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Alumni Authors

Potomac has a rick literary tradition. Below are some books written by our alumni

Understanding Bollywood

Understanding Bollywood: The Grammar of Hindi Cinema – This book offers an introduction to a genre that has a massive fanbase but is often misunderstood by critics, and provides insight on topics of political and social significance. You can purchase the book here.

Jennifer Moses '74

 The Man Who Loved His Wife – Whether in Tel Aviv, suburban New Jersey, or the Deep South, the characters who populate this book of short stories grapple with God, their loved ones, fate, death, hope, Hitler, transcendence, and the 4,000 year old history of Judaism. You can purchase the book here.

Mark Shriver - 10 Hidden Heroes

10 Hidden Heroes – This seek-and-find book from New York Times best-selling author Mark K. Shriver helps kids develop counting skills and learn how to be heroes in their everyday lives. You can purchase the book here.

Mark Shriver - A Good Man

A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver – After a lifetime searching for the path to his father's success in the public arena, Mark turns instead to a search for the secret of his father's joy, his devotion to others, and his sense of purpose. You can purchase the book here.

Reed Kuhn - Fightnomics

Fightnomics – Part Freakonomics and part Moneyball, Fightnomics is a statistical spotlight on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the fighters who compete in the Octagon. You can purchase the book here.

Madeline Dubelier - Wall of Wonder

Wall of Wonder: Cornell Women Leading the Way in Science, Technology, and Engineering – This book celebrates Cornell University alumnae who have made significant impacts on society through science, technology, and engineering. You can purchase the book here.


In the Flow: Passion, Purpose, and the Power of Mindfulness – New theories in the science of mindfulness, revealing how simple practices are able to help remove roadblocks to health and happiness. You can purchase the book here.

Kayeen Thomas - Antebellum

Antebellum – A thought-provoking novel about African-American culture seen through the eyes of a famous rapper who is transported to the days of slavery and forced to experience it firsthand.

You can purchase the book here.

Kayeen Thomas - Light

Light: Stories of Urban Resurrection – A collection of powerful short stories that dig deep into the realm of urban culture. You can purchase the book here.

Kayeen Thomas - The Seven Days

The Seven Days – The prequel to the critically acclaimed Antebellum tells the powerful story of what happens when a man in modern society is possessed by the spirits of dead slaves.

You can purchase the book here.

Rohit Bhargava - Non-Obvious

Non-Obvious: How to Think Different, Curate Ideas, and Predict The Future – A brutally honest look back at more than 60 previous trends from past years, providing an honest assessment of what came true, what was a dud, and why it matters. You can purchase the book here.

Ralph Saverese - Reasonable People

Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption – Part love story, part political manifesto about "living with conviction in a cynical time," this memoir traces the development of DJ, a boy written off as profoundly retarded and now, six years later, earning all "As" at a regular school. You can purchase the book here.


Healing Light: Thirty Messages of Love, Hope, and Courage – A book of poetry based on the Ten Worlds of Buddhist philosophy and illustrated with seventeenth-century Japanese art. You can purchase the book here.


The Art of Dumpster Diving – Sixteen-year-old James and his little brother, Danny, live in Crystal Springs, Louisiana, with their grandmother, mother, and first cousin, Lila. But when Grandma dies and Lila runs away, things begin to go terribly wrong. You can purchase the book here.

Hit Makers - Derek Thompson

Hit Makers: How to Succeed in an Age of Distraction – In this groundbreaking investigation, Derek Thompson uncovers the hidden psychology of why we like what we like and reveals the economics of cultural markets that invisibly shape our lives. You can purchase the book here.