MySpace, mysteries and Missouri folk

Read what alumni, scholars and Mizzou affiliates have recently published.

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Published on Show Me Mizzou Sept. 4, 2023

This issue’s publications include fiction and nonfiction titles about hunting, fiddling, seeking justice, discovering music, growing up and more. Are you an alum with a forthcoming or recently published book? To be considered for coverage, please send a digital copy to or mail the book to Randall Roberts, MIZZOU magazine, 302 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, Missouri, 65211.

Hunting Time by Jeffery Deaver, BJ ’72 (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2022). “Reward seeker Colter Shaw plunges into the woods and races the clock” in this thriller novel.

Photographing America’s First Astronauts by J.L. Pickering and John Bisney, BJ ’76 (Purdue University Press, 2023). Photos from the original NASA space missions.

Top Eight: How MySpace Changed Music by Michael Tedder, BJ ’02 (University of Chicago Press, 2023). An exploration on the influence of the early social media platform.

The Remarkable Red Crow by Jeffrey Price and Diane Kline, BJ ’76 (Old Mill Press, 2023). A children’s book about embracing and overcoming familial challenges.

Growing Up in the Ville in St. Louis, Missouri by Pauline Estelle Merry, NURS ’59 (Great Tales Told Well, 2022). Five mostly autobiographical stories from an alumna about growing up in St. Louis during the 1940s and ’50s. 

Inappropriation: The Contested Legacy of Y-Indian Guides by Paul Hillmer and Ryan Bean (University of Missouri Press, 2023). Analyzing the complicated legacy of a youth group that advocated “playing Indian” as a bonding ritual.

The Book of Charlie: 109 Years in the Pursuit of Happiness by David Von Drehle (Simon & Schuster, 2023). A biography of MU medical school grad Charles White, MED ’27, by Washington Post columnist Von Drehle.

Keep It Old-Time: Fiddle Music in Missouri from the 1960s Folk Music Revival to the Present by Howard Wright Marshall (University of Missouri Press, 2023). The third in a trilogy on the history of folk music in Missouri by the professor emeritus and
former chair of art history and archeology.

Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital by Elise Hu, BJ ’03 (Dutton, 2023). Journalist and podcaster Hu describes Seoul, South Korea, beauty culture.

Payback by Nancy Allen, JD ’80 (Grand Central, 2023). The second book in the bestselling author’s Anonymous Justice series on corruption in NYC.

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