Author Archives: brotherisaac

Grieving the fire of Notre Dame during Holy Week

As you may know during the Easter Triduum we read the four gospel accounts of the passion of our Lord at table, preempting whatever table reading has been in progress.  As luck would have it today at lunch just before … Continue reading

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James Garfield

Yes, we just finished reading another presidential biography at table, but this time not for one of America’s historical giants, but for the sad case of a man shot and killed in his inaugural year.  Usually, I put the title … Continue reading

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Saint Paul

A few weeks back we finished the biography of Saint Paul by the biblical scholar and Church of England bishop, N.T. Wright.  He writes [I know] about what led to Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus and explores why … Continue reading

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You Had a Job for Life

Last week we finished Jamie Sayens’s You Had a Job for Life:  Story of a Company Town at table.  Those of you who have been following this blog for a few years know that there are certain genres of non-fiction … Continue reading

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God’s Hotel

We recently finished a book at table, Victoria Sweet’s God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine that took me by surprise by the amount of its monastic content.  I suppose the use of … Continue reading

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Into the Raging Sea

Recently we finished reading Rachel Slade’s Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro.

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A Rift in the Earth

A few weeks ago we finished reading A Rift in the Earth:  Art, Memory, and the Fight for the Vietnam War Memorial by James Reston, Jr.  The author gives an excellent narrative of the controversy caused by the blind competition … Continue reading

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