“Just read this …” Books by Wesleyan Authors Gottlieb ’94, Scolnik ’78, Shanok ’98
In this continuing series, Annie Roach ’22, a major in English and Italian Studies from Northampton, Mass., Reviews alumni books and offers a selection for those seeking knowledge, ideas and inspiration. The volumes, which are sent to us by the elders, are forwarded to the Olin Library as gifts to the University’s collection and made available to the Wesleyan community.
Scott Gottlieb ’94, Uncontrolled spread: Why COVID-19 has crushed us and how we can beat the next pandemic (Harper, 2021)
Since March 2020, the news cycle has been riddled with desperation, conflicting information and false theories. Even with vaccines, social distancing and masking, COVID-19 is not going to go away, and the next pandemic could be around the corner. Since our realities have changed so much, it’s difficult to determine where and when exactly the United States (and the world) went wrong in handling the COVID-19 crisis, and what the best steps to take. In his new book Uncontrolled spread: why COVID-19 has crushed us and how we can beat the next pandemic, Doctor and former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb answers everyone’s most pressing questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and consolidates his answers into a strong and cohesive narrative.
Gottlieb offers a way forward that is both promising and urgent, forcing his readers and the US government to be proactive in preventing a future crisis that could be even more devastating than the one we have already experienced. Using historical knowledge, epidemiology, and political science, Gottlieb forms a strong argument that will leave readers with a better understanding of the world we live in and a more urgent mission to improve its future.
Scott Gottlieb is a resident researcher at the American Enterprise Institute. He was the twenty-third commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administrator and is a CNBC contributor and a partner of New Enterprise Associates. He is a member of the board of trustees of Wesleyan University. He is a member of the board of directors of Pfizer Inc. and Illumina, Inc. He lives in Westport, Connecticut.
Julie Scolnik ’78, Paris Blue: a memory of a first love (Books Koehler, 2021)
“It was as if a panoramic cinema camera on a sea of faces stopped and focused on just one: a striking young man, in his thirties, sitting at the end of the second row of basses”, writes Julie Scolnik in her new thesis Paris blue, describing the moment when, among the faces of the Orchester de Paris, she first laid eyes on the quiet married Frenchman Luc, whom she would soon fall in love with. At the beginning of the memoirs, Scolnik is an extrovert and curious twenty-year-old Wesleyan student studying the transverse flute in Paris. By the epilogue, the reader traveled twenty-five years with Scolnik and experienced her transformation as she navigated the relationship and several iterations of heartbreak and separation. Through it all, Scolnik’s passion for classical music shines through, and his prose itself is musical and radiant as it unveils its history.
It is a rare pleasure to find a memoir that reads like a novel, and Scolnik’s book can be counted among this elite. The author delivers beautiful prose, a precise memory and a thrilling story that will feverishly leaf readers to find out what happens next. Fans of travel, romance and music will be obsessed.
Julie Scolnik is a concert flautist. She is the founding artistic director of Mistral Music, a series and ensemble that she founded with her husband in 1997. She has released two solo CDs, “Salut d’Amour & Other Songs of Love” and “Bejeweled: Short Concert Gems ”. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her family.
Arielle Shanok ’98, Thrive in Graduate Studies: The Expert’s Guide to Success and Well-Being (Rowman and Littlefield, 2021)
“Above all, we [the editors] encourages you to take care of yourself. Your trip is unique but you are not alone ”, we read in the introduction to Thrive at doctoral school, a user-friendly, in-depth guide to surviving the often daunting world of higher education. The book contains chapters written by a diverse group of experts who have experience of higher education themselves and who have professional and personal wisdom to impart. The majority of contributors are psychologists, and as the introduction indicates, maintaining and fostering good mental health is at the forefront of the book’s mission.
Each writer is heartwarming and honest, striking a good balance between an emphasis on the positive and exciting aspects of graduate study and being candid about the many struggles that graduate students often face, due to being minorities in their lives. programs to juggle parenthood through exhaustion and stress. The chapters provide both personal anecdotes and general advice, and there is something useful about each essay for everyone. Even undergraduates can find the book to be relevant to their lives. In a time troubled by the COVID-19 pandemic, so many students will appreciate the solace this book offers.
Arielle Shanok is a registered clinical psychologist specializing in depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. She works as the Assistant Director of the Wellness Center for Student Advisory Services at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In addition to co-creation and co-publishing Thrive at doctoral school, she has published articles and book chapters focusing on the effectiveness of psychotherapy, gender, money and teenage pregnancy.