Saturday, August 25, 2012

A Quiz!: Measuring the Mileage of Loome Books

How many miles of books are there at Loome Theological Booksellers? You tell us!

We have recently completed the gargantuan task of measuring the world's largest theological bookstore, measuring each shelf throughout the store, and calculating the footage--as well as the mileage--of our inventory.

How many miles of books (shelf-by-shelf) do you think are here?

E-mail your guess, in miles, to by Friday, August 31, 2012. The person with the closest guess to the actual mileage will receive $10 in store credit.

...And that $10 credit will go further than usual with our 25% off Moving Sale, which begins the same day (Aug. 31, 2012).

Loome Theolgical Booksellers will be moving to Claret Farm in Stillwater this fall (Read more about it here). Our moving sale is applicable to purchases made in person at the store beginning Friday, August 31. All books (except Antiquarian & Rare) will be 25% off. Sets of 4-volumes or more will be 50% off the original price. The sale will continue until everything is moved to our great new location. Hope to see you there!

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Misfits' Reading List, 2002-2012: A reading history

These are the books the Misfits have read over the past decade:

 September, 2002
            Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

October, 2002
            Silence by Shusako Endo

November, 2002
            The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

December, 2002
            A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Conner

January, 2003
            The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton 

February, 2003
            Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

March, 2003
            Morte D’Urban by J.F. Powers

April, 2003
            The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

May, 2003
            The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

June, 2003
            The Woman of the Pharisees by Francois Mauriac

July, 2003
            The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos

August, 2003
            Misfits Summer Recess:  No Book Meeting

September, 2003
            The Brother’s Karamazov (Part I) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

October, 2003
            The Brother’s Karamazov (Part II) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

November, 2003
            The Brother’s Karamazov (Part III) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

December, 2003
            The Brother’s Karamazov (Part IV) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

January, 2004
            Father Elijah by Michael D. O’Brien

February, 2004
            The Ballad of the White Horse and Lepanto by G. K. Chesterton

March, 2004
            Men at Arms by Evelyn Waugh

April, 2004
            Officers and Gentlemen by Evelyn Waugh

May, 2004
            Unconditional Surrender by Evelyn Waugh

June-August 2004 
            Misfits Summer Recess:  No Book Meeting

September, 2004
            The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

October, 2004
            Joan of Arc by Mark Twain

November, 2004
            The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh

December, 2004
            Lord of the World by Fr. Robert Hugh Benson

January, 2005
            Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor

February, 2005
            The Keys of the Kingdom by A. J. Cronin

March, 2005
            The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

April, 2005
            Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

May, 2005
            Kristin Lavransdatter I:  The Wreath by Sigrid Undset

June- July, 2005 
            Misfits Summer Recess:  No Book Meeting

August, 2005
            Kristin Lavransdatter II:  The Wife by Sigrid Undset

September, 2005
            Kristin Lavransdatter III:  The Cross by Sigrid Undset

October, 2005
            Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly

November, 2005
            Helena by Evelyn Waugh

December, 2005
            In This House of Brede by Rumor Godden

January, 2006
            Viper’s Tangle by Francois Mauriac

February, 2006
            The Cypresses Believe in God (Part I) by Jose Maria Gironella

March, 2006
            The Cypresses Believe in God (Part II) by Jose Maria Gironella

April, 2006
            The Cypresses Believe in God (Part III) by Jose Maria Gironella

May, 2006
            The Cypresses Believe in God (Part IV) by Jose Maria Gironella

June, 2006
            The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

July, 2006
            One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich  by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

August, 2006
            Utopia by Sir Thomas More

September, 2006
            The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain

October, 2006
            The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain  (Continued)

November, 2006
            The Spear by Louis de Wohl

December, 2006
            The Citadel by A. J. Cronin.

January, 2007
            Memento Mori by Murial Spark

February, 2007
            The Thanatose Syndrome by Walker Percy

March, 2007
            A Burnt-out Case by Graham Greene

April, 2007
            Edmund Campion by Evelyn Waugh

May, 2007
            Saint Thomas Aquinas by G.K. Chesterton

June/July, 2007
            Saint Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton

August,/September, 2007
            The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage by Paul Elie

October, 2007
            Mariette in Ecstasy  by Ron Hanson

November, 2007
            The Life of St. Thomas More by Peter Ackroyd

December, 2007
            Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Conner

January, 2008
            The Master of Hestviken:  The Axe (Volume One) by Sigred Undset

February, 2008
            The Master of Hestviken:  The Snake Pit (Volume Two) by Sigred Undset

March, 2008
            The Master of Hestviken:  In the Wilderness (Volume Three) by Sigred Undset

April, 2008
            The Master of Hestviken:  The Son Avenger (Volume Four) by Sigred Undset

May, 2008
            Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

June, 2008
            Annual Chesterton Conference (June 12-14, 2008)

July, 2008
            Lord of the Flies by William Golding

August, 2008
            Catholics by Brian Moore

September, 2008
            Exiles by Ron Hanson

October, 2008
            The Four Men: A Farrago by Hilaire Belloc

November, 2008
            The Issa Valley by Czeslaw Milosz

December, 2008
            A Commentary on the Sonnets of G. M. Hopkins by Father Peter Milward, S.J.

