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Welcome to the SCU Alumni Bookshelf. The following Bronco authors have let us know about their latest reads. Take a look and snag your own copy to support a fellow Bronco.

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Zealot (2014)

Reza Aslan '95
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Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the "Kingdom of God." Within decades after his death, his followers would call him God. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most enigmatic figures by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived.
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Whose Baby Is It, Anyway? (2018)

Kalpana Asok '93
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This book of essays takes an informal and, I hope, gentle look into South Asian homes, hearts, and homeland in an attempt to help mental health practitioners have a more complete understanding of their Indian clients. My aim is that these stories, anecdotes, and social and psychological sketches open the door to more pertinent clinical conversations.

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The Father of the Family: A Christian Perspective (2013)

Clayton Barbeau '59
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Rooted firmly in Scripture, these pages call on husbands to stop thinking of themselves simply as bosses and breadwinners, rather, as co-creators with God, imitators of Christ's love for His people, high priests in the domestic Church, teachers of their children, witnesses to society, providers of spiritual and material goods, and models of holiness. 
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Junípero Serra : California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary (2015)

Rose Marie Beebe '76 & Robert M. Senkewicz
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Franciscan missionary friar Junípero Serra (1713–1784), one of the most widely known and influential inhabitants of early California, embodied many of the ideas and practices that animated the Spanish presence in the Americas. In this definitive biography, translators and historians Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz bring this complex figure to life and illuminate the Spanish period of California and the American Southwest.
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Drifting Democracy: India: From a Common Man's Perspective (2013)

Pravin Boddu '12
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A satire on Indian society, politics and democracy! India is, in fact, the world’s largest democracy. Big deal! Nobody is calling it the world’s greatest democracy. It has taken several centuries, a whole lot of bloodshed and an incredible amount of will on the part of millions and millions of people to get democracy evolved to where it is today.

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UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World (2017)

Michele Borba '72
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Hailed as “an absolute must-read” and a book that “will change your kids’ lives”, UnSelfie by Dr. Michele Borba explains what parents and educators MUST do to combat the growing empathy crisis among children today—including a 9-step empathy-building program with tips to guide kids from birth through college, and beyond.
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Children of the Knight (2013)

Michael Bowler '79
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According to legend, King Arthur is supposed to return when Britain needs him most. So why does a man claiming to be the once and future king suddenly appear in Los Angeles? 
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40,000 to One (2012)

Scott Brown '93 & Ben Petrick
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What if I told you that a decade ago, one of the greatest baseball prospects of his era was hitting home runs off Hall of Famers while hiding Parkinson's disease? What if I told you this is not the most amazing part of Petrick's story?

Lisa Cahill global justice christology 

Global Justice, Christology and Christian Ethics (2013)

Lisa S. Cahill '70
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Global realities of human inequality, poverty, violence and ecological destruction call for a twenty-first-century Christian response which links cross-cultural and interreligious cooperation for change to the Gospel. This book demonstrates why just action is necessarily a criterion of authentic Christian theology, and gives grounds for Christian hope that change in violent structures is really possible. 

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A Moment's Pause for Gratitude: Enrich Your Life with a Focus on Gratitude (2017)

Kevin Carroll '79
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Kevin Carroll's reminders have helped me resist the urge to complain and replace it with an appreciation of all that I have. A Moments Pause for Gratitude can be read in one sitting or used as a daily prayer of thanks; either way, it serves as an antidote to negativity and an aide for the peaceful mind.

Love on the Rocks 

Love on the Rocks: A Positano Tale (2015)

Catie Costa '93
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Thirtysomething best friends Kit and Bridget flee their humdrum lives to spend the summer in Positano, the infamous "Pearl of the Amalfi," for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation filled with frivolously expensive and tantalizingly wonderful experiences-and that was just the food.

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Fortune Cookie Leadership: Wisdom for Leadership, Sales & Life (2017)

Katey Dallosto '93
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Enclosed in this book are 52 “fortune cookie” lines for your sales meeting, your leadership and your life. My mom’s one liners inspired me and hopefully they can inspire you and your team as well.

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The Tao of Personal Leadership (1996)

Diane Dreher '15, M.A.
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Say good-bye to the adversarial samurai managerial principles of the last decade. A new philosophy is sweeping the business world, one that's more in tune with a global marketplace, where cooperation, not competition, is the key to success.
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Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activism inside the United Nations

Sylvanna Falcón '95
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Falcón redirects the conversation about UN-based feminist activism toward UN forums on racism. Her analysis of UN antiracism spaces, in particular the 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa, considers how a race and gender intersectionality approach broadened opportunities for feminist organizing at the global level. 

