We're delighted to be rolling out our spring list--not only because of the strength of our publications, but because with this list, we're publishing many of our new titles simultaneously in print and digital formats. You saw the first of such titles last month; be on the lookout for more in the coming months!
- Described as, "erudite, thorough, and eminently readable," by Edwin G. Burrows (CUNY), The Spice of Popery: Converging Christianities on an Early American Frontier by Laura M. Chmielewski is an innovative exploration of opposing Christianities on an early American frontier.
- William O'Rourke revisits his 1972 account of the Harrisburg 7 trial in our 40th anniversary edition of The Harrisburg 7 and the New Catholic Left. His reporting brings to life the drama of the case, the motives of the seven anti-war activists--six of whom were Roman Catholic clergy--as well as the religious anti-war protest movements of the Vietnam era.
- Bill Meissner's highly-praised, prize-winning Spirits in the Grass is now available as an e-book. We hope you get in the spirit of spring training by purchasing this very fine novel.
- Newly available in paperback, Go Forth and Do Good: Memorable Notre Dame Commencement Addresses offers, "a glimpse of the changing concerns and status of Catholics in America, as well as of Notre Dame's prominent place in American Catholic life." (Indiana Magazine of History) With spring graduation not far away, perhaps this volume would be welcomed by graduates-to-be on your list?
University of Notre Dame Press
|The Spice of Popery
Converging Christianities on an
Early American Frontier
Laura M. Chmielewski
"In her beautifully written and richly researched study, Laura Chmielewski provides an important new interpretation of the borderlands between French and English settlements in North America. She persuasively argues that this boundary was far more permeable than we have imagined, for despite prejudices and hostilities on both sides, these frontier colonists adapted and adopted many of their enemy's cultural and religious patterns. Connections were made, kinships formed, and histories were shared, and what they--and we--once thought of as a firm barrier turns out to be a middle ground of exchange and synthesis. Anyone interested in early American history should read this book." --Carol Berkin, Presidential Professor of History, Baruch College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
"In this fresh interpretation of early New England, Laura Chmielewski reminds us that religious borders were just as unsettling as interethnic frontiers. Using both textual evidence and material culture to craft an intimate history of religious violence, captivity, and conversion, she demonstrates the ways in which 'the spice of popery' bound Protestants and Catholics together and shaped Maine's distinctive religious diversity." --Ann M. Little, Colorado State University
The Harrisburg 7 and
the New Catholic Left
40th Anniversary Edition
With a New Afterword
* Available as an e-book *
"O'Rourke's book on the Harrisburg trial was a classic when it first appeared and remains a classic of trial reporting, an account even forty years later that is still pertinent to our contemporary situation. His new afterword is a gem of condensed history. It is a boon to journalists, historians, and political analysts, as well as the general reader, to have this book back in print." --David Black, author of The King of Fifth Avenue and The Extinction Event
Reviewing the first edition in 1972 in The New York Times Book Review, Gary Wills wrote, "This is not only the best volume on any of the recent political trials. . . but a clinical x-ray of our society's condition." Now, forty years later, The Harrisburg 7 and the New Catholic Left remains a model of political journalism, freshly updated as it is with a reassessment of how the New Catholic Left has evolved since the trial and how the trial affected the larger political life of the country.
E-book Perpetual Ownership: $19.00
E-book 30-day Ownership: $7.00
Spirits in the Grass
Winner, General Fiction Category, 2008 Midwest Book Award
Finalist in ForeWord Magazine's 2008 Book of the Year Award, General Fiction
* Available as an e-book *
"Novels about baseball or small-town life often fall prey to a too-easy sentimentality and a tendency toward soft-focus prose. Meissner tackles both these topics but, remarkably, avoids both flaws. . . . [He] handles all his story lines--the centerfielder manqué, the 'spirits in the grass,' the troubled romance, the fight with city hall--with admirable subtlety, sidestepping the multiple clichés that can so easily attach themselves to all of these themes. This is a quiet novel but an emotionally powerful one, rich with ambiguity and with the scent of felt life."
--Booklist (starred review)
"A storyteller with remarkable gifts." --Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., author of Slaughterhouse Five
"Meissner has the storyteller's gift for creative living characters, living speech, living emotions, living drama. He knows his small town baseball, but beyond that, he knows the human spirit." --Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried
E-book Perpetual Ownership: $17.00
E-book 30-day Ownership: $7.00
Also available in Cloth: $25.00
|Go Forth and Do Good
Memorable Notre Dame Commencement Addresses
Edited by Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C.
Foreword by Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.
Reflection by Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C.
* New in Paperback *
Go Forth and Do Good brings together twenty-four notable graduation speeches, ranging from the words General Sherman delivered in 1865 to President George W. Bush's remarks in 2001. Also included is a letter sent to 1986 graduates by Mother Teresa and Father Theodore M. Hesburgh's final charge to the graduating class of 1987. Editor Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C., provides a delightful introduction that clarifies the importance of the speeches and contextualizes them in the history both of Notre Dame and the world.
"Anyone concerned about education, history, culture, politics, human and individual rights, moral values, government, peace, or life and living will find here both challenges and guidance." --Catholic Library World
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