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Book of the Month

The St. Thomas Alumni Book of the Month Club engages alums passionate about fun, enlightening and fulfilling reading. We'll show you a book written by a St. Thomas alum or faculty member, and at the end of the month, we'll feature an interview with that author, bringing you closer to the book and giving a deeper insight to the words and ideas on the page.

the cover of Jim Bohen's book, "I travel in rusting burned out sedans: A life inside poetry"

I travel in rusting burned-out sedans: A life inside poetry by Jim Bohen '69

May/June Book

Poems that dive, move, surprise. Lyrical laments. Love poems. Rants with bite. These are the phrases used to describe Jim Bohen's latest work and first book of poetry. Reclaim your own memories through his lens on the first day of school, singing the rock band blues, growing older, and grandparent-hood. Enjoy!

About the Author
Bohen is a poet and songwriter who was born and raised in St. Paul, where he currently lives three blocks from St. Thomas with Bonnie, his wife of 43 years. A proud English major of the class of 1969, he's enjoyed a long career as a freelance writer and editor with a few detours along the way.

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portrait of Steve Bullock, author of this book of the month. portrait of author Melissa Mangal replace replace

My name is Steve Delano Bullock: How I Changed My World and the World Around Me Through Leadership, Caring, and Perseverance by Steve D. Bullock '81 MBA

March/April Book 2019

Read about Steve D. Bullock's life and book in an article from the St. Thomas magazine.
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The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just by Melina Mangal '87

January/February Book 2019

In this children's book, Ernest Everett Just was not like other scientists of his time. He saw the whole, where others saw only parts. He noticed details that others failed to see. He persisted in his research despite the discrimination and limitations imposed on him as an African-American.
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Running the Cobblestones by C.K. MacDonald

November/December Book 2018

Read all about the book and the authors in an article from St. Thomas Magazine.
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Storm Lake: A Chronicle of Change, Resilience, and Hope From a Heartland Newspaper by Art Cullen '80

September/October Book 2018

Read about an interview with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author from his visit to campus.
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Portrait of Alicia M. Long '10 J.D. alongside the cover art for "Capitol Hell"

Capitol Hell by Alicia M. Long '10 J.D. and Jayne Jones

July/August Book 2018

This fictional tale follows a small-town college graduate, Allison Amundson, as she moves to Washington, D.C., to pursue a career in politics. Her fictional story was inspired by the real-life experiences of our co-authors who met while working for Minnesota's former Senator Norm Coleman in the early 2000s.
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Portrait of author Rita Wilson '82 MBA.

Greek Lessons: A Cultural Odyssey by Rita Wilson '82 MBA

June Book 2018

In this personal story, Rita Wilson '82 MBA reminisces about her childhood as a daughter of Greek immigrants. Her parents came to America before World War II, and throughout her life she wanted to know more about her family's homeland. She began taking trips to Greece, and each visit opened new doors. In this part memoir/part biography, readers go on the journey with Wilson as she discovers her family's history.