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Missionary Bishop: Jean-Marie Odin in Galveston and New Orleans (2013)

Patrick Foley '86
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In 1822 a young French missionary priest arrived in America, where he would devote the rest of his life to the mission field on behalf of the Catholic Church. Jean-Marie Odin served first in Missouri and Arkansas, then in 1840 moved to Texas, becoming the first Bishop of Galveston in 1847. He held that office until 1861, when he became Archbishop of New Orleans. 

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Precarious Claims: The Promise and Failure of Workplace Protections in the United States (2016)

Shannon Gleeson '02
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Precarious Claims tells the human story behind the bureaucratic process of fighting for justice in the U.S. workplace. The global economy has fueled vast concentrations of wealth that have driven a demand for cheap and flexible labor. Workplace violations such as wage theft, unsafe work environments, and discrimination are widespread in low-wage industries such as retail, restaurants, hospitality, and domestic work, where jobs are often held by immigrants and other vulnerable workers.

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Motivating Millennials: How to Recognize, Recruit and Retain The Next Generation of Leaders (2017)

James Goodnow '03
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This book will explain how to motivate Millennials and show you how to capitalize on the great potential of our often-maligned generation.

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Mariette in Ecstasy (1994)

Ron Hansen M.A. '95
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A novel about convent life at the turn of the century? Hardly the makings of a page-turner, yet Ron Hansen's Mariette in Ecstasy is a gripping, even life-changing book. For the Sisters of the Crucifixion, each day is a ceaseless round of work, study, and prayer--one hardly separate from the other.
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Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner 

The Kite Runner (2013)

Khaled Hosseini '88
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The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. Check out other titles by Khaled Hosseini '88 »

Labyrinth Mary Jo Ignoffo 

Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune (2010)

Mary Jo Ignoffo '78
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The first full-length biography of Sarah Winchester, the subject of the movie Winchester starring Helen Mirren. 
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Return to Juniper (2018)

Pat Jameson '73
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Kenny Young has been retired as an aerospace scientist for ten years. Since then he has been haunted by mysterious dreams that resemble scenes from a spacecraft. In Juniper, long-time citizen Virl Saeger experiences the same thing as Young, although his nightmares began years ago, in the early 1960s. Saeger suspects his dreams are connected to the same 1956 alien spacecraft landing witnessed by both him and Young. The two men’s quests take the reader between the 1960s of Virl’s time, to Kenny Young’s present day Juniper.
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Tandem (2013)

Anna Jarzab '05
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Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds, inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real—until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will. 
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Taking Hold (2015)

Francisco Jimenez '66, Ph.D
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Francisco Jimenez leaves everything behind in California to attend Columbia University in New York City. With few true accounts of the Latino experience in America, Francisco Jimenez’s work comes alive with telling details about the warmth and resiliency of family and the quest for identity against seemingly impossible odds. 
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The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants Are Changing American Life (2017)

Tomás R. Jiménez '98
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The immigration patterns of the last three decades have profoundly changed nearly every aspect of life in the United States. What do those changes mean for the most established Americans—those whose families have been in the country for multiple generations?
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Sex and Gender: Christian Ethical Reflections (2017)

Patricia Beattie Jung '71
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The collection covers a wide range of topics: same-sex marriage, sexual minorities and biblical interpretation, sex and power, sexual harassment and sexual abuse, HIV/AIDS and prevention strategy, the military and masculinities, mobile porn and sexting, human trafficking, moral discernment, and more. 
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Quince (2017)

Sebastian Kadlecik '01
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Lupe is just your average, insecure, well-meaning, occasionally cranky teenage girl whose life is completely turned upside down when she discovers she has superpowers at her quinceañera. Her quince powers only last as long as she's fifteen, so over the course of this rollercoaster year, we follow the adventures of Lupe as she figures out what it really means to be a hero. 
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Bruce and Juliet: The Unlikely Friendship of a Bubble Breathing Dragon and a Daydreaming Kitten (2013)

Melanie Kassen '86
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When Bruce, a baby dragon, and Julie, a daydreaming kitten, accidentally meet, their mutual desires, skills, and teamwork will help them realize their full potential and learn to accept themselves.

A parents guide to video games 

A Parent's Guide to Video Games (2016)

Rachel Kowert '08
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Drawing from the most recent research in the field of game studies, A Parent’s Guide to Video Games was developed specifically to help parents better understand if, how, and why video game play can impact a child’s physical, social, and psychological well-being.

