Press Check

Complied by Melissa Rutter ’17

The Rise of the Sharing Economy: Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities of Collaborative Consumption

Pia A. Albinsson ’03, ’04, ’09 and B. Yasanthi Perera ’05, ’13

“The Rise of the Sharing Economy: Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities of Collaborative Consumption” examines the business phenomenon of the sharing economy and gives readers a thorough analysis of this up-and-coming sector. The book presents a detailed historical perspective of sharing and cooperatives, followed by a discussion of societal factors, predominantly technology, that have facilitated the fast growth of collaborative consumption businesses.

Additional chapters offer progressive perspectives on how companies can further commercialize sharing. Written for undergraduate and graduate students studying the collaborative market and for those with entrepreneurial aspirations, the book offers important insight about technology facilities sharing, peer-to-peer lending, grassroots social entrepreneurial efforts, the economics of the sharing economy, legal and public policy issues and more.

Ordinary Angels: Stories of Daily Life in El Paso del Norte

Minerva Baumann ’13

“Ordinary Angels” is a collection of columns by Minerva Baumann, who wrote for the El Paso Times between 2009 and 2011. These slice-of-life articles reveal the kindness of strangers, the hope of people in a desolate landscape and the prevailing goodness in us all. From watching for signs in the form of a license plate that says “GDS WIL” to finding an angel to watch over you to a friendly neighbor reminding you to slow your pace and to savor each healthy stop, we all have a little angel in us. It’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time. This collection reveals the “Ordinary Angels” of El Paso, Texas, in real-life stories of help, healing and comfort.

Tularosa Treasure

L.L. Byars ’67

“Tularosa Treasure” is the fifth installment of L.L. Byars’ Rick Morales mystery series. In this book, Yolanda’s friend, Cyndi, has asked for her help. Her brother is missing after telling her he is heading out across the Carrizozo Malpais in search of a hidden cave that possibly contains a vast amount of treasure. Cyndi believes the team of Rick Morales and Yolanda Garcia are her best hope of discovering the fate of her adventure-seeking brother. But, Yolanda has doubts as there are many unanswered questions.

Read the other four books leading up to “Tularosa Treasure” including, “The Albuquerque Affliction,” “Subdue the Earth,” “The Roswell Rapture” and “Borderland Bondage.” All are available on by L.L. Byars.

The Storm Runner

J.C. Cervantes ’04, ’07

“The Storm Runner” follows Zane Obispo, a lonely boy in New Mexico, who spends every day exploring the volcano that sleeps in his backyard. “The Beast,” as he calls it, is the one place where he can escape the kids he goes to school with, who make fun of him because he has a limp and walks with a cane.

It’s after a twin-engine plane crashes into The Beast that a mysterious girl by the name of Brooks shows up at Zane’s door. Brooks reveals to Zane that the volcano is actually a centuries-old prison for the Maya God of Death, whose destiny is directly tied to Zane’s. He has a hard time believing her and knows he wants nothing to with any of it, especially if a God of Death is involved. Brooks opens Zane’s eyes to the truth and thus begins his quest that will test him to the very core.

When a Woman Rises

Christine Eber (former faculty 1995-2011)

“When a Woman Rises” is set in the Maya township of Chenalhó, Chiapas. The novel centers around Veronica, a teenage girl who is recovering from a disastrous early marriage and working for an organization to record the life stories of local women. She asks her mother, Magdalena, to tell the story of her childhood friend, Lucia, who has been missing from the community for many years.

Magdalena tells how as young girls, they yearned to be teachers and how poverty, cultural beliefs and gender roles stole away their dreams. As they grew older, Magdalena married and had children and found herself as the community organizer. But, Lucia’s path went in a completely different direction. Her gift was to be a healing woman, but without knowing how or why, she fell in love with a nun. Distraught, she joined the Zapatistas in the wilderness and struggled with alcoholism. Through it all, Magdalena and Lucia maintained their deep friendship. Then, Lucia went north to work in the fields and disappeared.

Lever Templar
Matt Gianni ’01

After a long career in aeronautical engineering and flight instruction and writing countless airplane flight manuals for Boeing and instructional articles for flying magazines, Gianni began writing fiction, which lead to his publishing debut, “Lever Templar.”

As the crusader era ends, Templar Sergeant Brim Hastings must free his imprisoned brethren by surrendering the heretical scroll that has enabled their 200-year leverage over the Roman Catholic Church. After escaping his order’s persecution and having the role of savior thrust upon him, he and Cypriot apprentice tanner Shayla Kostas discover the boundaries between good and evil are not where they’d thought. Seven centuries later, Rick Lambert’s investigation into Christian priest abductions in Iraq grows in scope after he’s given a cryptic Roman gaming stone. As he learns of the motive for recent Templar preceptory demolitions throughout France, he and his team must prevent religious extremists from shattering Christianity by winning the race to rediscover Vectis Templi – the Lever of the Temple.

Agency and Democracy in Development Ethics
Lori Keleher ’97

“Agency and Democracy in Development Ethics” is a collection of essays honoring David Crocker, a pioneering scholar in the field of development ethics. Lori Keleher, an NMSU philosophy professor, co-edited and wrote the first chapter of the book that was released through Cambridge University.

With the help of a University of Maryland professor, the duo gathered together the thoughts of the top thinkers in the field – philosophers, economists, policy and development scholars and practitioners – all of whom were inspired by Crocker’s ideas about ethical ways to ensure development decisions and actions are more democratic and promote the agency of local people.

Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Christine Kray ’88

Christine Kray, an associate professor of anthropology, and two other colleagues from the Rochester Institute of Technology take a look at the gender and racial politics that were at the center of the 2016 U.S. presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The collection of essays looks at the often vitriolic rhetoric that characterized the election: “nasty women” vs. “deplorables;” “bad hombres” and “Crooked Hillary.”

They analyze the struggle and its result through the lenses of gender, race and their intersections with particular attention to the roles of memory, performance, narrative and social media. They also examine the ways that gender and racial hierarchies intersected and reinforced one another throughout the campaign season. Analyzing these phenomena, the volume’s authors – both journalists and academics – engage with prominent debates in their diverse fields, while an epilogue by the editors considers recent ongoing developments like the #metoo movement.

Under Water

J.L. Powers ’95

“Under Water” takes the reader on a journey following 17-year-old Khosi who must learn to survive on her own after her grandmother dies. Khosi has to take care of her little sister, Zi, while making a living as a healer and trying to finish school. But everywhere she turns in her urban Zulu community near Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, she faces violence and loss.

When her beloved township Imbali flares up in violence, Khosi finds herself at the center of the storm. Accusations of witchcraft swirl around her, despite her every effort to keep her healing practice as a sangoma aboveboard. Competing taxi bosses seek her out for protective charms as they go on the warpath against each other. And then, there’s the whole problem of love. When her longtime boyfriend chooses the wrong path, Khosi finds herself caught up in a new romance. “Under Water” is the sequel to Powers’ award-winning “This Thing Called the Future,” which picks up three years later.