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Fresh Ink

A selection of recent publications authored by Cal State Long Beach alumni.

Conversation with a Beaver and Other Journeys into Nature book coverConversation with a Beaver and Other Journeys into Nature
By Judith K. Berg ’74
Ulyssian Publications
Berg, a wildlife researcher, follows the seasonal journey of a beaver family and other animals residing in the high Colorado Rocky Mountains and presents the biology, habitat and behavior of this hard-working ecosystem engineer.

From This Day Forward book coverFrom This Day Forward
By Alison Cotter ’01
When Pat Velte is severely injured in a car accident just one month before her wedding, no one knows if she’ll ever walk again, let alone get married. This memoir of her life as a wheelchair-bound wife, parent and working mom takes place in Grand Rapids, Mich., in the 1950s and ’60s.

The Complete Guide to English Spelling Rules book coverThe Complete Guide to English Spelling Rules
By John J. Fulford ’75
Astoria Press
With a CSULB M.A. in cultural geography and 40 years of English teaching experience, Fulford’s research into how English spelling evolved resulted in comprehensive guidelines to spelling for students and lovers of the language.

Chasing Demons book coverChasing Demons
By Melissa M. Garcia ’98
The second Luc Actar mystery finds the journalist and ex-car thief living in Malibu and covering Los Angeles County corruption. Drawn into investigating his father’s death, Actar unknowingly steps into danger.

Highway One: Poetry book coverHighway One: Poetry
By Ammie Grauten ’08
Written during the start of the Occupy Movement in America, Highway One captures the spirit of a young woman trying to make sense of her place in the world, politics, faith and love as she commutes daily down Pacific Coast Highway.

No Place for Innocence book coverNo Place for Innocence
By Bernice L. Hogan ’82
RoseDog Books
Hogan recalls her life-altering experiences while working as a civilian secretary for the U.S. Air Force in Japan during the Korean War. She is a licensed clinical social worker and board certified diplomate in social work.

Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine book coverComing Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine
By Mari L’Esperance ’83 and Tomás Q. Morín
University of Iowa Press
L’Esperance, a CSULB journalism alumna, was a poetry student of Levine while completing her M.A. in literature at New York University. She co-authored this anthology of essays by past students and mentees of the former Poet Laureate of the United States.

Disney U: How Disney University Develops the World’s Most Engaged, Loyal and Customer-Centric Employees book coverDisney U: How Disney University Develops the World’s Most Engaged, Loyal and Customer-Centric Employees
By Doug Lipp ’78
A member of the start-up team at Tokyo Disneyland, Lipp became head of training for Disney University, the firm’s employment development division, and remains a corporate leadership consultant. Disney U reveals the heart of the Disney culture and describes the company’s values and operational philosophies that support the iconic brand.

Tales & Flukes From Life in the Trees book coverTales & Flukes From Life in the Trees
By James C. Loomis ’58, ’61
Cover painting by John Severson ’56

Zantar Publishing
The Maui Times calls this, “Part memoir, part photo album [and] part poetry collection,” about life in Hawaii. Loomis taught math at Culver City High School before moving to Hawaii. Cover artist and alumnus John Severson, creator of Surfer Magazine, is now a renowned painter living in Hawaii.

The Glass Birds book coverThe Glass Birds
By Lynne Brightman Horn ’66
When Diane Kramer becomes personal assistant to famous actress Janit Gold, the job opens doors to a variety of relationships, opportunities and challenges that Diane eventually puts into perspective. Horn is a former teacher.

The Big House: Story of a Southern Family book coverThe Big House: Story of a Southern Family
By J. Keck ’74 (James E. Keck)
RR Donnelly
Young Minnie faces both family trauma and the joy of spending the summer at her grandfather’s Southern home where she learns about her family’s history and tribulations as well as valuable lessons about facing one’s fears head-on.

1-2-3 Saimin in Hawai‘i book cover1-2-3 Saimin in Hawai‘i
By Jane Gillespie; illustrated by Jamie Meckel ’08
BeachHouse Publishing
Through text and Meckel’s colorful illustrations, children learn to create a bowl of saimin, a favorite Hawaiian soup. “Starting with one egg, two kamaboko (fish cakes), and three onions, kids can count each ingredient from one to ten in English and Hawaiian and watch the bowl of saimin grow yummier.”

The Mist on Brontë Moor book coverThe Mist on Brontë Moor
By Aviva Orr ’04
WiDo Publishing
Fifteen-year-old Heather Jane Bell hopes to cope with her alopecia hair loss by visiting her aunt in Yorkshire, where the mysterious English mists transport her back in time, meeting future author Emily Brontë’s family. Will Heather return to the 21st century or remain in 19th century Haworth?

Pennies For Her Eyes book coverPennies For Her Eyes
By James R. Preston ’69
Preston’s fourth Surf City Mystery begins with the series’ central character, T. R. Macdonald, finding his house burglarized. The perpetrators took a laptop but why they wanted it is just the start to this mystery.

Pennies For Her Eyes book coverThe Beijing Family
By Gina Tang ’88
Amazon Digital Services
Tang’s comedy fiction series debuts with the tale of humble self-made billionaire Simon Wang moving his family from Beijing to Beverly Hills so his son can attend college. Tang heads the China practice of a global real estate company.

Business & Professional Communication in a Digital Age book coverBusiness & Professional Communication in a Digital Age
By Jennifer H. Waldeck ’96; Tim Plax ’70, ’71; and Patricia Kearney
Cengage Learning
Waldeck, a Chapman University associate professor, collaborated with CSULB Communications Studies Professors Tim Plax and Patricia Kearney on this textbook and online content that covers concepts and trends in digital communications for business professionals.

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