Category Archives: Alumni Authors

Becoming a R.E.A.L. man

Boston College alumnus Frank DiCocco, a football coach at the high school and college level, created a character curriculum called the R.E.A.L. (R-espect all people, E-specially women, A-lways do the right thing, L-ive a life that matters) Man Program to help the young men … Continue reading

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Barrio Rising

In the mid-1950s, Venezuela’s military government razed a massive slum settlement in the heart of Carácas and replaced it with what was at the time one of Latin America’s largest public housing projects. When the dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez was … Continue reading

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Do Guns Make Us Free?

One of the most emotionally charged debates in the United States centers on the Second Amendment and the rights of citizens to bear arms. In his new book, Do Guns Make Us Free?: Democracy and the Armed Society (Yale University … Continue reading

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Naive guys

Boston College alumnus Harry Patz, Jr. has published The Naive Guys: A Memoir of Friendship, Love and Tech in the Early 1990s (Gondolin Advisors LLC, 2014), a novel that follows BC graduate Mark Amici as he makes his way in New York City in the early … Continue reading

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Saga of the Redeemed

As Boston College alumnus Auston Habershaw likes to tell it, when you are born on the same day that a NASA space station falls to Earth, you are destined to be supervillain or science fiction/fantasy writer. Habershaw is the latter … Continue reading

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A boyhood remembered

In his memoir, Kaufman’s Hill (Bancroft Press, 2015), author John C. Hampsey recalls his boyhood in Pittsburgh during the 1960s, before the counterculture revolution takes hold. Hampsey’s world is a mix of exhilarating freedom — because of absent parents, teachers, and priests — … Continue reading

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Postcards from Paris

In Bettyville (Viking, 2015), magazine and book editor George Hodgman, travels from New York City to Paris, but readers should not expect a glamorous travelogue. The destination is Paris, Missouri, and Hodgman returns to his childhood home and cares for his mother who … Continue reading

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