PWP Faculty Books and Publications

This is a collection of books and publications from the faculty of the professional writing department

To Kill the Other

Danuta Hinc, Author
Tate Publishing, 2011

From the publisher: 

How does a sensitive, scholarly boy from an affluent Egyptian family become a hijacker? Set in the two decades leading up to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, To Kill the Other tells the story of Taher and his spiritual transformation from an innocent young boy into a ruthless, disillusioned conformist. Exploring the circumstances and choices that shaped him, To Kill the Other builds toward an unimaginable act of mass terror in which Taher finally confronts who and what he has become.


Lucky That Way: Rediscovering My Father's World

University of Missouri , 2013

From the publisher:

Lucky That Way, a nuanced, richly engaging memoir, chronicles the joys and tribulations of a daughter who rediscovers her father as he nears the end of his life. Ernie Gerhardt, an artist and teacher, is largely estranged from his five children, but when he suffers a debilitating stroke, his daughter Pamela must fly to Las Vegas to tend to him. This is Pamela Gerhardt’s heartfelt story about a family coming to terms with their aging father’s illness and imminent death takes readers on an emotional roller coaster that highlights love, loss, humor, and sadness.


Lucky That Way won the 2014 award for the best memoir from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Quantification and the Quest for Medical Certainty

Princeton University Press, 1995

Brief description:

Here Matthews addresses the problem arising when clinicians, physiologists, and bacteriologists all share an antipathy toward the clinical trial methods of the statistician. Viewing medical judgment as a form of "tacit knowledge," they downplayed the medical statistician's attempts to make medical inference into something explicit and quantitative. However, Matthews concludes that it is only when "medical decision-making" moves from the cloistered confines of professional medical expertise into open debate that the benefits of the medical statistician (and the clinical trial) are best revealed.

Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler

Rebecca Holden, Co-editor
Aqueduct Press, 2013


Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler celebrates the work and explores the influence and legacy of the brilliant Octavia E. Butler. Author Nisi Shawl and Rebecca J. Holden have joined forces to bring together a mix of scholars and writers, each of whom values Butler's work in their own particular ways.

Legal Research and Writing for Undergraduates


The instruction in this book has been uniquely selected to teach the type of legal writing most revered in the law, and most successful in law schools. The instruction is supported by a complementary website that includes additional articles and exercises. Thus, the instruction and exercises in this book provided a much needed preparation for law school.