Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection
(Yale University Press, 2013)
Edited by Ann Stroud Percy ’62 with Cara Zimmerman
Ann Stroud Percy, curator of drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is the lead editor of the first book to explore the collection of Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, one of the finest private collections of American outsider art. Twenty-seven self-taught, out-of-the-mainstream artists are represented. The book includes short biographies of the artists and essays by major scholars that examine the work from both theoretical and historical perspectives.
Rochambeau, Washington’s Ideal Lieutenant: A French General’s Role in the American Revolution
(Word Association Publishers, 2011)
By Jini Jones Vail ’59
Jini Jones Vail, a retired French teacher, has meticulously chronicled the crucial role of Lt. Gen. Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, and the French troops under his command in the British defeat at Yorktown to end the Revolutionary War. Vail tells of the partnership de Rochambeau formed with George Washington, and how France aided in the birth of a new nation with its best generals, engineers, diplomats and treasure.
Elegant Rooms That Work: Fantasy and Function in Interior Design
By Stephanie Stokes ’64 and Jorge S. Arango
New York-based interior designer Stephanie Stokes explains how to maintain fantasy and functionality in home decor by focusing on the planning of comfortable and multipurpose spaces that include attractive storage. Stokes’ work has appeared in such publications as Architectural Digest, Traditional Home and House Beautiful, which named her to its list of top 100 designers.
Writing & Healing: A Mindful Guide for Cancer Survivors
(Hatherleigh Press, 2012)
By Pamela Post-Ferrante ’68
Writer, teacher and workshop leader Pamela Post-Ferrante encourages cancer patients and survivors in 12 practical writing lessons to put their fears and experiences into words. A breast cancer survivor, Post-Ferrante was featured on NPR and teaches in the Graduate School of Expressive Therapies at Lesley University.
The Rattling Window
(The Ashland Poetry Press, 2013)
By Catherine Staples ’79
Art and artists permeate this award-winning debut collection by poet Catherine Staples, who teaches in the Honors Program at Villanova University.