Books by MHC Authors

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In response to requests from both Lyon Review contributors and followers, below is a list of novels, short story, poetry and essay collections, and memoirs published by MHC alums by genre and publication date. The members of our Editorial Board have not necessarily read the books included here, but simply provide this list as a courtesy and show of support. If you have written a book and are a MHC grad or faculty member and would like to have your title listed, please fill out this form.

Poetry Collections
Scorched by the Sun: Poems of Moshe Dor (Translated by Barbara Goldberg ’63)
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: The Word Works
Date Published: 2012

Summary:  This is a new collection of poems by Israeli poet Moshe Dor artfully translated by Barbara Goldberg. These poems speak to hamatzav, the “situation.” The conflict, elections, the latest scandal—Israel is always in the midst of a “situation.” It is an ever-present fact of Israeli life, the backdrop against which all emotions and endeavors are projected. Hamatzav is the harsh reality of clashes unfolding in biblical landscapes, hope and terror living side by side, the agony of war and the craving for peace inextricably entwined. This is also a book about love—love for a woman, love for a motherland.

The Royal Baker’s Daughter by Barbara Goldberg ’63
Genre: Poetry Collection
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press (2008)

Summary: These poems, at once elegant and earthy, reveal the inner workings of the human psyche and show us that sometimes the best defense against terror is making mischief. The Royal Baker’s™ Daughter was raised on a diet of stone soup and the occasional leftover royal treat. This leaves her with an appetite for authenticity. With nothing but her two deft hands to guide her, she embarks on a journey into the dark forest, €œwhere sticks and stones and absolutes reign and nothing, even sin, is original.€

Improbable Music by Sandra Kohler ‘61
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Word Press (2011)
Summary: “In these unflinching, measured poems, Kohler’s concerns range from personal and familial discord to the specter of atrocity. Their insights are hard-won, sometimes from dreams, sometimes from modulated lyric thought. Their consolations, often from the natural world, are vivid and unsentimental and therefore vital “white dogwood blossoms ‘with flecks the color of blood.'” —Greg Glazner

Creative Nonfiction

Best Food Writing 2012 by Holly Hughes ’75
Genre: Personal Essays
Publisher: DaCapo/Lifetime-an imprint of Perseus Books (Oct 2012)

Summary: Since 2000, Holly Hughes has curated an annual edition of this book, compiling the best food writing essays, articles, blog posts, and book excerpts published in the preceding year.

Edward Gorey On Stage: Playwright, Director, Designer, Performer: a Multimedia Memoir by Carol Verburg ‘70
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Boom-Books (2012)

Summary: Most fans of the artist Edward Gorey know him as the author of lavishly drawn, sparely plotted little books in which hapless characters come to unpleasant ends. But if you happened to be in the right place at the right time, you might know him as a dramatist. From Boston’s Poets’ Theatre to New York’s Broadway, and from Bourne to Provincetown on Cape Cod, Edward Gorey applied his distinctive wit to writing and directing plays for actors and puppets—occasionally including himself. This e-memoir is an affectionate chronicle of Gorey’s theatrical experiments by the friend and neighbor who produced most of them. Illustrated with photographs, script and review excerpts, and original drawings Gorey created for his twenty-odd “entertainments.”

Edward Gorey Plays Cape Cod: Puppets, People, Places, & Plots by Carol Verburg ‘70
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Boom-Books (2011)

Summary: How to classify the American genius Edward Gorey? Artist? Writer? Godfather of Goth? What about dramatist? After winning the Tony Award for his Dracula designs, Gorey left New York for Cape Cod, where he wrote, designed, and directed his own troupe of actors and puppets in twenty-odd “entertainments.” This brief illustrated memoir by his co-conspirator Carol Verburg chronicles their decade of theatrical adventures.

In the Words of E. B. White: Quotations From America’s Most Eminent Essayist edited by Martha White ’77
Genre: Essays and Aphorisms
Publisher: Cornell University Press

Summary: Martha White, grand-daughter of the intrepid essayists, fiction writer and literary icon EB White, recently edited some of the master’s most insightful and delightful quotations.


Magpies by Lynne Barrett ’72
Genre: Short Story Collection
Carnegie Mellon University Press (2011)

Summary: Publishers Weekly: “Barrett portrays adult lives with minimal flourishes and a powerful command of setting. Florida is electric with the tension of “all that can happen” with its €”hurricanes, sinkholes, and a boom-and-bust history. It becomes as eerie as it is richly imagined, whether stories take place in an Art Deco building or a gas station. One of the year’s finer university press offerings…”

The Last Death of Tev Chrisini by Jennifer Bresnick ’07
Genre: SciFi/Fantasy
Publisher: Aenetlif Press (2012)

Summary: Tev Chrisini is a soldier who can’t die, caught in the middle of a war that won’t end. He has spent the past five hundred years living in the shadows, trying to avoid the notice of bitter political rivals, which would do anything for the slightest advantage.

