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Diamonds and Roses

An aspiring medical researcher is branded a traitor after unearthing a military secret about the Vietnam War. The discovery sets Justin Love on a tangled journey. Author John D’Ambrosio (A&S ’83) sets Diamonds and Roses (CreateSpace) in the fictional town of Hope Hollow, Pa. The novel explores conflicts that emerge between individuals and a government that overextends its power. Here, war tears families apart and pits fathers against sons.

—Ezra Christopher

From Crime to Crime:

Mind-Boggling Tales Of Mystery And Murder

Four middle-age professionals gather on Sundays for debates on health care, education, and politics. But with the induction of their oldest member, Isaac, their weekend male-bonding turns to crime-solving. Grappling with the murder of a drug dealer, the poisoning of a comedian, and other crimes, The Smart Guys Marching Society discovers that Isaac has a penchant for solving mysteries. In From Crime to Crime (Tallfellow Press), Dennis Palumbo (A&S ’73), a Hollywood psychotherapist and former screenwriter, presents a new collection of short stories.

—E.C.

Dolce Far Niente:

Sweet Doing Nothing

Accustomed to an active lifestyle, author Paul Gentile (EDUC ’82G) and his wife, Joyce, felt uneasy about their retirement and newfound free time. Hoping to lift their spirits, the couple spent a month in Italy experiencing the simple pleasures. They took a Tuscany cooking class, reconnected with long-lost family, and explored the countryside. Their experiences are chronicled in Dolce Far Niente: Sweet Doing Nothing, (iUniverse, Inc).

—Laura Powers

Lowering the Body

A young boy stands behind a curtain as he watches his grandmother’s body being lowered into a casket, witnessing the reality of death for the first time. This is one of the pivotal moments in Lowering the Body (Star Cloud Press) by Stephen Murabito (A&S ’86). The title not only reflects events within the story, but also gives a hint about other recounted losses, like the author’s goodbye to the neighborhood of Oneida in Oswego, N.Y., and a grocery store on West 8th Street that is no longer there.

—L. P.

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