Rev. William B. Neenan, SJ
|The Dean's List|
| *indicates new titles this year |
1. James Agee, A Death in the Family
2. Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim
3. George Bernanos, Diary of a Country Priest
4. Robert Bolt, A Man For All Seasons
5. Albert Camus, The Fall
6. *Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris
7. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
8. Thomas Grady and Paula Huston (eds.) Signatures of Grace: Catholic Writers on the Sacraments
9. Graham Greene, The End of the Affair
10. Seamus Heaney, Beowulf
11. Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted Life
12. Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm
13. *Suzanne Matson, A Trick of Nature
14. David McCullough, Truman
15. Charles Morris, American Catholic: The Saints and Sinners Who Built America's Most Powerful Church
16. Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son
17. *Thomas O'Connor, The Hub: Boston Past and Present
18. John O'Malley, SJ, The First Jesuits
19. Jaroslav Pelikan, Jesus Through the Centuries
20. *Nancy Lusignan Schulz, Fire and Roses
21. Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels
22. *Dava Sobel, Galileo's Daughter
23. Wallace Stegner, Collected Short Stories
24. Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter
25. Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men
26. Garry Wills, Saint Augustine
27. Simon Winchester, River at the Center of the World
Books available in O'Neill Library and at the Boston College Bookstore at a 20 percent discount.
The burning of the Charlestown Ursuline Convent is a dark moment in the history of Boston. The anti-Catholic animus of 19th-century America tinctured with class resentment and fanned by the preaching of Rev. Lyman Beecher exploded violently in the summer of 1834. School and convent were torched, musical instruments trashed and the Sacrament profaned. Soon thereafter the Ursuline nuns fled back to Quebec City. Nancy Lusignan Shultz (Ph.D. '84) recounts this sad tale in Fire and Roses with sophistication and honesty.
Galileo Galilei may be history's most famous scientist but his daughter, Dominican Sister Maria Celeste, has been little known before Dava Sobel's remarkable Galileo's Daughter. Science, theology, and family devotion are the defining themes in this remarkable history based on a daughter's letters to her father at the dawn of the age of science.
In the novel, A Trick of Nature, a bolt from the sky opens latent fissures in the lives of a family that had simply been playing out the script for ordinary, suburban lives. Under the deft treatment of Suzanne Matson of Boston College's English Department, the issues of this family are transformed into something universal. Before reading this, her second novel, I had not suspected that Professor Matson was such a student of high school football.
The 18 essays in Anne Fadiman's Ex Libris on widely diverse topics have this in common - each is a polished gem in which word play is articulate and the pursuit of an idea down the page an end in itself. Ms. Fadiman is an unabashed bibliophile. After reading this little book, you may well return to the Dean's List with renewed vigor.
-Fr. Neenan is vice president and special assistant to the president. He has issued his annual Dean's List of recommended reading annually since he was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in the early 1980s.
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