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Summer Reading II

Vatican I

“The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook to God based on the Wisdom of the Saints,” by Ralph Martin

“A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea,” by Masaji Ishikawa

Andrea Arcarola

Guardian Angel, Brighton Beach


“Silence,” by Shusaku Endo

“An Artist of the Floating World,” by Kazuo Ishiguro

“See How She Loves Us,” by Joan Carroll Cruz

“Holbein’s Sir Thomas More,” by Hilary Mantel and Xavier F. Salomon

Jesus Chan

St. Bartholomew’s, Elmhurst


“The Works of Mercy,” by Pope Francis

“The Courage to be Happy,” by Pope Francis

“How The Light Gets In,” by Brian Doyle

“Vesper Time,” by Frank Cunningham

“Boundless Compassion,” by Joyce Rupp

Sister Ave Clark, O.P.

Director, Heart-to-Heart Ministries


“Attack on the Liberty,” by James Scott

John Gallo

Newtown Square, Pa.


“The City of God,” by Saint Augustine translated by Marcus Dods, D.D.

“Winning the Battle Against Sin, Hope-Filled Lessons From the Bible,” by Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J.

“The Lion of Munster: The Bishop Who Roared Against the Nazis,” by Daniel Utrecht

– James Giorgio

Deacon Candidate Class of 2019


“Pistaco: A Tale of Love in the Andes,” by Lynn F. Monahan

Marie Elena Giossi

Acting Managing Editor

The Tablet


“The Nightingale,” by Kristin Hannah

“Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc,” by Mark Twain

John Kaseta

Blessed Sacrament, Bayside


“On Hope,” by Pope Francis

“Monk Dawson,” by Piers Paul Read

“The Green Years,” by A. J. Cronin

“Deep River,” by Shusaku Endo

Father Robert Lauder

Professor of Philosophy, St. John’s University


“To Light a Fire on the Earth,” by Bishop Robert Barron and John L. Allen, Jr.

“The Soul’s Upward Yearning,” by Robert Spitzer, S.J.

“My Cousin Rachel,” by  Daphne du Maurier

“The World According to Bob,” by James Bowen

–  Kay Lawrence

 Corpus Christi, Woodside


“Creation and the Cross,” by Elizabeth Johnson

“The Bucolic Plague,” by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Mel Sperti

Albany, NY


“Wild Justice,” by Mark Bekoff and Jessica Pierce

“Self-Awareness in Animals and Humans,” by Sue Taylor Parker and Robert W. Mitchell

“The Dynamic Dance: Nonvocal Communication in African Great Apes,” by Barbara J. King

“Orangutans: Wizards of the Rainforest,” by Anne E. Russon

“The Thinking Ape,” by Richard Byrne

“The Great Ape Project,” by Paola Cavalieri and Peter Singer, eds.

“The Animal Mind,” by Kristen Andrews

“Origins of Intelligence: The Evolution of Cognitive Development in Monkeys, Apes, and Humans,” by Sue Taylor Parker and Michael L. McKinney

“The Orangutans: Their Evolution, Behavior, and Future,” by Gisela Kaplan and Lesley J. Rogers

“Terrorists Or Freedom Fighters? Reflections on the Liberation of Animals,” by Steven Best and Anthony J. Nocella II, eds.

Gregory F. Tague, Ph.D.

Professor of English, St. Francis College


“Patton’s Last Gamble: The Disastrous Raid on POW Camp Hammelburg in World War II,” by Duane Schultz

“Churchill: Walking with Destiny,” by Andrew Roberts

“Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire,” by Bret Baier

“Ice Capades: A Memoir of Fast Living and Tough Hockey,” by Sean Avery

Anthony Troiano

Sacred Hearts-St. Stephen parish, Carroll Gardens


“No Enemies, No Hatred,” by Liu Xiaobo

“The Church Cannot Remain Silent,” by Oscar Romero

“Pope Francis and the Theology of The People,” by Rafael Luciani

“The First American Martyr: Biography of Blessed Stanley Francis Rother,” by Bishop Anthony Taylor

“A Case of Two Cities,” by Qiu Xiaolong

“The First Catechetical Instruction,” by St. Augustine

Father John Vesey

Pastor, St. Michael’s, Flushing


“The Gatekeepers,” by Chris Wipple

“99 Stories of the Game,” by Wayne Gretzky

“From Islam to Christ,” by Derya Little

Deacon Chris Wagner

Good Shepherd parish, Marine Park


“Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation: Literary Parish in the Twenties and Thirties,” by Noel Riley Fitch

“The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald,” edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli

“Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald,” by Matthew J. Bruccoli

Father Joseph F. Wilson

St. Margaret, Middle Village


“How Did Lubitsch Do It?,” by Joseph McBride

– Scott Weiss, PH.D.

Professor of Communications Arts

St. Francis College, Brooklyn


Corrections:  On our first list of summer books (June 30 – July 7), we listed contributor Joe Brostek as being from St. Kevin’s parish, Flushing. Everyone in Flushing knows that Joe is actually from St. Andrew Avellino parish… Also misidentified was Carolyn Quadarella, who is a parishioner at St. Ephrem, Dyker Heights, and St. Mark the Evangelist, Tucson Ariz. She is not a professor at St. Francis College.

Final call for your reading list: If you wish to have your summer selections listed in  the final installment of our summer reading features, simply send your titles and authors to ewilkinson@desalesmedia.org.

2 thoughts on “Summer Reading II

  1. Greeks Bearing Gifts by Philip Kerr

    A Thriller Spy Master by Brad Thor
    Distant Shores A Novel by Kristin Hannah
    Friends in High Places by Donna Leon
    Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon
    Falling Upward by Richard ROHR
    The Depth of God’s Reach by Michael Downey

  2. Masters of the Air: America’s bomber boys who bombed Nazi Germany
    By : Donald L. Miller

    Over Memorial Day weekend I flew in a B17 out of Republic airport. Then I read this book. If you ever thought that flying in a “Fort” over the Reich was romantic… Think Again! This book brings to life the emotional and physical struggles of WWII bomber crews.