Archives For Fiction

 

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…)

 

My Life, My Love, My Legacy

Coretta Scott King

 

 Read a brief, five-star review by ERB editor Chris Smith

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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…)

Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path

Erin Loechner

 

 Listen to a podcast interview about this book

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Elizabeth_Strout

Today (Jan. 6) marks the birthday of noted novelist, Elizabeth Strout.

In honor of the occasion, here is an introductory guide to her novels…


Olive Kitteridge

 

At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer’s eyes, it’s in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama–desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love.

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance: a former student who has lost the will to live: Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

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In honor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 125th Birthday today, here’s a radio drama of one of my favorite stories of his…

 

Leaf By Niggle
J.R.R. Tolkien

Paperback: Harper Collins, 2016 Edition
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ALSO, Middle Earth Beyond the LOTR

 

Enjoy!!!

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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…)

 

Difficult Women: Stories

Roxane Gay

 

 Read a review of this book from Vox.com

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2017Watch

With 2017 almost upon us, here are the 30 new books that we are most eager to read…

Due to the nature of publishers’ catalogs, this list only spans the first half of the year.  We will do a similar list in June for the second half of the year.

[ Top Ten ] [ Fiction ]  [ Theology ]
[ Praxis ] [ Culture ]  

TOP TEN (Part 1):

These titles are arranged in alphabetical order by the author’s last name…

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An excerpt from our 2016
novel of the year…

 

Swing Time: A Novel
Zadie Smith

Hardback: Penguin Press, 2016
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Best Books of 2016 list

 
Our review of this novel ran in our Advent 2016 print magazine… 
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What Does It Mean to Belong?

A Review of 

The Wangs Vs. The World:
A Novel

Jade Chang

Hardback:  HMH Books, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]   [  Kindle  ]

 

Reviewed by Cara Meredith

 
 

I often wonder what it means to belong: to a people, to a place, to God.

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BestOf2016

Here is our list of 2016′s Englewood Honor Books, the 30 Best Books of the year for the life and flourishing of the Church.

Our criterion both for selecting books to review and for honoring the year’s best books is to choose books that are “for the life and flourishing of the Church” – i.e., books that energize us to be the local community of God’s people that God has called us to be and that nurture our mission of following in the way of God’s reconciliation of all things (in all its broadness!).

[ Best of the Best ] [ Fiction ]  [ Theology ]
[ Praxis ] [ Non-Fiction ]  [ Others ]

Our Book of the Year:

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The Human Desire to Love and Belong
 
 
A Review of 
 

Today Will Be Different: A Novel
Maria Semple


Hardback: Little, Brown and Co., 2016
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Reviewed by Abram Kielsmeier-Jones
 
 
 
Eleanor Flood’s day is about to be different—but not in the proactive way she had committed to. Today she wants to be her “best self,” because “the other way wasn’t working” (7).

A writer and illustrator, Eleanor lives in Seattle with her eight-year-old son Timby (Timby?), a forgotten and forgettable dog Yo-Yo, and her husband Joe, well-loved hand surgeon to the Seattle Seahawks.

The book begins with the kind of vow busy parents will immediately identify with:

Today will be different. Today I will be present. Today, anyone I speak to, I will look them in the eye and listen deeply. (3)

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