Alumni Bookshelf

Welcome to the Nazareth University Alumni Bookshelf. We are pleased to share a collection of books authored or published by alumni and faculty. 

If you have authored or published a book, or know a classmate who has, and it is not listed please fill out our submission form below. 

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Holocaust Refugees in Oswego: From Nazi Europe to Lake Ontario
Ann Callaghan Allen

During the height of the second World War, at the order of President Roosevelt, Fort Ontario in Oswego, New York housed 982 refugees, rescued from the horrors of the Holocaust. This book is about the only shelter established by the federal government for victims of the Holocaust during World War II and how the citizens of Oswego responded to help these victims.


The Way of Mercy
Christine M. Bochen

Pope Francis has repeatedly identified Mercy as a central theme of the gospel. Just as Jesus embodies the mercy of God, so his life and witness model the mercy that should define the church and the practice of all Christians. In that spirit, Pope Francis has declared this a Jubilee Year!

Mom the Chemistry Professor: Personal Accounts and Advice from Chemistry Professors who are Mothers
Amber Charlebois

When is the "right" time? How can I meet the demands of a professorship whilst caring for a young family? Choosing to become a mother has a profound effect on the career path of women holding academic positions, especially in the physical sciences. Yet many women successfully...

Planted (The Penningtons Investigate Book 1)
C.T. Collier

It’s Monday of spring break when Professor Lyssa Pennington’s backyard garden project unearths a loaded revolver. With no record of violence at their address and no related cold case, the Tompkins Falls police have no interest. But the Penningtons and a friend with the State Police...


Stuck (The Penningtons Investigate Book 2)
C.T. Collier

Murder never entered the picture until Fritz Van Derzee decided, at long last, to clear his name. Who stuck a jeweled stiletto into his desktop after stabbing him to death? Fritz’s daughter, Emma, recruits her former professor Lyssa Pennington to find the killer.


Sipped (The Penningtons Investigate Book 3)
C.T. Collier

After a rough semester, Professor Lyssa Pennington just wants to post her grades and join her husband, Kyle, in Cornwall for Christmas. First, though, she’s expected to host an elegant dinner for Emile Duval, the soon-to-be Chair of Languages at Tompkins College. Too bad no one told...


Vamoosed (The Penningtons Investigate Book 4)
C.T. Collier

Professor Rand Cunningham is shot and left for dead on the Penningtons’ front lawn, and Lyssa Pennington could be next. Who’s behind the drive-by hit? The husband of one of Rand’s conquests? The lawyer-brother of the student whose sexy video went viral on the Internet? Th...

Losing Faith Finding Hope 
Jesse A. Cruz

Jesse and his wife, Desiré, spent years trying to conceive their first child together. When they were blessed with the news that they would soon be welcoming a daughter to the family, they felt all their prayers were answered. As Jesse and his family's life filled with the excitement and hope of...

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Every Time That I Hold You
Maureen Currie

Every Time that I Hold You is a tender rhyme that will bring a feeling of hope to everyone reading it. From a farmhouse in rural America, to a Japanese garden and on to the plains of Africa, this book allows you and your child to travel the world to meet parents and grandparents everywhere, expressing the universal experience of unconditional love.

Bridges Between Worlds: Spirits and Spirit Work in Northern Iceland
Corrine G. Dempsey

This book explores Icelandic spirit work, known as andleg mal, which features trance and healing practices that span earth and spirit realms, historical eras, scientific and supernatural worldviews, and cross-Atlantic cultures. Based on years of fieldwork conducted in the northern Icelandic to...

Everyday Warrior: The Action Guide for Ordinary People Who Desire Extraordinary Results
Frank M. Gigante

As a young fourteen-year-old, Frank Gigante was gifted his first weight set. That gift turned out to be much more than just a set of dumbbells. Since then, Frank has learned about passion and goals – how to set them and how to achieve them. He has learned the value of planning and...


