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Welcome to the SCU Alumni Bookshelf. The following Bronco authors have let us know about their latest reads. Take a look and snag your own copy to support a fellow Bronco.
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Alam Transforming an Idea into a business 

Transforming an Idea Into a Business with Design Thinking (2018)

Muhammad Mashhood Alam MBA '07
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This book will introduce you to a structured framework, called Transform3+1, to transform your idea into a business by following simple and specific steps spread across four stages. The framework is grounded in the belief that all solutions solve human problems using technology or otherwise.

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First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story (2018)

Huda Al-Marashi '98
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A candid, heartfelt love story set in contemporary California that challenges the idea of what it means to be American, liberated, and in love.
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Zealot (2014)

Reza Aslan '95
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Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the "Kingdom of God." Within decades after his death, his followers would call him God. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most enigmatic figures by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived.
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Asok Whose baby is it anyways 

Whose Baby Is It, Anyway? (2018)

Kalpana Asok '93
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This book of essays takes an informal and, I hope, gentle look into South Asian homes, hearts, and homeland in an attempt to help mental health practitioners have a more complete understanding of their Indian clients. My aim is that these stories, anecdotes, and social and psychological sketches open the door to more pertinent clinical conversations.

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The Father of the Family: A Christian Perspective (2013)

Clayton Barbeau '59
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Rooted firmly in Scripture, these pages call on husbands to stop thinking of themselves simply as bosses and breadwinners, rather, as co-creators with God, imitators of Christ's love for His people, high priests in the domestic Church, teachers of their children, witnesses to society, providers of spiritual and material goods, and models of holiness. 
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Junípero Serra : California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary (2015)

Rose Marie Beebe '76 & Robert M. Senkewicz
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Franciscan missionary friar Junípero Serra (1713–1784), one of the most widely known and influential inhabitants of early California, embodied many of the ideas and practices that animated the Spanish presence in the Americas. In this definitive biography, translators and historians Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz bring this complex figure to life and illuminate the Spanish period of California and the American Southwest.
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Drifting Democracy: India: From a Common Man's Perspective (2013)

Pravin Boddu '12
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A satire on Indian society, politics and democracy! India is, in fact, the world’s largest democracy. Big deal! Nobody is calling it the world’s greatest democracy. It has taken several centuries, a whole lot of bloodshed and an incredible amount of will on the part of millions and millions of people to get democracy evolved to where it is today.

Unselfie Borba 

UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World (2017)

Michele Borba '72
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Hailed as “an absolute must-read” and a book that “will change your kids’ lives”, UnSelfie by Dr. Michele Borba explains what parents and educators MUST do to combat the growing empathy crisis among children today—including a 9-step empathy-building program with tips to guide kids from birth through college, and beyond.
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Children of the Knight (2013)

Michael Bowler '79
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According to legend, King Arthur is supposed to return when Britain needs him most. So why does a man claiming to be the once and future king suddenly appear in Los Angeles? 
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40,000 to One (2012)

Scott Brown '93 & Ben Petrick
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What if I told you that a decade ago, one of the greatest baseball prospects of his era was hitting home runs off Hall of Famers while hiding Parkinson's disease? What if I told you this is not the most amazing part of Petrick's story?

Lisa Cahill global justice christology 

Global Justice, Christology and Christian Ethics (2013)

Lisa S. Cahill '70
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Global realities of human inequality, poverty, violence and ecological destruction call for a twenty-first-century Christian response which links cross-cultural and interreligious cooperation for change to the Gospel. This book demonstrates why just action is necessarily a criterion of authentic Christian theology, and gives grounds for Christian hope that change in violent structures is really possible. 

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A Moment's Pause for Gratitude: Enrich Your Life with a Focus on Gratitude (2017)

Kevin Carroll '79
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Kevin Carroll's reminders have helped me resist the urge to complain and replace it with an appreciation of all that I have. A Moments Pause for Gratitude can be read in one sitting or used as a daily prayer of thanks; either way, it serves as an antidote to negativity and an aide for the peaceful mind.

