This week marks the release of George Saunders’s debut novel:

Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders

Hardback: Random House, 2017
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George Saunders has been renowned over the last two decades for his short stories. Since we are running a review of the book by Brent Schnipke in our Lent 2017 magazine, I asked Brett Wiley to write a short reflection that was less review and more setting the novel in the context of his earlier work…

By W. Brett Wiley

George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, like many of the stories in earlier collections, creates a strange version of the real world, but, remarkably, it all seems entirely plausible. The novel, Saunders’ first, meets Aristotle’s famous requirement for art: “a probable impossibility is to be preferred to a thing improbable and yet possible.” The impossible is easy to identify. The novel is populated, mostly, by ghosts of Georgetown’s Oak Hill Cemetery who, as the title of the novel suggests, are in the bardo, a liminal space between death and rebirth described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The novel opens with three main characters, all ghosts, welcoming Willie Lincoln—the sixteenth president’s second son who died on February 20, 1862—to the afterlife. The historical event of Willie’s death suggests that the book is historical fiction, but it is not. In fact, like many of Saunders’ short stories, the genre is difficult to nail down. Previous stories have taken unusual forms including a lab report, a corporate complaint letter response, a memo, and diary entries.

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This week marks the release of the latest book by Makoto Fujimura, the renowned artist and author!

 
In honor of its release, we’re giving away
THREE copies of this new book…
 

Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life
by Makoto Fujimura
Paperback: IVP Books

 
 

Enter to win a copy of this book!

Enter now to win (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :

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

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

 

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel

George Saunders

Read the starred review from Publishers Weekly… 

NEXT BOOK >>>>>

 

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Speculative Autobiography?

 
A Feature Review of 
 

Moonglow: A Novel
Michael Chabon

Hardback: Harper Books, 2016
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Reviewed by Cynthia Beach

 

A shadowy horse lopes in a long pasture at night, sliding in and out of the full moon’s bright glow. This image captures well the new book by Pulitzer prize-winner Michael Chabon.

The protagonist, Chabon’s grandfather—a fictionalized grandfather—strides large and complex and strangely sympathetic, a man who moves with riveting power, yet a man whose dreams don’t ever come true.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Sarah Bessey, Christopher JH Wright, Elizabeth Gilbert, MORE )

 

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as 99c Audiobooks!

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
To keep up with all the latest ebook deals,
be sure to connect with TCR via email or on Facebook

#1:
Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women

Sarah Bessey

*** $3.99 ***

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We are super-excited about our Lent 2017 print magazine, which just came back from the printer this afternoon.

The issue features interviews with Kate Hennessy (the granddaughter of Dorothy Day) and Tish Harrison Warren, as well as reviews of new books by Bruce Springteen, George Saunders, Roxane Gay, Makoto Fujimura, and MORE!!!
 
 

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This week marked the birthday of theologian Martin Buber… 

In the fragmented world driven by social media, Martin Buber’s words give us the compelling hope of being in conversation and being present with others. They orient us toward the shalom that God intends for creation.

Here are 5 important passages that illuminate the virtues of conversation in the present age…

 

The Most Acute Symptom
of the Pathology of our time.

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This week marked the anniversary of the death of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.

In remembrance of his life and work, here are five of our favorite poems by him…

Frederick Douglass
Paul Laurence Dunbar

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The Workings of a Great Imagination
 
A Brief Review of 

Eight Children in Narnia: The Making of a Children’s Story
Jared Lobdell

Paperback:  Open Court, 2016
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Review by Betsy Susan Morgan
 
 

I first read the Narnia tales when I was in college, after I had read Mere Christianity.  I read them again a couple years later, after I had taken a class in Medieval Literature and had read Chaucer’s “Parlement of Foules.”  When I came across the Parliament of Owls in my second reading of The Silver Chair, I was discouraged.   Such a blatant allusion and I had missed it, because I had not yet read enough.  How many more of these were there, that I was missing?  I felt I could never read enough.

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One of the most unique and fascinating books coming out later this month is this one that records a conversation between noted evangelical Tony Campolo, and his son Bart Campolo, who in 2014 announced his exit from the Christian faith.
 

Why I Left, Why I Stayed: Conversations on Christianity…
Tony Campolo and Bart Campolo

Hardback: HarperOne, 2017
Pre-order: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 

Watch for our review
which will run in two weeks,
when the book releases!

 

This trailer video is a good introduction to the book:

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