Category Archives: Boston College Book Reviewer

Salameh book reviews

In Middle East Quarterly, Boston College Professor of Near Eastern Studies Franck Salameh reviews the book City of Beginnings: Poetic Modernism in Beirut by Robyn Creswell. According to Salameh, City of Beginnings is “a learned, nuanced, and deeply searching guide” … Continue reading

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Book review from Kathleen Hirsch

Kathleen Hirsch, a part-time faculty member in Boston College’s Philosophy Department, penned a book review of Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife by Bart D. Ehrman for the Boston Globe. She writes that the author Ehrman “knows his … Continue reading

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Graver’s NYT Books review

Professor of English Elizabeth Graver has written a review of Niall Williams’ novel, This is Happiness, for The New York Times. In his latest work, Williams’ narrator, 78-year-old Noel Crowe, reflects back on the time he spent in his grandparents’ … Continue reading

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Searching for home

The thread running through Michael Brendan Dougherty’s book My Father Left Me Ireland: An American Son’s Search for Home (Sentinel/Penguin Random House, 2019) is the author’s spiritual development, which culminates in the discovery of his own vocation as a father. … Continue reading

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Bayles on The Big Picture

BC faculty member Martha Bayles offers her take on the new book The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies by entertainment journalist Ben Fritz in a piece for The American Interest. She writes that The Big Picture “offers … Continue reading

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Understanding Detroit

In her review of the Kathryn Bigelow movie “Detroit,” released 50 years after the 1967 riots/rebellion in the Motor City, Martha Bayles faults the filmmakers’ attempts to capture the essence of Detroit, writing: “Instead of letting Detroit’s unique history enrich … Continue reading

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Book review by BC prof

Political historian Heather Cox Richardson recently reviewed The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency by Kathryn Smith. LeHand, FDR’s private secretary, is described as a child of Irish immigrants who rose “to … Continue reading

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Book reviews in Commonweal

A recent issue of the magazine Commonweal features book reviews by two members of the Boston College community. Canisius Professor James F. Keenan, S.J., director of the Jesuit Institute, reviewed American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order … Continue reading

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Disabled and betrayed

In a book review for America magazine, William Bole calls The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland by Dan Barry a “disturbing yet beautifully told story.” Boys in the Bunkhouse is a nonfiction account of the decades-long mistreatment of a … Continue reading

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Doing good

In America magazine, BC Professor of Theology Stephen Pope reviews the book Doing Good . . . Says Who?: Stories from Volunteers, Nonprofits, Donors, and Those They Want to Help by Connie Newton and Fran Early which uses the authors’ extensive experience of … Continue reading

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