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The Dalai Lama at MIT. Edited by Anne Harrington and Arthur Zajonc. 2006. Harvard University Press, 79 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. $24.95.

The Fourteenth Dalai Lama and several neuroscientists got together for a series of discussions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in September of 2003. Professor Anne Harrington and Arthur Zanjonc collected papers given at the event, along with descriptions of the discussions and debates that followed, for this book. The goal of the conference was to make connections between Buddhism and neuroscience. Does religion and science complement each other? This book comes at a time with western Massachusetts is still reeling from the Dalai Lama's visit to Smith College (May of 2007).

The Needle 's Eye: Women and Work in the Age of Revolution. By Mark R. Miller. 2006. University of Massachusetts Press, P.O. Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004. $24.95.

Professor Mark R. Miller focuses on the stories of six women from Hadley, MA, to examine the role of women in the clothing trade of the new United States. Miller explores their relationships with each other and with the textile community before the Industrial Revolution. It is a unique look at women's roles in society and early American history. The colored illustrations include dresses and examples of cloth.

Walking Tours of Boston 's Made Land. By Nancy S. Seasholes. 2006. The MIT Press. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02142. $16.95.

Most know that Boston was a peninsula, but few people are aware that contemporary Boston is twice the size of the colonial hub. The land has been created for over more than three centuries. Historian Nancy S. Seasholes describes twelve walking tours around Boston that focus on the man-made land of the city. Each tour is richly illustrated and detailed. This book is an excellent resource for out-of-town historians.

Writers, Plumbers, and Anarchists: The WPA Writer's Project in Massachusetts. By Christine Bold. 2006. University of Massachusetts Press, P.O. Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004. $24.95.

The New Deal in Massachusetts tried to give work to the unemployed in the field of journalism. People who did not write professionally suddenly became government writers. The resulting scandals brought a certain amount of drama to the New Deal efforts. The writers were able to demonstrate how Massachusetts was changing culturally. A fascinating history of an ignored subject: the Federal Writers' Project of the WPA.

The Lowell Experiment: Public History in a Postindustrial City. By Cathy Stanton. 2006. University of Massachusetts Press, P.O. Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004. $24.95.

The Lowell National Historical Park was set up in 1978 as a site promoting the new field of public history. Cathy Stanton offers insights on public historians, land developers, and other projects stemming from Lowell's new role as a unique historic site. Lowell has changed in many ways, the most recent being its designation as a center for public history. An excellent study of historical tourism.

Romance, Remedies, and Revolution: The Journal of Dr. Elihu Ashley of Deerfteld, MA, 1773-1775. Ed. by Amelia F. …

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