Kids Inventing a handbook for young inventors 

Kids Inventing! A Handbook for Young Inventors (2005)

Susan Casey '66
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Have you ever seen inventors on TV or in the newspaper and thought,"That could be me!" Well, it certainly could—and this bookshows you how. Kids Inventing! gives you easy-to-follow,step-by-step instructions for turning your ideas into realities for fun, competition, and even profit.
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Love on the Rocks 

Love on the Rocks: A Positano Tale (2015)

Catie Costa '93
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Thirtysomething best friends Kit and Bridget flee their humdrum lives to spend the summer in Positano, the infamous "Pearl of the Amalfi," for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation filled with frivolously expensive and tantalizingly wonderful experiences-and that was just the food.

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Fortune Cookie Leadership: Wisdom for Leadership, Sales & Life (2017)

Katey Dallosto '93
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Enclosed in this book are 52 “fortune cookie” lines for your sales meeting, your leadership and your life. My mom’s one liners inspired me and hopefully they can inspire you and your team as well.

De La Torre Life Liberty Pursuit of Happiness 

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness! (2019)

Karla De La Torre '09, J.D. '15
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Ever wondered what being undocumented truly means? Follow Karla's journey from undocumented immigrant to attorney to law professor. She invites you to join her on the rollercoaster of life. Feel her gut-wrenching emotion, as well as the laughter and love that has filled her bilingual world. Read her story in English and Spanish and be inspired to live yours.

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A Maze in Grace (2014)

Denise Dwyer D’Errico '95, M.A. Pastoral Ministries
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Poetry about the twists and turns of life. Explore your own challenges and honor your blessings as you read A Maze in Grace.

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The Tao of Personal Leadership (1996)

Diane Dreher '15, M.A.
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Say good-bye to the adversarial samurai managerial principles of the last decade. A new philosophy is sweeping the business world, one that's more in tune with a global marketplace, where cooperation, not competition, is the key to success.
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Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activism inside the United Nations

Sylvanna Falcón '95
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Falcón redirects the conversation about UN-based feminist activism toward UN forums on racism. Her analysis of UN antiracism spaces, in particular the 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa, considers how a race and gender intersectionality approach broadened opportunities for feminist organizing at the global level. 

Mitch Finley Key Moments Church History 

Key Moments in Church History: A Concise Introduction to the Catholic Church (2005)

Mitch Finley '73
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In his third edition of Key Moments in Church History, Mitch Finley enlivens a topic which, in a less talented writer's hands, could have been deadly dull. Instead, in his usual down-to-earth narration and flowing style, Mitch presents events seemingly far removed from us―-the Council of Trent, the Crusades, even the Reformation―-as precious parts of our own past, events that brought the entire Catholic Church to where it now stands, for better or worse.

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Missionary Bishop: Jean-Marie Odin in Galveston and New Orleans (2013)

Patrick Foley '86
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In 1822 a young French missionary priest arrived in America, where he would devote the rest of his life to the mission field on behalf of the Catholic Church. Jean-Marie Odin served first in Missouri and Arkansas, then in 1840 moved to Texas, becoming the first Bishop of Galveston in 1847. He held that office until 1861, when he became Archbishop of New Orleans. 

Free Bittersweet 

Bittersweet, A Coming of Age Historical Romance (2018)

Lloyd Free '64
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My name is Renny. My story happened a long time ago in 1960 during the beatnik era. I saw the world through bohemian eyes. I wanted to be the new Jack Kerouac but love got in the way. I have to admit that love was in the air. I fell for it. Hard. When I try to explain how I felt, such a sudden bolt of lightning, I can hardly find the words...

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Precarious Claims: The Promise and Failure of Workplace Protections in the United States (2016)

Shannon Gleeson '02
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Precarious Claims tells the human story behind the bureaucratic process of fighting for justice in the U.S. workplace. The global economy has fueled vast concentrations of wealth that have driven a demand for cheap and flexible labor. Workplace violations such as wage theft, unsafe work environments, and discrimination are widespread in low-wage industries such as retail, restaurants, hospitality, and domestic work, where jobs are often held by immigrants and other vulnerable workers.

