Author Archives: Bookworm

Global cancer pandemic

Cancer is the first or second cause of death in more than 130 countries. An estimated 19.3 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed across the world each year, and this number is expected to rise to 29 million by … Continue reading

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Poetry by design

In a new poetry collection, Theresa Burns explores themes of intention, faith, and fate in all facets of life. Design (Terrapin Books, 2022) is Burns’ first full-length poetry collection. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including The … Continue reading

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My Sister’s Keeper

In her haunting book The Perfect Other: A Memoir of My Sister (Harper, 2022), Boston College graduate Kyleigh Leddy recounts the fear, anguish, and heartbreak of losing a sister to mental illness. The book tells the story of the close … Continue reading

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New poetry from Paul Mariani

Boston College Professor Emeritus Paul Mariani has published his ninth collection of poems, titled All That Will Be New (Slant Books, 2022). Written during the pandemic lockdown, the collection is a reflection on the challenges and divisions of our current … Continue reading

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Educational policy reform in Ireland

As calls for further reducing the role of the Catholic Church in Irish primary schools gains traction in a rapidly evolving Irish society, The Politics of Irish Primary Education: Reform in an Era of Secularisation (Peter Lang, 2022) demonstrates how the … Continue reading

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Book award for Ashley Duggan

The National Communication Association Interpersonal Communication Division has chosen Professor of Communication Ashley Duggan to receive a Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Book Award for her book Health and Illness in Close Relationships (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Synthesizing empirical evidence and … Continue reading

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Review: When Magic Failed

Professor of Near Eastern Studies Franck Salameh, chair of BC’s Eastern, Slavic, and German Studies Department, has written a review of Fouad Ajami’s memoir, When Magic Failed: A Memoir of a Lebanese Childhood, Caught Between East and West. The review … Continue reading

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Henry Ford

Boston College graduate Jenna Grodzicki has written a biography for young readers about auto industry pioneer Henry Ford. In The Story of Henry Ford (Rockridge Press, 2022), readers learn that as a young boy Ford loved to take things apart … Continue reading

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Personal retreat with the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Boston College graduate Joe Laramie, S.J., national director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, has written a retreat guide that draws on the wisdom of Ignatian spirituality. Love Him Ever More: A 9-Day Personal Retreat with the Sacred Heart of … Continue reading

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A recipe for repairing brokenness

Years ago, when pastor Mack McCarter returned to his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, he found a city racially divided and mired in violence. He started a deceptively simple but powerful faith-based community rebuilding program that has since changed his hometown, … Continue reading

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