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Maurine H. Beasley, Ph.D. '74, professor emerita of journalism at the University of Maryland, has written Eleanor Roosevelt: Transformative First Lady (University Press of Kansas, 2010), a detailed examination of the first lady and her activism over the years.

Damon P. Coppola, BS '96, MEM '03, co-wrote Managing Children in Disasters: Planning for Their Unique Needs (CRC Press, 2010). This book is his sixth in a series that also includes Communicating Emergency Preparedness (Auerbach Publications, 2009), Introduction to International Disaster Management (2nd Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2011), Introduction to Emergency Management (4th Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2010), and Introduction to Homeland Security (3rd Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2008).

Jeffrey Elliot, MBA '03, just published his first book, The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Complete Book of Knife Skills (Robert Rose, 2010), a comprehensive reference guide on knife skills, created in collaboration with knife manufacturer Zwilling
J.A. Henckels.

JT Ellison, MA '94, wrote The Immortals (Mira, 2010), a thriller about mysticism and witchcraft in Nashville.

Steven Greenhut, BA '82, wrote Plunder! How Public Employee Unions Are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation (The Forum Press, 2009), which argues that public employee unions have created the current pension crisis and shield their members from accountability.

Robert Kresge, MA '80, wrote his first historical mystery, Murder for Greenhorns (ABQ Press, 2010). Set in 1870 Wyoming, the novel hinges on the lack of identity documents in the West, and pairs amateur sleuths Kate Shaw and Monday Malone. Kresge is a retired CIA officer who has lived in New Mexico since 2002.

Vanessa Maltin, BA '05, lifestyle editor at Delight Gluten-Free Magazine, wrote The Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook: Spicing Up Life with Italian, Asian, and Mexican Recipes.

Kathleen McFall, BS '84, co-wrote The Cowboy and the Vampire (Midnight Ink, 2010), with her husband, Clark Hays. The book is a darkly comic mystery that explores cowboys and vampire myths through the thrilling story of
two lovers.

Kenneth Meeks, D.Sc. '97, wrote Things That Make No Sense (iUniverse Book Publishers, 2010), which centers on common everyday occurrences experienced by people as they go about their daily lives.

Austin L. Pearl, BA '03, wrote Bipolar Nation: Will the Real Majority Please Stand Up? (Lido Publishing, 2010). The book argues that hyper-partisan thinking and information have become the pre-eminent threat to America in the 21st century.

Megan Stack, BA '98, wrote Every Man in This Village is a Liar (Doubleday, 2010), an account of what she saw during her time as a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen after Sept. 11.

Ryan Thornburg, MA '01, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, wrote Producing Online News: Digital Skills, Stronger Stories, a textbook and newsroom manual showing students how to transform stories into a complete news experience in the age of digital media.