Alumni Authors

As a celebration of our alumni, each month we will highlight a new book written by one of Oxford's North American-based alumni.
For January 2019, our author is Robert B Charles, New College (1982). 

This book, endorsed by the Washington Post, Buzz Aldrin, George Mitchell, Bill Cohen and others, celebrates the profound influence of WWII veterans on rural America, together with enduring American values.  It is 45 compelling, true stories - and a riveting read!

Robert (Bobby) Charles grew up among “eagles and evergreens” in rural Maine.  His enchanting, sometimes arresting, tales convey inspiration from place and people, love of a small town, influence of aging veterans.  His stories take readers to unexpected places, often swirl to unexpected endings.       

Over four seasons, he describes Maine half a century ago – smelting and rescuing ice houses, moose encounters and indoor ermine, raising mischievous rabbits and conversing with pigs, hunting a legendary “football-sized emerald” and learning from legendary World War II vets.        

He takes readers down through thin ice, and up spires of one-match fires.  He lollygags Dead River and confronts hair-raising disorientation out on the open sea.   He rolls from distance running to downhill skiing, comedy to calamity, whimsy to courage with a fluid pen.         

Gratitude pervades this volume.  Light shines from each essay.  Along the way, bits of illumination, encouragement, humor and reflection paint a bigger picture.  Like a pointillist, he dabs the canvas gently, turning discrete dots into a cogent, uplifting whole.        

The impression left is redeeming, the celebration of self-reliance and interdependence, together the essence of all Maine towns.  He reminds readers of timeless contentment in nature and human connectivity, both ultimately restorative.        

At heart, his vignettes celebrate freedom, and honor those who risked their lives to preserve it.  The author credits good neighbors, good fortune, and thoughtfully taught good humor for his later doings.        

From Maine’s woods and lakes, Charles found his way to Dartmouth, Oxford and Columbia Law School.  From there, he clerked, entered law practice, spent time in two White Houses, conducted oversight for Congress and taught.  Along the way, he became a Navy Intelligence Officer, and served as Assistant Secretary of State to Colin Powell.  He and his wife have two children.  Living “away,” he has stayed close to the town he still calls “home.”

You can purchase Eagles and Evergreens here.


Are you an alumni author?

If you have written a book which was published within the last three years, or is due to be released soon, please email us the following information.

Your full name
Alumni number (or college/year of matriculation)
Title of book
Date of publication
Link to purchase the book online

We thank you for sharing your books with us, and will let you know if you are selected for a feature in the coming months.

To look back at previous Alumni Authors, please visit the pages below: 

Alumni Author December 2018

Alumni Author November 2018

Alumni Author October 2018

Alumni Author September 2018

Alumni Author August 2018

Alumni Author July 2018

Alumni Author June 2018

Alumni Author May 2018

Alumni Author April 2018

Alumni Author March 2018

Alumni Author February 2018

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