11 Picks for Speculative Fiction Fans
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Set in Burgdorf, Germany, the fictitious village in which her bestselling novels Stones from the River and The Vision of Emma Blau took place, Children and Fire tells the story of one day in 1934 that will forever transform the lives of the townspeople.
Country Western singer Kinky Friedman often performs a song entitled "They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore," and New Testament professor Amy--Jill Levine would agree. In fact, her career is dedicated to helping Christians and Jews understand the Jewishness of Jesus, thereby deepening the understanding of him, and facilitating greater interfaith dialogue.
A fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston's childhood with her best friend, Carrie, in Eatonville, Florida, as they learn about life, death, and the difference between truth, lies, and pretending. Includes a timeline of Hurston's life and an annotated bibliography.
Women comprise at least half the world, and usually more than half the church, but so often Christian teaching to women either fails to move beyond a discussion of roles or assumes a particular economic situation or stage of life.Library Loot is a weekly meme co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you would like to share a list of the loot you brought home from the library, Marg has the Mister Linky this week.
Salon — noun, a room in a large house in which guests are received.
A lovely salon awaits guests at Château de Vaulogé, complete with comfortable leather seating, fine art work, and a collection of books for reading — in a setting filled with daylight yet warmly decorated to provide a cozy retreat. This salon is perfect for relaxing or joining in conversation with your bookie companions. (Yes, I slightly altered the wording I found with the photo.)First, our books
Due Date ...... TitleI really want to get back to Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World that I got last week. And while I was house sitting for Jane, two more books arrived — the two chick lit books by Starr Ambrose I won during the Readathon from Lisa @ World of Books: Lie to Me (2008) and Thieves Like Us (2010).
11/28 ... Coming Up for Air (finished, ready to return)
11/29 ... Wife of the Gods (could renew, but 310 pages)
11/29 ... The Sandalwood Tree (could renew, but 360 pages)
12/3 ... My Petition for More Space (not in the right mood)
12/7 ... Dangerous Neighbors (yes...)
12/7 ... Ghosts in the Garden (yes...)
12/7 ... Into the Tangle of Friendship (yes...)
12/7 ... Seeing Past Z (yes...)
12/7 ... Still Love in Strange Places (...to these 5 by Kephart)
12/12 ... The Devil Amongst the Lawyers (not in the right mood)
12/12 ... The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter (yes, still)
12/19 ... Identical Strangers (yes...)
12/19 ... My Sister's Voice (...to both of these books about twins)
12/21 ... Zora and Me (yes, just got it)
The trick when foraging for a tooth lost in coffee grounds is not to be misled by the clumps.His granddaughter lost a tooth, which he had wrapped in a napkin for safekeeping. You see what's going to happen, don't you? It did, so now he and his wife have been searching through the kitchen trash can for twenty minutes. My friend Jane left this book out for me to read while I'm staying at her house. I glanced at the first page and didn't stop until page eight. I think it will be good, in spite of the sad events that led up to the grandparents being there in the first place.
When Roger's daughter, Amy — a gifted doctor, mother, and wife — collapses and dies from an asymptomatic heart condition at age thirty-eight, Roger and his wife, Ginny, leave their home on the South Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and their three young grandchildren: six-year-old Jessica, four-year-old Sammy, and one-year-old James, known as Bubbies.Would the first few lines of your book make you want to read on? If you want to share the first lines of a book you are reading, click on the link and visit Katy at A Few More Pages. Browse there to find interesting books for your own reading list. And don’t forget that Katy and all the contributors to this meme (including me) love comments.
Though reeling from Amy's death, they carry on, reconstructing a family, sustaining one another, and guiding three lively, alert, and tenderhearted children through the pains and confusions of grief. As he marvels at the strength of his son-in-law and the tenacity and skill of his wife, a former kindergarten teacher, Roger attends each day to "the one household duty I have mastered" — preparing the morning toast perfectly to each child's liking.
