May|June 2017 Alumni Authors

Supranational Union & New Medievalism
by Lance Kennedy, BA ’09, Life Member

Kennedy studies the Scottish National Party’s growth in prominence since the Scottish Parliament was established in 1999. Through interviews and scientific polling, Kennedy demonstrates how the European Union’s increasing institutional power has led to growth of the modern Scottish independence movement. His investigation concludes that New Medievalism—an erosion of state sovereignty—is taking place.



The Gates of Pair O’Dice
by Bill Ward, ’72

Now in his 60s, Billy Waters tells the story of life in the ’60s. For Billy, that decade was a mix of tragedy, sex, and falling in love. After his father killed himself, 15-year-old Billy lost his faith in God. It wasn’t until he met the enlightened
Jessup, ice-cold Lone Star beer, a hooker with a heart of gold, and a slew of others that he found his faith again. On the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Summer of Love, Billy shares his sordid tales.


The Warbird
by Tara Copp, BA ’97, Life Member

Journalist Tara Copp has reported from the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, telling stories of ambushed convoys and combat survivors. Finding the memoirs of her late grandfather, World War II pilot Col. Richard C. “Dick” Harris, though, put her own wartime experiences into perspective. In The Warbird, Copp writes about the solace she found in the memoirs and digs into the lives of three ordinary men who became heroes: Harris, his brother Staff Sgt. Terrence “Salty” Harris, and Senior Airman Brian Kolfage.


Death, Taxes, and Sweet Potato Fries
by Diane Kelly, BBA ’88, JD ’90

The 11th book in the Tara Holloway series, Death, Taxes, and Sweet Potato Fries, centers on immigration and overeating. This time, the IRS agent finds herself forced to investigate an old flame who hires undocumented immigrants to work for his landscaping business. Tara must simultaneously convince her fiancé she doesn’t have feelings for her former love interest and uncover who is making false tax reports—all while battling a stress-induced addiction to sweet potato fries.


 Souls of Men
by A.R. Ashworth, BA ’73

Detective inspector Elaine Hope finds herself hot on a killer’s trail. But when she releases a suspect, her male superiors at the London Metropolitan Police Department doubt her. Elaine must stand up to her bosses, deal with nosy tabloids, come to terms with romantic interest from a former suspect, and forge through wintery London boroughs to crack the case.




Age Your Way
by Debbie Pearson, BSN ’83, Life Member

Pearson has spent more than 40 years as a nurse, so she knows all too well the reluctance with which people discuss how they’d prefer to spend the end of their lives. Age Your Way includes stories of patients and families during different stages of the aging process, and serves as a guide for planning out these last few, important years, from legal and financial obligations to medical and personal needs.


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