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Summer reading titles by University of the Pacific authors

May 28, 2015

From a legal thriller that involves murder, corruption and greed to a look at legendary filmmaker George Lucas, these new titles by University of the Pacific faculty, staff and alumni will enrich anyone's summer reading list. One is geared for children ages 6 to 10.


"The Lucas Effect: George Lucas and the New Hollywood," by Patti McCarthy, Teneo Press, $29, 336 pages. This new nonfiction book by McCarthy, an assistant professor of film studies and English at Pacific, examines how the visionary filmmaker and entrepreneur has transformed the way movies are made in Hollywood. McCarthy's exploration of the "Lucas Effect" on our culture comes just in time for the next installment of the Star Wars movie franchise, "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens," due out later this year. (McCarthy and her students also produced a series of biographical short films to honor Lucas during the 40th anniversary of "American Graffiti" in Modesto in 2013.)

"Constructing Muslims in France: Discourse, Public Identity, and the Politics of Citizenship," by Jennifer Fredette, Temple University Press, $29.99 (paperback) or free download at, 232 pages. In her first book, Fredette, an alumna who earned her undergraduate degree in French and political science at Pacific in 2004, examines the arguments by some French elites that Muslims are "failed or somehow incomplete French citizens" and the consequences of such views for Muslims in France. Fredette is now an assistant professor of public law at Ohio University.


"The Enemy Inside," by Steve Martini, William Morrow, $27.99, 384 pages. New York Times bestselling author Martini, a 1973 graduate of Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, has written a new legal thriller featuring his Paul Madriani character. This is the 13th installment of the Madriani mysteries and Martini's 16th novel since he was first published in 1988. In "The Enemy Inside," Madriani uncovers corruption and greed at the highest levels of government as he represents an innocent man accused of vehicular manslaughter.

"Less Than Hero," by S.G. Browne, Gallery Books, $16, 368 pages. S.G. Browne, who in 1989 earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Pacific, takes readers on a "dark, comic ride" in his fifth novel since first being published in 2009. The story follows six characters as they become "professional guinea pigs" in pharmaceutical drug trials.

"Finding the Music/En pos de la musica," by Jennifer Torres, Lee & Low Books, $18.96, 40 pages. Torres, community relations director at Pacific, won the New Voices Award for her children's book, written in both Spanish and English. The story tells of a young girl who breaks a treasured family heirloom - a vihuela or small guitar-like instrument - and on her journey to have it repaired ends up learning about her grandfather and the music he played. The full-color book is beautifully illustrated by Renato Alarcao.

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