Bookends

Michael Streissguth ’88, who has written widely about Johnny Cash and other country music legends, has now published Johnny Cash:The Biography, published by Da Capo Press. A review last fall in the New York Times Book Review by no less than historian Douglas Brinkley noted: “What makes this so valuable a biography is that Streissguth, an associate professor of English at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, debunks the myths that have long enveloped Cash, in large part owing to two autobiographies...” (select for full Bookends article) 

William Betts endeared himself to generations of IUP students during his thirty-six years as a member of the English Department faculty. He retired from IUP in 1991. Now, he has written a fascinating book about the American Revolution called Bombardier John Harris and the Rivers of the Revolution. Published by Heritage Books, it makes the “War of the Revolution,” as Betts calls it, much more accessible to the reader than is often the case... (select for full Bookends article) 

Lawrenceville artist Ron Donoughe ’80 has created Essence of Pittsburgh: Paintings of Ron Donoughe in the Plein-Air Style. The first book ever published by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the work takes as its subject “the diverse texture and character of the Western Pennsylvania landscape through the eyes of a painter.” It was launched in November with a recently concluded exhibit at the center. Purchasing information appears on the center’s website. A native of Loretto, Pa., Donoughe teaches painting at LaRoche College and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Suzanne Cleary, who received a Ph.D. degree in Literature and Criticism from IUP in 1996, has published her second poetry book, Trick Pear, with Carnegie Mellon University Press. The book is dedicated to her husband, David Langley, whom she met at IUP, and includes poems that have appeared in literary journals and anthologies, including the collection The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. Last summer, Cleary, who lives in Peekskill, N.Y., spent a month-long residency at New Hampshire’s MacDowell Colony. Her first book, Keeping Time (CMU 2002), is in its third printing.

The prolific writer Joni Cole ’80 has produced Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive.  Published by University Press of New England, the book, according to its jacket, “shows writers how to use feedback to energize and inform their writing at every stage of the process.” A great deal of useful information is also available at www.toxicfeedback.com. More about Cole and her visit to IUP last fall appears in the Class Notes section of the print issue of IUP Magazine.

In 1997, when she was forty-six, Mifflin County, Pa., resident Elaine Shank Neal ’73 suffered a massive stroke that completely paralyzed her left side. Although she has made great strides in recovering, she still needs the help of a wheelchair and scooter. “I’m not able to do as much as I used to, but I’m glad that I can do what I can,” she told a local newspaper reporter. One thing she has found she can do is write, and she has published Along the Back Mountain with PublishAmerica. Her book is available on Amazon.com and in Mifflin County bookstores. 

A Complete Guide to Rubrics: Assessment Made Easy for Teachers, K-College by Audrey Manzlak Quinlan ’67, M’97, D’03, was published simultaneously in hardcover and paperback by Rowman & Littlefield Education. The book takes a developmental approach to assessment by using scoring rubrics and provides teachers (and parents) with practical teacher-created rubrics and checklists for evaluating “hard-to-grade” assignments. Quinlan is a professor of education at Seton Hill University in Greensburg. Her book is available on Amazon.com or at rowmaneducation.com

Performance Dashboards and Analysis for Value Creation was published in November by Wiley and is the work of Babson College business lecturer and consultant Jack Alexander ’78. The book helps managers identify key value drivers and improvement opportunities, assess business performance, and establish an effective performance management system. A companion CD-ROM offers select performance dashboards and working Excel models. Information is at wileyfinance.com.

Charles Taormina ’70 has produced Shared Lives, which collects thirteen love stories and is available at www.LuLu.com/CharlesATaormina. The same source yields Gratuity, Taormina’s 2005 novel. Yet another book, available at www.AuthorHouse.com, is Moments, the twentieth anniversary edition of the author’s experimental, satirical, and postmodern short fiction. 

When Mom and Dad Grow Old: Step-by-Step Planning for Families and Caregivers was written by Carolyn King Dennis ’60 (whose last name was incorrect in the Fall issue) and Helen West-Rodriguez, a retired professor of gerontology. A former hospital chaplain, Carolyn currently works part-time as a hospice workshop presenter and as an activities coordinator for a retirement center in Dallas, Texas. Her book, published by Brown Books, is available on Amazon.com.