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Manseau, Peter

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Works: 16 works in 93 publications in 8 languages and 5,333 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Fiction  Biographies  Controversial literature  Church history  Illustrated works  Case studies 
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Most widely held works by Peter Manseau
Songs for the butcher's daughter : a novel by Peter Manseau( Book )
34 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 1,028 libraries worldwide
Summer, sweltering, 1996. A book warehouse in western Massachusetts. A man at the beginning of his adult life -- and the end of his career rope -- becomes involved with a woman, a language, and a great lie that will define his future. Most auspiciously of all, he runs across Itsik Malpesh, a ninetysomething Russian immigrant who claims to be the last Yiddish poet in America. When a set of accounting ledgers in which Malpesh has written his memoirs surfaces -- twenty-two volumes brimming with adventure, drama, deception, passion, and wit -- the young man is compelled to translate them, telling Malpesh's story as his own life unfolds, and bringing together two paths that coincide in shocking and unexpected ways.--from Publisher description (http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0838/2007049787-d.html)
One nation, under gods : a new American history by Peter Manseau( Book )
7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,007 libraries worldwide
Thomas Jefferson collected books on all religions and required that the brand new Library of Congress take his books, since Americans needed to consider the "twenty gods or no god" he famously noted were revered by his neighbors. Looking at the Americans who believed in these gods, Manseau fills in America's story of itself, from the persecuted "witches" at Salem and who they really were, to the persecuted Buddhists in WWII California, from spirituality and cults in the '60s to the recent presidential election where both candidates were for the first time non-traditional Christians
The apparitionists : a tale of phantoms, fraud, photography, and the man who captured Lincoln's ghost by Peter Manseau( Book )
5 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 730 libraries worldwide
In the early days of photography, in the death-strewn wake of the Civil War, one man seized Americas imagination. A "spirit photographer," William Mumler took portrait photographs that featured the ghostly presence of a lost loved one alongside the living subject. Mumler was a sensation: The affluent and influential came calling. Peter Manseau brilliantly captures a nation wracked with grief and hungry for proof of the existence of ghosts and for contact with their dead husbands and sons
Killing the Buddha : a heretic's Bible by Peter Manseau( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 482 libraries worldwide
Provides an account of the authors' spiritual odyssey across America, drawing on the work of such influential writers as A.L. Kennedy, Rick Moody, and Haven Kimmell to rework the Bible to make it relevant to modern-day faith
Rag and bone : a journey among the world's holy dead by Peter Manseau( Book )
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 393 libraries worldwide
By examining relicst̄he bits and pieces of long-dead saints at the heart of nearly all religious traditionsP̄eter Manseau delivers a book about life, and about faith and how it is sustained. The result of wide travel and the author?s own deep curiosity, filled with true tales of the living and dubious legends of the dead, Rag and Bone tells of a California seeker who ended up in a Jerusalem convent because of a nun?s disembodied hand; a French forensics expert who travels on the metro with the rib of a saint; two young brothers who collect tickets at a Syrian mosque, studying English beside a hair from the Prophet Muhammad?s beard; and many other stories, myths, and peculiar histories. With these, and an array of other digits, limbs, and bones, Manseau provides a respectful, witty, informed, inquisitive, thoughtful, and fascinating look into the "primordial strangeness that is at the heart of belief," and the place where the abstractions of faith meet the realities of physical objects, of rags and bones
Objects of devotion : religion in early America by Peter Manseau( Book )
3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 343 libraries worldwide
Objects of Devotion: Religion in Early America tells the story of religion in the United States through the material culture of diverse spiritual pursuits in the nation's colonial period and the early republic. The beautiful, full-color companion volume to a Smithsonian National Museum of American History exhibition, the book explores the wide range of religious traditions vying for adherents, acceptance, and a prominent place in the public square from the 1630s to the 1840s. The original thirteen states were home to approximately three thousand churches and more than a dozen Christian denominations, including Anglicans, Baptists, Catholics, Congregationalists, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Quakers. A variety of other faiths also could be found, including Judaism, Islam, traditional African practices, and Native American beliefs. As a result, America became known throughout the world as a place where, in theory, if not always in practice, all are free to believe and worship as they choose. The featured objects include an 1814 Revere and Sons church bell from Salem, the Jefferson Bible, wampum beads, a 1654 Torah scroll brought to the New World, the only known religious text written by an enslaved African Muslim, and other revelatory artifacts. Together these treasures illustrate how religious ideas have shaped the country and how the treatment and practice of religion have changed over time. Objects of Devotion emphasizes how religion can be understood through the objects, both rare and everyday, around which Americans of every generation have organized their communities and built this nation
