Books by Alumni and Faculty

Click on each cover or title for more information. To submit your book for consideration, email cornellians@cornell.edu. Please note that to be included, books must be recently published by a conventional publisher and be of interest to a general audience. Books not featured will be forwarded to Class Notes.

Selling Your Expertise

Selling Your Expertise

This guide to helping professionals increase their revenue, by Robert Chen ’02, is aimed at lawyers, accountants, consultants, investment bankers, and others in the knowledge economy.

The Sky We Shared

The Sky We Shared

This novel for middle-grade readers, by Shirley Reva Levine Vernick ’83, is set during World War II. It alternates between the perspectives of two girls from enemy nations: Nellie, who lives in rural Oregon, and Tamiko, in southern Japan.

How to Be Eaten

How to Be Eaten

Classic fairy tale characters are re-imagined as women in a trauma support group in this debut novel by Maria Adelmann ’07, set in present-day New York City.

Muddling Through the Sexual Revolution

Muddling Through the Sexual Revolution

Subtitled “A Survivor’s Report from the Frigid Fifties to the #MeToo Movement,” this memoir—dedicated, by first name, to dozens of women he’s known over the decades—recalls the social, romantic, and carnal exploits of travel author and former Playboy editor Albert Podell ’58.

Bigger Than Life

Bigger Than Life

Mary Ann Doane ’74 is a professor of film and media at the University of California, Berkeley. Her latest book studies the use of scale in cinema, particularly the close-up—and how such techniques can be used to impact the viewer’s sense of place, space, and orientation.

The Tinderbox Plot

The Tinderbox Plot

A Big Red engineering grad is the heroine of this neo-Cold War thriller by Michael Berns ’64, PhD ’68, in which an elite team of ex-KGB agents smuggles a nuclear bomb into the U.S. with the aim of causing mass causalities.

The Women’s House of Detention

The Women’s House of Detention

The institution of the title was a women’s prison in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village from 1929–74. As Hugh Ryan ’00 (a historian who previously penned “When Brooklyn Was Queer”) explains, it played a key role in the city’s LGBTQ+ history and broader culture.

The Hidden Saint

The Hidden Saint

In a fantasy novel described as “’Fiddler on the Roof’ meets ‘The Lord of the Rings,’” Mark Levenson ’78 marries real-life history with Jewish folklore.

The Thinkers

The Thinkers

Brad Herzog ’90—a prolific author of travel memoirs, kids’ books, and more—teams up with an artist to profile nearly 70 of the most impactful scientists and inventors in human history.

An Early History of the Wyoming Valley

An Early History of the Wyoming Valley

In this volume published by the History Press, Kathleen Earle Fox ’66 explores the causes and aftermath of the Colonial-era conflicts known as the Yankee-Pennamite Wars.