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Books written by CSU Alumni, Faculty and Staff

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Book Highlight

Bookcover of Extreme Conversatin by Joel BergerExtreme Conservation: Life at the Edges of the World

Joel Berger, a CSU conservation biologist, is internationally known for fieldwork in the world’s harshest environments. His studies shed light on the lives and adaptive abilities of Arctic musk oxen and other hoofed creatures that anchor entire ecosystems.

Berger has recently gained attention for his new book, which explores how animals live in forbidding landscapes – and how humans and climate change affect their survival.

The book and Berger’s underlying research recently have been featured in high-profile publications, including Nature, National Geographic, The Atlantic, and The New York Review of Books.

Donna Cooner (Professor, CSU School of Education)
A young-adult novel, published by Point Paperbacks, an imprint of Scholastic, exploring one teenager’s experience with the perils of social media. Kirkus calls it “a timely and relevant read.”

The Oxford Handbook of Women and the Economy
Susan L. Averett, contributing editor (B.S., ’86)
A comprehensive collection of essays using the framework of economics to track the transformation of women’s lives over the course of a century.

The Third Reich’s Legacies
Daniel Patrick Brown (M.A., ’73)
Examines the myriad ways the Third Reich has impacted the United States from Nazi Germany’s origins to the present.

Drinking from the Trough: A Veterinarian’s Memoir
Mary Carlson (B.S., 74; D.V.M., ’87)
The tale of a feline-focused veterinarian who rediscovers that life – especially one full of delightful animals – is worth living.

No One Eats Alone: Food as a Social Enterprise
Michael Carolan (Professor, Department of Sociology)
A call for consumers to better understand other players in our “foodscape” as a path to solving pressing challenges tied to the food system – and even in society as a whole.

Colorado’s Deadliest Floods
Darla Sue Dollman (B.A.,’91; M.F.A., ’94)
A survey of catastrophic flash floods from 1864 to 2013. The author, a former CSU faculty member, recounts walls of water that ripped through the gold-rush settlement of early Denver and the Big Thompson Canyon, among other places.

A Loving Presence
Cathleen Ellis (B.A., ’68; M.A.T., ’70; B.S., ’00)
A story of joy, heartache, and reconciliation. This is the writer’s 18th book featuring young characters seeking love and connections.

My Name Is Meggie
Barbara Fleming (B.A., ’67; CERT, ’67; M.A., ’70)
Eager to discover the world beyond her small Colorado town, a young protagonist leaves her home at the turn of the 20th century in search of adventure.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy of Dissent: Feminist Rhetoric and the Law
Katie Gibson (Associate professor, Department of Communication Studies)
How the Supreme Court justice and cultural icon has shaped understandings of gender equality through consistent and direct challenges to the law’s traditional voice. This scholarly work won the 2018 Outstanding Book Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender.

Calling All Minds CoverCalling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor
Temple Grandin (Professor, Department of Animal Sciences)
An exploration of the science behind inventions, emphasizing the importance of different perspectives in problem-solving. Grandin, who has autism, is a world-renowned champion for children with the disorder and an expert on animal behavior and welfare. Her newest book, like others, draws on her experiences.

CSU’s Sense of Place: A Campus History of Colorado’s Land-Grant University
James E. Hansen II (Professor emeritus of history and University historian)
Gordon Hazard (B.S., ’77; volunteer, University Archives & Special Collections)
Linda Meyer (B.A., ’95; M.A., ’00; associate professor and archivist, University Archives & Special Collections)
The third volume in a historical series examining the founding and growth of Colorado State University. This book focuses on the physical evolution of the University across six eras, highlighting structures, landscaping features, and property acquisitions – from the claim shanty of 1874 through $1.5 billion in new facilities and infrastructure in the past decade. Available at the CSU Bookstore and its online outlet.

Bitterroot CoverBitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption
Susan Devan Harness (M.A., ’06; M.A., ’16)
A memoir tracing the author’s journey to understand the complexities and struggles of being an American Indian child adopted by a white couple and living in the rural American West. Published by University of Nebraska Press as part of its American Indian Lives Series. Harness was interviewed in December 2018 on Colorado Public Radio’s “Colorado Matters.” The book was also featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The Honeymoon Trap
Christina Hovland (B.A., ’02)
An amusing lesson in how to survive a relationship disaster by an artisan chocolatier who moonlights as a romance novelist.

The Good Echo
Shena McAuliffe (B.A., ’00)
After their young son dies from an infected root canal, a dentist and his wife seek to escape their grief by traveling to Sudan to substantiate an unusual theory. This historical novel won the 2017 Big Moose Prize from Black Lawrence Press, which enabled its publication.

The Good Dog
Walker Mills (M.O.T., ’16)
A children’s book about acceptance and compassion through the lens of a girl’s love for her dog. The book topped the bestseller list at Explore Booksellers in Aspen and won a gold medal from Mom’s Choice Awards.

High Altitude Baking
Patricia Kendall, editor (Ph.D., ’83)
The second edition of a popular collection of recipes and tips for baking cookies, breads, and more at high altitude; published by Colorado State University Extension. Kendall is a well-known professor emerita from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Burning Ridge
Margaret Mizushima (M.S., ’75)
The latest installment in the author’s Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series, featuring a police officer and her canine partner working in Colorado’s rugged mountains.

Conscious Living, Conscious Aging
Ron Pevny (B.S., ’70)
An exploration of the possibilities for growth, passion, meaning, and service in life’s later chapters. The author views aging as a time for growing whole.

The Sports Reformers: Working to Make the World of Sports a Better Place
Ken Reed (M.S., ’83)
A collection of short interviews with sports reformers who are working to enhance the positives and mitigate the negatives in sports.

Food Justice NowFood Justice Now! Deepening the Roots of Social Struggle
Joshua Sbicca (Assistant professor, Department of Sociology)
A call to integrate food and social-justice activism as a way to address structural inequalities within and beyond the food system.

The Greatest Cartoons You've Never Heard OfThe Greatest Cartoonist You’ve Never Heard Of: Three Decades of Silly and Serious Insights from Ground Level
Alan Vitello (B.F.A., ’86)
A collection of editorial cartoons selected from thousands published in Colorado newspapers. Vitello’s work grapples with society, politics, and culture from the perspective of an everyman.

&amp in Open, Marvel& in Open, Marvel
Felicia Zamora (M.F.A., ’12)
A collection of poetry contemplating the wonder in everyday existence. One reviewer said Zamora’s poems offer “equal parts microscopic investigation and knotty and ornamental declaration.”

Care for the Sorrowing Soul: Healing Moral Injuries from Military Service and Implications for the Rest of Us
Maj. Jeff Zust, contributor (B.A., ’80)
A new proposal, drawing on spiritual resources, for understanding moral injury and its mitigation among military men and women. Zust is a longtime educator, pastor with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and chaplain with the U.S. Army.