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The Last Invisible Boy, Evan Kuhlman ’04MFA, illustrated by J.P Coovert (Ginee Seo Books). Designed for ages 9 to 12, the book follows Finn Garrett, who says, “[W]hether or not I actually turn invisible or become completely visible again or figure out how to use my invisibility for the good of all mankind or just disappear altogether, you’re going to have to read to find out.”
This Part of the World: A Novel, Samuel Hazo ’49 (Syracuse University Press). The novel follows the dictator in an unnamed third-world country who is plagued with medical and personal problems, as the author explores issues of war, corruption, greed and human frailty.
Best Newspaper Writing 2008-2009 Edition, edited by Tom Huang, Steve Myers ’97 (CQ Press). The 30th edition in the “Best Newspaper Writing” series anthologizes the best newswriting and photojournalism selected by judges of the American Society of Newspaper Editors competition.
Thirsty for the Joy: Australian & American Voices, Brian Doyle ’78 (One Day Hill). Calling stories “holy and necessary and nutritious,” the author presents a variety of proems or prose-poems of the amazing, heartfelt stories he was told on the streets of Australia and America.
Dream City, Brendan Short ’91 (MacAdam/Cage). In this debut novel, a damaged young man’s quest through Chicago for a copy of every Big Little Book in existence propels this family saga featuring a cast of heroes, villains and damsels in distress.
Vincent McCauley, C.S.C.: Bishop of the Poor, Apostle of East Africa, Richard Gribble, CSC (Sorin Books). The late Bishop McCauley, a 1930 graduate of Notre Dame, inaugurated the Congregation of Holy Cross’s mission in East Africa in 1958. This biography celebrates the life of the man who has been granted the title “servant of God.”
The Irish Americans: A History, Jay P. Dolan (Bloomsbury Press). The Notre Dame emeritus professor of history offers a vivid narrative of the Irish in America from the 18th century to the present, interweaving issues of religion, politics, labor and nationalism.
The Yankee Division in the First World War: In the Highest Tradition, Michael E. Shay ’67 (Texas A&M University Press). The 26th division of the U.S. Army suffered an unfair negative reputation, the author says, as here he attempts to set forth an accurate record of the division’s service in France. With contemporary and postwar first-person accounts, Shay details the division’s war service and the works of its controversial commanding officer, Major General Clarence Edwards.
Aparecida: Quo Vadis?, Robert S. Pelton, CSC, ’43 (University of Scranton Press). This collection of studies written by many of the Catholic Church’s foremost Latin American specialists offers insight into the Fifth General Council of the Bishops of Latin American and the Caribbean (CELAM V), held in Aparecida, Brazil, in 2007, and the impact of the Church upon Latin America..
Three Girls and Their Brother: A Novel, Theresa Rebeck ’80 (Shaye Areheart Books). The author, who has won numerous awards for TV work and plays, turns to satiric fiction in her debut novel, which follows the grandchildren of a famed late literary critic through their brush with fame. Kirkus Reviews calls the book “a wickedly enjoyable expose of modern celebrity.”
St. Thomas More: Model for Modern Catholics, by John F. Fink ’53 (St Pauls/Alba House). A biography of “the man for all seasons,” who was a defender of the teachings of the Catholic Church against Martin Luther. Includes a selected bibliography.
Y’all vs Us: Thrilling Tales of Mississippi’s Hottest High School Football Rivalries, X.M. Frascogna Jr., Mike Frascogna III ’96 and Martin Frascogna (Mississippi Sports Council). Following 15 of the state’s major rivalries, the authors delve into how and why these games have become so important to their respective communities.
The Power and Purpose of International Law: Insights from the Theory and Practice of Enforcement, Mary Ellen O’Connell (Oxford University Press). The Notre Dame law professor explores the roots of international law and demonstrates how it can be used to support order in the world.
Learning the Legacy: The Next Generation’s Notre Dame Saturday, Kristen Lefere Johnstone ’94, illustrated by Brock Nicol (KLJ Productions). A father and child share a day in South Bend, learning about Notre Dame’s landmarks, legends and lore. The gridiron guide’s rhyming A-to-Z format is paired with fun facts.
Instant Workups: A Clinical Guide to Medicine, Theodore X. O’Connell ’94 (Saunders Elsevier). A quick guide to developing accurate workups for 70 of the most commonly encountered medical conditions. Topics are organized alphabetically and cover the signs, symptoms and abnormal readings for all conditions. Designed for students, residents and practitioners.
Twilight Cityscapes: Fine Art Photography of Australia, Kristin Gleason ’02 (Kristin Mary Gleason). More than 60 photographs, taken throughout one year, show both iconic locations as well as those known only to locals and give a unique interpretation of a cross-section of Australian culture.
Kylie’s Heavenly Birthday (A story of faith, love and family), written by Susan Joyce ’85, illustrated by Joyce Pierson. When the author received a card decorated by an angel drawn earlier by her friend’s daughter, Kylie, who had died at age 9, she wrote this story for Kylie’s family, to bring “some comfort to them and to all families who have lost a dear loved one.”
White Passage: Red Sun, by Matt Rowe ’03EMBA, (AuthorHouse). A Special Forces Green Beret, the author wrote this novel based on his experiences in the drug war in Latin America. Here he exposes the inner workings of the drug conflict and the influence of global political events on the Special Forces mission.
The Poodle at the Poodle, Bernard Ryan Jr. (CreateSpace). A modern take on the Faustus legend, as an advertising copywriter passed over for promotion makes a deal he may regret. The novel was a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. The author has previously written for this magazine.
Prayers of Christian Consolation, composed, edited and translated by William G. Storey ’54M.A., ’59Ph.D. (Loyola Press). This compilation of prayers is taken from all parts of the Catholic tradition. They offer consolation to those who suffer sickness, pain and loss, reminding them that God is ever present in those who suffer. Storey is a Notre Dame professor emeritus of liturgy.
Compiled by Carol Schaal ’91M.A.