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.
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