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Alumni Books

  1. What is Life?: To Live A Controlled, Realistic, Happy Life

    by James C. Lin

    Concise and to the point, What is Life? by James C. Lin, MD calls on his vast medical experience to point readers in the right direction to live their life to the fullest. With the goal to help others rediscover the real power of life, he offers this intelligent self-improvement guide that breaks the mold in empowering readers to apply a number of esoteric teachings to their lives so that they might become healthier, happier humans. In forty-six chapters he teaches the importance of daily “self-care” initiatives that directly lead to self-preservation and spiritual harmony. Beginning with understanding the need for change and the nature of life and living, the author’s “facts of life” unfold. With chapter titles like “Understand the Purpose of Life-to Live as Well and to Last as Long as Possible” and “How Can We Look Nicer, Feel Better, and Live Longer?” he leaves no stone unearthed in providing an invaluable doctrine of well-being in the modern world.

  2. On The Other Guy’s Dime: A Professional’s Guide to Traveling Without Paying

    by G. Michael Schneider

    Do you want to live the kind of life most people only dream about? Do you want to travel? See the world? Live and work in exotic locales without having to quit your day job? And do it all on someone else’s dime? Well, you can. For the past three decades the author has been doing just that on what he calls working vacations–short-term overseas assignments that do not require you to sell the house or quit your job. In this book he provides the reader with invaluable “how to” information such as locating the best working vacation opportunities, negotiating terms, renting your home, securing housing in the host country, traveling safely with young children, and much, much more.

  3. The Campaign of Fear

    by Wayne Pletcher

    The newly formed US Department of Advanced Technology, working in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, has stepped up emphasis on advancing bomb detection. Why? To counteract the growing terrorist threat by elusive al Qaeda operatives around the world.Renowned scientist Bradford Tully, striving tirelessly alongside his brilliant and beautiful partner, Zenica Lang, hopes to develop the ultimate defense against the radical framework of jihad, its Campaign of Fear. They will stop at nothing until they have bestowed a greater sense of security upon the people of the Free World by bringing al Qaeda to its knees.

  4. How Warm it was and How Far

    by Robert Kan, M.D.

    This is an Anne Frank story with a happy ending; the author recounts his youth in Holland, a Jewish kid being pursued by, and hidden from, the Nazis. He finds himself orphaned at war’s end, his father having perished in a camp and his mother having succumbed to cancer, He is raised by an indifferent family, losing a leg in the process. At age twenty he leaves Holland for America where he has a successful career in chemistry (Michigan PhD 1961) and medicine.

  5. Amortals

    by Matt Forbeck

    The very best person to catch your killer—is you.Matt Forbeck arrives as the new king of high-concept—with a blockbuster action movie in a book. In the near future, scientists solve the problem of mortality by learning how to backup and restore a persons memories into a vat-bred clone. When Secret Service agent Ronan “Methusaleh” Dooley is brutally murdered, he’s brought back from the dead one more time to hunt his killer, but this time those who wanted him dead are much closer to home.

  6. Don’t Touch Me

    by Donna Coleman

    World renowned pianist Donna Coleman has just released “Don’t Touch Me,” comprising the complete solo Danzas Cubanas by the great Cuban composer Ignacio Cervantes, who lived in Havana, Paris and New York between 1847-1905. The music can be described as Cuba’s answer to Frédéric Chopin in sultry, habañera-infused miniatures that play like the precursors of Scott Joplin’s rags. Thirty-seven tracks that unfold like episodes in a steamy romance novel, steeped in Afro-Cuban rhythmic verse, Chopin’s pathos, Bach’s contrapuntal detail and voice-leading, sumptuous French harmony, and sensuality redolent of rum, cigar smoke, sea air, sweat, and tears.

  7. Men CAN

    by Donald N.S. Unger

    How have American families changed over the past generation? Who does what at home? How? Why? For what benefit? At what cost? “Men CAN” tells the stories of a half dozen families—of varied ethnicities, geographical locations, and philosophical orientations—in which fathers are either primary caregivers or equally sharing parents, personalizing how Americans are now caring for their children and illuminating the ways that popular culture both reflects and influences these changes in family roles.

  8. A New York Memoir

    by Richard Goodman

    “A New York Memoir” is about a life lived in New York City over a period of thirty years. The memoir begins in 1975, with author Richard Goodman’s arrival in New York, an intimidated newcomer. It follows him through the years as he encounters some of the remarkable people one meets in New York, while harkening back to the inspiration the city provides, especially for artists and young writers. The memoir follows the author as he witnesses tragedies and then ruminates on growing old in New York. It tells of the joys and the difficulties of living in this remarkable city. “A New York Memoir” is, essentially, a long love letter to the city. Like all great loves, this volume reflects passion, promise, hope, pain, regret and, ultimately, the author’s pride.

  9. Fine art

    by Scott Redmond

    Scott Redmond was born in Michigan and works from his studio in Kalamazoo. He holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, studied Law at Michigan State University and pursued an M.B.A. in Finance at Wayne State University. He studied art at The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and Western Michigan University and is currently pursuing an MFA at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. Redmond captures the feeling or mood created in a landscape, and he explores the relationship between the natural elements God has created and elements of human creation including buildings, docks, boats, and lighthouses. His work typically involves a sentimental or emotional theme intended to evoke memories in the viewer, or transport the viewer to the emotional state of the artist. He is intrigued by the technical aspects of painting, presented by combining color and brush strokes to generate the appearance of texture, light and shadow. Redmond completes his work on a variety of substrates including cotton and linen canvas, canvas and wood panels, and hand crafted art papers. For more information or for commissioned abstract and landscape work in oil and acrylic.