At twenty-eight, Lacey Gears is exactly where she wants to be. An up-and-coming, proudly deaf artist in Philadelphia, she's in a relationship with a wonderful man and rarely thinks about her difficult childhood in a home for disabled orphans. That is, until Lacey receives a letter that begins, "You have a sister. A twin to be exact..." Learning that her identical, hearing twin, Monica, experienced the normal childhood she was denied resurrects all of Lacey's grief, and she angrily sets out to find Monica and her biological parents. But the truth about Monica's life, their brief shared past, and the reason for the twins' separation is far from simple. (Author's web site and post by author.)
Library Loot is a weekly meme co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. Claire has the Mister Linky this week, if you'd like to share a list of the loot you brought home. You may submit your list any time during the week.Elyse Schein had always known she was adopted, but it wasn’t until her mid-thirties while living in Paris that she searched for her biological mother. When Elyse contacted her adoption agency, she was not prepared for the shocking, life-changing news she received: She had an identical twin sister. Elyse was then hit with another bombshell: she and her sister had been separated as infants, and for a time, had been part of a secret study on separated twins.
Paula Bernstein, a married writer and mother living in New York, also knew she was adopted, but had no inclination to find her birth mother. When she answered a call from the adoption agency one spring afternoon, Paula’s life suddenly divided into two starkly different periods: the time before and the time after she learned the truth. (Book trailer.)
Summer has arrived — and so has Koo, the haiku-speaking young nephew of Stillwater, the panda. And when Stillwater encourages Koo and his friends Addy, Michael, and Karl to help a grouchy old neighbor in need, their efforts are rewarded in unexpected ways. Zen Ties is a disarming story of compassion and friendship that reaffirms the importance of our ties to one another.The backs of the two pandas are shown on the front cover and their faces on the back cover. What a concept! Notice the balloons — appropriately placed to show correct perspective when we look at the other side. The five balloons (a purple one is added inside with these colors) aren't part of the written story, but illustrations show them being given and shared and jointly lifting the little panda on one page.
"Now listen. Just like plants, words have roots," Miss Whitaker said. "A plant grows from its roots and so do words. Roots of words can teach you to spell."And then the three children and the two pandas sit down to tea with Miss Whitaker. The friend I'm housesitting (and cat-sitting) for suggested I would like it. I do. I rate this delightful children's book 9 of 10, excellent.
|Bonnie and Bishop Spong|
For two hundred years, scholars have been analyzing the Bible and overturning much of what we once thought we knew. Everyday Christians, however, are not privy to this deeper conversation. This book is designed to take readers into the contemporary academic debate about the Bible. Read what he says about the book's publication last week.
"One does not," he asserts, "have to twist one's brain into a first-century pretzel in order to take the Bible seriously in this increasingly non-religious world."
- Spong opens the possibility that some of the characters in the New Testament — such as Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus; Judas Iscariot; Nicodemus; the Samaritan woman at the well; and Lazarus who was raised from the dead — are imaginary composites or literary creations.
- He explores the origin and essential meaning of each of the individual books in the Bible, examining the background, the context, the level of authenticity, and even the trustworthiness of the messages found there.
- He explains why these particular books, written between two and three thousand years ago, came to be regarded as authoritative and preserved as sacred.
- He traces the pathway that biblical religion has traveled as it evolved through the centuries.
- He shows how people have misused many of these texts in the service of their prejudices.
Writing from his prison cell in Nazi Germany in 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian, sketched a vision of what he called "Religionless Christianity." In this book, John Shelby Spong puts flesh onto the bare bones of Bonhoeffer's radical thought. The result is a strikingly new and different portrait of Jesus of Nazareth, a Jesus for the non-religious.
Spong challenges much of the traditional understanding, from the tale of Jesus' miraculous birth to the account of his cosmic ascension into the sky. He questions the historicity of the ideas that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, that he had twelve disciples, or that the miracle stories were ever meant to be descriptions of supernatural events. He also speaks directly to those critics of Christianity who call God a "delusion" and who describe how Christianity has become evil and destructive. Spong proposes a new way of understanding the divinity of Christ as the ultimate dimension of a fulfilled humanity.
|My name is more legible than his.|
"I still believe that Christianity can engage the modern mind in significant dialogue if we dare to take the biblical and theological knowledge that is currently available seriously. I believe that we ought not to seek to dodge, but to address the questions that impinge upon us daily from the world of knowledge. I have seen this engagement bear fruit when it has been practiced. I believe it can happen world-wide."