The notion of the hero

women writersProfessor Emerita of English Judith Wilt explores the topic of the hero in her new book, Women Writers and the Hero of Romance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). In perhaps the most personal book of her long career, Wilt draws from classics like Wuthering Heights and Middlemarch, epics from Ayn Rand and Dorothy Dunnett, and pop culture romances from Twilight to Fifty Shades of Grey in her analysis of heroes, heroines and romance. View this video where Wilt discusses her book with Brendan Rapple of BC Libraries.

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Retirement reality check

falling shortFalling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What to Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2015), a new book by co-authored by retirement experts at Boston College, serves as both a wake-up call to Americans and policymakers about the coming shortfall in retirement savings and a call to action regarding changes that can be enacted to address the issue. Written by BC Center for Retirement Research Director Alicia Munnell, CRR Associate Director Andrew Eschtruth and investment consultant Charles Ellis, Falling Short predicts that without corrective action, millions of retirees will find that they have too little in savings. “We need more retirement income because people are living longer, they face rapidly rising health care costs, and rates of return are really low so they need a bigger pile of money,” says Munnell, the Drucker Professor in the Carroll School of Management. “At the same time that people need more, retirement resources are going down. Social Security will provide less relative to earnings before retirement; the 401(k) system, which could work, has very modest balances; and people don’t use their houses, which is often their major asset. So we’re approaching this big mismatch and people are going to be shocked and fall short of their standard of living when they get to retirement.” For more details, see these articles: Boston Globe | Boston College Chronicle | Money

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New book on Eagles Hockey

hockey bookThe new book Tales from the Boston College Hockey Locker Room: A Collection of the Greatest Eagles Hockey Stories Ever Told (Sports Publishing, 2014) details the long and highly successful history of men’s ice hockey at Boston College, from the informal “ice polo” competition held among students at BC’s original campus in the South End of Boston in the 1890s to the emergence of Boston College hockey as one of the most successful programs in all of collegiate sports. Through interviews and archival research, co-authors Tom Burke and Reid Oslin (a BC alumnus and former BC sports information director) tell the story of legends like coaches John “Snooks” Kelley and Len Ceglarski, as well as modern era Eagles from Jerry York  to Brian Leetch. More in this Boston College Chronicle Q&A with Oslin. Clark Booth praised Tales from the Boston College Hockey Locker Room in a recent column for The Pilot.

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Award for Hargreaves

book jacket_Hargreaves_05012012Lynch School of Education Thomas More Brennan Professor Andy Hargreaves and his co-author Michael Fullan have been named recipients of the 2015 Grawemeyer Award in Education from the University of Louisville for the ideas expressed in their book, Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School (Teachers College Press). In their book, the authors state that teachers will automatically elevate their own competency when placed in a team environment that encourages individual contributions, group interaction and continuous learning and that this approach works much better than using performance-based education models to reward or punish individual teachers. The University of Louisville presents the Grawemeyer prizes annually for outstanding works in music composition, ideas improving world order, psychology and education and gives a religion prize jointly with Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. More from BC News

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Famously Forgotten

mindset bookIn their new book, The Mindset List of the Obscure: 74 Famously Forgotten Icons from A to Z, Boston College alumnus Ron Nief and his co-author Tom McBride, creators of the Beloit College Mindset List, explore 75 American culture icons once-famous and now forgotten. From Abbott and Costello to the singing telegram, the book is filled with facts, trivia and photos, that will educate young readers and make older readers  nostalgic for days gone by.

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For love of the game

sportbookIn his new book, Sport: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2014), Boston College-Ireland Academic Director Mike Cronin charts the history of sport, from its traditional origins in folk football and cock fighting to its position as a global phenomenon today. Looking at a variety of sports from team games such as rugby and football to games for individuals such as golf and skiing, he considers how these first emerged and captivated the interest of ordinary people, and how sport has been transformed within our daily lives. He also recently wrote a blog post on the issue of sexual violence in sport.

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Having a Heart for God

having a heartBoston College alumna Tracy Baumer Fox, a certified life coach, is the author of a new devotional for busy Christians seeking to be inspired by God’s word while also learning about the Bible. Fox is the founder of Having a Heart for God, a company to dedicated to educating people about Biblical principles and strategies that can be used to live a successful, happy, productive and meaningful life. She created the One Minute Bible Study — an emailed devotional containing a Scripture reading, explanation/application, reflection question, and a relevant quote from a prominent source. She has compiled the best of these offerings in her new book, Having a Heart for God Devotional: 365 Days of the One Minute Bible Study.

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