Books in Brief—web extra

Author: Carol Schaal '91M.A.

A Cave of Candles: The Story Behind Notre Dame’s Grotto, Dorothy V. Corson (Evangel Publishing House). Along with a history of the grotto and the people, events and stories associated with it, the book also offers tales of the history, spirit, legend and lore of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Photographs and painting illustrate the book. More information can be found at

A Poisoned Season, Tasha Alexander (William Morrow). Publishing under a pen name, Tasha Gutting Tyska ’92 offers her seond suspenseful historic mystery featuring Lady Emily Ashton, who previously was featured in And Only to Deceive. In this tale, the widowed Lady Emily continues to fight to secure her place in status-conscious Victorian society as a stalker and a scandal threaten her reputation and new-found romance.

The Mass: Our Life’s Journey, Meditations and Prayers Along the Way, by Kenneth W. Peters ’50 (St Pauls). The 64 meditations on each detail of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass are designed to help the reader appreciate and more fully understand the celebration.

Star in the Hoosier Sky: The Indianapolis Star in the Years the City Came Alive 1950–1990, by Lawrence S. “Bo” Connor ’49 (Hawthorne Publishing). The man who worked at the Star for 41 years offers behind-the-scenes tales of the newspaper and explores its coverage of major events, from an explosion that killed 74 people to the businessman held hostage with a sawed-off shotgun wired to the nape of his neck.

Understanding Hedge Funds, by Scott Frush ’99MBA (McGraw-Hill). A guide to the nature and use of hedge funds, including strategies for low, moderate and high-risk investing.

No Seat at the Table: How Corporate Governance and Law Keep Women Out of the Boardroom, by Douglas M. Branson ’65 (New York University Press). Complete with real-life cases, this study looks at the glass ceiling and offers a new theory on why women still are barred from high-level positions.

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, edited and introduced by Larry King (Phoenix Books). In a criminal trial, the prosecution must meet a burden of proof. The standard represented by the title phrase of this book is not defined in U.S. laws. What does it really mean? Here, more than 80 scholars, attorneys, novelists, journalists and religious figures discuss, explore, interpret and define the phrase and its meaning. Among the contributors are Ed Haug ’74, Richard North Patterson, Scott Turow, Dr. Carol Lieberman and Jerry Falwell.

Milton’s Peculiar Grace: Self-Representation and Authority, by Stephen M. Fallon (Cornell University Press). The Notre Dame professor of liberal studies and English investigates how Milton presents himself in his own writings. Ultimately, Fallon contends, Milton is a theological but not a religious writer.

Stories of the Future Vol. 1: Riding a Sunbeam, by Daniel F. Stevens ’44 (PublishAmerica). A sci-fi novel about the adventures of two young people who live at the International Space Station orbiting the moon.

The Rising Storm, by Ken Anthony Seifert ’03 (AuthorHouse). As neighbors Nancy and Rich are brought together in a blizzard following a car accident, the two confront their pasts and prejudices—Rich is gay and Nancy does not accept homosexuality—in this debut novel.

Everything Is Grace: The Life and Way of Therese of Lisieux, by Joseph Schmidt ’65 (The Word Among Us Press). Biographical details of her life are interwoven with an introduction to Saint Therese’s spirituality.

Oprah for President: Run, Oprah, Run! by Patrick H. Crowe ’58 (Crowe Enterprises). This book is subtitled “The Business Miracle: How the owner of a tiny car wash business in Kansas City got his business seen, heard of or read about by more than ten million Americans.” Along with his explanation of why Oprah Winfrey should run for president, the author details how his original promotion for her resulted in coverage both for his cause and for his business.

Priest, Parish and People: Saving the Faith in Philadelphia’s “Little Italy,” by Richard N. Juliani ’60 (Notre Dame Press). The author blends the history of Monsignor Antonio Isoleri, pastor from 1870 to 1926 in the first Italian parish founded in this country, with an overview of the Italian immigrant community in Philadelphia.

Can a Catholic Be a Democrat?: How the Party I Loved Became the Enemy of My Religion, by David Carlin ’62 (Sophia Institute Press). The author, a Democrat who served as a Rhode Island state senator, examines the issues that have caused him to be dismayed with his chosen political party.

Centerlined, by Henry J. Sienkiewicz ’85 (Dog Ear Publishing). Both real-life experiences and theory are used by the author to demonstrate what he calls centerlining—a method of reflecting and acting on one’s core values.

Dr. Eddie Anderson: Hall of Fame College Football Coach, by Kevin Carroll (McFarland & Company). Anderson, a 1922 graduate of Notre Dame, captained Knute Rockne’s 1921 Irish squad and was a teammate of George Gipp. He went on to coach for 39 years, while also practicing medicine for 30 years. This biography follows the man who won 200 games in his coaching career.

Inherit the Land: Jim Crow Meets Miss Maggie’s Will, by Gene Stowe, illustrations by Carl A. Sergio ’04 (University Press of Mississippi). When two white sisters bequeathed their North Carolina land and estate to two African Americans, a court battle ensued as distant cousins of the sisters contested the will. The book tracks the 1920s legal case and the lives of those involved in it. Includes 15 black-and-white illustrations.

Suing the USA, by Xiaosheng Huang ’00LLM, (Oriental Press). The author believes that the United States too often abuses the civil and human rights of its citizens, and here he offers advice on suing the government. The book is available only in Chinese.