What I’m Reading: Resurrection, Jim Dent 

By Ken Bradford '76

The book I’m re-reading now is Resurrection: The Miracle Season That Saved Notre Dame by Jim Dent. I read it first about five years ago and boisterously recommend it to fellow alums I meet during the reunions each summer. It is particularly poignant now with the death of legendary football coach Ara Parseghian.

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What I’m Reading: Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

By Ken Bradford '76

Rock ’n’ roll biographies generally aren’t much better than the National Enquirer. You get some growing-up snippets. The rest is about gold records, squabbles with band members or record companies, and romances with women named Britt, Anita or Marianne. The reason you read is you have hope that you might find a worthy book. You win with Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run.

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What I’m Reading: Ernie’s America, edited by David Nichols

By Ken Bradford '76

I re-read the Ernie Pyle columns in Ernie’s America for many reasons. First, he was an outstanding writer who saw the story inside a person other people might ignore. And, like a lot of us, Pyle was curious. He earned his credibility because he saw things with his own eyes. He reported what he knew, without embellishment.

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What I’m Reading: The Motel Life, Willy Vlautin

By Ken Bradford '76

If you’re not familiar with Willy Vlautin, you may hear more about him soon because the planned 2017 movie based on his 2010 novel, Lean on Pete, is expected to be a major hit. His four books — The Motel Life, The Free, Northline and Lean on Pete — all explore what I would call the permanent underclass. His characters are devoted to getting themselves out of immediate jams and away from pain.

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