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Motivating Millennials: How to Recognize, Recruit and Retain The Next Generation of Leaders (2017)

James Goodnow '03
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This book will explain how to motivate Millennials and show you how to capitalize on the great potential of our often-maligned generation.

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Mariette in Ecstasy (1994)

Ron Hansen M.A. '95
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A novel about convent life at the turn of the century? Hardly the makings of a page-turner, yet Ron Hansen's Mariette in Ecstasy is a gripping, even life-changing book. For the Sisters of the Crucifixion, each day is a ceaseless round of work, study, and prayer--one hardly separate from the other.
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Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner 

The Kite Runner (2013)

Khaled Hosseini '88
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The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. Check out other titles by Khaled Hosseini '88 »

Labyrinth Mary Jo Ignoffo 

Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune (2010)

Mary Jo Ignoffo '78
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The first full-length biography of Sarah Winchester, the subject of the movie Winchester starring Helen Mirren. 
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Return to Juniper (2018)

Pat Jameson '73
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Kenny Young has been retired as an aerospace scientist for ten years. Since then he has been haunted by mysterious dreams that resemble scenes from a spacecraft. In Juniper, long-time citizen Virl Saeger experiences the same thing as Young, although his nightmares began years ago, in the early 1960s. Saeger suspects his dreams are connected to the same 1956 alien spacecraft landing witnessed by both him and Young. The two men’s quests take the reader between the 1960s of Virl’s time, to Kenny Young’s present day Juniper.
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Tandem (2013)

Anna Jarzab '05
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Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds, inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real—until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will. 
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Taking Hold (2015)

Francisco Jimenez '66, Ph.D
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Francisco Jimenez leaves everything behind in California to attend Columbia University in New York City. With few true accounts of the Latino experience in America, Francisco Jimenez’s work comes alive with telling details about the warmth and resiliency of family and the quest for identity against seemingly impossible odds. 
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The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants Are Changing American Life (2017)

Tomás R. Jiménez '98
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The immigration patterns of the last three decades have profoundly changed nearly every aspect of life in the United States. What do those changes mean for the most established Americans—those whose families have been in the country for multiple generations?
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Sex and Gender: Christian Ethical Reflections (2017)

Patricia Beattie Jung '71
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The collection covers a wide range of topics: same-sex marriage, sexual minorities and biblical interpretation, sex and power, sexual harassment and sexual abuse, HIV/AIDS and prevention strategy, the military and masculinities, mobile porn and sexting, human trafficking, moral discernment, and more. 
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Quince (2017)

Sebastian Kadlecik '01
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Lupe is just your average, insecure, well-meaning, occasionally cranky teenage girl whose life is completely turned upside down when she discovers she has superpowers at her quinceañera. Her quince powers only last as long as she's fifteen, so over the course of this rollercoaster year, we follow the adventures of Lupe as she figures out what it really means to be a hero. 
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Bruce and Juliet: The Unlikely Friendship of a Bubble Breathing Dragon and a Daydreaming Kitten (2013)

Melanie Kassen '86
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When Bruce, a baby dragon, and Julie, a daydreaming kitten, accidentally meet, their mutual desires, skills, and teamwork will help them realize their full potential and learn to accept themselves.

A parents guide to video games 

A Parent's Guide to Video Games (2016)

Rachel Kowert '08
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Drawing from the most recent research in the field of game studies, A Parent’s Guide to Video Games was developed specifically to help parents better understand if, how, and why video game play can impact a child’s physical, social, and psychological well-being.

Why Zarmina Sings 

Why Zarmina Sings: 18 Steps to Live and Learn Beyond Anxiety (2016)

Thérèse Ayla Kravetz '85
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Plagued by an over-anxious brain, the author embarks on a journey toward creativity and confidence after hearing her student, Zarmina, find vocal freedom and move other students to tears with her song. As Thérèse searches for ways to free herself and her students from fragmented learning, restricted voices, and the fight or flight response, she learns tools to accelerate learning and transcend anxiety. 
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Convince Investors to Fund You: The Insider's Guide to Avoid Deadly Mistakes and Gain Real Success with Your Startup Business (2019)

