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Summer 2007

by Doris Horne Gwaltney, ’54, Longwood Alumna

This novel for middle school-age readers is about a family on a farm in Isle of Wight County during World War II whose English aunt and cousin come to live with them, complicating family matters. It has received a "Starred Review" in Booklist and the School Library Journal and is used in the summer-reading program of Isle of Wight Academy. Known as "Dolly" at Longwood, Gwaltney, who lives in Smithfield, also is the author of two novels for adults, Shakespeare’s Sister and Duncan Browdie, Gent., and her poetry and short fiction have appeared in the Greensboro Review, Poet’s Domain magazine and elsewhere. Published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, hardcover, 320 pages.

Beginner’s Crossword Puzzle Dictionary
compiled by Marjorie Robertson Woolfolk, ’38, Longwood Alumna

Published in 2005 when Woolfolk was 88, this contains "the most often used but least familiar words that the puzzle solver will encounter," she says in the forward. She inherited her love of crossword puzzles from her father, who was pastor of First Baptist Church in Farmville when she was born. "The day isn’t complete until I can do at least one," said the Louisa resident. Her daughter, Jeanean Duke, is a 1971 Longwood alumna (Woolfolk accompanied her to Longwood’s 1970s reunion last spring), and a grandson, Thomas Woolfolk, graduated from Longwood in 2001 (she attended the ceremony). Published by Cork Hill Press, softcover, 97 pages.

Never For Want of Powder: The Confederate Powder Works in Augusta, Georgia
by Dr. Charles Ross, Dean of the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences, et al.

Dr. Ross contributed four of the 10 chapters in this coffee-table book, written with four other Civil War scholars, about the world-class munitions factory built in 1861. Dr. Ross’ chapters focused on the "production process from raw material to packaged product" and the gunpowder’s distribution. In his research, he found about 200 large Civil War-era drawings of the factory (of which only one chimney remains) in a crate in an Augusta bank vault. The book is illustrated with 74 color plates and 55 black and white photographs. Dr. Ross, a physicist, also is the author of Civil War Acoustic Shadows and Trial by Fire: Science, Technology, and the Civil War. Published by the University of South Carolina Press, hardcover, 344 pages.

Virginia: An Illustrated History
by Dr. Deborah Welch, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Public History Program, with a foreword by Mark Warner, former governor of Virginia

With more than 60 photographs, illustrations and maps, Virginia: An Illustrated History guides readers through a concise, intriguing look at Virginia’s crucial role in America’s history. "This book acknowledges the bad with the good," former Virginia Governor Mark Warner says in his foreword, "and provides us with a valuable lens through which we can look back on Virginia’s past." Published by Hippocrene Books Inc., softcover, 200 pages.


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Book cover: Beginner’s Crossword Puzzle Dictionary
Book cover: Never for Want of Powder
Book cover: The Civil War Memoirs of a Viginia Calvalryman