Yale Books In Brief

The following is a list of books recently or soon to be published by members of the Yale community. De­scriptions are based on material provided by the publishers. Authors of new books can forward publishers’ book descriptions to susan.gonzalez@yale.edu.

In the Falling Snow

Caryl Phillips, professor of English

(Alfred A. Knopf)

Keith Gordon, who was born in the 1960s to immigrant West Indian parents but raised primarily by his white stepmother — is a social worker heading a Race Equality unit in London whose life has come undone. Separated from his wife of 20 years, kept at a distance by his 17-year-old son, estranged from his father and accused of harassment by a co-worker, Keith wonders if he and his work are relevant any longer. Moving between past and present Caryl Phillips’ narrative uncovers the particulars of class, background, temperament and desire that have brought Keith to this moment, and reveals how, often unwittingly, his wife, son and father help him grasp the breadth of changes that have occurred around him — and what those changes will require of him.


In their words

A reading by Caryl Phillips of “In the Falling Snow” and by Susan Nolen-Hoeksema of “The Power of Women” may be found at:


The Power of Women: Harness Your Unique Strengths at Home, at Work and in Your Community

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, professor of psychology

(Times Books/Henry Hold and Company)

“The Power of Women” aims to give women the tools to hone their skills as entrepreneurs and managers, mothers and wives, mentors and community leaders, and as individuals pursuing their talents and dreams. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema helps women discover and learn how to utilize their strengths in problem-solving, leading, motivating and relating to others. Based on original research and the stories of everyday women,”The Power of Women”offers assessments, worksheets and exercises for building a woman’s strengths, including the ability to realize different paths to achieving a goal, learning to be optimistic, developing several roles in life and learning to tolerate distress.

Acts of Recognition: Essays on Medieval Culture

Lee Patterson, the Frederick W. Hilles Professor of English

(University of Notre Dame Press)

“Acts of Recognition” brings together Lee Patterson’s essays published in various venues over the past 27 years. These explore such topics as the historical understanding of medieval literature; the inseparability of fact and value in the classroom; less-read medieval writers such as Sir John Clanvowe, Thomas Hoccleve and John Lydgate; the tradition of the English aristocrat (as born in “Beowulf” and later reinvoked in response to 19th-century imperialism); Chaucer; literary conventions; and Francis of Assisi.

Forest of Tigers: People, Politics and Environment in the Sundarbans

Annu Jalais, postdoctoral associate in the Program in Agrarian Studies

(Routledge, New Delhi)

Acclaimed for its unique ecosystem and Royal Bengal tigers, the mangrove islands that comprise the Sundarbans area of the Bengal delta is the setting for this anthropological work. Annu Jalais explores the significance of tigers for the islanders, explaining that — far more than caste, tribe or religion — the Sundarbans articulate their social locations and interactions by reference to the non-human world: the forest and its man-eating tiger. The book combines ethnography on a little-known region with theoretical insights to provide a new frame of reference to understand social relations in the Indian subcontinent.

H.I.T. or Miss: Lessons Learned from Health Information Technology Implementations

Co-edited by Bonnie Kaplan, lecturer, Yale Center for Medical Informatics; and Dr. Jonathan Leviss (editor); Brian Gugerty, Gail Keenan, Larry Ozeran, Eric Rose and Scot Silverstein (co-editors)

(American Health Information Management Association)

In “H.I.T. or Miss” the editors — all of whom have led electronic health record (EHR) and Health Information Technology (HIT) projects — have collected case studies of HIT implementations that didn’t go as planned, offering insight into key obstacles that must be overcome to leverage information technology and modernize and transform healthcare. They point out that HIT projects historically have a very high failure rate, and the content and human factors associated with implementing technology have been barriers to the transition. By studying HIT implementations that have failed, they are able to document, catalogue and share key lessons that all project managers of HIT, health system leaders in informatics and technology, hospital executives, policy makers, and service and technology providers must learn in order to succeed with HIT.

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