Exploring Recent Works by Notable Authors and Scholars, In the realm of literature and academia, numerous individuals have contributed to our understanding of diverse subjects through their insightful works. This review sheds light on some of the recent books authored by distinguished writers, professors, and scholars, each offering unique perspectives and enriching our intellectual landscape.
- Maria Adelmann, Alumna, 2012 M.F.A. in Fiction Composing, “How To Be Eaten”
In “How To Be Eaten,” Maria Adelmann takes readers on a captivating journey that reimagines traditional fairy tale characters as modern women navigating a trauma support group in New York City. Through her debut novel, Adelmann skillfully intertwines the timeless allure of fairy tales with the complexities of contemporary life, offering readers a fresh perspective on resilience and growth.
- Marlene L. Daut, Professor in UVA’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies, “Haitian Revolutionary Fictions, An Anthology”
Collaborating with editors and translators Grégory Pierrot and Marion C. Rohrleitner, Marlene L. Daut presents a significant anthology that delves into more than 200 excerpts from novels, poetry, and plays published between 1787 and 1900. Centered around the Haitian Revolution, this collection highlights both renowned and lesser-known authors, shedding light on the revolutionary period and its impact on literature.
- Emily Giffin, 1997 UVA Law Alumna, “Meant To Be”
A best-selling author with a global reach, Emily Giffin introduces her 11th novel, “Meant To Be,” which explores the intricate love story between a privileged young man and a woman with a troubled family background aspiring to succeed as a model. Giffin’s storytelling prowess shines through as she navigates the complexities of love and ambition in a modern world.
- Adriana Trigiani, Author of “Big Stone Gap” and Other Books
Offering high praise for Emily Giffin’s latest work, Adriana Trigiani acknowledges the brilliance of “Meant To Be.” Trigiani lauds Giffin’s storytelling mastery and positions the novel as a standout among Giffin’s remarkable body of work.
- Bruce Holsinger, Linden Kent Memorial Professor of English, “The Displacements”
Bruce Holsinger’s upcoming novel, “The Displacements,” follows a family’s journey from Miami to a large evacuation shelter in Oklahoma after surviving a devastating hurricane. Holsinger’s ability to capture the emotional and societal ramifications of displacement sets the stage for a compelling narrative that explores the intersection of personal and collective struggles.
- Emma Lord, 2012 Alumna and Psychology Major, “When You Get the Chance”
Emma Lord, a New York Times bestselling author, presents “When You Get the Chance.” Known for her engaging novels like “You Have a Match” and “Tweet Cute,” Lord’s exploration of contemporary themes resonates with readers. Her ability to balance relatable narratives with humor and depth is evident in her literary offerings.
- Alexis Schaitkin, M.F.A. Fiction Alumna, 2013, “Elsewhere”
In her second novel, “Elsewhere,” Alexis Schaitkin paints a vivid picture of a tight-knit community grappling with the mysterious disappearance of young mothers. Schaitkin’s ability to craft a compelling story layered with intrigue and emotion is further exemplified by the success of her debut novel, “Saint X,” and its subsequent adaptation for television.
- Lisa Russ Spaar, Professor of English, M.F.A. 1982, “Paradise Close”
Stepping into the realm of novel writing, Lisa Russ Spaar publishes “Paradise Close,” a dual narrative that spans decades and explores themes of lost love and redemption. Spaar’s shift from poetry to prose demonstrates her commitment to artistic exploration and growth.
- Charles Marsh, Commonwealth Professor of Religious Studies, “Evangelical Anxiety: A Memoir”
In “Evangelical Anxiety: A Memoir,” Charles Marsh candidly shares his journey of reconciling faith with the challenges of growing up and dealing with an anxiety disorder. Marsh’s narrative explores the intersection of religion and mental health, offering a poignant reflection on self-acceptance and healing.
- Elizabeth Ellcessor, Associate Professor in Media Studies, “In Case of Crisis: How Technologies Mediate Crisis and Normalize Inequality”
Elizabeth Ellcessor’s “In Case of Crisis” delves into how media systems shape our perception of emergencies, shedding light on issues of race, gender, and disability. Ellcessor’s thought-provoking exploration challenges us to consider the power dynamics inherent in media representation.
- Susan Tyler Hitchcock, 1978 Alumna in English, “Into the Forest: The Secret Language of Trees”
Susan Tyler Hitchcock’s “Into the Forest” celebrates the profound influence of trees on our lives, from cultural symbolism to ecological significance. With stunning visuals and insightful essays, Hitchcock’s work invites readers to explore the intricate connections between humanity and nature.
- Timothy Jarrett, Alumnus, “Ten Thousand Voices: A History of UVA Glee Club and Its Days”
Marking the 150th anniversary of the UVA Glee Club, Timothy Jarrett’s “Ten Thousand Voices” delves into the rich history of this musical institution. Through meticulous research, Jarrett unveils the evolution of the Glee Club, reflecting its cultural impact and contributions.
- Noel Lobley, Assistant Professor of Music, “Sound Fragments: From Field Recording to African Digital Stories”
“Noel Lobley’s “Sound Fragments” offers a compelling study of how colonial sound archives are reimagined by contemporary South African artists. By engaging with issues of representation and identity, Lobley’s work underscores the transformative potential of reclaiming cultural narratives.
- Robert L. O’Connell, Military Historian and Alumnus, “Team America: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, Eisenhower, and the World They Forged”
Robert L. O’Connell’s “Team America” provides a captivating exploration of four iconic military leaders whose strategies shaped America’s trajectory through two world wars. O’Connell’s research and narrative expertise brings to life the complex personalities and historical context of these figures.
- Frederick Schauer, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law, “The Evidence: Uses of Evidence in Law, Politics, and Everything Else”
In an era of information overload, Frederick Schauer’s “The Evidence” delves into the critical role of evidence in shaping our understanding of truth and reality. By examining the interplay between evidence and various domains, Schauer invites readers to contemplate the significance of evidence-based discourse.
Each of these authors and scholars offers a distinct voice and perspective, contributing to the diverse tapestry of contemporary literature and academia. Through their works, readers are invited to engage with thought-provoking ideas, narratives, and insights that enrich our collective understanding of the world.