Melancholy accidents : three centuries of stray bullets and bad luck by Peter Manseau( Book )
5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 124 libraries worldwide
Shocked by the epidemic of gun violence in the United States, acclaimed writer Peter Manseau found himself absorbed by the "melancholy accidents" that once appeared im American newspapers: daily accounts of accidental gun deaths that seemed as unfortunate as they were unavoidable
The apparitionists : a tale of phantoms, fraud, photography, and the man who captured Lincoln's ghost by Peter Manseau( Sound Recording )
4 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 36 libraries worldwide
In the early days of photography, in the death-strewn wake of the Civil War, one man seized America's imagination. A "spirit photographer," William Mumler took portrait photographs that featured the ghostly presence of a lost loved one alongside the living subject. Mumler was a sensation: The affluent and influential came calling, including Mary Todd Lincoln, who arrived at his studio in disguise amidst rumors of seances in the White House. Peter Manseau brilliantly captures a nation wracked with grief and hungry for proof of the existence of ghosts and for contact with their dead husbands and sons. It took a circus-like trial of Mumler on fraud charges, starring P.T. Barnum for the prosecution, to expose a fault line of doubt and manipulation. And even then, the judge sided with the defense-nobody ever solved the mystery of his spirit photography. This forgotten puzzle offers a vivid snapshot of America at a crossroads in its history, a nation in thrall to new technology while clinging desperately to belief
Vows : the story of a priest, a nun, and their son by Peter Manseau( file )
5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
The 1950s was a boom time for the Catholic Church in America, with large families of devout members providing at least one son or daughter for a life of religious service. Boston was at the epicenter of this explosion, and Bill Manseau and Mary Doherty - two eager young parishioners from different towns - became part of a new breed of clergy, eschewing the comforts of homey parishes and choosing instead to minister to the inner-city poor. Peter Manseau's riveting evocation of his parents' parallel childhoods, their similar callings, their experiences in the seminary and convent, and how they met while tending to the homeless of Roxbury during the riot-prone 1960s is a page-turning meditation on the effect that love can have on profound faith. Once married, the Manseaus continued to fight for Father Bill's right to serve the church as a priest, and it was into this situation that Peter and his siblings were born and raised to be good Catholics while they witnessed their father's personal conflict with the church's hierarchy. A multigenerational tale of spirituality, Vows also charts Peter's own calling, one which he tried to deny even as he felt compelled to consider the monastic life, toying with the idea of continuing a family tradition that stretches back over 300 years of Irish and French Catholic priests and nuns. It is also in Peter's deft hands that we learn about a culture and a religion that has shaped so much of American life, affected generations of true believers, and withstood great turmoil. Vows is a compelling tale of one family's unshakable faith that to be called is to serve, however high the cost may be
One nation, under gods : a new American history by Peter Manseau( file )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 18 libraries worldwide
A groundbreaking new look at the story of America. At the heart of the nation's spiritual history are audacious and often violent scenes. But the Puritans and the shining city on the hill give us just one way to understand the United States. Rather than recite American history from a Christian vantage point, Peter Manseau proves that what really happened is worth a close, fresh look. Thomas Jefferson himself collected books on all religions and required that the brand new Library of Congress take his books, since Americans needed to consider the "twenty gods or no god" he famously noted were revered by his neighbors. Looking at the Americans who believed in these gods, Manseau fills in America's story of itself, from the persecuted "witches" at Salem and who they really were, to the persecuted Buddhists in WWII California, from spirituality and cults in the '60s to the recent presidential election where both candidates were for the first time non-traditional Christians. One Nation, Under Gods shows how much more there is to the history we tell ourselves, right back to the country's earliest days. Dazzling in its scope and sweep, it is an American history unlike any you've read
Vows : the story of a priest, a nun, and their son by Peter Manseau( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 10 libraries worldwide
Profiling mid-twentieth-century Boston as a time in which devout families routinely provided children for a life of religious service to the Catholic church, the son of a former priest and nun describes how his parents met while ministering to the inner-city poor and fought to continue serving in the priesthood after their marriage
La bottega delle reliquie : viaggio tra i corpi sacri del mondo by Peter Manseau( Book )
3 editions published in 2012 in Italian and held by 7 libraries worldwide
Huesos sagrados un recorrido por las reliquias de las religiones del mundo by Peter Manseau( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in Spanish and held by 6 libraries worldwide
Killing the Buddha ( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
 
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Peter Manseau American author
Peter Manseau Amerikaans auteur
Peter Manseau US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller
מנסו, פיטר
Languages
English (67)
Italian (7)
German (4)
Spanish (4)
French (3)
Dutch (3)
Hebrew (1)
Yiddish (1)
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