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A frequently updated round-up of recent books by alumni, faculty, staff, and other Spiders. To submit yours, email us at magazine@richmond.edu.
How to Find a Flock

How to Find a Flock

Chris Vola, '07
This collection of short stories examines human nature by exploring the crippling conflicts of unique characters. Written with bitingly honest prose, Vola conveys a sense of realism that is intended for anyone who has endured a problem in life.
Pirates, Merchants, Settlers, and Slaves

Pirates, Merchants, Settlers, and Slaves

Kevin P. McDonald, '94
This book explores the vast trade network created by the relationship between colonial merchants and Euro-American pirates. McDonald sheds light on the important role pirates played in meeting the needs of consumers in North America during the 17th and early 18th centuries, enlivening the rich history of the Indo-Atlantic market.
Jimmy's Carwash Adventure

Jimmy's Carwash Adventure

Victor Narro, L'91
A Los Angeles attorney and activist, Narro has spent decades leading campaigns on behalf of workers and immigrants. In this bilingual picture book, he brings lessons in solidarity and social justice to young readers.
The Zombie Business Cure: How to Refocus Your Company's Identity for More Authentic Communication

The Zombie Business Cure: How to Refocus Your Company's Identity for More Authentic Communication

Julie Lellis, '99
Zombie businesses frustrate customers, call negative attention to their leaders, or make irrational communications decisions. “An organization is more human,” Lellis said, “when it understands its own core values and lives by them.” Through case studies and interviews with executives from Google, Lululemon, Starbucks, and more, Lellis and co-author Melissa Eggleston offer the antidote to lifeless communications.
Secret Lives And Private Eyes

Secret Lives And Private Eyes

Heather Weidner, G'00

In this fast-paced mystery, Weidner’s protagonist is a private detective drawn into the hunt for a rockstar long thought dead and for the killer of the mayor with secrets. Great for those who like a strong female sleuth with a knack for getting herself into and out of difficult situations.

Grace Happens: Adventures In Everyday Living

Grace Happens: Adventures In Everyday Living

Tom Allen, R'80

Allen explores the concept of everyday grace in this compilation of his columns published in the faith and values section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “Mostly, they’re about keeping my ears and eyes open for glimpses of grace as I live the days I’ve been given,” writes Allen. He hopes you’ll catch some of those glimpses and a few grins, too.

Around The Table

Around The Table

R. Scott Hurd, B'89

Hurd employs the unique and imaginative stories of 14 biblical characters who were close to Jesus — including Thomas, Barnabas, and Mary Magdalene — to explore the mysteries of the Eucharist.

Voluntary Peasants: A Psychedelic Journey To The Ultimate Hippie Commune

Voluntary Peasants: A Psychedelic Journey To The Ultimate Hippie Commune

Melvyn Stiriss, R'64

Self-described “hippie emeritus” Stiriss, who reported for the wire service UPI and covered antiwar protests along with the Grateful Dead’s first concert in New York City, followed that ’60s energy over the edge to live the story rather than just report on it. This book chronicles his co-creation of one of the country’s largest communes, where he lived for 12 years.