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Hipsters of the world, give up

Scott Bateman’s Sketchbook of Secrets and Shame
Scott Bateman ‘86
176 pages, Word Riot Press, www.wordriot.org

Featuring 300 of Bateman’s provocative, single-panel cartoons, Sketchbook puts a pin in pop culture’s balloon. The author, who runs a Web site called batemania.com, is a cartoonist, animator, and illustrator and is syndicated in nearly 400 newspapers. His cartoons—sporting a single, stunned-looking person (or occasional panda bear), accompanied by a wicked one-liner—zing politicians, celebrities, and other sitting ducks.

Among Sketchbook’s many targets are HMOs (“Would you like to supersize your pap smear?”), health-obsessed urban hipsters (“I eat only free-range dog”), and cable programming (“I’m building a time machine just so I can go forward 10 years and see VH-1’s ‘I Love the ’00s’”).

Punctuating the cartoons are essays from various writers, artists, and comedians, including one by UPS Professor of English Hans Ostrom, who writes about keeping current. (“When it comes to being hip, life has not just hip-checked me but blasted me into the boards.”) Bateman recently completed a project called Bateman365 (soon to be available on DVD), in which he made an animated film every day for a year. — Andy Boynton


Alaska Stories: A Memoir
Margret Riddle Kingrey ‘75
316 pages, Infinity Publishing, www.infinitypublishing.com

In this autobiography, Kingrey describes her life-changing decision to move to Alaska in the mid-1980s—”a journey,” she says, “into the wilderness of my soul.” She’d been a middle-aged, divorced single mom, living a block from UPS and feeling frustrated by her career prospects, when Alaska beckoned. She relocated to Anchorage and quickly fell for the area’s wildlife and natural beauty. In Alaska’s open spaces, she discovered herself. (“I was alone with no relationship to anyone, yet in relationship to everything.”) Soon thereafter, she met Everett, a fellow churchgoer and hiking enthusiast. Kingrey now lives in Massachusetts and has worked for 30 years as an occupational therapist. — AB


Lizzie’s Extraordinary Adventure
Betsy Huhn Clark ‘51
Aardvark Global Publishing Company, www.aardvarkglobalpublishing.com

“We’re on our way to Sturgeon Bay/Hooray, Hooray, Hooray!” That’s what Clark and her sisters sing in this illustrated children’s book, which chronicles her family’s summer trips to Door County, Wis., in the 1930s. Lizzie, the family’s Model T, sits in the garage longing for some excitement, when suddenly Daddy arrives to load suitcases and turn her crank. References to canning jars, pump houses, and Burma Shave ads recall a bygone era and lend a poignancy that thoughtful parents will appreciate. Clark, a retired elementary school teacher and librarian, has published numerous poems and short stories; this is her first children’s book. — AB


What’s for Dinner?: A Full Year of Tasty Dinner Menus
Evelyn Hopkins Zanner ‘40
116 pages, Ferncliff Publishing
Available through the UPS Bookstore, click on “Alumni Corner” or 253.879.3270.

Out of dinner ideas? This clever, spiral-bound book—designed to look and function like a monthly calendar—serves up dinner menus for every day of the year, accompanied by recipes, biweekly grocery lists, and suggested staples to have on hand. There’s even room in the schedule for leftovers. “You froze extra split pea soup on June 3rd,” Zanner reminds us two months later. “Take the soup out in the morning to thaw.” With instant potatoes and packaged hollandaise mixes on the menu, one is reminded that the emphasis here is on easy, not Escoffier. But the book deserves ku dos for ingenuity: a fold-out stand in the back allows you to prop it up on your kitchen counter while you’re fixing the food.

— AB