New Book Releases – Week of 27 August 2012

August 27, 2012


Here are a few new book releases this week that are worth checking out:

New Book Releases - Week of 27 August 2012Our most anticipated new release this week is D.T. Max‘s new biography of David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story. The publisher has described this volume: “Since his untimely death by suicide at the age of forty-six in 2008, Wallace has become more than the quintessential writer for his time—he has become a symbol of sincerity and honesty in an inauthentic age.  In the end, as Max shows us, what is most interesting about Wallace is not just what he wrote but how he taught us all to live. Written with the cooperation of Wallace’s family and friends and with access to hundreds of his unpublished letters, manuscripts, and audio tapes, this portrait of an extraordinarily gifted writer is as fresh as news, as intimate as a love note, as painful as a goodbye.”

[ Read a brief excerpt of the book here… ]

Watch for our review in the near future!

Hardback, Viking.
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Phyllis Tickle‘s Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters is also one of our most anticipated book releases this week .  Ryan Bolger of Fuller Seminary says: ‘Never in one volume have I seen such a diverse set of Christian movements not only listed but analyzed for their meaning as it related to the bigger picture. As we have come to expect, Tickle has done her homework, and the result is a unique contribution to the conversation about what Christianity has and will become in the twenty-first century.”

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Hardback: Baker.
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We are also eagerly anticipating the provocatively-titled What’s the Matter with White People?: Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was by Joan Walsh. “Right-wing culture warriors blamed the decline on the moral shortcomings of “other” Americans—blacks, feminists, gays, immigrants, union members —to court a fearful white working and middle class base with ever more bitter “us” vs. “them” politics;” notes the publisher, “Liberals tried but mostly failed to make the case that we’re all in this together. … MSNBC political analyst and popular Salon columnist Joan Walsh traces this deeply disturbing dynamic as it has played out over the last forty years, dividing the country, poisoning its politics, jeopardizing its future—and splitting her working class Irish Catholic family as well.”

Hardback: Wiley.
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Noted education writer Jonathan Kozol releases a new book this week. Publishers Weekly gave this new book Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America, a starred review, saying: “Eschewing social science jargon and deploying extraordinary powers of observation and empathy, Kozol crafts dense, novelistic character studies that reveal the interplay between individual personality and the chaos of impoverished circumstances. Like a latter-day Dickens (but without the melodrama), he gives us another powerful indictment of America’s treatment of the poor.”
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And finally, one last provocative book, The Rock’s Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood by David R. Montgomery. “In Tibet, geologist David R. Montgomery heard a local story about a great flood that bore a striking similarity to Noah’s Flood. Intrigued, Montgomery began investigating the world’s flood stories and—drawing from historic works by theologians, natural philosophers, and scientists—discovered the counterintuitive role Noah’s Flood played in the development of both geology and creationism. … With an explorer’s eye and a refreshing approach to both faith and science, Montgomery takes readers on a journey across landscapes and cultures. In the process we discover the illusive nature of truth, whether viewed through the lens of science or religion, and how it changed through history and continues changing, even today.”

Hardback, Norton.
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***  Check out last week’s list of new releases

Stay tuned every Monday as we plan to make this new book releases column a weekly feature!