September 2011


The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today

by Rob Dunn ’97

Ecologist and science writer Rob Dunn, author of Every Living Thing, traces how humans have distanced themselves from interaction with other species and explores the often debilitating consequences of that disconnection. A master at making science understandable and entertaining for the lay reader, Dunn begins with the unlikeliest of heroes: intestinal worms. The absence of these internal beasts may account for the upswing in Crohn’s disease and other disorders. The experimental “rewilding” of guts with such worms has proven beneficial for the treatment of some cases. Funny, informed, and deeply insightful, Library Journal declares The Wild Life “highly recommended for the nature aficionado,” and that “this book should inspire many lively discussions.” A professor in the biology department at North Carolina State University, Dunn has written for National Geographic, Natural History, Scientific American, BBC Wildlife, Wild Earth, and Smithsonian magazines.

Columbus Italians

Collected and arranged by Andy Dominianni ’94 and Erin (Miller) Dominianni ’95

At the beginning of the 20th century, there were just over 11,000 Italians in Ohio. While many of the earliest immigrants settled along Lake Erie, a growing number ventured south to the state capital, a city located at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers. Importing the rich traditions of the old country, Columbus Italian families stayed close to each other, and though they have largely dispersed, they still form a community—colorful, hardworking, and fiercely loyal. Columbus Italians is a pictorial history that tells the story of a community bound by the three most basic principles of Italian culture: “Faith, Family, and Friends.” Co-author Andy Dominianni is Kalamazoo’s WWMT-TV News co-anchor.

Search and Destroy: Why You Can't Trust Google

by Scott Cleland ’82

The world’s most powerful company is not what it pretends to be, says Scott Cleland ’82 in his new book Search and Destroy: Why You Can’t Trust Google. Cleland says Google has acquired far more information, both public and private, than any entity in history, allowing it to influence virtually everything the Internet touches. This unchecked power is destructive precisely because Google is, Cleland argues, so shockingly political, unethical, and untrustworthy. Ben Edelman, assistant professor at Harvard Business School, calls Search and Destroy “a courageous and important book—persuasively argued and well defended,” and antitrust lawyer Gary Reback declares “every computer user needs to read this book before clicking on the Google site again.” Cleland is an independent research analyst who has delivered expert testimony before numerous Congressional subcommittees, and is often quoted in national news media. Institutional Investor twice ranked him the #1 independent telecom analyst.

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Martha Staff Stone on September 20, 2011 at 9:36 am
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