Tom Marcoux '85
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At last, through this book, you can gain access to hidden methods so that you convince investors to fund your startup business. Learn to handle tough situations whether you are pitching to a group or you're in a crucial investor meeting. Discover what to do if things go bad in a pitch meeting with an investor. Use clever methods to handle the situation if your mind goes blank while you're giving a pitch. 
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Merchant power of onlyness 

The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World (2017)

Nilofer Merchant '00
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Now that the Internet has liberated ideas to spread through networks instead of hierarchies, power is no longer determined by your status, but by “onlyness”—that spot in the world only you stand in, a function of your distinct history and experiences, visions and hopes. 
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Son of a Gambling Man: My Journey from a Casino Family to the Governor's Mansion (2013)

Bob Miller '67
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A memoir of growing up in mob-run Sin City from a casino heir-turned-governor who's seen two sides of every coin. A warm family memoir, the story of a city heir, with just a little bit of The Godfather and Casino thrown in for spice, Son of a Gambling Man is a unique and thoroughly memorable story.

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Deadly Medicine (1989)

Kelly Moore '78
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She killed for thrills. The sensational story of nurse Genene Jones shocked a nation as more than 30 children were murdered by an angel of mercy. This is the whole story, from the doctors that hired her to the trial that followed. Featured in Redbook. HC: St. Martin's. 
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Limitless: How to Be, Have, Do and Accomplish Anything (2015)

Larry Murnane '82
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LIMITLESS is a must-read for anyone serious about living a purposeful life of accomplishment and fulfillment. The author, Larry Murnane, concisely explains the simple, practical and proven techniques and strategies used by all high-achieving men and women, in every field, to accomplish far more than they or the folks around them ever dreamed possible.  Learn how to break the bonds of limited conventional thinking, and expand your mind and ambitions to the point where you can greatly exceed any goal you have ever set for yourself. Murnane’s simplistic formula with clear examples of how to change your thoughts, beliefs and actions will rapidly accelerate goal fulfillment and maximize happiness.

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Why Woman Should Rule the World (2009)

Dee Dee Myers '83
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If women ruled the world, politics would be more collegial, businesses would be more productive, and communities would be healthier. More women should lead—not because they are the same as men, but precisely because they are different.

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Full of Grace:  A New Year of Life for Your Baby - and for You! (2015)

Claire Noonan '00
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Developmental milestones. Mothers watch them throughout that first year of their babies lives; waiting, observing, fretting, sometimes comparing, and always wondering. This marvelous book focuses on these critical markers, and offers reflections, suggestions for spiritual practices, and encouragement for all new moms, whether they are brand new to motherhood or seasoned veterans.

 
Nunez Take Charge of your Brand 

Take Charge of Your Brand (2018)

Guisselle Nunez '97
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Everybody needs a good cheerleader, and this book will teach you how to become, your own best cheerleader.  This book provides you with quick and easy techniques to help you manage and own your personal brand for professional and personal success.

 

Avalanche lessons of love 

Avalance: Lessons of Love

Stephen J. Oddo '86 and Kris Ochoa-Keane
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Avalanche: Lessons of Love tells the true-life story of Kris Ochoa-Keane's journey through tragedy, betrayal, perseverance, redemption and enlightenment. Kris felt compelled to share her real-life experiences so others who grieve can discover their own message of hope.

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The 10 Commandments for Everyday Life (2015)

Max Oliva, S.J. '61
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Use the Ten Commandments in your own life with this guide. This book adapts the Ten Commandments for modern use, turning advice like "thou shalt not kill" into "respect all human life." 
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Myriad Lands: Volume 2: Beyond the Edge (2016)

Katherine Quevedo '04
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Beyond the familiar tropes of kings and castles, elves and dragons, there is a whole world of possibilities for fantasy literature. This anthology collects fantasy stories whose inspiration lies beyond the traditional medieval European basis. It brings exciting new stories and overlooked voices into the fantasy genre.
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The House That Lou Built (2018)

Mae Respicio '97
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A coming-of-age story that explores culture and family, forgiveness and friendship, and what makes a true home.
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Northern Italy in the Roman World 

Northern Italy in the Roman World: From the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity (2018)

Dr. Carolynn E. Roncaglia '00
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Northern Italy in the Roman World argues that the relationship between long-term trends and short-term events is key to understanding how Rome affected the territory within its empire.

