Looking for a book that enlightens, entertains, or perhaps inspires? Consider one of the titles below, recent works published by BLS alumni authors? From novels to self-help to memoir to non-fiction, there’s an option no matter your preference.
PRIVILEGE AND PREJUDICE: The Life of a Black Pioneer
by Dr. Clifton Wharton Jr. '43
An inspiring story of persistence and historical firsts, Wharton's autobiography reflects on his remarkable family and distinguished career which included chair of the Rockefeller Foundation, president of Michigan State, chancellor of the SUNY system, chair/CEO of TIAA-CREF, and deputy secretary of state.
BOSTON'S BANNER YEARS: 1965–2015: A Saga of Black Success
by Melvin B. Miller '52
The book is a collection of essays developed by well-qualified reporters who have chronicled accounts of black achievement in Boston. Miller was inspired by the success of others whose progress was not derailed by discrimination.
WARNINGS: FINDING CASSANDRAS TO STOP CATASTROPHES
by Richard A. Clarke ’68
Clarke, a recognized authority in national security matters, takes a critical look at potential threats from such fields as artificial intelligence, bio-hacking, mutating viruses and more. He boldly examines which predicted disasters pose the greatest threats.
ELEVATE: An Essential Guide to Life
by Joseph Deitch ’68
A celebration of life and the potential that exists for all of us, this book provides answers and insights as it links awareness and action, in an eye-opening read that launches readers on a journey of self-discovery.
CAVEMAN BODIES IN A CORPORATE JUNGLE
by John Barrett ’78
In terms of evolution, humanity hasn't changed much over the past hundred thousand years. For readers who take their health and career seriously, this book examines the relationship between our caveman brains and our stress-filled modern workplace.
YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE FUTURE OF NEWS
Social Media and the Rise of Connective Journalism
by Regina Marchi '83
Co-written with Lynn Schofield Clark, this book explores the concept of connective journalism: creating and sharing stories online as a precursor to collective and connective political action, with emphasis on high school students from low-income minority and immigrant communities.
CONFESSIONS OF A GLOBAL NEGOTIATOR
by Nick Psyhogeos ’85
A long-time senior executive at Microsoft, Nick Psyhogeos shares a distillation of 25 years of frontline experience in neutralizing difficult opponents and winning over others.
by Sam Graham-Felsen ’99
A coming of age novel about race, privilege, and the struggle to rise in America. A critic praises this work as, "Infectiously funny about the highs and lows of adolescence. A wildly original take on the American dream."
ALL WE CAN DO IS WAIT
by Richard Lawson ’01
Debut author and Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson guides readers through a life- changing night as a group of teens are forced to face the realities of their pasts and the prospects of very different futures.
THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT
by Nafkote Tamirat ’04
This is a coming-of-age story about a girl who falls under the spell of a charismatic hustler in Boston’s tightly knit Ethiopian community. The novel explores themes of national identity and what it means to be an immigrant in America today.