From Edna Susman
Author: J. Peter Burkholder
Title: A history of western music
In 1960, Donald Jay Grout wrote the first edition of this one-volume standard history of music. It is now in its ninth edition and still serves as the THE definitive English-language general history of Western music used in colleges and universities. Since Grout’s death in 1987, the work has been co-written by Claude Palisca and J. Peter Burkholder. With this revision, we find new repertoire, new information on performance careers and practice, updated timelines and more. Chapters are organized chronologically and include the social and historical context, styles, key composers, genres, and works of each period.
From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Wendy Ruderman
Title: Busted : a tale of corruption and betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love
I have a lot of respect for police personnel and firefighters. They run towards danger while the rest of us run as fast as we can away from it. It dismays me terribly then when I read about police officers circumventing or outright breaking the law. Busted: a tale of corruption and betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker encapsulates how the law enforcement system in Philadelphia has betrayed its citizens. Once misconduct has occurred and has been documented, the offender should be fired and not merely assigned a desk job. How is it fair to the public to ask them to continue paying a salary for someone proven to be dishonest and possessed of a lax moral code. The Narcotics division of the Philadelphia Police Department falsified information on search warrants and during the execution of the false warrants, they disabled security cameras and stole inventory and money from the business owners. One of the police officers involved in the raids carried his malfeasance even further in that he, if there was a voluptuous or big breasted woman, he drew her aside and fondled her. The sticking point for me comes when the Police Department does not enforce ethical rules of conduct for its membership. Busted was an eye-opening glimpse into the misconduct of those upon whom we place such trust and the shrinking world of print journalism.
From Ellen Druda
Author: Nancy Buirski
Title: The loving story [videorecording DVD]
On the surface, The Loving Story is simply about Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple in the 1960’s, and their struggles in the Jim Crow South. Filmmaker Nancy Buirski has put together an amazing compilation of interviews and unearthed archival footage that brings us beyond the news coverage at the time of the Loving’s legal fight to be together wherever they chose to live, and into the personal revelations of the parties involved. We hear from their lawyers, both at the time of the Supreme Court ruling and now, looking back. The Loving’s children, neighbors, friends, and extended family are also seen both then and now. What emerges is the story of a couple, ordinary people just asking to live like ordinary people do. The civil rights struggle is the heart of the film, and although it focuses on the case of the Lovings in the 1960’s, the fight is still relevant today.
From Eileen Effrat
Author: Hélène Gestern
Title: The people in the photo : a novel
This story is told through an exchange of letters and emails between a Parisian archivist(Helene) and a Swiss biologist (Stephane), as Helene attempts to unravel the life of a mother she barely knew. The correspondence begins when Helene publishes a photograph of her mother and two unknown men in a newspaper asking for help in identification. As Stephane and Helene begin to investigate their parents shared past. the trail leads them to the Brittany coast, Zurich, the Swiss Alps, and the Russian expatriate community in Paris. Recently translated from the French, this is the winner of more than 15 literary awards in France.