Books in Brief

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Author: Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Hidden Presence: Twelve Blessings that Transformed Sorrow or Loss, edited by Gregory F. Augustine Pierce (ACTA). A collection of personal stories about life’s trials and tragedies, and the grace that helps transform them. Contributors include Patrick Hannon, CSC, ’88M.Div., and Robert Raccuglia ’74.

The Greatest Basketball Story Ever Told: The Milan Miracle 50th Anniversary Edition, Greg Guffy ’91 (Indiana University Press). Guffy adds a new introduction to this popular book that details the excitement of one of the most famous high school basketball games ever played, as portrayed in the movie Hoosiers.

Healing Richard Nixon: A Doctor’s Memoir, John C. Lungren, M.D., ’38, and John C. Lungren Jr. ’66 (University Press of Kentucky). Dr. Lungren, now deceased, became Nixon’s personal physician in 1952. In the wake the president’s 1974 resignation, the doctor also became his confidante. Lungren and his son here present a personal view of an anguished leader.

Sacred Passages: Bringing the Sacraments to Life, Bert Ghezzi ’69 (Doubleday). The sacraments bring one to a personal relationship with God, and Ghezzi explains their relevance with stories and practical teachings.

The Wedding, Nicholas Sparks ’88 (Warner). In this long-awaited sequel to his first novel, The Notebook, Sparks focuses on Noah and Allie’s daughter and son-in-law.

Getting a Life: How to Find Your True Vocation, Renee M. LaReau ’96, ’00M.Div. (Orbis). Geared for young adults who are seeking spiritual and practical guidance as they work through issues of careers and relationships.

Listen with the Heart: Sacred Moments in Everyday Life, Joan Chittister ’68M.A. (Sheed & Ward). The Benedictine sister here connects the ancient wisdom of monasticism with the modern world, hoping to “make the mundane meaningful again.”

Lee at Chattanooga: A Novel of What Might Have Been, Dennis P. McIntire ’75 (Cumberland House). Civil War expert McIntire serves up an imaginative and historically detailed what-if tale of Lee being called to Tennessee to help floundering Confederate General Braxton Bragg.

Killer Animals: Shocking True Stories of Deadly Conflicts Between Humans and Animals, Edward R. Ricciuti ’59 (Lyons Press). The darker side of animals, suggests the author, is something we bring on ourselves, by ruining habitats and taking wild pets into our homes. And Killers of the Seas: The Dangerous Creatures that Threaten Man in an Alien Environment adds color photography to his survey of fascinating marine animals.

Ministries: A Relational Approach, Edward P. Hahnenberg ’95, ’97M.A., ’02Ph.D. (Crossroad). Designed for those interested in an active role in their church community, with a discussion of the practice and theory of Catholic service.

Carmen’s Rust, Ana Maria del Rio, translated by Michael J. Lazzara ’97 (Overlook). A wrenching allegory of life under Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, first published in 1986 and now available in English.

Business, Religion, and Spirituality: A New Synthesis, edited by Oliver F. Williams, CSC, ’61, ’69M.A. (Notre Dame Press). Essays covering spirituality in the workplace. Contributors include John Caron ’45; Lawrence S. Cunningham, ND professor of theology; Mary Kathryn Grant ’69M.A.; Robert G. Kennedy ’82M.M.S., ’85Ph.D.; and Patricia Vandenberg, CSC.

Family Passions, Edward Vasta (Xlibris). A novel looking at the effect of the 1960s on three divergent families—a traditional one in the Midwest, a communal one in California and one in Japan dealing with economic turmoil. Vasta is an ND emeritus professor of English.

Sour M.A.S.H. at Sea—And Other Stories, Walter “Bud” Stuhldreher ’ 53 (Xlibris). A collection of amusing tall tales from Stuhldreher’s military service during the Korean War to comedic escapades on the golf course.

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