A selection of recent books by Unitarian Universalists.
“Then Roy Said to Mickey…” The Best Yankees Stories Ever Told . Roy White with Darrell Berger. Triumph Books, 2009; $22.95. Former New York Yankees player and coach Roy White gives an insider’s view, including previously untold stories of the team’s fall in the 1960s and their reemergence as a powerhouse in the mid 1970s. The Rev. Darrell Berger, coauthor, is the minister of the UU Congregation in Orange, N.J.
Saving Sailing. Nicholas D. Hayes. Crickhollow Books, 2009; $22. Hayes examines the reasons for the decline of sailing as a pastime and builds the case for sailing as a way to rethink priorities and foster relationships, especially between generations. Hayes, a market researcher and avid sailor, is a member of the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee.
Refusing War, Affirming Peace. Jeffrey Kovac. Oregon State Univ. Press, 2009; $21.95. Tells the story of Civilian Public Service Camp #21 at Cascade Locks, Ore., where conscientious objectors served their country during World War II through forestry, firefighting, and park maintenance. Kovac is a professor of chemistry at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a member of Tennessee Valley UU Church.
The Body in the Sleigh. Katherine Hall Page. HarperCollins, 2009; $15.99. While on holiday with her family on Sanpere Island in Maine, Faith Fairchild has to solve two mysteries, one an untimely death, the other a baby abandoned in a manger on Christmas Eve. Mystery writer Katherine Hall Page has won three Agatha Awards. She is a member of the Society of King’s Chapel in Boston, Mass.
The Triangle of Truth: The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Resolving Conflicts Large and Small . Lisa Earle McLeod. Penguin, 2010; $21.95. McLeod, a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and business consultant, uses the image of a triangle to show how two conflicting ideas can be assimilated to create a higher-level solution. McLeod is the author of several books, including Forget Perfect and Finding Grace When You Can’t Even Find Clean Underwear. She is a member of the UU Congregation of Gwinnet, Ga.
Gender and Culture. Rosa Mayreder. Trans. by Pamela S. Saur. Ariadne Press, 2009; $26. Saur provides the first English translation of Rosa Mayreder’s collection of feminist essays, originally published in German in 1923. Mayreder (1858– 1938) was a major European feminist and peace activist as well as a scholar and writer. Saur is a member of Spindletop Unitarian Church in Beaumont, Tex., and has previously published translations of Legacy of Ashes by Herbert Zand and Broken Songs: An Adolescent in War-Torn Vienna by Graziella Hlawaty.
Don’t Sabotage Your Submission: Save Your Manuscript from Turning Up D.O.A. Chris Roerden. Bella Rosa Books, 2008; $17.95. Roerden, a book editor, offers advice on how to make sure a manuscript makes it through the submission process. She provides a number of examples from successful writers, along with a helpful appendix of resources. The book received the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award for Literary Criticism. Roerden is a member of the UU Church of Greensboro, N.C.
All Eyes: A Mother’s Struggle to Save her Schizophrenic Son. Phoebe Hoss. Carolina Wren Press, 2010; $15.95. Unflinchingly honest, Hoss’s memoir describes the progression of her son’s illness from childhood until he committed suicide at age 27 and the way the illness impacted his family. Hoss is a member of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City, and has written two children’s books, Noses Are for Roses, and Better Never than Late.
A History of Universalism in North Carolina. Peggy Ward Rawheiser. Universalist Convention of North Carolina, c/o Denominational Affairs Committee, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, N.C., 2007; $24.95. Rawheiser is a fourth-generation Universalist and member of the First Unitarian Society of Wilmington, Del.
At the Foot of Cold Mountain. Phyllis Inman Barnett. Pigeon Press, 2009; $20. A narrative and pictorial history of Sunburst, N.C., which presents a view of rural Universalism and the lives of a Universalist family in the western North Carolina mountains from the early 1850s to 1957. Barnett is a member of the UUs of Clearwater, Fla.
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Eric Fershtman served as an editorial intern at UU World during the fall of 2009. He graduated from the University of Central Florida, Burnett Honors College, in the spring of 2009 with a degree in English literature and a minor in magazine journalism.
Jane Greer is a former senior editor of UU World magazine.