Barking up the Wrong Tree

Advice about achievement is often logical, earnest…and downright wrong. In Barking Up the Wrong Tree (HarperOne, 2017), Boston College alumnus Eric Barker reveals the science behind what actually determines success and how anyone can achieve it. Barking Up the Wrong Tree draws on statistics and anecdotes to identify what works and what doesn’t, so readers can stop guessing and start leading a successful life. Barker earned an MBA at BC and is a former screenwriter who worked on projects for Walt Disney Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, and Revolution Studios.

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Pomp and Circumstance

A newly published book of speeches by David McCullough, one of America’s most distinguished historians, includes his Commencement address to Boston College’s Class of 2008. The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For (Simon & Schuster, 2017) is a collection of talks given during the past 25 years by the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Presidential Medal of Honor recipient, author of books such as Truman, 1776, John Adams, and The Wright Brothers. According to the publisher, The American Spirit “reminds us of core American values to which we all subscribe.” McCullough’s speech at BC, titled “The Love of Learning,” included his memorable line “Read, read, read! Read the classics of American literature that you’ve never opened. Read your country’s history. How can we profess to love our country and take no interest in its history?” More from BC News.

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A monster at bedtime

Michelle Williams-King, a member of the Woods College of Advancing Studies’ Class of 2017, has published a children’s book inspired by her son who had trouble sleeping when he was younger. There’s No Such Thing as Peopleaimed at children ages 4-8, is about a little monster who has trouble going to sleep because he’s afraid there is a person in his closet.

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Book award for alumnus

Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston (New York University Press, 2016) by BC alumnus Jared Ross Hardesty has been named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, the premier review journal of new academic titles. Hardesty, a faculty member at Western Washington University, also has been featured on Ben Franklin’s Worlda podcast about early American history.

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The Universe Untangled

People are fascinated by the laws of the physical world, but many find the scientific concepts dense and complicated. To solve that dilemma, BC alumna Abigail Pillitteri has published The Universe Untangled – Modern Physics for Everyone (Morgan & Claypool Publishers, 2017), a book about physics for the general reader. She uses images, analogies, and comprehensible language to cover topics such as the evolution of the universe, fundamental forces, the nature of space and time, and the quest for knowing the unknown. Pillitteri is a science writer, poet, and visual artist.

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Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory

The field of cognitive neuroscience has grown as technological advances make non-invasive measurement of human brain activity more accessible. In the new textbook, Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory (Cambridge University Press, 2017), Associate Professor of Psychology Scott D. Slotnick provides the first comprehensive and up-to-date treatment on the cognitive neuroscience of memory. Topics include cognitive neuroscience techniques and human brain mechanisms underlying long-term memory success, long-term memory failure, working memory, implicit memory, and memory and disease. In his analysis, Slotnick questions popular views, rather than simply assuming they are correct. Slotnick is also editor-in-chief of the journal Cognitive Neuroscience.

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Welcome to Helltown

In 1974, the town of Boston Mills, Ohio was turned into a ghost town when the U.S. Department of Interior seized land and condemned homes and properties in order to expand the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In the years since, mysterious tales and ghost stories have emerged from the area known as “Helltown.” In his novel Helltown Chronicles (Big Table Publishing, 2017), Phil Temples tells the story of newspaper reporters Jerry Wolanski and Susan Wong, who are dispatched to Ohio to write ‘fluff’ Halloween pieces about Helltown. Soon enough, Wolanski and Wong find themselves experiencing first-hand Helltown’s reputation for horror, intrigue, and the supernatural. Temples is a Systems Administrator in the Computer Science Department. He is also the author of The Winship Affair and Machine Feelings.

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