Fernandez ’93 (a.k.a. D.H. Cermeño) presents an enlightening journey through the mind of David Fletcher, a bright and ambitious young man who finds adventure teaching English in Japan. The book received a Silver Medal (Florida Publisher’s Association’s Annual Book Awards), Honorable Mention (New England Book Award competition), and Honorable Mention (London Book Festival).


A Louisiana River Journal

History alumna Martha Fitzgerald ’73, along with Skipper Dickson, chronicles Dickson’s 400-river-mile trip across the heart of Louisiana on a 30-year-old houseboat with his fishing buddies.



Camp Birdman

Madeleine Flynn ’10 (a.k.a. New Orleans singer Maddie Ruthless) presents a new ska album with her band, The Forthrights.


The Keepsake Cookbook: Gathering Delicious Memories One Recipe at a Time

Communication alumna Belinda Hulin ’75 presents her sixth food-related book, a cookbook-writing how-to for families and organizations to write their own culinary histories.


Looking Up

Visual arts alumna Katherine Klimitas ’11 shares an unforgettable glimpse inside her world and the physical challenges she has endured having been born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, more commonly known as Brittle Bone Disease.

Adopting in America: The Diary of a Mom in Waiting

English alumna Lori Lyons ’87 tells the story of how she and her husband persevered through the heart-break of infertility to find their miracle of a child through open adoption.



Valda & the Valkyries

Drama-communication alumnus Mark Neumayer ’86 tells the tale of Valda, a 15-year-old Dwarf girl whose dreams come true when she gets summoned to Asgard and turned into a Valkyrie.



Ghosts of New Orleans: Plays by Rosary Hartel O’Neill Volume 2

Former faculty member Rosary Hartel O’Neill presents a new volume of six historical plays with characters driven by stratified society and tradition.



Checking In/Checking Out

When Christopher Schaberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, and Mark Yakich, Ph.D., associate professor of English, met for the first time, they started sharing stories about air travel, which eventually became the basis for their book.

Marvin’s Book: The Story of a Professor and a Promise

History alumna Melissa Soldani-Lemon ’90 recalls a promise she made to a student 10 years ago and traces a journey to find meaning and hope in the face of tragedy. She shares stories by and about Tallahassee Community College students, especially student-veterans and students who face profound obstacles with dignity and optimism.


Portrait of a Monster: Joran Van Der Sloot, A Murder in Peru, and the Natalee Holloway Mystery

Communication alumnus Cole Thompson ’92 offers an unflinching look into the workings of an international manhunt and a chilling portrait of alleged killer Joran Van Der Sloot.



 Pennies in Hand

English alumna Kelcy Wilburn ’05 (a.k.a. Kelcy Mae) returns with a new CD, Pennies in Hand. According to music writer Keith Spera, the CD “is illuminated by smart wordplay and arrangements, bright, warm production and a voice that recalls Natalie Merchant crossed with the Indigo Girls. Acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, piano, cello, drums and upright bass factor into the seductive, agreeable mix.”

A Meaning for Wife

Associate Professor of English Mark Yakich, Ph.D., presents the story of a man trying to come to terms with the sudden death of his wife, the aging parents he has long avoided, and the tribulations of single parenthood.



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