The latest novel by Boston College alumna Natália Gomes (also known as N.D. Gomes) tackles issues such as bullying and sexual violence and the importance of listening to and believing girls. We Are Not Okay (HarperCollins UK/HQ Young Adult, 2019), has been described as 13 Reasons Why meets John Green and Jennifer Niven. Through the powerful stories of four girls, readers learn what happens when girls are silenced. Gomes also is the author of Dear Charlie and Blackbird.

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Noah the nurse practitioner

A new children’s book introduces young readers to the nursing profession and showcases a role model who challenges gender and racial biases. The Adventures of Noah the Nurse Practitioner was written by Boston College alumnus Loic Assobmo, a primary care adult and gerontology nurse practitioner. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2015 and a master’s degree in nursing in 2017. For the book, Assobmo collaborated with two of his former high school classmates,  Michael Turner (editor) and Kimbo Henry (illustrator). Read more in Assobmo’s hometown newspaper.

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Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

The 19th Amendment, which secured for women the right to vote in the United States, was passed in the House of Representatives and Congress 100 years ago. The amendment capped a decades-long women’s suffrage movement by activists, many of whom have gone unheralded in history books. One of those overlooked women is the subject of a new book, The Superwoman and Other Writings by Miriam Michelson (Wayne State University Press, 2019), edited by Boston College Associate Professor of the Practice of English Lori Harrison-Kahan. Michelson (1870–1942) broke gender barriers as a reporter and columnist, writing about crime, politics, and women’s suffrage for the San Francisco Call and San Francisco Bulletin. Harrison-Kahan’s volume is the first collection of newspaper articles and fiction written by Michelson. It features an introduction by Harrison-Kahan and a foreword by Michelson’s great-great niece Joan Michelson. The Superwoman and Other Writings by Miriam Michelson was featured in a recent Saturday Evening Post article.  Harrison-Kahan will participate in a panel discussion on “Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage” at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on June 24.

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Batting Order

Ben Roberson is an all-or-nothing baseball player: big, bold, and brash. Matt Baker, a great all-around player, is small and shy, and has a stutter. The two learn a lot from one another once they start working together in Batting Order (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers May, 2019), a new book for middle graders from BC alumnus Mike Lupica. A member of the National Sports Media Hall of Fame, Lupica has covered professional sports for more than 30 years. He also is the author of several books for middle school readers and young adults, including Heat, Travel Team, Million-Dollar Throw, and Summer Ball, among others. Lupica was at BC for a three-day residency during the 2018-19 academic year, where he spoke to students about his career in sports media.

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Danger in Boston

A biological weapon is accidentally unleashed upon an unsuspecting Boston populace in a new thriller by Phil Temples, a systems administrator in the Computer Science Department at BC. In The Allston Variant (Moonshine Cove Publishing, 2019), scientist Carrie Bloomfield is recruited by the FBI to investigate a biotech company that may be secretly engineering a biological weapon to sell to a terrorist organization. When the bioweapon is released, Bloomfield must race against time to find an antidote. Temples also is the author of The Winship Affair and Helltown Chronicles, among other titles.

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Secret nerd

Sarah Anne is a popular jock with a secret nerdy side in the newest novel by Boston College alumna Erin Dionne. In Secrets of a Fangirl (Arthur A. Levine Books, May, 2019) Sarah Anne lives by a set of rules meant to keep her geek and jock selves separate. But her geek identity threatens to be exposed when she enters a contest about her obsession, the MK Nightshade series. Sarah Anne has to learn how to be true to herself in this book geared for readers ages 8-12. Dionne also is the author of Lights, Camera, Disaster! and Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, among other titles.

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Paradigm shift for American Catholics

On July 29, 1968, Pope Paul VI ended years of discussion and study by Catholic theologians and bishops by issuing an encyclical on human sexuality and birth control entitled Humanae Vitae. According to Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life Director Mark Massa, S.J., the encyclical led to a paradigm shift in American Catholic thought that has had far-reaching repercussions. In his book The Structure of Theological Revolutions: How the Fight Over Birth Control Transformed American Catholicism (Oxford University Press, 2018), Fr. Massa argues that American Catholics did not simply ignore and dissent from the encyclical’s teachings on birth control, but that they also began to question the entire system of natural law theology that had undergirded Catholic thought since the days of Aquinas. He examines the work of theologians, including Monan Professor of Theology Lisa Sowle Cahill, concluding that theology does not develop one step at a time, in a linear fashion, but with large and even sudden shifts of meaning. Read a review of Fr. Massa’s book in the National Catholic Reporter.

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