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Author: Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Notre Dame Lullabies, The O’Neill Brothers (Shamrock-n-Roll). The piano-playing O’Neill brothers, Tim ’94 and Ryan ’97, blend soothing piano versions of such favorite Notre Dame melodies as “Here Come the Irish” and “Hike, Notre Dame” with classic nursery rhymes to create this collection of lullabies.

Walking Chicago: 31 Tours of the Windy City’s Classic Bars, Scandalous Sites, Historic Architecture, Dynamic Neighborhoods, and Famous Lakeshore, Ryan Ver Berkmoes ’83 (Wilderness Press). This guide details urban treks, complete with historical facts, political gossip and architectural trivia as well as tips on the best cafes, bars and nightspots. Each route features a map, photos, points of interest and public transportation information.

I Had Lunch with God: Gospel Inspirations for Tough Times, Kathleen M. Sullivan ’82M.A., ’87Ph.D. (Corby Books). Based on the website, this collection of daily reflections mixes contemporary stories with Gospel meditations. The author is the director of spirituality and service for the ND Alumni Association.

Dragon Wishes, Stacy Nyikos ’90, art by Regan Johnson (Blooming Tree Press). In this novel for readers ages 9-12, sisters Alex and Isa struggle to find their way in the world after their parents’ deaths. A bedtime story told by their aunt about a girl searching for dragons provides a key to finding a way out of the darkness.

When God Is Gone Everything Is Holy: The Making of a Religious Naturalist, Chet Raymo ’58, ’64Ph.D. (Sorin Books). The renowned science writer traces his journey from traditional faith-based Catholicism to a scientific agnosticism while celebrating the conclusion that “grace is everywhere.”

Israel’s Occupation, Neve Gordon ’97M.A., ’99Ph.D. (University of California Press). This post-1967 historical portrait of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip follows the changing forms of control Israel has followed to manage the Palestinian residents of the Occupied Territories.

Peace through Commerce: Responsible Corporate Citizenship and the Ideals of the United Nations Global Compact, edited by Oliver F. Williams, CSC, ’61, ’69M.A. (Notre Dame Press). Can business be a “global agent for positive change”? Major business leaders and scholars discuss the issues set out by the U.N. compact and reflect on corporate social responsibility. Notre Dame contributors include Douglass Cassel, Marshall Greenhut ’08MBA, Sean O’Brien ’95, ’01J.D., ’02LL.M., Lee Tavis ’53 and Carolyn Woo.

Drowning in the Desert: A JAG’s Search for Justice in Iraq, Vivian H. Gembara ’97 with Deborah A. Gambara (Zenith Press). As a lawyer for the Army, the author conducted the first trial of a U.S. soldier in Iraq and initiated the first major investigation into detainee abuse there. Her account of her real-life work in the military justice system in Iraq has been compared to a legal thriller.

RuneWarriors, James Jennewein ’77 and Tom S. Parker (HarperCollins). The Hollywood screenwriting duo, whose credits include The Flintstones and Richie Rich, turn to comedy-adventure in the first of a three-book series for middle-grade readers. The coming-of-age tale centers on a Viking boy’s quest to avenge his father and save the girl he loves.

The Church: The Evolution of Catholicism, Richard P. McBrien (HarperOne). The Notre Dame professor of theology presents a sweeping history of the Catholic Church, with a focus on the evolution of the Church’s relationship to the divine, its leadership of the faithful and its role as a global religion.

Compiled by Carol Schaal ’91M.A.

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