Choices in brief: web extra (Spring 2008)

Author: Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Chipmunks in Action! photography by Les Voorhis, text by Julia Monczunski ’02 (Royal Tine Publishing Inc.) Child-friendly educational text highlights the playful full-color pictures of chipmunks in action in this book about wildlife. The photos were taken in Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota. To order, call 605-645-6326.

Martyr of the Amazon: The Life of Sister Dorothy Stang, Roseanne Murphy ’66Ph.D. (Orbis Books). Dorothy Stang, a sister of Notre Dame de Namur, was shot in 2005 by hired assassins as she walked to a meeting with peasant farmers in the Amazon. This biography traces Sister Dorothy’s journey from her days as a postulant to her move to Brazil and her growing advocacy for the rights of the poor and for the protection of the rain forest.

GameChangers: Improvisation for Business in the Networked World, Mike Bonifer ’75 (McKava Press). The author suggests a new process using improvisation to help employees “play by the new rules and change the game when the opportunity presents itself.” He ends the book with nine exercises business teams can use for improvisational practice.

Our Mom Is Getting Better and Our Dad Is Getting Better, Alexander, Emily and Anna Rose Silver (American Cancer Society). The three children of James Silver ’85 and Dr. Julie Silver, a breast cancer survivor, wrote and illustrated these books for children ages 4 to 8 whose parents have been treated for cancer. The books offer a message of hope and healing.

Up Your Aspirations by Thinking Like a Kid and Earning Like a CEO: Start, Market, and Run Your Own Business, Timothy Perozek, M.D., ’93, Karin Perozek (SMC ’94) (iUniverse). A guide to starting a business, written for young people with entrepreneurial spirits. Offers easy-to-follow steps that require little or no start-up expenses.

Holy Cross in Algeria: The Early Years, 1840–49, George Klawitter ’63 (iUniverse). Holy Cross missionaries in Algeria sent letters to the founder of their congregation, Father Basil Moreau, detailing the trials and successes of their teaching experiences in Africa. Their letters were translated from the French by Brother Klawitter, CSC.

A Catholic Book of Hours and Other Devotions, William G. Storey ’54M.A., ’59Ph.D. (Loyola Press). The Notre Dame professor emeritus of liturgy and church history presents a new compilation of the hours of Catholic daily prayer. “Devotions . . . lead us deeper and deeper into the mystery of Christ and the communion of his Blessed Mother and of all the saints in glory,” he writes.

The Black Aesthetic Unbound: Theorizing the Dilemma of Eighteenth-Century African American Literature, April C.E. Langley ’98M.A., ’01Ph.D. (Ohio State University Press). African-American literature in the 18th century, the author writes, is inextricably linked to Africa, Europe and America. She then explores: “What is African in African American literature?”

Race, Reason, and Massive Resistance: The Diary of David J. Mays, 1954–1959, edited by James R. Sweeney ’67M.A., ’73Ph.D. (The University of George Press). Detailed information on the massive white resistance that followed the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling is available in the diaries kept by Mays, a Virginia attorney who worked to delay desegregation. This edited version of his voluminous diaries offers an accessible primary source for students of the civil rights era and its Southern opposition.

The Legacy of John Paul II: An Evangelical Assessment, edited by Tim Perry (IVP Academic). Protestant evangelicals often honored Pope John Paul, and here several evangelicals offer their thoughts on the pope’s views, as expressed in his major encyclicals. Mark A. Noll, a professor of history at Notre Dame, writes an introductory essay that discusses evangelical-Catholic relations and general evangelical attitudes toward the pope.

Hedge Funds Demystified: A Self-Teaching Guide, Scott Frush ’99MBA (McGraw-Hill). Discusses the opportunities and risks of investing in the largely unregulated funds. End-of-chapter quizzes make sure the reader has grasped the information.

The Truth about Confident Presenting, James O’Rourke ’68 (FT Press). The Notre Dame professor of management discusses solutions to the obstacles faced by many public speakers, including how to manage anxiety, effectively use of PowerPoint and prepare efficiently.

The Top Ten Death Penalty Myths: The Politics of Crime Control, Rudolph J. Gerber ’71J.D. and John M. Johnson (Praeger Publishers). Does the death penalty really deter crime? Is it racially neutral? Is lethal injection painless and humane? The authors analyze various issues of capital punishment, addressing what they see as the political misrepresentation of the death penalty and its effectiveness.

Voegelin Recollected: Conversations on a Life, Jodi Bruhn ’05Ph.D. (University of Missouri Press). Using interviews with Eric Voegelin’s wife, closest friends and first-generation students, this biography presents the human elements of the philosopher.

Sanctifying the World: the Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson, Bradley J. Birzer ’90 (ISI/Christendom). A critical study of the life and thought of the English historian and Christian humanist who stood at the very center of the Catholic literary and intellectual revival in the four decades preceding Vatican II.

Doing Psychiatry Wrong: A Critical and Prescriptive Look at a Faltering Profession, Rene J. Muller ’62 (The Analytic Press/Taylor & Francis). The author argues that seeing chemical imbalance as the driving force in mental illness does a disservice to many patients.

America-Europe: A Transatlantic Diary 1961–89, Klaus Lanzinger (Xlibiris). The entries reflect the experiences of Professor Lanzinger, who taught modern languages at Notre Dame from 1967 to 1997. In particular, the diary explores American-European relations during the years of the Berlin Wall, 1961–89.

The Don Camillo Stories of Giovannino Guareschi: A Humorist Portrays the Sacred, Alan R. Perry ’86 (University of Toronto Press). Italian journalist, humorist and cartoonist Guareschi (1908–1968) was best known for his Don Camillo short stories. The author offers a scholarly examination of the stories of the fictional Catholic priest and their portrayal of Christian faith, hope and love.

First Prize Is Nothing: The Marion Incident, Jim Kirker ’70J.D. (PublishAmerica). A fictional look at a a near-tragedy involving a U.S. fleet ballistic submarine, and the after-effects for the executive office who must fight for his professional survival against the Navy’s chain-of-command.

boats, knots, and other things, John Bauer ’74 (AuthorHouse). The author chronicles the five months of his life that followed being fired as a county manager after six years on the job. He makes recommendations on how local government might improve its policies.

Core Ideas in Neuroscience, W.R. Klemm, DVM, ’63Ph.D. (Benecton Press). This electronic-book, available at, is designed for psychology, medical and biology students and focuses on 75 core ideas, followed by examples and references.

The Joy of Physics, Arthur W. Wiggins ’60, cartoons by Sidney Harris (Prometheus Books). An educational tour of the science of physics, with a hands-on approach. Easy and practical experiments are explained and illustrated.

The Bus: My Life in and out of a Helmet, Jerome Bettis and Gene Wojciechowski (Doubleday). Bettis, the former Notre Dame football player who became the National Football League’s fifth all-time leading rusher, relays his life story, and offers up an inside look at some NFL players.

Redeemed: A Spiritual Misfit Stumbles Toward God, Marginal Sanity, and the Peace That Passes All Understanding, Heather King (Viking). The author of Parched, who has contributed to this magazine on occasion, here describes her spiritual journey to the Catholic Church. The woman who grew up in the 1960s and spent years sleeping around and suffering booze-induced blackouts takes readers with her on her stumbling, healing trip to Christ. See the author’s website for more information.