November|December Alumni Authors

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Brothers on the Run
by Pat Lorraine Simons, BA ’64
Based on a crazy but true story, Brothers focuses on two German-Jewish teenagers—the titular brothers—as they flee one war only to be thrust into another. Gottfried and Rudolf Kahn are among the Nazis’ earliest victims and are forced out of their country as refugees. Denied entry into the United States, their only option is to enlist in the Spanish Civil War, a decision that will both scar and save them.







Small: Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery
by Catherine Musemeche, BA ’78, JD ’02, Life Member
The world of pediatric surgery is nerve-wracking and high-stakes. Doctors manipulate organs the size of walnuts and sew up their work using sutures the width of a human hair. Surgeon Catherine Musemeche takes us into the operating room, illustrating the range of conditions—from rare congential malformations and tumors to traumatic injuries—she faces on a day-to-day basis. Musemeche’s book also includes a history of pediatric surgery, as well as stories of medical advances that have improved the lives of babies and small children.





Developing Successful Marketing Strategies
by Gary W. Randazzo, BBA ’75, Life Member
This how-to book is perfect for anyone interested in marketing. From the four P’s (promotion, price, product, and place) to demonstrating concepts at work by highlighting real-world examples, Randazzo helps readers understand and succeed in the complex world of marketing.







Death, Taxes, and Silver Spurs

by Diane Kelly, BBA ’88, JD ’90
Special Agent Tara Halloway is back in another highly enjoyable romp from Diane Kelly. Investigating tax evasion for the IRS might be boring, but not when Tara’s favorite country singer is a prime suspect. Additionally, there are some shady backroom deals going on in the North Texas oil and gas country. Can Tara put her feelings on the back burner and get to the bottom of things, or is she totally fracked?




Vignettes from Brief Moments of Sanity and Belated Notes of Gratitude
by Brice H. Barnes, BA ’70
A retired colonel, Brice Barnes recollects his experiences during his two tours of duty in the Vietnam War, sharing stories of both triumphant heroism and grand larceny while emphasizing the value of teamwork throughout. Each vignette is dedicated to a different person with whom Barnes lived and fought, and each ends with a note of gratitude for the major contributions that they made. Barnes’ memoirs offer a chance for an inside look at one of the 20th century’s worst conflicts.




AutismTreatedAutism Treated and Cured
by Anne M. Evans, BA ’86
Using a combination of dietary restrictions, alternative therapy, and medicine, Anne Evans recounts how she and her husband battled—and seemingly won the fight against—her daughter Sarah’s autism. Her in-depth account of treatments and processes that allegedly cured her daughter sheds an interesting light on what continues to be a highly controversial issue in the world of contemporary medicine.








The Winds of Destruction
by Richard N. Funk, BM ’65, MM ’69, PhD ’77, Life Member
Funk’s second archaeological action-adventure novel finds fictional UT professors Elena Juarez and Ted Wilson at the heart of a major Aztec discovery in central Mexico, one that could lead to either untold riches or painful deaths for the two of them. Set in the dangerous Mexican jungle, Winds is an exciting, fast-paced thrill ride. Think Indiana Jones by way of Bevo.






Keilah West: The World’s Greatest Klutz
by Katina Chimney, BS ‘00
Clumsy little Keilah West, a self-described “klutz extraordinaire,” just wants to be good at something. She tries to help her family and friends by golfing with her dad or cooking with her uncle, but she inevitably makes a huge mess. Chimney’s book is a delight for children to read, especially with hilarious drawings by illustrator Robyn Haley.





Teaching Entrepreneurship:
A Practice-Based Approach
by Heidi M. Neck,Patricia G. Greene, PhD ’93, Life Member, and Candida G. Brush
Combining exercises, theory, and practical, hands-on approaches, this book by Neck, Greene, and Brush is a must-have for anyone looking for transformative ways of teaching entrepreneurship, a mostly stagnant field that hasn’t previously seen significant change in decades.






Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek: A Samuel Craddock Mystery
by Terry Shames, BA ’66
In his third appearance, police chief Samuel Craddock must come out of retirement to catch a killer preying on the convoluted loyalties and betrayals in the small Texas town of Jarrett Creek. Shames’ novel twists and turns with suspense and promises to leave no small-town scandal unearthed. Who thought a bankrupt rural town could be so threatening?





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