January, 2009
            The Viaduct Murders by Fr. Ronald A. Knox

February, 2009
            The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

March, 2009
            The Samurai by Shusako Endo

April, 2009
            The Way of A Pilgrim by Anonymous

May, 2009
            The Devil’s Advocate by Morris West

June, 2009
            Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

July, 2009
            The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis

August, 2009
            The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green

September, 2009

The Death of a Pope by Piers Paul Read

October, 2009
            Manalive by G. K. Chesterton           

November, 2009
            The Stripping of the Altars (Part 1) by Eamon Duffy

December, 2009
            The Stripping of the Altars (Part 2) by Eamon Duffy

January, 2010
            The Stripping of the Altars (Part 3) by Eamon Duffy

February, 2010
            Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C. S. Lewis

March, 2010
            Dear James by Jon Hassler
April, 2010
            Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot

May, 2010
            The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

June, 2010
            The Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy by Leo Tolstoy

July, 2010
            The Great Short Works of Fyodor Dostoevsky by Fyodor Dostoevsky

August, 2010
            The Prudence of the Flesh by Ralph McInerny

September, 2010
            The Black Robes by Brian Moore

October, 2010
            Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

November, 2010
            Dimiter by William Blatty

December, 2010
            A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

January, 2011
            Loss and Gain by Blessed John Henry Newman

February, 2011
            Unnatural Death by Dorothy Sayers

March, 2011
            Dracula by Bram Stoker

April, 2011
            The Divine Comedy:  Hell by Dante Alighieri

May, 2011
            The Divine Comedy:  Hell (Cont.) by Dante Alighieri

June, 2011
            The Divine Comedy:  Purgatory by Dante Alighieri

July, 2011
            The Divine Comedy:  Purgatory (Cont.) by Dante Alighieri

August, 2011
            The Divine Comedy:  Paradise by Dante Alighieri

September, 2011
            The Divine Comedy:  Paradise (Cont.) by Dante Alighieri

October, 2011
            Poor Banished Children by Maria De Fiorella

November, 2011
           A World Lost by Wendell Berry

December, 2011
            My Antonia by Willa Cather

January, 2012
            A Canticle for Leibowitz by William M. Miller,  Jr.

February-March 2012
            A Postcard from the Volcano by Lucy Beckett

April, 2012
            He Leadeth Me by Fr. Walter J. Ciszek, S.J.

May, 2012
            The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

June, 2012
            The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare

Next up:
September, 2012
            The Time Before You Die: A Novel of the Reformation by Lucy Beckett

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Misfits: Our Second Decade Begins

Dear Misfits,

Our Catholic Men's Reading Group is entering its second decade of reading the great books of the Catholic literary tradition. It is hard to believe that we had our first meeting ten years ago in September, 2002.  ...What an adventure it has been. And remarkably, the best is yet to come! We still have so many great books to read. The challenge is finding the time. What surprises me is how many of you busy people still find the time to read our books and come to our meeting each month.

So on to the future. We will open our next decade of reading with The Time Before You Die: A Novel of the Reformation by Lucy Beckett. As you will recall, we read and immensely enjoyed her novel, A Postcard from the Volcano in February. Many of you have recommended we read this second novel and some have already started it.

The novel is set in the sixteenth century when medieval Christendom was split into the sovereign states of modern Europe in the aftermath of the Reformation. This was particularly destructive in Tudor England where monks and nuns were persecuted amidst the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. The hero of the novel is Robert Fletcher, the Carthusian priest of the dismantled priory of Mount Grace in Yorkshire.

Beckett tells the story of this strong, vulnerable man along with the story of one of the most interesting men in the whole of English history, Reginald Pole, a nobleman, scholar and theologian who was exiled in Italy for twenty years. Pole was a Cardinal and papal legate at the Council of Trent. As Archbishop of Canterbury, Pole joined with his cousin Queen Mary Tudor, in an ill-fated attempt to renew Catholic England.  In the tragic last months of his life, Pole befriends Robert Fletcher, who has been condemned as a heretic.

Beckett does a masterful job of depicting the history of this tragic period which martyred Carthusian monks along with other martyrs of the Faith.

There is good news and bad news. First the bad news--the novel is no longer published which is a shame. Now the good news--The Time Before You Die  is widely available on-line as a used book. Most are reasonably priced. …

I look forward to meeting with you for another 10 years to discuss the great treasures to be found in Catholic literature.  I have a list of Catholic novels, poetry, and plays that is several pages long and will take at least another 10 years to read.

With sincere regard,

Misfit Buzz

"I have always imagined that Paradise is a kind of library."

                                                ~ Jorge Luis Borges

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