Grieving Reproductive Loss
Kathleen Gray

Grieving Reproductive Loss: The Healing Process acknowledges the devastating impact these losses can have. Written in "plain language," the book attempts to bring about a greater understanding of the grief associated with reproductive loss and, through the Healing Process Model(c), offers a holistic approach for constructive healthy grieving and healing of body, mind, and spirit.

God's Teardrop: My journey of healing from addiction and prostitution
Dellenna Harper

God’s Teardrop is one woman’s story of heaven’s response to a world filled with: racism, sexism, bullies, oppression, shame, guilt, and addiction. This is the life journey of a survivor who cried out from the depth of her soul. Dellenna Harper takes the reader through the darkness of addiction...

White Plains: A Novel
David Hicks

Flynn Hawkins is a graduate assistant at a prestigious university, on his way to greatness and wisdom. But in the aftermath of 9/11, Flynn leaves his unhappy marriage and beloved children, resigns his teaching position and heads west, only to get lost in his guilt and in the mountains of...

Educating for Responsible Management: Putting Theory into Practice
Jennifer Leigh

It is well known the global community is looking towards business to play its role in creating a just and fair economy. This increases the urgency and relevance of new approaches to management education that can engage and foster socially responsible leaders who are resilient, creative and...

Exponential Leadership: Formulating YOUR Impact
Doug Johnston

A common theme across all of Doug Johnston’s work is converting the focus of our thinking from short-term results to long-term impact. This book is a heart string in his personal journey to attain such lasting impact for himself and spread the same message to others.

(Re)thinking Orientalism: Using Graphic Narratives to Teach Critical Visual Literacy
Rachel Bailey Jones

(Re)thinking Orientalism is a text that examines the visual discourse of Orientalism through the pedagogy of contemporary graphic narratives. Using feminist, critical race, and postcolonial theoretical and pedagogical lenses, the book uses visual discourse analysis and visual semiology...

Music Heard So Deeply: A Music Therapy Memoir
Betsey King, PhD, MT-BC

Music is a part of everyone’s lives and many people use music to relax, energize, and comfort. Music Therapy, however, is a specialized health profession and music therapists around the world engage their clients and patients in personalized music experiences to provide specific help with...

Buffalo Blizzard of 1977
Timothy W. Kneeland

The Blizzard of 1977 is still remembered in Western New York, especially in Buffalo, which received the brunt of the storm. The blizzard occurred during the most extreme cold the area had ever seen, accompanied by some of the largest winter snowfalls on record. The blizzard struck...

Today's Social Issues: Democrats and Republicans (Across the Aisle)
Timothy W. Kneeland

Covering everything from abortion to gun control to immigration, this book explains policies and positions of today's Democratic and Republican parties, giving readers a complete understanding of modern-day American politics and the 2016 presidential race. This book cuts through rhetor...

SAGE Readings for Introductory Sociology
Kimberly J. McGann

This brief anthology for introductory sociology is a collection of 24 classic statements and contemporary favorites that illustrate key concepts in sociology, relate to the everyday lives of students, and spark good classroom discussions. The Second Edition places more emphasis on...

Drawing the Practice of Social Work: A Graphic Textbook
Jed Metzger

Intention, and clarity of purpose, these are important concepts for us as social work practitioners. It is hard to imagine that anyone has gotten through social work graduate school without having to explain how come they were becoming a professional social worker. By the same token most...

Saving Faith: A Memoir of Courage, Conviction, and a Calling 
Elizabeth Osta

It’s 1970. Six hundred thousand attend the largest rock festival ever on the Isle of Wight. The first Gay Pride marches have been held in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. One hundred thousand people are demonstrating against the Vietnam War. And I am a postulant...

Jeremiah's Hunger
Elizabeth Osta

When Jeremiah Buckley buries his baby sister and his mother in a hillside in County Cork in the midst of An Gorta Mor (the Great Hunger), his grief turns to rebellion and commitment to the land as he works to achieve a dream which will echo over the centuries and as far away as America...

