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This Place on Third Avenue
by John McNulty ’17

This Place on Third Avenue (Counterpoint) is a collection of short stories by John McNulty ’17. Included in the volume are previously unpublished stories, a memoir by McNulty’s widow, Faith, and photographs by Morris Engel.

From 1937 until his death in 1956, McNulty wrote profiles, stories and vignettes for The New Yorker, specializing in the raconteurs and marginal characters of New York’s saloons, race tracks and dance halls. In his day, McNulty was lauded by James Thurber, E.B. White, Red Smith and Ogden Nash, who wrote, “It was a happy day for American letters when McNulty crossed Lexington Avenue and took his ear along.” 

Commenting on this new book, Frank McCourt writes, “‘This Place on Third Avenue’ is a gift of a book, long overdue. When you read McNulty you’ll think, perhaps, of Joseph Mitchell and Damon Runyon … McNulty shows us that wherever you look, there’s a story.”

 

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The Other American
by Maurice Isserman

The Other American (Public Affairs), by Maurice Isserman, is the biography of author, educator and social activist, the late E. Michael Harrington ’47. Harrington’s book, The Other America, is often cited as the seminal work that ignited the Johnson administration’s War on Poverty. Isserman, professor of history and chair of the Program in American Studies at Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., recounts Harrington’s life, from his St. Louis childhood to his days at Holy Cross, through his involvement with the Catholic Worker Party and his rise to prominence in the New Left movement of the 1960s.

The book has received rave reviews in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation and The Boston Globe. The New Republic has called the book, “compulsively readable ... one of the best biographies of an American leftist that we have.” And the Chicago Tribune calls it “provocative ... compelling ... fascinating.”

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Rethinking Rape
by Ann J. Cahill ’91

Ann J. Cahill ’91 is the author of Rethinking Rape (Cornell University Press), which applies current feminist theory to an urgent political and ethical issue. Cahill takes an original approach by reading the subject of rape through the work of such recent feminist thinkers as Luce Irigaray, Elizabeth Grosz and Judith Butler, who “understand the body as fluid and indeterminate, a site for the negotiation of power and resistance.”

Commenting on the book, Marilyn Frye, professor and associate chair of the department of philosophy at Michigan State University, writes, “Up to date and respectful of ‘second wave’ theories, rich with both reminders and new questions, Cahill’s discussions are accessible and provocative to theorists and activists of all the waves.”

Cahill is an assistant professor of philosophy at Elon College in North Carolina.

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Anamnesis as Dangerous Memory
by Bruce T. Morrill, S.J., ’81

Anamnesis as Dangerous Memory (The Liturgical Press), by Bruce T. Morrill, S.J., ’81, explores the political theology of Johann Baptist Metz to discover injustice and the challenge and hope it poses to those who join in solidarity with the oppressed, and the work of liturgical theologian Alexander Schmemann, to elaborate on how, in its unique keeping of time, the liturgy reveals the kingdom of God and empowers believers thus to witness to it. The meeting of these two compelling theologies results in a rich eschatology: life shaped by the vision of a future that fulfills the promises of the past.

In reviewing the book, Theology Today says, “Morrill has a provocative way with words, and a parish liturgy director or social justice committee member would find that the book opens new horizons, and provides new vocabulary, for their mutual dialogue. It is a mark of good writing to keep a book of such scholarship accessible to a wider audience.”

Bruce T. Morrill, S.J., ’81 is assistant professor of systematic theology at Boston College, specializing in liturgical and sacramental theology. He is contributing editor of Liturgy and the Moral Self: Humanity at Full Stretch Before God and Bodies of Worship: Explorations in Theory and Practice (The Liturgical Press).

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