If you're still doing holiday shopping, consider a gift of books or music from Adelphi faculty or alumni. We've compiled a list of suggestions for your friends and family members.

A page from John Contino's book

If you’re still doing holiday shopping, consider a gift of books or music from Adelphi faculty or alumni. We’ve compiled a list of suggestions for your friends and family members.

For the art lover, graphic designer, marketer or die-hard New Yorker

Brand by Hand: Blisters, Calluses, and Clients: A Life in Design by Jon Contino

Rough, sometimes cartoonish illustrations, tattoos and logos for sports teams and punk bands, a sense of humor and a spirit of rebellion—this sums up Jon Contino ’05‘s style. His first book (Abrams, 2018) includes more than 200 pages from sketchbooks from his successful career in graphic design and advertising , featuring his campaigns for clients such as Nike, Inc., American Eagle Outfitters, Coca-Cola, Twentieth Century Fox and AT&T, as well as Contino’s own brand.

For children

The Day You Begin and Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

This past summer, Jacqueline Woodson ’16 (Hon.) released not one, but two new books. The Day You Begin (Penguin Random House, 2018) is a picture book about finding the courage to connect, even when you feel different. Harbor Me (Penguin Random House, 2018) is a middle-grade novel about a group of young people who find healing when they share their stories.

For the preteen or teen

The Healer by Donna Freitas

In addition to teaching, Visiting Associate Professor Donna Freitas, Ph.D., writes nonfiction books about issues pertaining to college students and is a prolific writer of novels for young adult readers. Her latest, The Healer (HarperTeen, 2018), is the story of a young girl who is revered and sought after for her ability to heal others but desires to lead a normal life.

For adult readers of fiction and memoirs

Christopher Smart’s Cat by Igor Webb

In his fourth book, Christopher Smart’s Cat (Dos Madres, 2018)Professor Igor Webb, Ph.D., draws on his personal experiences—as a child he was forced to migrate in the 1940s from a small town in Slovakia—to contemplate how individuals define identity when forced to leave home during wartime, the concept of home and the resilience of the human spirit.

Guesswork: A Reckoning With Loss by Martha Cooley

In her memoir Guesswork (Catapult, 2017), Martha Cooley, professor of English, reflects on life, loss, permanence and mutability while on sabbatical in a medieval village outside Parma, Italy.

Bronxland by Paul Thaler

Based on his own experiences, Professor Paul Thaler, Ph.D.’s debut novel (Black Opal Books, 2017, released in hardcover 2018) is a coming-of-age story about an observant 13-year-old boy navigating adolescence amid the changing cultural landscape of both 1960s America and the book’s eponymous borough.

For those who love fantasy and/or knitting

Faerie Knitting: 14 Tales of Love and Magic by Alice Hoffman and Lisa Hoffman

Alice Hoffman ’73, ’02 (Hon.), has written fiction for children, young adults and adults, and one memoir. Her latest book, Faerie Knitting (Adams, 2018), is a departure from all of the above. Be enchanted by 14 original fairy tales accompanied by imaginative photography, then follow the instructions on how to knit the magical garments featured in each story, courtesy of Lisa Hoffman.

For the feminist

Women of Resistance, edited by Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan

What first began as an informal collaboration of like-minded poets developed into this empowering feminist collection titled Women of Resistance (OR Books, 2018). Edited by Danielle Barnhart, M.F.A. ’15, and Iris Mahan, M.F.A. ’14, the collection is bursting with feminist ethos cutting across race, gender identity and sexuality. Featured in the collection are poems written by Acting Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Jacqueline Jones LaMon, J.D.; Professor Judith Baumel, founding director of the Creative Writing Program; and other talented poets.

For young feminists and future leaders

WOWsdom: The Girl’s Guide to the Positive and the Possible by Donna Orender

Donna Orender ’07 (Hon.) played professional basketball and served as senior executive for the PGA TOUR and as president of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She also studied social work at Adelphi and was the lunch keynote speaker at the 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference. She has currently turned her attention to connecting girls with mentors through her nonprofit, Generation WOWWOWsdom (Mascot, 2018) offers girls wisdom and advice on everything from social media to health to personal finance from women of diverse backgrounds, education levels and interests.

For parents

Children, Media, and American History: Printed Poison, Pernicious Stuff, and Other Terrible Temptations by Margaret Cassidy

Parents worried about the effect of social media and video games on their children will rest assured after reading professor and Communications Department chair Margaret Cassidy, Ph.D.’s book (Routledge, 2017), which puts these fears in a historical context, seeing new media as not so different from dime-store novels and comic books.

For classical music lovers

The Blizzard Voices by Paul Moravec

Beyond the snowflakes, eggnog, holiday cheer and dreaming of a white Christmas lurk the memories of the raging winds of winter. University Professor Paul Moravec, D.M.A., captures the voices of the Midwesterners who suffered through the Blizzard of 1888 in the historical cantatas/oratorios of The Blizzard Voices (BMOP, 2017), based on Ted Kooser’s collection of poems of the same name, and captures what Dr. Moravec calls “ordinary people enduring the most extraordinary of hardships.”

For hip-hop fans

Celebration of Ignorance by Chuck D as Mistachuck

Chuck D ’84, ’13 (Hon.), continues to make politically charged statements in this album inspired by Carl Sagan’s 1995 The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. Available for sale or for streaming on Spotify.

Of course, the gift of Panther merchandise is always appreciated. Check out the Adelphi bookstore guide to Holiday Shopping Made Easy.

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