Virginia Tech Magazine
Book Notes
Winter 2008

Virginia Tech Magazine is happy to note books by faculty, staff, and alumni or books about Virginia Tech. Review copies should be mailed to Book Notes, Virginia Tech Magazine, 105 Media Building (0109), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Review copies will be donated to the library in The Grove, home of President and Mrs. Charles W. Steger.

Faculty, staff, and alumni who wish to contribute other books they have written should mail them directly to The Grove (0446), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.


In Nietzsche’s Denkraum, Assistant Professor of Architecture Markus Breitschmid (M.Arch '94) explores Nietzche's building of a Denkraum--a space for reflection--from which man can master his world once more.

The publisher is Edition Didacta (Zürich, Switzerland).


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In You Should Have Died on Monday by Frankie Y. Bailey (psychology '74), a criminal justice professor investigates her paternity and her estranged mother's checkered past.

The publisher is Silver Dagger Mysteries (P.O. Box 1261, Johnson City, TN 37605);

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Edited by Philip Bigler and Stephanie Bishop (theatre arts '95; M.Ed. '96), Be a Teacher: You Can Make a Difference features inspirational stories and practical advice from 12 exemplary Virginia educators.

The publisher is Vandamere Press (P.O. Box 149, St. Petersburg, FL 33731);

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Binkie Learns to Fly by Suzy Beamer Bohnert (communication '83) helps children overcome fear and doubt.

The book is self-published with B&B Publishing (1325 N. Illinois St., Arlington, VA 22205);

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Cut the Strings by Al Burt (aerospace engineering '63) presents a systematic, subjective technique that helps chart one's personal course to a better life.

The book is self-published by Al Burt (2007 S. Joyce St., Arlington, VA 22202);

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Phase II by Daniel Corso (mechanical engineering '64) is a fictional account of an al-Qaeda plot to create mayhem after Sept. 11.

The book is self-published with PublishAmerica (P.O. Box 151, Frederick, MD 21705);

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"And Our Next Speaker Is ...": What an Accountant, an Engineer, and a Coach Can Teach You About Public Speaking by Kam McQuay, Rick Drumm (M.S. civil engineering '93), and Dan Kapsalis discusses approaches for preparing and delivering a successful presentation.

The book is self-published with AuthorHouse (1663 Liberty Dr., Ste. 200, Bloomington, IN 47403);

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In both Bodacious! Career: Outrageous Success for Working Woman and Bodacious! Woman: Outrageously in Charge of Your Life and Lovin' It!, Mary Foley (industrial engineering and operations research '88) guides women to live and work with passion.

The publisher is Bodacious! Ventures LLC (3126 W. Cary St., No. 303, Richmond, VA 23221);

book cover Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky by Connie Lapallo (finance '84) is based on the true story of the women and children of 17th-century Jamestown.

The book is self-published with Llumina Stars (7915 W. McNab Rd., Tamarac, FL 33321);

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Child Death Investigations: Interdisciplinary Techniques from Cradle to Court by Lisa Mayhew (family and child development '92 ) is a comprehensive examination of investigative strategies and considerations for various types of child death.

The publisher is Carolina Academic Press (700 Kent St., Durham, NC 27701);

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Building a House Day-by-Day by Tad Phipps (agricultural secondary education '94) provides a step-by-step guide to the building process.

The book is self-published with iUniverse (2021 Pine Lake Rd., Ste. 100, Lincoln, NE 68512);

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In Why Frogs Have No Hair by Carl Stanley Reynolds (general business '69), the creative main character, Lefty, answers some interesting questions for his three grandchildren.

The book is self-published with AuthorHouse (1663 Liberty Dr., Ste. 200, Bloomington, IN 47403);

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