Art historian explores collaboration between Breuer, Benedictines

By Bob Zyskowski For The Visitor For more than 50 years, motorists and passengers on I-94 have seen an enormous concrete structure peeking above the treetops to the south as they near the exit for Collegeville and St. John’s University. The flat trapezoid, the row of bells and the cross in the cutout at the…

‘High Divide’ weaves historical events, family’s struggles

“The High Divide” by Lin Enger. Algonquin Books, September 2014. 332 pp. $24.95. By Ann Jonas For The Visitor Family legend has it that author Lin Enger’s great-grandfather, a Norwegian who immigrated to the Dakota Territory in 1883, shot the last wild buffalo east of the James River as it drank from the stock tank…

‘Ove’ is thoughtful, heartwarming tale

The life of a curmudgeon changes unexpectedly when new neighbors arrive “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman; Atria Books; July 2014; 352 pp; $25. By Ann Jonas For The Visitor Published originally in Sweden, this quirky novel tells the tale of Ove, a grumpy, 59-year-old man who has recently been forced to retire. He…

Stories for summer: Kick back and relax with these reading suggestions

By Ann Jonas For The Visitor Summer is in full force. Here are some good books to read this summer while on vacation or while simply enjoying the season on your deck or porch. “On Sal Mal Lane” by Ru Freeman. Graywolf Press, paperback edition published May 2014. 386 pages. $16. Entering a world unfamiliar…

Here’s great summer reading for fans of all-star writing

July 4, 2014, edition Radio transmissions intertwine paradoxical lives in Doerr’s beautifully written novel set in WWII “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. Scribner Publishing, May 2014. 531 pp. $27 By Ann Jonas For The Visitor Author Anthony Doerr was traveling in a New York subway when he had the idea for his new book “All the Light We Cannot…

A father, a son and their values put to the test in superb WWI novel

“The Cartographer of No Man’s Land,” by P.S. Duffy. Liveright, New York (Oct. 2013). 384 pp. $25.95. June 20, 2014, edition By Bob Zyskowski The moral life takes center stage in Minnesotan P.S. Duffy’s “The Cartographer of No Man’s Land,” a World War I novel that centers around a family and village in Nova Scotia…

She navigated hurdles with ‘invisible girls’

Helping a refugee family helped this authorconfront her own trials “The Invisible Girls: A Memoir” by Sarah Thebarge. Jericho Books (2013 hardcover, April 2014 paperback). 277 pp. $14 June 6, 2014, edition By Ann Jonas For The Visitor It all began with a wink. Sarah Thebarge was riding the train from the suburbs to downtown…

Can a penny help you pray? Author’s tips ‘make cents’

June 6, 2014, edition By Dave Hrbacek The Catholic Spirit How can a penny help someone draw closer to God? For Marion Amberg, the answer is simple. It lies in the four words placed at the top of the front side of the copper coin, directly above President Abe Lincoln’s head: “In God We Trust.”…

Books for first communicants

 “A Prayerbook for First Communion,” by Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND This delightful and informative prayerbook is a great daily companion for children preparing for First Communion. The simple and heartfelt prayers help them express their joy and anticipation as they prepare to receive Jesus for the first time. Simple explanations and invitations to action accompany…