Why Zarmina Sings 

Why Zarmina Sings: 18 Steps to Live and Learn Beyond Anxiety (2016)

Thérèse Ayla Kravetz '85
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Plagued by an over-anxious brain, the author embarks on a journey toward creativity and confidence after hearing her student, Zarmina, find vocal freedom and move other students to tears with her song. As Thérèse searches for ways to free herself and her students from fragmented learning, restricted voices, and the fight or flight response, she learns tools to accelerate learning and transcend anxiety. 
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Merchant power of onlyness 

The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World (2017)

Nilofer Merchant '00
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Now that the Internet has liberated ideas to spread through networks instead of hierarchies, power is no longer determined by your status, but by “onlyness”—that spot in the world only you stand in, a function of your distinct history and experiences, visions and hopes. 
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Son of a Gambling Man: My Journey from a Casino Family to the Governor's Mansion (2013)

Bob Miller '67
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A memoir of growing up in mob-run Sin City from a casino heir-turned-governor who's seen two sides of every coin. A warm family memoir, the story of a city heir, with just a little bit of The Godfather and Casino thrown in for spice, Son of a Gambling Man is a unique and thoroughly memorable story.

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Deadly Medicine (1989)

Kelly Moore '87
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She killed for thrills. The sensational story of nurse Genene Jones shocked a nation as more than 30 children were murdered by an angel of mercy. This is the whole story, from the doctors that hired her to the trial that followed. Featured in Redbook. HC: St. Martin's. 
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Limitless: How to Be, Have, Do and Accomplish Anything (2015)

Larry Murnane '82
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LIMITLESS is a must-read for anyone serious about living a purposeful life of accomplishment and fulfillment. The author, Larry Murnane, concisely explains the simple, practical and proven techniques and strategies used by all high-achieving men and women, in every field, to accomplish far more than they or the folks around them ever dreamed possible.  Learn how to break the bonds of limited conventional thinking, and expand your mind and ambitions to the point where you can greatly exceed any goal you have ever set for yourself. Murnane’s simplistic formula with clear examples of how to change your thoughts, beliefs and actions will rapidly accelerate goal fulfillment and maximize happiness.

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Why Woman Should Rule the World (2009)

Dee Dee Myers '83
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If women ruled the world, politics would be more collegial, businesses would be more productive, and communities would be healthier. More women should lead—not because they are the same as men, but precisely because they are different.

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Full of Grace:  A New Year of Life for Your Baby - and for You! (2015)

Claire Noonan '00
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Developmental milestones. Mothers watch them throughout that first year of their babies lives; waiting, observing, fretting, sometimes comparing, and always wondering. This marvelous book focuses on these critical markers, and offers reflections, suggestions for spiritual practices, and encouragement for all new moms, whether they are brand new to motherhood or seasoned veterans.

 
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Myriad Lands: Volume 2: Beyond the Edge (2016)

Katherine Quevedo '04
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Beyond the familiar tropes of kings and castles, elves and dragons, there is a whole world of possibilities for fantasy literature. This anthology collects fantasy stories whose inspiration lies beyond the traditional medieval European basis. It brings exciting new stories and overlooked voices into the fantasy genre.
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The House That Lou Built (2018)

Mae Respicio '97
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A coming-of-age story that explores culture and family, forgiveness and friendship, and what makes a true home.
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The 10 Commandments for Everyday Life (2015)

Max Oliva, S.J. '61
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Use the Ten Commandments in your own life with this guide. This book adapts the Ten Commandments for modern use, turning advice like "thou shalt not kill" into "respect all human life." 
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Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels and the Borderland Dream (2017)

Joseph "Joe" Tone '01
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Joe Tone’s riveting, exquisitely layered crime narrative, set against the high-stakes world of horse racing, is an intimate story about family, loyalty, and the tragic costs of a failed drug war.

An American doctors life 

An American Doctor's Life Divinely Orchestrated (2006)

Leslie R. Webber '53
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This is the story of Leslie Webber, a retired physician with interesting adversities, from the depression years to the 90's. The writing was mostly for family, but at this time I have been encouraged to publish it. The most of the material is from memory, but augmented by letters written over a 35 year period, which my mother had saved.

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Sophia of Silicon Valley: A Novel (2018)

Anna Yen '91
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Sharp, dramatic, and full of insider dish, SOPHIA OF SILICON VALLEY is one woman’s story of a career storming the corridors of geek power and living in the shadow of its outrageous cast of maestros.

 

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