When the love of your life leaves, where do you go? When thirty-something Liz McNeil is unexpectedly widowed, she has no idea what to do with her life. After the initial shock of her husband's death wears off, she packs up her car and sets off on a tour of the country with Joe's urn in the passenger seat. Using social media to connect with a variety of friends and family, Liz works through her grief in a number of unpredictable methods.
"Staying" is a memoir of hope, faith and love, but it is full of gritty and authentic moments every parent will find relatable. Author William Sanders (ABJ '87) recalls, "Sitting in the backseat of a car driven by my abductor, a crazy woman I used to call mom, the six-year-old me pleads for something I had no expectation of getting. Mercy."
Counterinsurgency: What the United States Learned in Vietnam, Chose to Forget, and Needs to Know Today. By UGA alum, Terry T. Turner (B.S.A. 1967, M.S. 1972, Ph.D. 1974). Terry writes under the pen name of David Donovan. The book uses Donovan's and others' experiences in Vietnam as a basis for defining counterinsurgency, explaining the role of counterinsurgency advisors, the need for their specialty training and detailing how the whole thing can go wrong.
The Treatment: the story of those who died in the Cincinnati radiation tests (Duke University Press 2002). By Martha Thomas Stephens (MA ’61). A non-fiction work about the author’s role in finding victims of secret military experiments on her campus and launching a successful lawsuit.
Me and the Grandmas of Baghdad (PeaceWorksPress 2015). A memoir about Martha Thomas Stephens' (MA ’61) life in Waycross, Georgia, Athens, and Cincinnati, Ohio. It is this book that details her experiences at the University of Georgia in 1959-61.
Fried Chicken: Recipes for the Crispy, Crunchy, Comfort-Food Classic by Rebecca Lang (ABJ ’99). "An irresistible cookbook featuring more than 50 family-friendly fried chicken recipes--including classic Southern, globally influenced, and skillet- and deep-fried variations."
The Invitation to Love is a compilation of short stories each illustrating the power of love if we are willing to accept it. The book chronicles one man’s spiritual journey in practicing forgiveness, and recognizing love despite various barriers. Written by alumnus Darren Pierre.
Martin the Guitar. This delightful illustrated children's book tells the story of "Martin", the smallest guitar in Mr. Beninato's New York Music Shop, and the little instrument's wishes to win the nightly music contest. Harry Musselwhite (BMusEd 1975) Author: "Martin the Guitar" Centerstream Publishing (2012)
2011 Alumna Ellen Davis and current employee at the College of Veterinary Medicine illustrated the book and cover for Amos Likes to Jump, the first in the series of Amos Tales. This book teaches young ones the value of individuality, and why being you is the best way to be.