Archives For Barbara Kingsolver


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…)


Unsheltered: A Novel 

Barbara Kingsolver

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(David Brooks, Barbara Kingsolver, Eric Larson, MORE)

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader…
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The Road to Character

David Brooks

(One of the Best Books of 2015, so far…)

*** $3.99 ***


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10 Recommended Bargain Kindle ebooks for $3.99 or Less!



Prices on these ebooks should not change before June 30, 2013.
But to be on the safe side, please refresh the Amazon page before ordering…


(NOTE: Prices listed may or may be not be valid outside the United States… Sorry!)


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1) Stuff Christians Like by Jonathan Acuff – $2.99


2) Animal Dreams: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver – $1.99


3) Pigs in Heaven: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver – $1.99


4) Kingdom of Fear by Hunter S. Thompson – $2.99


5) By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolaño – $2.99
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The Wake Up CallThe Wake Up Call –
12 November 2012

Like the smell of strong coffee wafting down the hall, we offer a few book-related thoughts and stories to jumpstart your day…

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ERB Editor Chris Smith’s feature article on Slow Church for the December issue of Sojourners is now available online…  Read and Share!


Today is the birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (b. 1815).  Download a FREE ebook of her book The Woman’s Bible!!!


“What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself.” – Critic Roland Barthes, born on this day 1815.


“To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.” – Artist Auguste Rodin, born on this day 1840.


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Thanks be to God for this new day, may it be full of beauty and grace!

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Michael Silverblatt of KCRW’s Bookworm talks with Barbara Kingsolver about her recent novel The Lacuna (Harper, Nov. 2009).


The BOOKFORUM Review of
Barbara Kingsolver’s THE LACUNA

Princeton Architectural Press is about to release a book on Frida Kahlo that features a cache of purportedly rediscovered paintings, journals, and trinket-laced archival materials, which experts are denouncing as fake. The publication looks to do little for the reputation and life story of the complicated Mexican artist except to further cheapen them. But as a venture into the territory where fiction stalks fact, it handily illustrates the romanticized notions of history’s celebrities that get cast back over time.

Barbara Kingsolver provides a foil to this tendency with The Lacuna, all the more remarkable, it’s fair to say, given the position reserved for it on best-seller lists. The novel’s own artifactualness is never in question, since, to highlight the deceptive ways we both perceive and receive history, Kingsolver has dreamed up a series of private journals, fictitious news accounts, invented book reviews, and other faux-archival stuff to make a riddle of her story. And though Kahlo is a character, as are Trotsky, Diego Rivera, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Richard Nixon, the shyly sweet heart of the novel is the completely made-up Harrison William Shepherd. He is also its not always dependable narrator, because much of the truth Kingsolver wants to reveal about human nature caught in the sweaty grasp of historical events is uncovered by unpeeling the layers of a personality—Shepherd’s—belonging to someone who writes fiction himself.

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Barbara Kingsolver.

Hardback: Harper, 2009
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Chesterton’s Return: How GKC subverts the subversives.
From Books and Culture.

A prophet is never welcome in his own hometown. For a long time after the tumult of the Sixties, G. K. Chesterton’s writings seemed to have lost a welcome anywhere, except, perhaps, among the detective fiction enthusiasts who have kept the Father Brown tales in circulation continuously on both sides of the Atlantic. According to Denis J. Conlon, an English literary scholar who has specialized in Chesterton for many years, much of Chesterton’s work is still out of print and hard-to-get in his own merry England. A friend of mine studying in Rome a few years ago told me that the English and Irish Catholic seminarians he met almost universally regarded Chesterton a pre-modern, pre-Vatican II embarrassment. The situation was about the same in America for a long time. As of 1985 there were probably fewer than ten of Chesterton’s books in print, and those were, aside from his detective fiction, mostly published by small and often obscure Catholic presses.

The situation was bound to change, however, as this particular prophet still had his faithful remnant, about thirty-five of whom (at most) met throughout the Eighties and early Nineties in Milwaukee every year and exchanged news and views in a little rag called the Midwest Chesterton News. On the more scholarly side, Ian Boyd, a priest and literary scholar, had since 1974 been running the Chesterton Review, a literary quarterly that printed forgotten pieces by Chesterton as well as scholarly essays on his life, thought, and interlocutors. Ignatius Press, a small but growing outfit run by Joseph Fessio, SJ (one of Joseph Ratzinger’s doctoral students), decided to publish a collected works with scholarly introductions and footnotes that will eventually number roughly 50 volumes. And newly emerging publications like Crisis, New Oxford Review, and First Things quoted Chesterton incessantly and sometimes ran articles about him. He even began popping up in Christianity Today, where he had fans in Philip Yancey and Charles Colson.

Here one might briefly note the role of Christian rock in the revival of Chesterton in America. One of the younger people traveling to Milwaukee in those lean years was a young Baptist named Dale Ahlquist. While in college in the late Seventies, Ahlquist spent some time at the home of his sister and then brother-in-law working for the summer. His sister’s husband, the so-called godfather of Christian rock, was the late Larry Norman. Norman found Ahlquist reading a book by C. S. Lewis and asked if he was familiar with Chesterton. Upon discovering that he wasn’t, Norman cryptically remarked that after reading Chesterton one doesn’t even “need” Lewis anymore.

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Used Book Finds [Vol. 1, #36]

September 18, 2008


The bread-n-butter of our bookstore business is the sale of used books, and we do a fair amount of scouting around for used books each week. In this section we feature some of the interesting books that we have found in the past week. Generally, we will only have a single copy of these books, so if you want one (or more) of them, you’ll need to respond quickly.


Habits of the Heart:
Individualism and Commitment in American Life.

Robert Bellah, et al. Paperback. Harper. 1986 Printing.
Very Good condition. Clean pages, Minimal wear.
Buy now from: [ Doulos Christou Books $4]


Believers: A Journey into Evangelical America.
Jeffery Sheler.
Hardcover. Viking Books. 2006.
Very Good Condition. Clean pages, minimal wear.
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Small Wonders: Essays.
Barbara Kingsolver.
Paperback. HarperCollins. 2002.
Very Good Condition. Clean pages, minimal wear.
Buy now from: [ Doulos Christou Books $5]