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Laurentian Reviews
Summer/Fall 2004

From Great Wilderness to Seaway Towns: A Comparative History of Cornwall, Ontario, and Massena, New York, 1784-2001, by Claire Puccia Parham '90. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2004.
Described as “a comprehensive study of two towns on either side of the U.S.-Canadian border,” Professor Parham’s book “adds a new dimension to the debate over the perceived differences between American and Canadian society,” according to its publishers. One of many scholars who have praised the book indicates that the differences are not as great as assumed.

Parham, an adjunct professor of history at the College of St. Rose and Siena College in Albany, N.Y., began the research for the book as an honors project in government while a senior at St. Lawrence. One of her professors, Alan Draper of government, notes in endorsing the book on its cover that “Parham corrects the lack of attention the North Country has received from historians. This clearly written and accessible work uses two cities, separated by a river that also happens to be the national boundary between Canada and the United States, to test what is arguably the biggest issue within all of American historiography: the question of American exceptionalism. The findings are well supported and make a real contribution to that debate.”

The book analyzes Cornwall, Ont., and Massena. N.Y., from 1784 to 2001, and includes a comparison of the long-term economic impact of the St. Lawrence Seaway on the two communities. According to Oscar Martinez, author of groundbreaking studies on the lives of border people, Parham “does a fine job of demonstrating how Cornwall and Massena and much more similar than they are different.”

L’Écrivain imaginaire. Essai sur le roman québécois: 1960-1995 [The Imaginary Writer: A Study of the Québec Novel (1960-1995) )] , by Assistant Professor of French Roseline Tremblay. Montreal : Hurtubise, 2004.
According to the author, this is a reference text on the contemporary Québec novel for students, professors and expert readers. The particular topic – the study of the writer as a character – gave Tremblay, she says, “the opportunity to consider 35 years of Québec literature and to analyze very carefully more than 20 novels. The study of this figure, typical in modern literature, allowed me to approach the major preoccupations of postmodernism, transforming what could have been a formal study into a wide sociological and historical study of the recent institutionalization of Québec prose.” In the book, Tremblay applies a new methodological tool, the sociogram, to provide thorough explanations and definitions of all its terminology. Work by authors Hubert Aquin, Jacques Godbout, Yolande Villemaire, Jacques Poulin, Michel Tremblay and other essential writers of contemporary Québec is explored in the book. Tremblay earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Urbino in Italy . She also holds a law degree from the University of Montreal Law School and doctorates from the University of Paris and the University of Québec in Montreal.


Boys, by David Lloyd ’75. Syracuse: Syracuse University   Press, 2004.
David Lloyd, director of the creative writing program at Le Moyne College and an award-winning writer, is back with a small book that contains several stories and a novella, “Boys Only,” that imagine the lives of a group of adolescent boys with unrelenting honesty, depicting violence and struggle, budding sexuality, comedy and tragedy. Set in 1966, the stories recreate the world of lower middle-class childhood in Upstate New York. In part an indictment of how American society shapes and misshapes its children, this collection also celebrates the creativity and wonder that are a part of growing up.

Divorce Empowerment: What You Need to Know, Do, and Say, by Linda E. Power ’65. Putnam Valley, N.Y: PowerWise Books, 2003.
Linda Power ’65 took Professor Harry Reiff’s lessons to heart and has been inspired to promote justice through her careers as an educator, artist, entrepreneur and author. Apparently she has turned her talents to the matter of divorce. She is founder and president of the Divorce Guide/Empowerment Center in Putnam Valley , N.Y., and also the author of a guidebook, Divorcement Empowerment. According to the publisher, the book is “a comprehensive, take-charge manual of cost-effective, ready-to-apply divorce expertise and insights, designed for (those) fearing, facing or recovering from marital breakup, and for divorce professionals who want an inclusive yet easy-to-understand resource for their clients. The book guides readers through all facets of divorce with essential legal and financial facts, practical strategies, empowerment techniques, and healing exercises. Linda E. Power has combined her expertise and innate skills to guide and inspire divorcing Americans to productively handle their divorces, heal, and move into rewarding futures.” She has donated complimentary copies to libraries throughout the nation.