Web extra: Books in brief

Author: Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Compiled by Carol Schaal ’91M.A.

Spearfish Canyon: A Journey Beyond the Rim, text by Paul Higbee ’90M.A., photography by Les Voorhis (Royal Tine Publishing). An intimate view in words and pictures of South Dakota’s canyon tucked in the Black Hills.

A Monastic Vision for the 21st Century: Where Do We Go From Here? edited by Patrick Hart, OCSO, ’66 (Cistercian Publications). Among the contributors to this book of essays discussing the future of monasticism are Joan Chittister ’68 M.A. and Lawrence Cunningham, ND professor of theology.

You Are Church! The life and times of Louis J. Putz, CSC, prophet, servant, and visionary, Bob Ghelardi ’59 (Goal/QPC). A spirited biography of the priest who embraced the changes of Vatican II. Concludes with some of his sermons and homilies.

Numerology and Other Stories, Christian Michener ’85 (New Rivers Press). Part of the Many Voices project, these 11 short stories explore the mysteries of the human connection.

Every Play Every Day: My Life as a Notre Dame Walk-on, Timmy O’Neill ’02 (Expert Publishing). In detailing his five years as a walk-on, the author addresses the joys, pain and emotion of following a dream.

Trust, Charles Epping ’75 (Greenleaf Book Group Press). This debut thriller focuses on international finance and a computer programmer’s search for the truth about a secret bank account.

This Grand and Magnificent Place: The Wilderness Heritage of the White Mountains, Christopher Johnson ’69 (University of New England Press). In this political, cultural and historical view of the New Hampshire’s acres of forest, the author traces the development of conflicting U.S. attitudes toward wilderness areas.

Fatal Carnival, Charles O’Brien ’51, ’52M.A. (Severn House Publishers). The fifth in the historical mystery series set in France and England in the late 1700s follows Anne Cartier and her husband, Paul, as they investigate unsettling events in Nice.

One More Gift To Give, John Shaughnessy ’77 (Saint Catherine of Siena Press). This Christmas-themed novel explores a wondrous day filled with gifts of hope and love.

Irish in Michigan, Seamus P. Metress’55 and Eileen K. Metress (Michigan State University Press). One of the Peoples of Michigan series, the book explores Irish immigration to the United States and the Irish American links to the labor movement.

A Light Will Rise in the Darkness: Growing Up Black and Catholic in New Orleans, Jo Anne Tardy (ACTA Publications). Part of The American Catholic Experience series, this memoir follows a young girl as she lives in the cultural patchwork of a vibrant city. The author’s son, Mel Tardy ’86, ’90MBA, is associate director of the Balfour Scholar Program at ND.

Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero’s Visions of Hell on Earth, Kim Paffenroth ’95Ph.D. (Baylor University Press). An examination of the theological themes in director Romero’s horror movies, including Night of the Living Dead. Movies featuring zombies, the author notes, offer insights into sin and redemption.

Thomas Carlyle: Past and Present, text established by Chris R. Vanden Bossche ’72, Joel J. Brattin and D.J. Trela (University of California Press). A critical edition of Carlyle’s influential 1834 work, in which the essayists and historian critiques the social and economic climate of the times and offers a vision of the future.

The Only Three Questions that Count: Investing by Knowing What Others Don’t, Ken Fisher, with Jennifer Chou and Lara (Walters) Hoffmans ’97 (Wiley and Sons). Forbes magazine columnist Fisher offers ideas on how to beat the market. Co-author Hoffmans is a research analyst at Fisher Investments.

Love Lives On: Learning from the Extraordinary Encounters of the Bereaved, Louis LaGrand ’58M.A. (Berkley Books). Experiences of contact with a dead loved one are both natural and healing, says the author, who details skills for coping with loss.

Ultimate Italian Trivia: A Treasure Trove of Fun and Fascinating Facts, Scott Paul Frush ’99MBA (Marshall Rand Publishing). Covering topics from food, sports, music, inventions and beyond, this book offers not only brain-teasing questions (and answers), but also a timeline of Italian history, profiles of each region of Italy and a list of Italian statesmen.

Hospital Battlefield: A Field Manual for Survival, Lynne Golonka, Ed.D., and Joseph Golonka, M.D., ’58 (AuthorHouse). Infections and medical errors can make a visit to the hospital dangerous. The authors discuss active strategies for patients faced with a hospital stay.

Jesus in the Gospels: Getting to Know Jesus as Presented by the Evangelists, John F. Fink ’53 (St. Pauls). This is not a study of the “historical Jesus,” the author notes, but a return to the divine Jesus as presented in the Gospels. The author has made eight trips to the Holy Land and studied at the Ecumenical Institute of Tantur in Jerusalem.

Making a Priest in the ’Fifties: Memoir of a Nervous Seminarian, James O’Brien ’56 (iUniverse Press). At an “old Church” seminary on the brink of Vatican, the author negotiates the monastic turmoil of an ancient institution facing major changes.

Thank You Brain for All You Remember: What You Forgot Was My Fault, W.R. Klemm ’63Ph.D. (Benecton Press). A review and explanation of what research is revealing about how to improve everyday memory. Also see the website: thankyoubrain.com.

I’m Not Alone: A Teen’s Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has a Mental Illness and Finding My Way: A Teen’s Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has Experienced Trauma, Michelle D. Sherman ’92 and DeAnne M. Sherman (Seeds of Hope Books). These two interactive books for teens offer information, suggestions for coping and ideas for self-expression. More information is available at seedsofhopebooks.com.

Creating Happy Memories: 100 + Ways to Start and Strengthen Family Traditions, Pamela D. Ogren (Corby Books). Interspersed among the many ideas are contributions from Father Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, Lou Holtz, Digger Phelps, Regis Philbin ’53 and others, who offer their favorite childhood memories.