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Don’t Write Like You Talk: A Smart Girls Guide to Practical Writing and Editing
Catharine Bramkamp, ‘82
3L Publishing

For years the common wisdom for good writing was to “just write like you talk.” It was the mantra of writing teachers across the county. There is just one tiny problem: When we talk, the sentences that flow from our lips have, at best, just a nodding acquaintance with grammar, often are of poor syntax and, in an age of advertising slogans, are rarely a full sentence. Based on her experience as a college professor, Bramkamp advocates a new approach to writing like you talk: stop it. Go back to those stuffy classroom rules, study up, make friends with one of the great grammar books or web sites available. Use a dictionary. Be bold, different and literate. The book aims to help writers of all skill levels understand basic principles to improve all writing, from emails to blogs — and from short stories to novels.

Living Beneath the Radar
Jeffrey R. Crimmel, ‘69

Crimmel tells the story of his nine-year journey around the world. Upon graduation from UCSB, the author worked for a year to save for his trip to Europe with another college friend. In 1970, he left the States with the intention of seeing the world. This adventure took him to North Africa, Europe, India, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and eventually down to Australia via Southeast Asia. Upon his return to America in 1979, he settled into a teaching career working with special-needs children until his retirement in 2008. Crimmel says the world experiences he had changed his perceptions and expanded his awareness towards the different cultures he encountered. He believes today that world travel is the best education one can get.

September Elegies
Benito Pastoriza Iyodo, M.A. ‘81

This collection sheds light on three key components of modern life: nature, humanity and global interaction. The first two sections of the book tie nature to man and man to nature, while divulging the challenges faced in contemporary society. The third section marks a new direction for the author by the addition of a theme on war and geopolitical challenges, a theme that is especially poignant for the post-9/11 era. This section paints a broad social, economic and political backdrop upon which the microcosms of power exert their influence on all things. These elegies revere, lament and illuminate -- providing a translucent, hazy view of the past, a transparent unadulterated look at the present and a shadowy and foreboding possibility for the future.

The Malthusian Catastrophe
Ernesto Robles, ’91
Loyal Dog Publishing

In his fiction book, Robles describes a society that has become obsessed with youth and will do anything to hold onto it. Aseso Nutraceuticals, an herbal supplement company co-founded by a charismatic American scientist and a mysterious Japanese businessman, exploits this growing global anti-aging craze by producing Sinsen, what is widely believed to be the "fountain of youth" in a bottle. This belief forms the basis of a new hope that would inspire an otherwise disheartened society caught in the deepest recession seen in decades. Protagonist Michael Jeffs accepts a position at the much-hyped Aseso and unwittingly becomes involved in a series of deceptions that will dramatically alter the social and political landscape of the world.

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