Books in brief

Author: Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Border of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit, Daniel G. Groody, CSC, ‘86 (Rowman & Littlefield). Notre Dame’s associate director of the Institute of Latino Studies offers a spiritual narrative of Mexicanimmigrants who cross the border, their faith strong, their desperation deep. More

Crafting Customer Value: The Art and Science, Peter Duchessi ’75 (Purdue University Press). Guidelines for developing the business systems that can lead to product and service benefits which offer fair value in the minds of customers.

Unexpected Chicagoland, Camilo Jose Vergara ‘68, Timothy Samuelson (New Press). Photographer Vergara and architectural historian Samuelson search for what they call “the debris of history” with 200 photos and a historical narrative of Chicago’s architectural past. More

Goodbye Father: The Celibate Male Priesthood and the Future of the Catholic Church, Richard A. Schoenherr, edited by David Yamane (Oxford University Press). ND sociologist Yamane edited this book by the late Schoenherr, who argued that the church should ordain married men. The book offers a chance to reflect on the role of the priesthood and how a change in the celibacy requirement could affect the church. More

Absentee Indians & Others Poems, Kimberly Blaeser ’82M.A., ’90Ph.D. (Michigan State University Press). The award-winning Native American artist, who grew up on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota, uses both humor and lyrical images to evoke the places that Native Americans call home and the identities they have forged.

A Gift of Light: Photographs in the Janos Scholz Collection, edited by Stephen Roger Moriarty ‘69, ’80M.A., with Morna O’Neill ’98 (University of Notre Dame Press). Featuring the work of 19th century European photographers, this book takes readers on a visit to the early ages of paper photography. Essays and a bibliography round out the oversized volume. More

Between Montmarte and the Mudd Club: Popular Music and the Avant-Garde, Bernard Gendron ’67Ph.D. (University of Chicago Press). How did jazz and rock come to be valued as art forms? From the cabarets of Paris in the 1880s to the nightclubs of New York in the 1970s, Gendron traces the development.

The IT Payoff: Measuring the Business Value of Information Technology Investments, Sarvanan Devaraj, Rajily Kohli (Prentice Hall). The two Notre Dame management professors offer their systematic approach to making rational decisions about spending money on information technology.

The First Cold War: The Legacy of Woodrow Wilson in U.S.-Soviet Relations, Donald E. Davis and Eugene P. Trani ‘61 (University of Missouri Press). When Lenin came to power in 1917 Russia, Wilson gave his regime the cold shoulder. The authors argue that a direct line can be drawn from Wilson’s handling of Russia to Reagan’s view of the “evil empire.”

Professions of Faith: Living and Working as a Catholic, edited by James Martin, S.J., and Jeremy Langford ’92 (Sheed and Ward). Contributions from a New York police officer, a teacher, an architect and others highlight the interplay between faith and work.

World War II on the Web: A Guide to the Very Best Sites, J. Douglas Smith and Richard Jensen ’62 (SR Books). The authors evaluate thousands of websites, and a bonus CD offers links to the recommended sites. More

Doing Survey Research: A Guide to Quantitative Research Methods, Peter Nardi ‘69 (Allyn & Bacon). A practical book that prepares students to conduct their own survey research and write up the results, as well as read and interpret other people’s research.

Slow Down: A Journey in Words and Photographs, August Jennewein’80 (Sleeping Elephant Publishing). The author and photographer shot only one exposure a day over a year to illustrate his theme that “we only have one chance to live any given moment.”