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A booklist for: Doubt: A Parable

Production dates: January 18-27, 2013

This is a booklist created by Gere Branch library staff to accompany the stage production of Doubt: A Parable at Gere’s neighbor, The Lincoln Community Playhouse.

Doubt: A Parable is a 2004 stage play by John Patrick Shanley, which was turned into a 2008 Academy Award-nominated film.

What do you do when you’re not sure?” So asks Father Flynn, the progressive and beloved priest at the St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx, in his sermon. It’s 1964, and things are changing, to the chagrin of rigid principal Sister Aloysius. However, when an unconscionable accusation is leveled against the Father, Sister Aloysius realizes that the only way to get justice is to create it herself. And as for the truth of the matter? As Father Flynn says, “Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.” In stunning prose, John Patrick Shanley delves into the murky shadows of moral certainty, his characters always balancing on the thin line between truth and consequences. Doubt: A Parable is an exquisite, potent drama that will raise questions and answer none, leaving the audience to grapple with the discomfort of their uncertainties.

Reading Recommendations for fans of Doubt:

The Confession
by Sheldon Siegel [Siegel (M)]

When the lawyer for the plaintiff in a scandalous sexual harassment suit against the San Francisco Catholic Archdiocese turns up dead, the possible victim of murder, ex-priest Mike Daley and his ex-wife and law partner, Rosie, set out to defend the prime suspect, Father Ramon Aguirre, but they soon discover that they have a nearly impossible task ahead of them.

The Priest’s Madonna
by Amy Hassinger [Hassinger]

In 1896, the priest in a small village in southern France suddenly came into possession of immense wealth. This much is true. What no one knows for sure is where his money came from. The history of the region suggests that he may have stumbled upon clues to a hidden treasure of the Knights Templar. An even more tantalizing possibility is that he discovered coded documents hidden in the structure of his church, documents so threatening to the Catholic Church that he was paid to keep silent. At his death under mysterious circumstances in 1917, his secrets died with him.

Unfinished Desires: A Novel
by Gail Godwin [Godwin]

Sparking enthusiasm for a play about the founding of their North Carolina mountains Catholic girls’ school, a charismatic ninth grader and her recently orphaned best friend set in motion a series of events that have decades-long ramifications.

The Haunted Abbot
by Peter Tremayne [Tremayne (M)]

As Fidelma and Eadulf soon learn, murder isn’t the only danger facing those in the abbey. The ghost of a young woman haunts the cloister shadows, a ghost closely resembling the Abbot’s dead wife. It will require all of Fidelma’s skill as an advocate of the Brehon Courts to uncover the truth-before the abbey’s secrets take yet another life.

Lives of the Popes
by Richard P. McBrien [282 McB]

Lives of the Popes is the most thorough, vivid, and fascinating history of the papacy available. Renowned Catholic commentator Richard McBrien offers a fresh, intelligent look at each of the 262 popes.

The Collar
by Jonathan Englert [282.73 Eng]

What does it mean to take up God’s work? What motivates a man in these times to leave the secular for the spiritual life? In The Collar, Jonathan Englert finds the answers in the journey of five men toward the priesthood at Milwaukee’s Sacred Heart Seminary.

Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible
by David Plotz [221 Plo]

Good Book is what happens when a regular guy actually reads the book on which his religion, his culture, and his world are based. Along the way, he grapples with the most profound theological questions: How many commandments do we actually need? Does God prefer obedience or good deeds? And the most unexpected ones: Why are so many women in the Bible prostitutes? Why does God love bald men so much? Is Samson really that stupid?

[DVD Doubt]

In a Bronx Catholic school in 1964, a popular priest’s ambiguous relationship with a troubled 12-year-old student is questioned by the school’s strict principal.

Dead Poets Society
[DVD Dead poets society]

Robin Williams portrays English professor John Keating, who, in an age of crew cuts, sport coats and cheerless conformity, inspires his students to live life to the fullest, exclaiming “Carpe Diem, lads! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary!” The charismatic teacher’s emotionally charged challenge is met by his students with irrepressible enthusiasm–changing their lives forever.

Created in partnership with the Lincoln Community Playhouse by ka/Gere Branch January 2013 | Modified for use on BookGuide by sdc/bmpl