W. Michael Blumenthal *56 was born in Germany in 1926 and became a refugee in Shanghai before immigrating to the United States in 1947 and working in the corporate world and in government — including as treasury secretary in the Carter administration. From Exile to Washington: A Memoir of Leadership in the Twentieth Century (Overlook Press) “tells the story of the century’s ups and downs as I experienced them, close to some of the major decision makers,” writes Blumenthal.

Tinderbox (Sarah Crichton Books), a novel by Lisa Gornick ’77, explores a family and its secrets after Myra, a Manhattan therapist, hires a nanny to help out when Myra’s struggling grown son, his wife, and his son move back home.

The CD Eric Moe: Meanwhile Back at the Ranch (New World Records) includes five works of chamber music composed by Eric Moe ’76 and performed by the Boston-based Firebird Ensemble. Moe is a guest pianist on two tracks. Fanfare magazine called his work “some of the most musical and satisfying of his generation in the U.S.”