Two alumnae who graduated within three years of each other recently published books.
“The Complete Book of Aunts,” co-authored by Beth Brophy '76, was published by Twelve; “The Ghose of Poplar Point,” by Cynthia DeFelice '73, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Brophy's book, co-authored with Rupert Christiansen, is “an entertaining and touching exploration of aunts in all their guises and varieties, culled from real-life, literary and historical sources. Bewitching illustrations and anecdotes illuminate various aunt types: Bargain Aunts, Mothering Aunts, Damned Bad Aunts, and X-Rated Aunts. Brophy is also the author of “My Ex-Best Friend,” a novel.
An English major who now lives in Chevy Chase, Md., she was a member of the Herald staff. After graduating from William Smith, she earned a master's at Northwestern University. Her brother is Professor of Philosophy Scott Brophy '78.
DeFelice's book tells the story of Allie Nichols, whose nickname is “Ghost Magnet,” has just finished sixth grade and has grappled with her fair share of adventure: three ghosts have sought her help in less than two months. Now that summer has finally arrived, Allie is ready for a break. Too bad ghosts don’t know about summer vacation. This is the fourth ghost book by DeFelice dealing with Allie and Dub, who uncover a centuries-old secret — the destruction of a Seneca village at Poplar Point — and come up with a plan to share it.
DeFelice, known as Cynthia Carter during her HWS years, is the author of numerous books for young readers, and lives in Geneva with her husband, Ralph DeFelice '64. She also earned a master's from Syracuse University.