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Eight O’Clock Blues
Candy Stevans (Anna Kutlich CAS ’83) took a bad situation and turned it around, basing a novel on her experiences as a secretary trying to move up the corporate ladder in the 1970s automotive industry. Eight O’Clock Blues: How One Employee Challenged a Corporate Giant and Suffered the Consequences got high marks from The Midwest Book Review, which called it “a gripping, involving saga of a white-collar worker pitted against devious and endemic corporate mismanagement.”
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Prosecutor makes his case
Can you prove someone guilty of murder without a body? Steve Kaplan CAS ’75 did. An assistant prosecuting attorney for Macomb County, Kaplan tried Robert Pann for the 1991 murder of ex-girlfriend Bernice Gray in a landmark 2001 case and won – even though Gray’s body has never been found.
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Dance of the Swan
As a young piano student, Barbara Allman SEHS ’72, MAT ‘78 became fascinated with the life stories of the composers whose beautiful music she learned to play. She read every composer’s biography available but discovered none about women. Several years, two degrees and two careers later, Allman is filling that void. Allman’s latest work, Dance of the Swan: A Story About Anna Pavlova, targets middle-school readers.
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Faith & Illness
As a medical social worker for more than 20 years, Nancy Groves CAS ’72 “spent many hours listening to people who shared their internal struggles and fears as they faced a serious illness.” In 2002, Patient Press published her book, Faith & Illness: Reflections on God’s Sustaining Love to “share their point of view.”
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Politics in the Trenches
A political science professor at the University of Arizona and a 14-year Tucson city official, Thomas J. Volgy, PhD, CAS ’67, shares his hands-on experience as a council member and mayor in his 2001 book, Politics in the Trenches: Citizens, Politicians and the Fate of Democracy. The book is available through the University of Arizona Press or by calling (520)621-1441.
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