September 2010


You Can't Sleep in Restaurants

by Ron N. Wallace, Class of 1976 You Can't Sleep in Restaurants: (What happened the week David Fun England went off his pill?) (AuthorHouse 2010) tells the story of what happens when caution is thrown to the wind in the name of love. David Fun England is a young man who has just met the girl of his dreams. There's just one problem: the medication that regulates David's schizoaffective-schizophrenia leaves him a bit lethargic. So, David decides to go off his meds in order to brighten up his personality. What ensues is a raucous turn of events that leaves no mishap unturned. From going on elaborate shopping sprees to using his living room wall as one big sketch pad, David is on a wild ride to manage life and love free of medications. With humor and charm, Wallace combines the boy-meets-girl romantic comedy with the realities of living with schizophrenia. A CD accompaniment is also available. Ron N. Wallace has written numerous novels, including 17! Halloween 1971; Earth High School: Fun Ideas to Save the World; and the novella, E.D. Gopher, a political satire that recalls George Orwell's Animal Farm. Wallace's trade has been writing for advertising.
Fighters & Writers

by John G. Rodwan, Jr., Class of 1991 Fighters & Writers (Mongrel Empire Press, 2010) is neither a traditional sports book nor a conventional collection of literary essays. The title essay surveys a selection of the mammoth body of literature involving boxing in addition to writing on closely related topics such as confidence games. "The Ali Act" considers writers' undiminished interest in one extraordinary boxer. "The Fighting Life" looks at two prominent writers' use of boxing in their fiction. "A First-Class Sport" assesses boxing"s frequently overlooked positive aspects by examining the memoirs and autobiographies of several boxing enthusiasts, including a former heavyweight champion, a well-known trainer and television analyst, and prominent public figures including a former president and a U.S. senator. Other pieces in the collection explore how boxing inserts itself in writers' imaginations even when they write about other subjects. Essays on diverse topics such as book dedications, Orwell's Spanish Civil War memories, digressions, tattoos, and losing weight reveal the close, if not always recognized, connections between fighters and writers. Raised in Detroit, Rodwin now lives in Portland, Ore. His writing has been published by The American Interest, The Mailer Review, Fight News, The Oregonian, The Humanist, and other publications. This is his first book.
Uncivilized: Pursing a Shameless Faith

by Chad Goodwill, Class of 1992 Chad Goodwill says he was "uniquely qualified" to write the Christian living book, Uncivilized: Pursing a Shameless Faith (Fusion Press, 2010), because "I am covered with the sweat and grime of a person who has struggled and toiled to embrace the truth outlined in the pages." Chad has worked for 20 years in student ministries and as a church strategic planning consultant. But "I am not a full-time pastor or church leader. This provides me with a perspective that is refreshingly different than most of the Christian Living literature currently available." He ran a nonprofit ministry in Colorado Springs, Colo., before moving back to Kalamazoo five years ago, where he now works as a marketing professional. He also teaches business and economics part time at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Chad says he awoke one morning and realized how much of his identity he had allowed to get wrapped up in things...the right car, the right house, the right car. Then, he made the transition to what he calls "an uncivilized life." He said people must "push the envelope, test our faith and the faith of others, give up all that would hold us back and vigorously thrash our way through this life so that we create a wake behind us that glorifies God." Chad's hope is that Uncivilized will serve to provide either the framework or the kick in the pants people need." He says the final chapter of his book offers a "pep rally and the call to put a sword to your old way of life...[and] take this incredible opportunity that you have been given and make the most of it. Make your life extraordinary." Chad is now working on a study guide and video guide to accompany the book, which is available at
The Events of October: Murder-Suicide on a Small Campus

by Gail Griffin On a Sunday night during Homecoming weekend in 1999, Neenef Odah lured his ex-girlfriend, Maggie Wardle, to his dorm room at Kalamazoo College and killed her at close range with a shotgun before killing himself. In The Events of October: Murder-Suicide on a Small Campus (Wayne State University Press, Sept. 2010), author and Kalamazoo College professor Gail Griffin attempts to answer the lingering question of "how could this happen?" to two seemingly normal students on such a close-knit campus. Griffin introduces readers to Maggie and Neenef, and retraces their relationship from multiple perspectives, including those of their friends, teachers, and classmates. She examines the tension that built between Maggie and Neenef as his demands for more of her time and emotional support grew, eventually leading to their breakup. After the deaths take place, Griffin presents multiple reactions, including those of Maggie's friends who were waiting for her to return from Neenef's room, the students who heard the shotgun blasts in the hallway of Neenef's dorm, and College administrators struggling to guide a grieving campus. Griffin also uses Maggie and Neenef's story to explore larger issues of intimate partner violence, gun accessibility, and depression and suicide on campus as she attempts to understand the lasting importance of their tragic deaths. Griffin's interviews with Maggie's family, and her use of source material, including college documents, official police reports, Neenef's suicide note, and an instant message record between perpetrator and victim, puts a very real face on issues of violence against women. Gail Griffin, Ph.D., is Ann V. and Donald R. Parfet Distinguished Professor of English at Kalamazoo College. She is also a poet and author of two previous volumes of nonfiction, Calling: Essays on Teaching in the Mother Tongue and Season of the Witch: Border Line, Marginal Notes. The Events of October is available through the Kalamazoo College Bookstore.

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