Choices in brief

Author: Carol Schaal '91M.A.

The Lost Quilter: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel, by Jennifer Chiaverini ’92 (Simon & Schuster). This new addition to the series marks the 10th anniversary of the Elm Creek Quilt books. Here, as master quilter Sylvia Compson investigates her ancestry, she discovers connections to a long-forgotten visitor to Elm Creek Manor.

The Pro’s Pro: Warren Smith, Golf Professional. Lessons on Life and Golf from the Ol’ Pro at Cherry Hills Country Club, Tripp Baltz ’87 (Outskirts Press). In Smith’s 50-year career as a country club golf professional in Colorado, the author writes, the man’s style of leadership set a example for hundreds of golfers. The biography includes tributes from Arnold Palmer, Hale Irwin and others.

Golf: The Mental Game, Tom Dorsel ’68 (Cumberland House Publishing). The author, a licensed clinical psychologist, discusses the three main areas that affect one’s golf game: thinking, feeling and action. He discusses 65 issues — from stress to handling pressure to emotional control to slumps — and how best to deal with them. Dorsel has written for Golf Illustrated, Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, and Golfweek.

The Gift of the Cross: Lenten Reflections in the Holy Cross Tradition, edited by Andrew Gawrych, CSC, ’02, ’07M.Div. (Ave Maria Press). Featuring daily meditations by members of the Congregation of Holy Cross, including Theodore Hesburgh, Father John Jenkins and Mary Ellen Vaughn. Scripture verses and reflections are included for each day, starting on Ash Wednesday and continuing through the Saturday after Easter.

Faith, Finances and the Future: The Notre Dame Study of U.S. Pastors, Rev. Ronald J. Nuzzi, James M. Frabutt ’95, Anthony C. Holter ’02M.E. (Alliance for Catholic Education Press). The authors, who are Notre Dame professors, recently completed a study of pastors with responsibility for Catholic schools. Here they present the study’s findings, as well as recommendations for addressing the most pressing issues identified by the pastors. To learn more, visit

The American, French, Haitian & Spanish American Revolutions, 1775 to 1825, Social or Political? Stephen Reed ’75M.A. (Kendall Hunt Publishers). The four revolutions are compared by the Santiago Canyon College history professor.

FLYMF’S Greatest Hits, edited by James Seidler ’02 (CreateSpace). A collection of the top stories, essays and skits from the online humor magazine, which was published online from March 2004 to July 2007. To purchase or to learn more, visit

Loopholes: Reading Comically, John Bruns ’92 (Transaction Publishers). Comedy actually shows how the world works, the authors proposes here, and to read comically requires that we address our fears .

New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholicism in the Progressive Era, Kathleen Sprows Cummings ’95M.A., ’99Ph.D. (University of North Carolina Press). The author highlights four women: Margaret Buchanan Sullivan, a Chicago-based journalist; Sister Julia McGroarty, SND, founder of Trinity College; Sister Assisium McEvoy, SSJ, a Philadelphia educator; and Katherine Eleanor Conway, a Boston editor and anti-suffragist — to explore the history of Catholic women in America.

Seeking God While Serving Time, Gail Thomas McKenna ’71M.A. (Pleasant Word Publishing). Based on her 10 years of ministering to the women she meets weekly in a county jail in Texas, the author shares stories and testimonies of hope and the power of ministry.

The Ten Commandments for Business Failure, Donald R. Keough (Portolio Hardcover). The former president of the Coca-Cola Company and former chairman of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees offers a twist on advice on how to succeed in business.

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