Monthly Archives: June 2011

For Chicago Book Lovers

If you’re near Chicago there’s a program delving into some excellent novels written by Catholic authors. I’ve read the first two books.

A Trio of British Catholic Novels
Book study presented by Fr. Bob Sprott O.F.M.

Brideshead Revisited (Waugh),
The Heart of the Matter (Greene)
In This House of Brede (Godden)

May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28,
July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2
12:10 – 12:50 p.m.
St. Clare Auditorium – St. Peter’s in the Loop

It’s right in the center of the city.

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Posted by on June 2, 2011 in British Lit, classic, contemporary


Reviving Ophelia

Published in the 1990s, Reviving Ophelia describes the social and psychological troubles facing teenage girls in America. Mary Pipher, Ph.D., draws on her experience working with girls who face sexual harassment, objectification, emotional stress, family breakdowns, drugs and alcohol more than in the past. Sadly, my guess is that things have gotten worse not better since publication.

Pipher points out that in many cases the problem isn’t so much the family, though sometimes it is, but rather the culture that the girls are thrust into. I hope things aren’t this bad everywhere, but it seems that a lot of girls are taunted, groped and assaulted with terrible frequency.

Lifetime, the cable TV network, made a movie based on the book.

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Posted by on June 1, 2011 in contemporary, non-fiction, psychology, Uncategorized