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HAUNTED BASEBALL (GHOSTS, CURSES, LEGENDS, AND EERIE EVENTS)
MICKEY BRADLEY AND DAN GORDON
THE LYONE PRESS, 2007, $14.95
So close to Halloween, this is a must-read for fans of baseball and ghosts. In this whimsical collection of otherworldly yarns from America’s pastime, Yankees fan (and upstate New Yorker) Bradley and Red Sox fan Gordon unite here to interview past and present players and report on the eerie, entertaining anecdotes they uncover.



ALTERNATIVE PATHWAYS IN SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: ACTIVISM, INNOVATION, AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN AN ERA OF GLOBALIZATION
DAVID J. HESS
MIT PRESS, 2007, $25
An anthropologist, social scientist, and RPI professor who has written books on Brazilian spiritism and paranormal science, David J. Hess tackles a timely subject with this widely researched, analytical study of the attempts to create sustainable alternatives to our environmentally destructive and corporate-dominated global economy—and uses accessible language in the process.



THE NIGHT WE DANCED WITH THE RAELETTES
CHARLIE ROSSITER
FOOTHILLS PUBLISHING, 2007, $14
Once a member of the peripatetic poetry troupe Three Guys from Albany, Rossiter (who now resides in Chicago) travels back in memory to revisit such diverse topics as beatnik coffeehouses, undergraduate philosophy courses, condom salesmen, and, in the title poem, a magical night at a Ray Charles concert with “bourbon and blues / red dresses and Raelettes.”



TEACHERS UNITED: THE RISE OF NEW YORK STATE UNITED TEACHERS
DENNIS GAFFNEY
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK PRESS, 2007, $25
Albany journalist Gaffney presents a lively history of New York State’s largest union. Of particular interest for teachers, labor activists, and students of history, this book traces the union’s origins and political history over the last 50 years and outlines the quiet revolution it has waged to improve education in New York’s schools.


MOHAWK REGION WATERFALL GUIDE
RUSSELL DUNN
BLACK DOME, 2007, $15.95
Centers of spirituality, sources of power, objects of wonder. New York State–licensed guide Dunn leads the way to 79 scenic cascades and falls, from Cohoes to the Helderbergs and west to the Schoharie Valley and Leatherstocking Country. Each entry features history, detailed directions and, when helpful, a topographical map.
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