More than 300 letters written by a young tuberculosis patient to her parents during World War II gave historian Mary Krugerud a story had value “as a candid memoir and an educational human interest story.”
The book, titled “Il Giorno del Giudizio” (“Judgment Day”), was released Nov. 6 and reconstructs the events leading to Archbishop McCarrick’s rise in the hierarchy while countering claims made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, former nuncio to the United States.
The newest entries in Liturgical Press’ People of God series, these books offer accessible, edifying biographies that are the hallmark of the excellent series. In engaging and incisive narratives they tell the personal and public stories of two contemporary martyrs who have been proposed for canonization.
Joanna Cannon’s new, second novel “Three Things About Elsie,” is an enjoyable read about friendship and life in a retirement home, with some mystery and suspense mixed in.
With “Renaissance Woman,” Ramie Targoff, a professor of English and co-chair of Italian studies at Brandeis University, offers readers not only an intimate portrayal of the life of Vittoria Colonna (1492-1547), but a wide-ranging and detailed background to her life.
“The Chicken Runs at Midnight” tells the wildly improbable story of the strong-willed coach, Rich Donnelly, and his equally strong-willed teenage daughter Amy as she was battling brain cancer while her dad’s team was making a playoff push.
Author Lon Allison tells Rev. Billy Graham’s story, with intimate details of his life and their close relationship which allows the author to present a “bird’s-eye view” of the evangelist.
“‘A Bloody Habit’ is a straightforward Gothic vampire story, but with a particular twist in that I’m pitting Dominican friars against the vampires and presenting it through the eyes of a nonbeliever,” said author, Eleanor Bourg Nicholson.
“The Fisherman’s Tomb: The True Story of the Vatican’s Secret Search” by John O’Neill recounts a journey through centuries of history and the decades-long archaeological dig to find the bones of St. Peter.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler’s ability to tell a great story using ordinary characters with flaws and doubts endears her to many readers.
Whether one’s heritage is Irish or not, the inhabitants of the Emerald Isle continue to fascinate us. These two books offer a look at the past and the present, the gifts and the shadow side of the Irish and Celtic heritage.