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Top Holiday Picks from a Notre Dame Student

Once again, it’s time for the Notre Dame Press Holiday Sale! Until December 7th, save 50% on all books and ebooks during our holiday sale and enjoy free shipping on orders over $30. After that, enjoy 40% off on all our books and free shipping on orders over $50 until December 31st.

Sydni Brooks, one of Notre Dame Press’s Marketing and Sales students, has helped make your shopping easier by providing her top picks this holiday season:

Erika Bachiochi’s The Rights of Women explores the development of feminist thought in the United States. It documents the philosophical and legal frameworks which inspired the journey of identifying women’s rights as progress for the common good of all people. Its unique treatment of the moral roots of women’s rights in America and its critique of the movement’s current trajectory are especially interesting to women readers like myself today.

“Part history, part legal theory, and part political philosophy, The Rights of Women provides a compelling contribution to feminist dialogue, both applauding the gains and critiquing the missteps made during women’s quest for advancement. . . . Bachiochi offers a judicious analysis of women’s history that informs her refreshing portrait of dignitarian feminism.”

Law & Liberty

Gregory Mellema’s short and lively summary entitled Sin provides an introduction to the philosophy behind sin and moral wrongdoing. This book highlights what contemporary philosophers are saying about the relationship between the traditional theological category of sin and contemporary philosophical ethics. I found especially interesting Mellema’s input on the teachings of six major world religions concerning sin, as it begins the conversation of how other cultures and religions identify wrongdoing and morality.

“This accessible and clearly written book applies recent philosophical treatments of sin to a catalog of carefully distinguished facets of the concept of sin. The originality here extends to a deeper understanding of the nature of sin by explicitly connecting the concept to moral issues, including obligation, blame, collective action, supererogation, virtue, and evil.”

—Edward Wierenga, author of The Philosophy of Religion

As a Black student attending Notre Dame, Black Domers, edited by Don Wycliff and David Krashna, will always belong on my bookshelf. Through seventy-five essays, including one eloquently written by my godmother, Ramona Payne, this book tells the compelling story of racial integration and race relations from 1947 to 2017. This collection of essays is a guide filled with understanding, perseverance, and hope for Black students yet to come to Our Lady’s university, and an inspiring conversation for all students about determination and community.

“I believe that there is tremendous value in capturing these narratives, not only in terms of the individual stories but also what they reflect when taken as a whole. This book makes an invaluable contribution to the history of Notre Dame as well as affirmative action, Catholic history, black Catholic history, and ethnic history in the age of civil rights.”

—Ann Firth, chief of staff to the president, University of Notre Dame

Though celibacy is often seen as a distinctive feature of the Catholic priesthood, Married Priests in the Catholic Church details the rich and diverse traditions of married priests in Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Editor Adam A. J. DeVille offers diverse perspectives on pastoral married life from many countries and traditions, including personal, historical, theological, and canonical accounts. This collection of essays truly opened my eyes to the lives of wives and marital families of priests which I previously did not believe could exist due to my former understanding of pastoral commitments.

Married Priests in the Catholic Church makes an original contribution to the history of married and celibate clergy in North America, its pastoral implications, and, most importantly, the theological relationship between marriage and priesthood. I found it so captivating that I could not put it down.”

—Radu Bordeianu, author of Dumitru Staniloae: An Ecumenical Ecclesiology

Listen to the Mourners is one of the first book-length English translations of Nāzik Al-Malā’ika’s Arabic poetry. As an English major with a deep adoration for reading and writing poetry, the artistry of one of the most influential Iraqi poets of the twentieth century finally translated into English is an insurmountable addition to modern Arabic poetry, Iraqi literature, and women’s studies.

“This is an excellent translation, capturing the beauty of Nāzik Al-Malā’ika’s poetry and making this formative, leading Arab poet available to an English audience.”

—Bassam K. Frangieh, author of Anthology of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought from Pre-Islamic Times to the Present

Sheryl Luna’s Magnificent Errors highlights the challenges of mental health and how they can inspire growth, beauty, and hope in those experiencing them. Winner of the Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry, this collection of poems celebrates the ability for those living amongst the margins to thrive despite their tribulations. This work is exceptionally inspiring to me as it asks readers to identify with their own mental health and find perseverance despite their struggles.

“With Magnificent Errors, Luna has broken the regional boundaries of the American Southwest and become one of America’s finest poets.”

—Dagoberto Gilb, author of Before the End, After the Beginning

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