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Ralph Barnett, Attd ’71, has collected a group of spiritual stories from the Web in his new book Spiritual e-soup: A Compilation of Inspirational Messages from the Internet (e-soup Publishing, 2007). Barnett is a former GW basketball player.

Permanent Passenger: My Life on a Cruise Ship (, 2008) recounts the year that Micha Berman, MA ’92, spent as assistant cruise director of Carnival Cruise Line’s M.S. Ecstasy. He shares passenger tales ranging from rescues at sea to stowaways to passionate romances. Berman, a married father of two, works in San Francisco as a social worker and voiceover artist.

Lessons Learned on the Way Down (United Writer’s Press, 2008), by Bernard L. Brown Jr., MBA ’64, explores how to apply Christian principles to leadership in a secular world.

Margaret Voldopia Carroll, BA ’82, wrote her second romantic comedy, The True Match (Avalon Books, 2008). In 2009 she will release a psychological thriller, A Dark Love, which will be set partly on GW’s Foggy Bottom campus.

Daphne Clarke, BBA ’96, has written Finding Peace Through Faith: A Personal Experience (Xulon Press, 2007). Clarke is pursuing a Christian Counseling degree at World Missions Ministries Bible College in the Washington, D.C., area.

Melissa Sheridan Embser-Herbert, BA ’78, begins a three-part history of the military’s policy concerning gays and lesbians with The U.S. Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy: A Reference Handbook (Praeger Security International Reference, 2007). Embser-Herbert is a U.S. military veteran and is professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minn.

C’ing Your Way Clear: Every Woman’s Guide to Handling Life’s Storms (Haci Publishing, 2007), a self-help book by Toya L. Evans, BBA ’85, explains how women can overcome life’s challenges. The book focuses on the seven C’s: consult God, confront your fears, conceptualize a solution, create a plan, commit to making it happen, cherish your experience, and continue.

Michael Kaye, BA ’90, has published Standard and Poor’s Guide to the Perfect Portfolio: Five Steps to Allocate Your Assets and Ensure a Lifetime of Wealth (McGraw Hill, 2007). While avoiding complex financial jargon, Kaye outlines five steps for implementing effective asset allocation over a lifetime. Kaye is a columnist for BusinessWeek online and a portfolio officer at the Portfolio Advisers Group at Standard and Poor’s.

After 15 years researching Soviet intelligence defectors and spies, Gary Kern, BA ’63, has written The Kravchenko Case: One Man’s War on Stalin (Enigma Books, 2007). His book is based on the private unpublished papers of Victor Kravchenko. The book tells the story of a man who broke free of Soviet society and defected to America to wage a one-man war against Stalin.

Dana Kollmann, MFS ’94, a former crime scene investigator in Virginia and Maryland, has published Never Suck a Dead Man’s Hand: Curious Adventures of a CSI (Kensington Publishing, 2007), which describes what really happens beyond the yellow tape of crime scenes.

Malcolm Lawrence, BA ’48, MA ’51, a radio operator/gunner with the 94th Bomb Group at Bury St. Edmunds has written an autobiography, Something Will Come Along: Witty Memories of a Foreign Service Officer with Nine Children (Pentland Press, 2003). His diplomatic career includes visiting the queen of England and building a school in Switzerland.

Maria van Lieshout, BA ’91, makes her picture book debut with Bloom! A Little Book About Finding Love (Feiwel & Friends, 2007), a children’s book about Bloom, a charming, temperamental little pig who has a crush on a butterfly who is not right for her. When Bloom’s crush doesn’t work out, she is lucky enough to have a friend to help her and love her.

Rebecca Perry Magniant, MA ’98, shares the secret of how to dress like a true Parisian in Chic Shopping Paris (Little Bookroom, 2008). Magniant has lived in Paris for five years. Her book is based on her shopping service of the same name, which conducts tours of the finest shops that only a true Parisian would find.

The Book of Harry Potter Trifles, Trivias, and Particularities (Sterling & Ross, 2007), by Racheline Maltese, BA ’94, is the first of three books designed to delight and challenge Harry Potter fans of all ages. The book contains 675 trivia questions, hints, and answers in three skill levels, and intriguing information on little known historical facts and mythologies referenced in the Harry Potter books.

Geraldine Markel, EdS ’68, exposes the distractions that plague everyone’s attempt to be productive in Defeating the 8 Demons of Distraction: Proven Strategies to Increase Productivity and Decrease Stress (iUniverse, 2008). Markel runs a coaching and consulting firm.

Betsy McCully, PhD ’89, uses 20 years of research and nature exploration to chronicle the New York region in City at the Water’s Edge: A Natural History of New York (Rivergate/Rutgers University Press, 2007). The book’s timeline extends back half a billion years and forward to the future when water reclaims Manhattan. McCully is an associate professor of English at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York.

Winning the Un-War (Potomac Books Inc., 2007) by Charles Peña, MA ’83, explains what has gone wrong with America’s counter terror policy, why it went wrong, and how it can be amended. Peña is a senior fellow at both the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy and GW’s Homeland Security Policy Institute.

Cynthia Polansky, BA ’80, released her second novel, Remote Control (Echelon Press, 2007), which tells the story of Judith McBride, who dies during a medical mishap and returns to rescue her widowed husband from a gold-digging blonde. The novel won the 2006 Indie Excellence Award in the category of new age fiction.

Delaware Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, and Other Offbeat Stuff (The Globe Pequot Press, 2007), by Beth Rubin, BA ’65, highlights the interesting, odd, and sometimes beautiful parts of Delaware. Rubin also is the author of many Washington, D.C., tour guide books.

John Darrell Sherwood, MPhil ’93, PhD ’95, discusses the racial tension in the Navy during the 1960s and 1970s in Black Sailor, White Navy: Racial Unrest in the Fleet During the Vietnam War Era (New York University Press, 2007). Sherwood is an official historian with the U.S. Naval Historical Center.

Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation (Cambridge University Press, 2007), by Victor C. Shih, BA ’97, serves as an important reference point for all subsequent work on Chinese banking. Drawing from interviews, statistical analysis, and archival research, Shih analyzes how the Chinese banking sector really works amidst the Communist Party and the changing economy.

W. Shropshire Jr., BS ’54, MS ’56, PhD ’58, gathered and edited 23 discussions on the 2006 event celebrating the 100th birthday of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Max Delbrück in Max Delbrück and the New Perception of Biology 1906-1981: A Centenary Celebration University of Salamanca October 9-10, 2006 (AuthorHouse, 2007). Shropshire is a retired Smithsonian research physicist who worked as a post-doctorate staff member with Delbrück from 1957 to 1959.

A new edition of The Art of Client Service: 58 Things Every Advertising & Marketing Professional Should Know (Kaplan, 2008) by Robert Solomon, BA ’71, explains how to forge meaningful, productive, and enduring client relationships.

In his fifth book, Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr (Applause Books, 2008), Michael Starr, BA ’83, tells the story of actor Raymond Burr, known for his TV acting roles in Perry Mason and Ironside. Starr is a TV columnist for the New York Post.