Books By Alumnae in OLP’s Archive Library

Books By Alumnae in OLP’s Archive Library

By Dr. Melinda Blade, Director of Mission Integration and Historian

Looking for something to read in the New Year? The Archives have a variety of books that have been written by OLP alumnae. There are also a few books that have been received as gifts, including an 1808 copy of Dante’s Inferno; a 1907 edition of Seven Selections from Irving’s Sketch Book by Washington Irving; and an autographed copy of the Women Trailblazers of California: Pioneers to the Present (2012) by Dr. Gloria G. Harris and Hannah S. Cohen, which explores women who have impacted the history of California.

The list below is not an exhaustive list of books in our Archives; rather, it is a smattering of the literary efforts of OLP graduates and people who have ties to OLP.

-Yesterday in San Diego (1990) was written by Arthur Ribbel, who is the husband of Virginia Isaacson ‘31. His book is a delightful sweep through San Diego history, featuring some of the colorful characters who contributed to our city’s history over the decades.

-P.K. Johnson ’38 (who we know as Patricia Kelly Johnson ‘38) wrote a book called My Name is John in 1976. It is set in Carmel by the Sea and follows the escapades of a youngster named John as he enjoys the beach with his feathered friend, Sam the Seagull.

-An early graduate of OLP was one of three Mannix sisters, Mary Mannix ’1897, who became Sister Mary Dolorosa, CSJ. Sister Mary Dolorosa wrote The Living Fountain in 1951 and we have a copy of it. The book is a biography of Mother St. John Fontbonne.

-Jeannette M. Cooper ’51 authored Women to Woman: Conversations with Mary in 1988.

-Maria del Carmen Marquez de Romero ’53 co-authored a book, Geografia e Historia de Baja California, published in 2010.

-Looking for a rollicking mystery set in an all-girls’ boarding school, Villa Vistamar? Try Salve Regina, written by OLP graduates Erica Fuentes and Annemarie Stonewater. You will be amazed at how similar the fictional Villa Vistamar is to our own Villa Montemar.

-Yvette Bowlin ’99 is the author of The Declutter Code: 10 Simple Steps to Clarity. Yvette will be on campus January 18, 2018 from 5:30-7:00 pm to guide us through the steps needed to remove the barriers that keep us from setting and achieving our goals. Please RSVP here if you wish to attend.

-Margarete Hurn ‘91 is the author of The Foreigner’s Guide to Living in Slovakia. Margie lived in Slovakia for five years, met her husband there and wrote of her experiences in living in a former Iron Curtin country. Margie taught English in Slovakia.

-The author of our alma mater, Dr. Ada B. Nisbet ’24, gifted OLP with a book entitled The Yule Log (1930). This book contains reflections, articles and poems by OLP students that Dr. Nisbet ‘24 compiled.

-One of the gems of the Archives library is A Thought at Christmastide (1931), written by OLP’s three-time Superior/Principal, Mother St. Catherine Beavers. Mother St. Catherine was Superior/Principal from 1912-1917, 1923-1929 and 1932-1938. During this octave of Christmas, I close with her poem entitled, Nativity of Our Blessed Mother:

A tiny crib – a sacred place
A place where angels trod.
A tiny babe – a child of earth
A mother of a God.

If you know of any OLP authors, please let us know by emailing Dr. Melinda Blade at [email protected] and/or Jeanette (Prantil) Handelsman ’64 at [email protected] We would be delighted to have a copy of their published endeavors and will keep a list of published works on our website.