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Terrorizing Latina/o Immigrants:  Race, Gender, and Immigration Politics in the Age of Security (2015)

Anna Sampaio '92
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Immigration politics has been significantly altered by the advent of America's war on terror and the proliferation of security measures. In her cogent study, Terrorizing Latina/o Immigrants, Anna Sampaio examines how these processes are racialized and gendered and how they impose inequitable burdens on Latina/o immigrants.

Scalia an LA Lawyer in Munich 

An L.A. Lawyer in Munich - My Funny Life (2018)

John C. Scalia, Sr. '68
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The author is a graduate of Santa Clara University and the UCLA School of Law. He practiced the arcane art of workers' compensation, representing clients including some of the world's largest corporations to individual injured workers and medical groups. Born in San Francisco, he has lived in Munich, Germany since 2013.

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Hidden Heart of the Cosmos: Humanity and the New Story (Ecology and Justice) (2019)

Brian Thomas Swimme '72
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First published in 1996, Hidden Heart of the Cosmos sought to answer the question: What does it mean to be human, to live on planet Earth, in the universe as it is now understood? In this new and updated edition, bestselling author and evolutionary cosmologist Brian Thomas Swimme takes us on a journey through the cosmos in search of the "new story" that is developing in response to this age-old question.

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Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels and the Borderland Dream (2017)

Joseph "Joe" Tone '01
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Joe Tone’s riveting, exquisitely layered crime narrative, set against the high-stakes world of horse racing, is an intimate story about family, loyalty, and the tragic costs of a failed drug war.

Paul Totah The Gospel of Everyone 

The Gospel of Everyone: A Poetic Retelling of the Gospel of Luke (2017)

Paul Totah '79
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This poetic retelling of the Gospel of Luke imagines how the people surrounding Jesus--including the "minor characters" who appear only once or twice--reacted to this man. Rather than discuss the history, the politics, or the theology surrounding Jesus of Nazareth, these poems enter into the human experiences of what it might have been like to walk side-by-side on the dusty roads to Emmaus, Jericho, or Jerusalem

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What Are We Gonna Do Today? (2015)

Naeem Turner-Bandele '18
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"I'm bored, what are we gonna do today?" Has your child ever asked you this question? Are you in need of fun things to do? Is there a life lesson you'd like to teach your child but don't know how to approach it? Well, worry no more! Author Naeem Turner-Bandele helps you turn a plain old day with your child into a new and exciting adventure with his simply illustrated and clever book, What Are We Gonna Do Today? 
Elon Musk Ashlee Vance 

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (2017)

Ashlee Vance '01
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Veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance offers an unprecedented look into the remarkable life of the most daring entrepreneur of our time. Elon Musk paints a portrait of a complex man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation—from PayPal to Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity—overcoming hardship, earning billions, and making plenty of enemies along the way.

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An American Doctor's Life Divinely Orchestrated (2006)

Leslie R. Webber '53
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This is the story of Leslie Webber, a retired physician with interesting adversities, from the depression years to the 90's. The writing was mostly for family, but at this time I have been encouraged to publish it. The most of the material is from memory, but augmented by letters written over a 35 year period, which my mother had saved.

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Sophia of Silicon Valley: A Novel (2018)

Anna Yen '91
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Sharp, dramatic, and full of insider dish, SOPHIA OF SILICON VALLEY is one woman’s story of a career storming the corridors of geek power and living in the shadow of its outrageous cast of maestros.

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The Tao of of High Performance Leadership (2019)

Jack Zwissig '71
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The Tao of High Performance Leadership is different – it is UNIQUE because it is about YOU and your PATH (TAO) to high performance and success. The format utilized offers the reader CHOICES which distinguishes it not only from other books but also other READERS. Whether or not you are a manager or consider yourself a leader or work at a large organization or small company you will be guided to make key choices regarding your customized curriculum, your PATH.

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