• Summer Reading

    Looking for great summer reads? To help you out, we've once again rounded up recent publications by some of our most talented and entertaining New School alumni authors.  From novels to short stories, from cookbooks to how-to's, from poetry to children's books, there is something for everyone. Immerse yourself in these summer reads, and be sure to take us on your journey by using the #newschoolalumni hashtag!

    Alumni Authors

  • Nonfiction

    Constance Baker Motley: One Woman's Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice under Law  (University of Alabama Press) by Gary L. Ford, MFA Creative Writing '06

    Gary L. Ford explores the key role Constance Baker Motley played in the legal fight to desegregate public schools, colleges, universities, housing, transportation, and numerous other public spaces and accommodations.

    Detox Your Home (Rowman & Littlefield) by Christine Dimmick, BFA Communication Design '91

    Health and wellness speaker, advocate, and Good Home Company founder Christine Dimmick examines the toxins found in our homes and discusses how you can limit your exposure.

    For Single Mothers Working as Train Conductors (University of Iowa Press) by Laura Esther Wolfson, MFA Creative Writing '07

    In prose spangled with pathos and dusted with humor, Wolfson transports us to Paris, the Republic of Georgia, upstate New York, the Upper West Side, and the corridors of the United Nations, telling stories that skewer, transform, and inspire.

    Optimism at All Costs: Black Attitudes, Activism, and Advancement in Obama's America (University of Massachusetts Press) by Lessie Branch, PhD Public and Urban Policy '15

    Lessie B. Branch confronts the tension between Black Americans’ economic realities and the hope many felt for the future.

    Stay or Go: Dr. Ruth's Rules for Real Relationships (Amazon Publishing) by Dr. Ruth Westheimer, MA Sociology '59

    With a focus on common sense over emotion, world-renowned sex and relationship therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer offers straight-up advice on whether you should stick it out or cut your losses and move on.

    Supreme Court Expansion of Presidential Power: Unconstitutional Leanings (University Press of Kansas) by Louis Fisher, PhD Politics '66

    A review of the judicial record from 1789 to the present day shows how the balance of power has shifted over time.


    Burro Hills (Diversion Books) by Julia Lynn Rubin, MFA Creative Writing '17

    Jack Burns is a resident—though often he feels like an inmate—of the tiny California desert town of Burro Hills. Growing up surrounded by the broken dreams of his parents, Jack wonders if he will ever just get out.

    North Haven (Little A) by Sarah Moriarty, MFA Creative Writing '07

    Four siblings arrive at their sprawling old summer place on an island in Maine for the Fourth of July. It’s the Willoughbys’ first summer without their parents, and their beloved house is falling apart. When a substantial offer is made on the estate, the two brothers and two sisters are forced to confront issues they had hoped to keep hidden.

    The Confusion of Languages (G.P. Putnam's Sons) by Siobhan Fallon, MFA Creative Writing '01

    A searing debut novel about jealousy, the unpredictable path of friendship, and the secrets kept in marriage, all set within the U.S. Middle Eastern expat community during the rise of the Arab Spring.

    The Hopefuls (Knopf Doubleday) by Jennifer Close, MFA Creative Writing '05

    A story of a young wife who follows her husband and his political dreams to Washington, DC, a city of idealism, gossip, and complicated friendships among the young aspiring elite.

    The Last One (Random House) by Alexandra Oliva, MFA Creative Writing '11

    Survival is the name of the game as the line between reality TV and reality itself blurs in this fast-paced novel of suspense.

    The Optimistic Decade (Algonquin Books) by Heather Abel, MFA Creative Writing '04

    An entertaining and assured debut novel about a utopian summer camp and its charismatic leader that asks smart questions about good intentions gone terribly wrong.

    The Woolgrower's Companion (Bantam Australia) by Joy Rhoades, MFA Creative Writing '05

    Australia 1945. Until now, Kate Dowd has led a sheltered life on Amiens, her family’s sprawling sheep station in northern New South Wales. The horrors of war have for the most part left her untouched, but with her father succumbing to wounds he’s borne since the Great War, the management of the farm is increasingly falling on Kate’s shoulders.

    Trenton Makes (Random House) by Tadzio Koelb, BFA Fine Arts '93

    A vivid, brutal, razor-sharp debut novel about a woman who carves out her share of the American Dream by living as a man.


    Advances in Embroidery: Poems, with Translations from Mahmoud Darwish (Poets and Traitors) by Ahmad Al-Ashqar, MFA Creative Writing '17 

    A Generous Latitude (ECW Press) by Lenea Grace, MFA Creative Writing '12

    Broadax (Octopus Books) by Amy Lawless, MFA Creative Writing '07

    Fort Not (The Song Cave Press) by Emily Skillings, BA The Arts '10

    Opening the Mouth of the Dead (Lone Goose Press) by Catherine Woodard, MFA Creative Writing '02

    Serenade (Octopus Books) by Brooke Ellsworth, MFA Creative Writing '13

    Submerged (Five Oaks Press) by John Findura, MFA Creative Writing '06








    Children and Young Adults

    Hurricane Child (Scholastic) by Kheryn Callender, MFA Creative Writing '14

    Being born during a hurricane is unlucky, and 12-year-old Caroline has had her share of bad luck lately. But when a new student named Kalinda arrives, Caroline's luck begins to turn around.

    Love, Sugar, Magic: A Dash of Trouble (Harper Collins) by Anna Meriano, MFA Creative Writing '16

    Leonora Logroño’s family owns the most beloved bakery in Rose Hill, Texas, spending their days conjuring delicious cookies and cakes for any occasion. Sneaking out of school and down to the bakery, she discovers that her mother, aunt, and four older sisters have in fact been keeping a big secret: They’re brujas — witches of Mexican ancestry — who pour a little bit of sweet magic into everything that they bake.

    Poe: Stories and Poems (Random House) by Gareth Hinds, BFA Illustration '94

    In a thrilling adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known works, Hinds translates Poe’s dark genius into graphic-novel format.

    The Belles (Freeform) by Dhonielle Clayton, MFA Creative Writing '12

    Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orleans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land.

    The Midnights (Harper Collins) by Sarah Nicole Smetana, MFA Creative Writing '13

    Susannah Hayes has never been in the spotlight, but she dreams of following her father, a former rock star, onto the stage. As senior year begins, she’s more interested in composing impressive chord patterns than college essays, but when her father dies unexpectedly, her dreams — and her reality — shatter. 


    Light Blue Desire (Conveyor Editions) by Magali Duzant, MFA Photography '14

    A genre-defying artist book, Light Blue Desire investigates the power, failure, and fluidity of language as it lyrically maps the amorphous definition and meaning of the word blue across languages.

    Treat Yourself! (Workman Publishing) by Jessica Siskin, MFA Creative Writing '16

    Offering 93 unique and creative takes on Rice Krispies treats, this is the perfect answer for any cook, food lover, or creative parent looking to make crowd-pleasing and personalized treats for birthdays, holidays, school events, and virtually every other occasion.