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Richard Rohr focuses his attention on all frames and doorways to the divine— the alternative way of Francis of Assisi.Francis of Assisi, one of the most beloved of all saints, was at once very traditional and entirely revolutionary in the ways of holiness.

Nuzzi takes an investigative look at the recent financial scandals at the highest levels of the Vatican. On one side there is Pope Francis's strong message for one church of the poor and all; on the other, there is the old Curia with its endless enemies, and the old and new lobbies struggling to preserve their not-so-Christian privileges.

Espionage author Forsyth has long avoided writing an autobiography. And, technically, he still hasn't written one. This memoir is more of an episodic collection of stories from his life: here he is in the RAF; here he is going to Fleet Street to become a foreign correspondent; here he is in Paris; and so on. Forsyth applies his clean, journalistic writing style to his own life, reporting it rather than reliving it.

Writing in 1931, Eugene O'Neill praised his third wife (Carlotta Monterey) for giving him a warm secure sanctuary that could only come from a mother and wife and mistress and friend! In this, their third and culminating study of America's only Nobel laureate playwright, the Gelbs plumb the psyche of a writer who desperately needed yet often resented the women who shaped his personal and artistic life.

The first paperback edition of the classic biography of the founder of the Mormon church, this book attempts to answer the questions that continue to surround Joseph Smith. Was he a genuine prophet, or a gifted fabulist who became enthralled by the products of his imagination and ended up being martyred for them?

When a gunman stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn., killing 26 people-including 20 children-in 2012, teacher Roig-Debellis swiftly herded her 15 first-graders into a cramped bathroom, where they sat in quiet terror for 45 minutes until rescue arrived. In this memoir, Roig-Debellis, writing with Fisher, recounts that tragic day.

Starting with their award winning profiles of Fred Astaire in 1980, Joan Kramer and David Heeley documented the lives and careers of many Hollywood legends, establishing a reputation for finding the un-findable, persuading the reluctant, and maintaining unique relationships long after the end credits rolled. These were recognized as high-quality, definitive film portraits, which revitalized the genre and made it a mainstay of television programming.

Apocalyptic prophecies and miraculous apparitions are headline-grabbing events that often put the Catholic Church's concept of 'rational faith' at odds with the passion of its more zealous followers. To some, these claims teeter on the edge of absurdity. Others see them as evidence of a private connection with God. For the Vatican, the issue is much more nuanced as each supposed miraculous event could have serious theological and political consequences.

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