Books Published by NWU-Boston Members in 2021

B. AmoreJourneys on the Wheel (poems).

Anita Diamant, Period. End of Sentence: A New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice (Scribner). The book explores menstrual stigma,from its toxic history to the ways that young activists are challenging the silence and shame that can erode self-esteem and even threaten lives. It includes Indigenous traditions that honor and celebrate this essential element of human life.

William Fleming and Joe Peters, The Third Rail. The Third Rail delves into the ongoing challenge of race relations in Boston. A veteran transit police sergeant must step carefully in trying to identify a rogue cop while also cracking the mysterious disappearance of transportation artifacts and keeping the simmering tensions among the city’s many factions from reaching a boiling point.

Melaine E. Hall, I Wanted to Commit Suicide. Penned during Covid and based on a true story, it chronicles the journey of lifelong depression, deliverance, and healing.

Miles Howard, Moon New England Road Trip (Moon Travel Guides). A guide to New England’s most storied and overlooked regions, linked by an endless spiderweb of scenic roads. Seaside spots, majestic mountains, and fall foliage, by a journalist who believes that wild spaces and urban destinations should be free of economic and social barriers and welcoming to all.

Susan B. Inches, Advocacy for the Environment: How to Gather Your Power and Take Action (North Atlantic Books/Penguin).

Wendy Sanford, These Walls Between Us: A Memoir of Friendship Across Race and Class (She Writes Press). “This remarkable book is a moving testimony for all who believe in fairness and racial healing” (Dr. Pamela Brooks, Africana Studies, Oberlin College). “A tender, honest, cringeworthy, and powerful read” (Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White).

Joyce WalshThe Feather Tree. 

Kristin Waters, Maria W. Stewart and the Roots of Black Political Thought (University of Mississippi Press). “In the 1830s, Maria W. Stewart, a Black former indentured servant, argued in Boston’s public halls that African American “rights and liberty is a subject that ought to fire the breast of every free man of color in these United States.”

Leslie Wheeler, co-editor, Best New England Crime Stories (Crime Spell Books). “Whether it’s an elderly woman facing a scam, a shipwrecked researcher trying to survive, a retired robber invited to join in one last fling, or a group of kids in over their heads, with Bloodroot, Crime Spell Books continues the tradition of the annual anthology of Best New England Crime Stories by New England writers.”

Stephen R. Wilk, Sandbows and Black Lights – Reflections on Optics (Oxford U. Press). Wilk’s second collection of Weird Optics includes an explanation of the monocle (why would anybody only correct the vision in ONE eye?), why candle flames are yellow (it’s not why you think), Jean-Paul Marat’s contributions to optics, why vampires dissolve in ultraviolet light, the history of X-ray Spex, and how to make edible optics.