American Library Association honors book by Roanoke College professor

SALEM, Va. - Choice magazine has named Dr. Mary Henold's recent book, Catholic and Feminist: The Surprising History of the American Catholic Feminist Movement, to its Outstanding Academic Title list for 2009. The American Library Association, which publishes Choice, notes that "this prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community."

The magazine reviews 7,000 works each year, but only ten percent of those are honored with inclusion on the list. The criteria for selection include overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, originality or uniqueness of treatment, and value to undergraduate students.

"I am very pleased to have my book recognized by the American Library Association," says Henold, associate professor of history. "Hopefully, this award will help bring my research to a wider audience."

Henold's book, which has been featured as a "Nota Bene" selection by The Chronicle of Higher Education, explores the American Catholic feminist movement from the 1960s to the early 1980s. Henold says, "I wrote the book to tell what I think is a fascinating story about the intersection of faith and feminism in 20th century America."

The professor describes the work as an academic book, but one she wrote with a general audience in mind. She says, "I think Catholics and feminists (and Catholic feminists) will find it most interesting, but it should also appeal to those who enjoy late twentieth century American history."

The book is published by University of North Carolina Press.

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

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Released: January 26, 2010
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