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Bierce the beloved curmudgeon

Essential Bierce: A Selection of the Writings of Ambrose Bierce

In the pithy and acerbic Devil’s Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce defined realism as “the art of depicting nature as it is seen by toads.” And in Essential Bierce: A Selection of the Writings of Ambrose Bierce (Heyday Books, 2007, $11.95), edited by John R. Dunlap ’68, you’ll find the stuff that makes the curmudgeonly Bierce beloved even today. But this anthology also offers readers some of Bierce’s compelling war and horror stories. The collection is part of the California Legacy Series, a collaboration between SCU and Heyday. As for editor Dunlap, in addition to holding his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara, he has taught at SCU for more than 30 years—now serving as a senior lecturer in both classics and English.

Keeping youth SAFE

In July, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed to pay an estimated $660 million to more than 500 victims of child sexual abuse by clergy. The Southern Baptist Convention has also been riven by an abuse scandal across multiple states. With an eye toward preventing future abuses in religious and secular organizations alike, Michelle Smith ’91 has co-authored and edited SAFE (Screening Applicants for Effectiveness): Guidelines to Prevent Child Molestation in Mentoring and Youth-Serving Organizations (Friends for Youth, Inc., 2006, $25). The book educates readers on issues concerning how to prevent child molestation and offers screening and monitoring procedures for organizations.

Tasting the water of freedom

Lauren Hackworth Petersen ’87 discovered her passion for art history while a senior at SCU. She is now an associate professor of art history at the University of Delaware and author, most recently, of The Freedman in Roman Art and Art History (Cambridge University Press, 2006, $90). The book comes out of several summers spent examining the homes and tombs of freedmen (freed slaves) in Pompeii—who were prodigious patrons of art and architecture—and offers insights into the lives of everyday people in ancient Rome and Pompeii.

A prayer for all seasons

Rosary Handbook: A Guide for Newcomes, Old-Timers, and Those In Between     Why has the rosary remained such a popular Catholic devotional prayer? An answer to that lies in The Rosary Handbook: A Guide for Newcomers, Old-Timers, and Those In Between (The Word Among Us Press, 2007, $11.95) by Mitch Finley ’73. In clear, accessible prose, Finley explains how the simplicity and depth of the rosary make it a prayer for all seasons.

From the redwood forest

Bandit Days: hijinks La Honda style, circa 1948. Photo: courtesy Haydden Coggins
Bandit Days: hijinks La Honda style, circa 1948
Photo: Courtesy Hayden Coggins

Neil Young lives there now. Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters once called it home. So, for a time, did the outlaws who rode with Jesse James. And they all make an appearance in La Honda (Arcadia Publishing, 2007, $19.99) by Bob Dougherty M.S. ’91 MBA ’96. Part of the Images of America series, Dougherty’s collection chronicles the history of this rural community in the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains that was once a logger’s dream. When Kesey and co. lived there, Hunter S. Thompson dubbed their cabin “the world capital of madness.” Things have settled down a little, but there’s still tremendous beauty in this mountain community near the sea.

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See a photo gallery of some of the images from La Honda.