Sioux Code Talkers of World War II
Andrea Page

In World War II, code making and code breaking reached a feverish peak. The fabled Enigma cipher had been broken, and all sides were looking for a secure, reliable means of communication. Many have heard of the role of the Navajo Code Talkers, but less well-known...

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I Didn't Know I Would Love You
Mary Pakusch

A poignant memoir chronicling the highs and lows of Mary's experiences visiting her boyfriend in a nursing home. Together, they fought to overcome obstacles; forming friendships, making enemies, and falling in love.


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Tangled Lives: Sarah's Journey
Mary Pakusch

This book follows the story of Sarah as she untangles familial obligations with personal fulfillment. Beginning in a small town in the 1970s, this book follows Sarah as a young child living under the weight of her mother's academic expectations. While Sarah uses college as an opportunity to escape the burdens of her family's expectations, the past came rushing back when her mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The story delves into the intricate web of family dynamics, the quest for personal fulfillment, and the challenges of reconciling the past with the present.

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The Rosewood Hunt
Mackenzie Reed

Follow Lily Rosewood and three seemingly random teens on a scavenger hunt to find her late grandmother's fortune. Think modern day Goonies!

Sacred Texts & Human Contexts: A North American Response to a Common World Between Us and You
Muhammad Shafiq

Sacred Texts and Human Contexts describes the holy books of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; provides multiple religious contexts for some of their common stories such as Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel; analyzes the challenges of enabling these ancient texts to be understood in today...

Making Gender in the Intersection of the Human and the Devine
Thomas Donlin-Smith & Muhammad Shafiq

This collection of essays challenges the traditional patriarchal approach to sacred literature by highlighting gender parity in sacred texts and envisioning the rise of the matriarchy in the future. The authors redefine Biblical Greek words like malakoi and arsenokoitai used in condemnation...

African Immigrants' Experiences in American Schools: Complicating the Race Discourse
Shirley Mthethwa-Sommers

As the number of African-born students in American schools increases, it is important that schools enlarge the circle of diversity to include African-born students who are rendered invisible by their skin color and continent of origin. African Immigrants’ Experiences in American Schools: Compl...

The Rationale Divinorum Officiorum of William Durand of Mende
Timothy Thibodeau

The Rationale Divinorum Officiorum is arguably the most important medieval treatise on the symbolism of church architecture and rituals of worship. Written by the French bishop William Durand of Mende (1230-1296), the treatise is ranked with the Bible as one of the most frequently...

Alone and Content: Inspiring, empowering essays to help divorced and widowed women feel whole and complete on their own
Gwenn Voelckers

Have you ever wondered, Will I ever be happy again? Can I survive another lonely weekend? Or manage life on my own? Whether you've lost a spouse or partner through divorce, death or other life circumstance, you may be struggling to regain your confidence, courage, and zest for living...

Thomas Merton and the Celts: A New World Opening Up
Monica Weis

Thomas Merton and the Celts offers a new lens through which to view Merton's life and spirituality. By examining unpublished letters, notebooks, and taped conferences for the Trappist novices-previously unavailable to the general reader--the author breaks new ground in Merton...

The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton 
Monica Weis

Nature was always vital in Thomas Merton's life, from the long hours he spent as a child watching his father paint landscapes in the fresh air, to his final years of solitude in the hermitage at Our Lady of Gethsemani, where he contemplated and wrote about the beauty of his surroundings...

Thomas Merton's Gethsemani: Landscapes of Paradise
Monica Weis

For twenty-seven years, renowned and beloved monk Thomas Merton (1915-1968) belonged to Our Lady of Gethsemani, a Trappist monastery established in 1848 amid the hills and valleys near Bardstown, Kentucky. In Thomas Merton's Gethsemani, dramatic black-and-white photographs...

Chinese Avant-garde Fiction: Quest for Historicity and Transcendent Truth
Zhansui Yu

Chinese avant-garde fiction undoubtedly represents a summit in contemporary Chinese literature. Given the remarkable achievement of the genre and its revolutionary and profound impact on Chinese literature, it has attracted much attention from the English-speaking academic world...


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