That moron Bush is reading my book?

Hee-hee...I don't know why but so many stories are striking my funny bone today. This one cracked me up.According to the White House, one of three books Bush chose to read on his five-week vacation is "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky, who chronicled the rise and fall of what once was considered the world's most strategic commodity.The other two books he reportedly brought to Crawford are "Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar" by Edvard Radzinsky and "The Great Influenza: The Epic … [Read more...]

Hitler’s Mufti, Not Hitler’s Pope

I've been meaning to post this piece for two days, but kept forgetting, then Amy Welborn, who seems to be much better at keeping up with things than I, posted excerpts of this interview and Eureka! I remembered! You'll want to head over to Amy's site to read the interview with Rabbi David Dalin, the author of this book, The Myth of Hitler's Pope.In the Frontpage piece, Rabbi Dalin writes:Many readers of the New York Times no doubt believe that Pope Pius XII was "Hitler’s Pope," because J … [Read more...]

Book in the mail, today

From Loyola Press - The Catholic Passion by David Scott.I had some positive things to say about his Mother Theresa book, so I expect this will be a good read. I'll tell you more when I've read it! … [Read more...]

Some thought Harry Potter was troubling?

Betsy Newmark - that tireless educator who is all for getting kids interested in reading - is appalled, and I think rightly, at the hottest new book for teenagers which Betsy says "glorifies the life of a suicide bomber."Writes the Telegraph: A new novel for teenagers about a mixed-race girl who trains to become a terrorist suicide bomber has become a bestseller in mainstream bookshops since its publication a month ago.Checkmate, by the award-winning children's writer Malorie Blackman, … [Read more...]

A Look Back At An Extraordinary Month

Hugh Hewitt is raising an eyebrow as he links to the LA Times' review of John Allen's new book on Pope Benedict XVI. I think the review is as fair as anything written in the LA Times can be - they will always throw their bones to the left and make sure they get in a jab here or there.Allen's book is entitled The Rise of Benedict XVI The Inside Story of How the Pope Was Elected and Where He Will Take the Catholic Church, and I am sure, since it is John Allen that it will be researched to the … [Read more...]

An exciting new “Catholic” novel!

Julie at Happy Catholic tips us off to what sounds like a fascinating new novel, Valley of Bones.Julie is so excited about the book that she is giving it a rave while still only halfway through it:Aside from the intricate mystery there is the spiritual factor. Emmylou claims to have communion with the devil which leads to her being put in a mental institution where, at the detective's request, she begins writing a confession. However, her confession is more along the lines of St. Augustine's … [Read more...]

The Verdict: “Brede” is a remarkable book

I must admit, it is kind of thrilling to me to be receiving so many emails from both men and women of all ages, who tell me they have taken my advice and picked up or borrowed a copy of Rumer Godden's classic novel, In This House of Brede. Within the last 24 hours I have received email from two gentlemen, who were exceedingly taken with the book - one wrote,"I wanted to write and thank you for your recommendation. I am a lapsed RC, but the book was still full of meaning and wonder. Its hard … [Read more...]

Harry Potter Spoilers

If you are still unaware of what happens in Book 6, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and you don't want to know...DO NOT READ THIS.I'm not kidding, I plan on going into some detail, here, so if you want to read the book, and you get mad when people spoil the fun...DO NOT READ THIS!I have waited a whole week to comment on it, figuring it would be unfair to readers just nosing around to suddenly get information they did not want.But a week is enough time. While waiting to be able to … [Read more...]

Flannery O

Jim Manney of People of the Book directs us to this excellent and fun page If Flannery Had Blog. He found it via an Amy Welborn reader.He picks out a choice (and favorite) morsel from The Habit of Being; The Letters of Flannery O' Connor:I was once, five or six years ago, taken by some friends to have dinner with Mary McCarthy and her husband, Mr. Broadwater. (She just wrote that book, “A Charmed Life.”) She departed the Church at the age of 15 and is a Big Intellectual. We went at eig … [Read more...]

Captain Ed reviews Potter

There are reviews of Harry Potter all over the blogosphere, many with spoilers. I think Ed Morrissey has written the best, most succinct review - giving little away but a hearty recommendation. I'm about 2/3 of the way through the book, and I concur with his opinions, completely - particularly his observations that Rowlings' writing skills are much improved, overall, and that the story seems quite relevant to our modern times, rather than with WWII.I also admire, quite simply, his economy of … [Read more...]