Cafe choice in brief: web only

Author: Notre Dame Magazine

Compiled by Carol Schaal ’91M.A.

Ireland: 2009 Calendar, by Karen and Barrie Maguire ’60 (Andrews McMeel Publishing). The day-by-day desk calendar features a photo and an Irish proverb, poem or quote on each page. See more at

Liberal Faith: Essays in Honor of Philip Quinn, edited by Paul J. Weithmam ’81 (University of Notre Dame Press). Quinn was a Notre Dame professor of philosophy from 1986 until his death in 2004. These essays offer an introduction to the questions of central importance to his philosophy. Contributors include Weithman and Robert Audi, both ND philosophy professors.

The Quilter’s Kitchen: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel with Recipes, Jennifer Chiaverini ’92 (Simon & Schuster). This newest addition to the quilt series tells the story of how Chef Anna, one of the newest members of the circle of quilters, comes to write the group’s official cookbook. Includes 100 recipes.

The Funeral Home Murders, Rob Hahn ’91 (North Star Press of St. Cloud). A man with a rifle enters a funeral home and kills the owner and his intern. TV reporter Sean Kelly decides to do more than cover the murders; he also investigates them.

The Business of Intellectual Property, Christopher M. Arena ’82 and Eduardo M. Carreras (Oxford University Press). The partners at a law firm that specializes in intellectual property (IP) law for major corporations offer both legal and business perspectives on the importance of IP assets. Their case st*udies offer advice on how to manage those assets for competitive advantage.

Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development, Sherry L Mueller and Mark Overmann ’02 (Georgetown University Press). A career guide designed for those interested in international affairs. It includes resources; profiles of 12 professionals, who also offer practical advice; and a lively dialogue between the authors, who have different levels of experience.

Tides of History: Ocean Science and Her Majesty’s Navy, Michael S. Reidy ’91 (University of Chicago Press). How do you map the oceans and their tides? Reidy, a historian and philosopher, analyzes how the British combined science and knowledge from the maritime community to systematize the properties of oceans, coasts, ports and estuaries.

Only the Lonely, Gary Zebrun ’76 ( Alyson Books). This second novel by the author of Someone You Know is set in the months before 9/11 and traces the derailed path of a young man who learns his brother may be tied to an Afghani terrorist group. Publishers Weekly praised the novel for its “memorable cast and nicely underplayed big themes.”

Deja Review Pediatrics, Brooke Davey ’02 (McGraw-Hill). A study guide for medical students and residents that may be used for Steps 1, 2 and 3 of the boards, the pediatric shelf exam and specialty board exam. The author, a member of the Irish Big East Championship women’s swim team (1999–2002), accepted a position as a 2009 Pediatric Cardiology Fellow at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania.

No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers, Michael Novak (Doubleday). The philosopher, journalist, diplomat and professor argues that the conflict between faith and doubt stems from divergent attitudes toward the unknown. The spiritual perspective, he writes, provides the most satisfying answers to the eternal questions of meaning. The author was the Welch Chair of American studies at Notre Dame in autumn 1987 and ’88.

Ultimate! Republican Trivia: 1001 Fun and Fascinating Facts, Scott Paul Frush ’99 MBA (Marshall Rand Publishing). This “extravaganza of curiosities” brings history to life and also offers trivia buffs top 10 lists, strange-but-true oddities and quizzes.

Assassins’ Rage, Charles O’Brien ’51, ’52M.A. (Severn House Publishers). The seventh in the Anne Cartier historical mystery series set in France in the late 1700s begins with the fall of the Bastille. The series wins high praise from Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly.

One for the Gipper: George Gipp, Knute Rockne and Notre Dame, Patrick Chelland (Panoply Publications). This third edition of the biography of Gipp contains an epilogue that updates the saga of the famed football player.

Loyal Sons: The Story of the Four Horsemen and Notre Dame Football’s 1924 Champions, Jim Lefebvre (Great Day Press). The first fully researched treatment of the most famous team in the history of Notre Dame football. The author is also the publisher of Forever Irish, an online magazine celebrating the heritage of Notre Dame football (

The Green Revolution, Ralph McInerny (St. Martin’s Minotaur). This 12th mystery featuring the Knight brothers focuses on the aftereffects of a losing Notre Dame football season and the campus-wide conspiracy that endangers the life of Roger Knight, who must work separately from his detective brother, Philip, as the two try to solve the mystery.

7 Wheelchairs: A Life beyond Polio, Gary Presley (University of Iowa Press). The author, who has contributed several essays to this magazine, shares his journey from angry and depressed victim of polio to an independent thinker who finds joy in his family and religion.

Homer Simpson Goes to Washington: American Politics Through Popular Culture, edited by Joseph J. Foy ’05Ph.D. (University Press of Kentucky). M*ovies, TV, music, literature and other forms of pop culture are used to explore concepts in U.S. politics and government. Kristi Nelson Foy ’01 contributed to the book.

Making the Number: How to Use Sales Benchmarking to Drive Performance, Greg Alexander, Aaron Bartels ’98 and Mike Drapeau (Portfolio). Benchmarking rarely is applied to sales, the authors say. This book hopes to teach executives how to embrace data-driven decision making and improve performance. Case studies are offered.

The Art of the Storyboard: A Filmmaker’s Introduction, Second Edition, John Hart ’63M.A. (Focal Press). Components and principles of the storyboard, adding reality with perspective, composition and color, and illustrating action in a storyboard are among the topics covered in this updated edition of the how-to book.

Was Frankenstein Really Uncle Sam? Notes on the State of the Declaration of Independence, Vol. I through X , Richard J. Rolwing ’64M.Th. (Xlibris). Using short essays, the author examines the declaration’s ethics, politics, philosophy and theology.

Blame Game: How To Win It, W.R. Klemm, D.V.M., ’63Ph.D. (Benecton Press). A focus on how using excuses can be harmful, with suggestions for positive personal change.

Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas, David Cortright ’68 (Cambridge University Press). The author, a research fellow at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, traces the rise of peace advocacy from its origins through the mass movements of recent decades. He also explores the underlying principles of peace within a framework of realistic pacifism.

The Beautiful Soul of John Woolman, Apostle of Abolition, Thomas P. Slaughter (Hill and Wang). This highly praised biography of Woolman (1720–1772), a Quaker who spoke out against the evils of slavery, offers a view of Woolman’s spiritual power and enduring influence. The author taught at Notre Dame from 2001 to 2008.

Carol Schaal is managing editor/web editor of this magazine.