Playing Tough: The World of Sports and Politics (Northeastern University Press; 2013)
By Roger I. Abrams, Richardson Professor of Law
In his sixth book on the “business of sports,” Abrams turns his attention to the historical relationship between athletics and politics, examining episodes when sports have played a crucial role in civic life.

He delves into topics ranging from the propaganda of the 1936 Olympics, hosted in Germany under the Nazi regime, to rugby’s role in establishing South Africa’s identity. The sports-law expert illuminates just how interconnected sport and society are. Sure to appeal to political junkies, as well as sports fans, Playing Tough thoughtfully explores two of America’s favorite pastimes.
Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge (Little, Brown and Company; 2013)
By Peter Orner, L’96
In his fourth book—which has earned praise from publications such as Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly—Orner returns to the short story, the literary form for which he first garnered acclaim. This collection showcases Orner’s masterful ability to breathe life into a range of characters: two brothers at Chappaquiddick’s bridge, an aging poet, a father and daughter fleeing a hurricane, to name a few. 

Many of these stories span no more than a page or two, but are no less psychologically astute for their brevity. Fans of the short story will relish his spare, yet haunting prose.

In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America (Walker Publishing Company; 2013)
By Laurie Edwards, lecturer
This informative overview of chronic illness offers a look at our nation’s attitude toward chronic disease over the course of history, and how those attitudes are changing.

Edwards, a well-known advocate for chronic-illness issues, teaches health and science writing at Northeastern. Her book draws on her own history with chronic illness—as well as research, literature, and patient stories—to provide a landmark examination of the subject. In the Kingdom of the Sick ultimately underscores how society affects a patient’s experience of disease.