It’s Raining Books! April 28, 2019 – Posted in: Uncategorized

Easter really cut into my reading time! Now I’m back and have recently read some good ones: Miriam Toews’s Women Talking, a fictionalized story about the “ghost rapes” of Bolivia, David Brooks’s latest musings on morality The Second Mountain, Preet Bharara’s Doing Justice and Mayor Pete’s (he’s an Episcopalian!) memoir Shortest Way Home. This week I will be starting a series called “One Minute Reviews” on Instagram. Follow us so you can check it out! 

We also have new spring gifts for Moms and Teachers, and a 40% book sale. Spring can be a very intense time—we say BRING IT.

New Nonfiction:

  • The Second Mountain by David Brooks. From the bestselling author of The Road to Character. The Second Mountain explores what it takes to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world. Brooks argues that we have taken individualism to the extreme and in the process have torn the social fabric in a thousand different ways. Repair happens when we put commitment-making at the center of our lives.
  • I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott. Once Mary Laura Philpott completed her life’s to-do list she found she had done everything “right,” but she felt all wrong. What’s the worse failure: smiling and staying the course, or blowing it all up and running away? In this memoir-in-essays Philpott takes on the conflicting pressures of modern adulthood a la Ephron and Bombeck.
  • The Absent Hand by Susannah Lessard. A blend of historical travelogue, reportorial probing, philosophical meditation, and prose poem, The Absent Hand is a deep dive into our surroundings: cities, countryside, and sprawl. Lessard contends that to reimagine the American landscape is an ongoing form of cultural reinvention. 
  • Falter by Bill McKibbonFalter tells the story of converging trends: climate change, new technologies like AI and robotics, and the ideological fervor keeping us from bringing the first two under control. Drawing on McKibben’s experience in building, the first truly global citizens’ movement to combat climate change, Falter offers some possible ways out of this bleak moment in human history.
  • Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg. This surprising memoir chronicles an extraordinary life: Harvard and Oxford degrees, the latter as a Rhodes Scholar, consulting for McKinsey, returning home to become mayor at 29, a tour of Afghanistan as a Naval officer and the terror of coming out while holding public office. Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-seven-year-old married gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has now emerged as one of the nation’s most visionary and hope-inducing politicians. 
  • Working by Robert Caro. For the first time in book form, Robert Caro gives us a glimpse into his own life and work in these evocatively written and personal pieces. Recalling the moments at which he came to understand that he wanted to write not just about the men who wielded power but about the people and the politics that were shaped by that power, Caro brings into focus the passion, wry self-deprecation, and integrity with which he has always approached his work.
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb. One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist helping her patients, the next she is the patient. With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.
  • This by Michael Gungor. Doubt-filled spiritual leader and reluctant Grammy-nominated Christian musician Michael Gungor has worked hard to let go. Through personal story, parable, philosophy, physics, and absurdity, Gungor shows us that who we think we are is an illusion, a constriction of reality that creates suffering in our lives. This: Becoming Free is a letter of love, reminding you of who you truly are under those stories of yours.

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