From Our Alumni Authors

By Mary Cunningham '17

Medieval Christianity: A New History
By Kevin Madigan ’82
Yale University Press

In Medieval Christianity, Madigan gives readers a look into the major historical developments in Christianity between the years 500 and 1500 BCE. Madigan explores topics such as women and Christianity; the relationship between Christians, Jews and Muslims; parish life; asceticism; worship and the role of art in expressing Christian thought and practices. Traditional themes, including papal power, heresy, pilgrimage and the rupture between the old Western church and its reformers, are also explored. Madigan gives the reader an introspective look into a historically and culturally rich period of time that continues to have a profound influence on Christianity today.

What Others Say
“Madigan, a professor of ecclesiastical history at Harvard Divinity School, has produced a model of what an introductory text should be. The volume, divided into sections covering the early, high, and late Middle Ages, brings nuance to its overview of the traditional topics, such as the Crusades, the creation and consolidation of papal power, suppression vs. tolerance of heresy, and religious art and architecture; it also delves into less understood topics, such as the status of women and their spiritual experiences in the church, changing views of Jews and Muslims, or the relationship between the institutional church and the average parishioner. In his neat synthesis of new and older research, Madigan also explores some relevant scholarly debates and probes the mechanisms of the cultural and religious changes he covers, whether through influential individuals or migrations of populations. His prose style is accessible and clear, making for an engaging narrative history that should please experts while whetting the appetites of beginners, providing background on and insight into a foreign society while charting development of a religious culture that still has relevance for the Western world today.” —Publishers Weekly

No News is Bad News
By Maureen Milliken ’83
S&H Publishing

Milliken’s novel tells the story of the town of Redimere, Maine, and how a shocking discovery leads to the reopening of Police Chief Pete Novotny’s old missing boy case. As Novotny deals with the reopening of this case, newspaper editor Bernadette “Bernie” O’Dea is confronted by her past when her brother suddenly shows up. With all of these developments, the residents of Redimere slowly recede into a state of instability and terror.

What Others Say
“Milliken, a seasoned reporter, has a finely honed ability to capture the essence of rural Maine—the culture, the gossip, the way everyone knows too much (or thinks they do) about other’s lives. I love the complexity and depth of her well-drawn imperfect characters. You will leave her fictional town eager for the next installment in this terrific series.” —Kate Flora, author of the Joe Burgess mystery series

Tracking the Wild Coomba
By Robert Cocuzzo ’08
Mountaineers Books

Cocuzzo’s Tracking the Wild Coomba is the story of skiing legend Doug Coombs, known for taking on the biggest and most dangerous mountains in the world. Coombs came to the forefront of the ski world by pioneering new ski routes and through his publicity in movies and magazines. His ability to inspire others on the slopes is what made him so special in the eyes of his contemporaries. This biography gives an introspective look into Coombs’ life, the obstacles he faced, the pain he endured and the joy and inspiration that came with it all.

What Others Say
“Doug Coombs had a huge impact on my life; much of my overall approach to mountains comes from his example. I am so grateful that, thanks to author Rob Cocuzzo, I now have the complete story of what influenced one of my biggest heroes.” —Jeremy Jones, professional snowboarder

Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk
By Raymond B. Flannery Jr. ’64
Lantern Books

In Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk, Flannery explores the question of violence and whether or not it can be prevented. Through storytelling, Flannery brings the issue of violence to life, exploring its warning signs and effects based on his years of research on issues of violence, its victims and the physiological effects.

What Others Say
“An impressive array of sociological studies and crime statistics to support the contention that violence has become a major public-health problem of ‘epidemic proportion.’” —Publishers Weekly  ■