BOOK TALK

April 15, 2011 | CUNY Matters

How To Be Your Best

Being Better Than You Believe: 8 Steps to Ultimate Success (Outskirts Press) by Philip A. Berry, president of Philip Berry Associates and vice chairperson of the CUNY Board of Trustees, identifies ways that individuals and organizations can move from present performance to higher levels of capability and effectiveness. The book has been praised as “loaded with pearls of wisdom readily available for immediate use.”

Brooklyn Nanny Power

In Raising Brooklyn: Nannies, Childcare, and Caribbeans Creating Community (NYU Press), Tamara Mose Brown, assistant professor of sociology at Brooklyn College, provides a look at how women working in this vast, isolating and largely unregulated profession create their own support system. Brown, herself a Brooklyn mother of West Indian descent, offers insights into both sides.

American Renaissance

David S. Reynolds’ prize-winning    1988 book Beneath the American Renaissance — hailed for its critical insight, engaging observation and narrative drive — is scheduled for reissue this spring by Oxford University Press as the first in its series of Classic American Criticism. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center.

Stories of Survival

Erika Dreifus’ Quiet Americans (Last Light Studio) and Felice Cohen’s What Papa Told Me (Dividends Press) recount stories of Holocaust survivors that are drawn to varyin degrees from family experiences. Cohen’s “Papa” is her grandfather Murray Schwartz-baum, whose courage as a young Jewish boy from Poland helped him endure labor and concentration camps in Europe as well as a family tragedy after starting a new life in America.

Dreifus’ fiction collection was inspired in large part by her paternal grandparents, German Jews who immigrated to the United States in the late 1930s. Dreifus is director of communications for the University Office of Academic Affairs. Cohen is admissions and student affairs operations assistant at the Graduate School of Journalism.