When a temporary truce is called, he is chosen to guide the enemy’s ambassador through hostile territory to the peace talks. But his errand suddenly takes a turn for the worse when a young woman flees his care with a wanted murderer.

Her defection sets him on a path into strange lands, on a race against dark forces to recover a legendary book: one that holds the secrets to Tev’s past – and the keys to his future.

Watch Me Disappear by Diane Vanaskie Mulligan ’01
Genre: Y/A, Mainstream Novel
Publisher: Amazon (2012)

Summary: Lizzie Richard’s father has moved the family around every few years to advance his career, so she has never had a chance to develop the kind of “BFF” relationships she thinks most kids have. She’s bracing herself for another lonely year at her third high school when her new neighbor Maura gets sick of watching her little brother when she could be partying. Thanks to Maura’s plotting, Lizzie becomes everyone’s new favorite babysitter. Seeing her opportunity, Lizzie breaks her strict parents’ rules and uses Maura’s computer to create a secret Email address and Facebook account. She is quickly befriended by Missy, a fellow transfer student as eager for a friend as she is. Things are looking up for Lizzie until Maura’s ex-boyfriend Paul sets his eye on Missy. Caught between her new best friend and the neighbor whose friendship promises instant popularity, Lizzie doesn’t know what to do—because she’s fallen for Paul, too.

The Golden Lynx by C. P. Lesley (Carolyn Johnston Pouncy   ‘74)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Five Directions Press (2012)

Summary: Russia, 1534. Elite clans battle for control of the toddler who will become their first tsar, Ivan the Terrible. Amid the chaos and upheaval, a masked man mysteriously appears night after night to aid the desperate people. Or is he a man? Sixteen-year-old Nasan Kolychev is trapped in a loveless marriage. To escape her misery, she dons boys’ clothes and slips away under cover of night to help those in need. She never intends to do more than assist a few souls and give her life purpose. But before long, Nasan finds herself caught up in events that will decide the future of Russia. And so, a girl who has become the greatest hero of her time must decide whether to save a baby destined to become the greatest villain of his.

The Not Exactly Scarlet Pimpernel by C.P. Lesley (Carolyn Johnston Pouncy ‘74)
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mash Up
Publisher: Five Directions Press (2012)

Summary: Have you ever wanted to rewrite your favorite novel—fix the heroine’s mistakes, win the hero’s heart? Nina Pennington does. She is overjoyed when she lands the plum role as the heroine of The Scarlet Pimpernel in a class assignment based on a computer game.Nina knows she can win—until she realizes her one chance for success requires an alliance with her least-favorite fellow grad student, cast as the Scarlet Pimpernel himself. The game challenges Nina in ways she never anticipated, and that least-favorite fellow grad student starts looking better by the minute. But then, she has always had a soft spot for the swashbuckling Scarlet Pimpernel. Now Nina has to choose: win the game, or take a chance on love?

Croaked: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery by Carol Verburg ‘70
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: Boom-Books (2011)

Summary: Cape Cod! To Lydia Vivaldi, it looks like sanctuary—until she learns her one friend in Quansett is dead. How could a skilled carpenter fall off a ladder at a film shoot? When Lydia lands a cooking job at Leo’s Back End, her questions are stonewalled by the flirtatious filmmaker and resented by the police. Only Edgar Rowdey, famous local author of creepy little books, shares Lydia’s doubts about the “accident.” Can this unlikely pair of detectives find out what really happened before it happens again?

Silent Night Violent Night: a Cory Goodwin Mystery by Carol Verburg ‘70
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: Boom-Books (2011)

Summary: Cory Goodwin and Lilah Darnell were rebels at Mount Holyoke College. Now Cory’s a Boston journalist and Lilah’s the trophy wife of publisher Bruce Easton. At his posh Christmas party, Cory spots a scoop: Harvard biologist Henry Howrigan, rumored focus of a brewing conflict—but with whom? Will Olive Chute lure him away to run Chute Labs? Will rising star Jeff Abels edge him out? Is Jeff sleeping with Bruce’s secretary? Is Bruce sleeping with Henry’s editor, Melinda Doerr? A blizzard strands the party overnight—including the drunk and uninvited Tony Cyr, Melinda’s ex-husband and Bruce’s ex-partner. When a string of nasty pranks turns fatal, it’s up to Cory, daughter of detective Archie Goodwin and the only outsider, to trap the killer.

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