Books by ND people

Author: Carol Schaal '91M.A.

I Like Food, Food Tastes Good: In the Kitchen with Your Favorite Bands, Kara Zuaro ’01 (Hyperion). It’s clear that mac-and-cheese is a favorite dish of many indie band members, but some prefer to dress up their comfort food with lobsters, truffles or hot sauce. Spiced with behind-the-scenes vignettes of bands from Umphrey’s McGee, whose members are ND graduates, to Ted Leo (’94) and the Pharmacists to Violent Femmes, this cookbook offers more than 100 kitchen-tested recipes, made lively by the musicians’ quirky instructions.

If Only They Listened to Us: What Women Voters Want Politicians to Hear, Melinda Henneberger ’80 (Simon & Schuster). Visiting states both red and blue, the author asked women their opinions on such issues as immigration, gay marriage, abortion and war. For the average woman, the journalist found in her conversations, a single issue might be the deciding factor in her vote. “[W]ealthy or homeless, in college or retired, women said they felt disregarded by both parties,” she writes.

Accelerate: 20 Practical Business Lessons to Boost Business Momentum, Dan Coughlin ’85 (Kaplan Publishing). The author has served as an executive coach to managers in such companies as McDonald’s, Boeing, Marriott and Toyota. Here he presents pragmatic suggestions for those who want to take their careers and their organizations to more productive levels. The tips and case studies range from “20 ways to get control of your life” to “10 keys to talent management” and “10 ways to understand consumer demands.”

Back Pain Understood: A Cutting-Edge Approach to Healing Your Back, Brian Hainline, M.D., ’78 (Medicus Press). The author, who was a star player on the varsity tennis team at Notre Dame, presents a multidisciplinary approach to the management and treatment of back pain, particularly chronic pain. He explains surgical, nonsurgical and mind-body treatment options of conditions from sacroiliac pain to lumbar disc herniation, often using real-life patient stories.

American Catholics Today: New Realities of Their Faith and Their Church, William V. D’Antonio, James D. Davidson ’66M.A., ’69Ph.D., Dean R. Hoge, Mary L. Gautier (Rowman & Littlefield). This thorough analysis and interpretation of surveys of American Catholic opinion from 1987 to 2005 offers an eye-opening view of how the beliefs of those born after Vatican II differ from those born before. “There are signs that commitment to the Church is weakening,” the authors note, and in their concluding chapter they offer suggestions for how both the laity and Church leaders might respond to the implications of the survey results.

The Living Dark, Don Hynes ’69 (Slender Arrow Press). This spiral-bound collection of poetry follows the author’s previous two, Slender Arrow and Out From Under. His intent “is to reveal an artistic way of seeing, of being in the world that encourages the garden we have long imagined.” His spare free verse takes on nature, spirituality, work and life’s pilgrimages, and embraces “the catch-fire longing for reunion.” View samples and order at

Dizzy, Stacy A. Nyikos ’90, illustrated by Kary Lee (Stonehorse Publishing). The third in a series of picture books for children ages 3 to 8 that features marine creatures whose adventures are related in rhymed text. Dizzy is the world’s fastest dolphin, and he is always busy. His speed, he discovers, while it’s lots of fun, means he always ends up eating dinner on the run. Can Dizzy slow down? A page of facts about Pacific white-sided dolphins ends the vibrantly colored book.