RUTH BEHAR *83, who was born in Cuba and moved to New York City at the age of 5, describes her youth as an immigrant, her Jewish-Cuban-American family, embarking on her career, her travels, and her longing for Cuba in Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys (Duke University Press). Behar is a cultural anthropologist.

In the biography The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo (Hong Kong Univer­sity Press), SCOTT D. SELIGMAN ’73 aims to rescue this Chinese American from “relative obscurity,” he writes. Wong Chin Foo (1847–1898) — a journalist, lecturer, and political activist — advocated for the civil and political rights of Chinese people in America, and established the United States’ first association of Chinese voters.

Small groups of professional women are banding together in major cities across the United States to help each other and boost their careers, observes journalist PAMELA RYCKMAN ’96. In Stiletto Network: Inside the Women’s Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business (AMACOM), she explores these groups and the movers and shakers involved in them.

Beverley Baxter — a London journalist and Toronto native — wrote the column “London Letters” in Canada’s Maclean’s magazine, covering British politics, events, society, and culture. An emeritus professor of history at the Univer­sity of Western Ontario, NEVILLE THOMPSON *67 examines the image of Britain he presented in Canada and the End of the Imperial Dream: Beverley Baxter’s Reports from London through War and Peace, 1936–1960 (Oxford University Press).