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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John P. Carroll  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1943 in Chicago, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Carroll was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

James Carroll was raised in Washington, D.C., and ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1969. He served as a chaplain at Boston University from 1969 to 1974, then left the priesthood to become a writer. A distinguishedscholar-in-residence at Suffolk University, he is a columnist for the Boston Globe and a regular contributor to the Daily Beast.James Carroll was raised in Washington, D.C., and ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1969. He served as a chaplain at Boston University from 1969 to 1974, then left the priesthood to become a writer. A distinguishedscholar-in-residence at Suffolk University, he is a columnist for the Boston Globe and a regular contributor to the Daily Beast.


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Madonna red /
ISBN: 0316130079. OCLC Number:

Little, Brown,. Boston :. ©1976.

Memorial Bridge /
ISBN: 0804112746. OCLC Number:

Ivy Books,. New York, NY :. 1995.

City below.
ISBN: 0395825229. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1996.

Secret father /
ISBN: 061848535X. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2003.

Secret Father is a suspenseful drama of family and politics set in Cold War Berlin. Missed signals, cloaked motives, false postures, and panicked responses echo tragically across borders and generations when, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a father and son recount the tense events of nearly thirty years before. In 1961, just before the Wall rises, three teenagers from an American school in West Germany travel to the Communist side of the divided city to join a rally. Unknown to them, their parents have unfinished business reaching back to World War II which will pull the teens into the vortex of an international incident.

Practicing Catholic /
ISBN: 0547336268. OCLC Number:

Mariner Books,. Boston, Mass. :. 2010.

A memoir in which the author discusses his early life as a Catholic which led him to the priesthood in 1968, the positions of the Church that caused him to leave, and the reasons why he continues in the faith while at the same time disagreeing with its stand on moral issues.


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