Memories of a Parish Priest
Andrew M. Greeley
The latest offering from the prodigious pen of America’s best-known liberal-leaning Catholic priest is a sequel to Greeley’s 1986 autobiography, "Confessions of a Parish Priest." A bestselling author in both fiction and non-fiction, Greeley’s latest offering delivers his views on hot-button issues such as the relationship between the Vatican and the U.S. Catholic Church, pedophilia in the priesthood, the rights of the laity and the future of Catholic education in particular and the American church in general. Forge Books. 303 pp. $24.95.
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The word and the concept of "Dreamtime" is most often associated with the aboriginal peoples of Australia, but John Moriarty has drawn together the mysticism of that ancient race with that of Christian Europeans, most specifically Irish Christian Europeans. When this book was first published in Ireland in 1994 it prompted both rave reviews and furrowed brows. It’s doing so again in this expanded and revised edition. Lilliput Press, available from Dufour Editions, Chester Springs, PA 19425, (610) 458-5005. 276 pp. $24.95.
A RIDDLE OF STARS
Waterford-born Pierce Butler’s novel is set both on an island off Kerry and in Massachusetts. The main character, Matthew Quigley, is a newly minted immigrant and the thread running through the book is one of family, memory, discovery. "A Riddle Of Stars" is a double-edged memoir, one with an Irish twist, the other with an American. Zoland Books, 287 pp. $13.
COMPASS OF THE HEART
The second novel in the Winona Trilogy, "Compass of the Heart," is set in Michigan and tells of a meeting of minds and spiritual traditions, those of Winona, an elderly Lakota Sioux medicine woman, and psychologist Meggie O’Connor. The tale evolves into a love story between the recently divorced Meggie and Winona’s younger cousin, a man named Hawk. Doubleday. 345 pp. $12.95.