In Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business (Wiley), Matt Blumberg ’92 “set out here to write the book I wish someone had given me on my first day of work as CEO of Return Path.” Among other things, Blumberg offers advice on defining a vision, hiring staff, and managing a board. Blumberg founded Return Path, which develops email services and products for marketers, in 1999.

Hayley Snow’s family comes to town for a wedding and her teenage stepbrother goes missing in Murder with Ganache (Signet), the latest mystery by Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib ’75) featuring Snow, a food critic in Key West, Fla. After her stepbrother is found and then suspected of murder, Snow tries to figure out what happened.

In Beach Pillows, the feature-film debut for writer and director Sean Hartofilis ’03, two aimless childhood friends seek fulfilling paths in the grown-up world of their Long Island hometown. Geoffrey Arend and Vincent Kartheiser star in the movie, released to video-on-demand by Gravitas Ventures in January.