MY COUSIN THE SAINT
A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles
by Justin Calanoso

Posts Tagged ‘summer reading’

YES! Weekly

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Editor Brian Clarey offers his take on “My Cousin the Saint,” and his alternative weekly, Yes! Weekly, offers its picks for summer reading. Brian’s story begins:My Cousin the Saint

“Justin Catanoso and I have a lot in common. We are both editors of weekly newspapers, and both of us grew up in the Northeast before settling in Greensboro to nurture our families and careers. We are both married to beautiful blondes, and we both have daughters named Rosie. And we share a common heritage.

“Catanoso, like my own mother, is an American of full-blooded Italian descent, and we can both trace our roots back to Calabria, the toe of the boot.

“You can read the history of Italy in his face: his Roman nose and heavy brow, raw intelligence gleaming in his dark eyes, his jaw like an outcropping of rock, his olive-oil skin and hair like black wire.

“He looks like he could be one of my uncles, out there throwing bocce balls on the lawn.”

Summer reading

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

I first learned of Father Jim Martin when I read an op-ed of his on saints in the New Yorks Times just over two years ago. His wonderful (and now best-selling) book, My Life with the Saints, had just been published. I bought it immediately, and called him at his office in New York, where he is a writer and editor at the Jesuit weekly America. LIke a good priest, he recognized a soul in need. My knowledge then of saints and naming saints was pitifully low, and my embrace of Catholicism was weak at best.

With Father Jim Martin’s energetic, sincere and often hilarious assistance (mostly in emails, a few more phone calls and a quick visit in Manhattan) I’ve improved in both areas. Ever the supportive friend, he recently posted a short list of books he recommends for summer reading.