Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement
By Ann Bausum'79
Washington, D.C., 2006
Freedom Riders is a powerfully told story of the struggle for justice in the Civil Rights era. In this book for young readers, Ann Bausum chronicles the true stories of two freedom riders, John Lewis and Jim Zwerg'62, who were prepared to die to change the status quo of the segregated South. Bausum, an award-winning children's book writer, first became interested in writing about the Freedom Riders when she interviewed Jim Zwerg for a 1989 Beloit College Magazine article (she was the magazine's editor at the time). In the course of researching the book, Bausum traveled more than 4,000 miles, tracing the route of the Freedom Riders.
Even a Daughter is Better Than Nothing
By Mykel Board'72
Garrett County Press
In this travel memoir, Mykel Board recounts the outrageous story of his year-long stint spent teaching English at the National University in Ulaanbaatar in Outer Mongolia. Set in 1995, his residency takes place just after the fall of Communism. Board describes his twisting journey through Mongolian drinking, heavy metal, wrestling, problematic plumbing, and sex, as he meets some of the kindest, most resilient individuals on earth.
Even a Daughter is Better Than Nothing is Board's first book with his name on the front cover, but he has written dozens of freelance articles and 17 novels under pseudonyms.