Alumni Book Shelf


Father Doesn’t Know Best


rennerbookKevin Renner, MBA 87, asked an unusual question that led to an unusual book: How can men learn to be fathers? His answer: Men raising daughters can learn fatherhood from women.

Renner, whose daughters are 9 and 13, interviewed 50 women from 17 countries and eight decades to learn how their  fathers—good, bad, and unremarkable—had shaped their lives.

Their stories and his became In Search of Fatherhood: Daughters Praising, Speaking Up, Talking Back. The book includes stories from women famous, anonymous, rich, poor, young, and old. Renner has been featured on affiliates of Oprah Winfrey, CBS, FOX, NBC, NPR, ABC, WGN, and CNN.

Capturing Reel Life Among Sisters

reel_lifeIf you have ever sneaked off to the movies in the middle of a workday, then Reel Life, a debut novel by Jackie Townsend, MBA 93, may be just the book for you.

The novel chronicles two sisters’ complex relationship and rocky path to self-fulfillment through iconic moments of contemporary cinema, exploring themes of ambition, motherhood, body image, and love. Those cinematic lenses range from the false hope of The Wizard of Oz to the dark tones of Blue Velvet.

The book also draws on Townsend’s own personal search for what’s next when she decided to leave a successful management consulting career after being recommended for partner. And there’s a direct Berkeley connection as one sister launches her successful career after attending the university’s engineering school.

Profiting from Stock Market Anomalies

ziembabookSell in May and go away. The January effect. Presidential elections. These are among the seasonal anomalies in worldwide stock markets that William Ziemba, MBA 68, PhD 69, a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, has been studying for 30 years. The culmination of Ziemba’s work is his new book, Calendar Anomalies and Arbitrage, published by World Scientific. Ziemba focuses on the futures markets, where such anomalies can easily be applied, and explores ideas that he has used successfully in personal and managed accounts and hedge funds.

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