Archives For Fiction

 

Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Richard Twiss, Alice Walker, Jonathan Safran Foer,MORE)

 

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#1:
Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys: A Native American Expression of the Jesus Way

Richard Twiss

*** $5.99 ***

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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…)

 

Why I Left, Why I Stayed: Conversations on Christianity Between an Evangelical Father and His Humanist Son

Tony Campolo / Bart Campolo

Watch the book trailer video… 

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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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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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One of the best new book releases
of this week is:

 

Universal Harvester: A Novel 
John Darnielle 

Hardback: FSG Books, 2017
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]   [  Kindle ]

 
 
John Darnielle is also known as the lead singer of the indie band, The Mountain Goat [ ALBUMS ]…

He did the following interview yesterday
with NPR’s Morning Edition.  It is worth a listen…

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A Heart in Darkness

 
A Feature Review of
 
The Underground Railroad:
A Novel
Colson Whitehead

Hardback: Doubleday, 2016
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Reviewed by Alex Joyner

 

*** This review orginally appeared on the reviewer’s blog,
and is reprinted here with his permission.

 

South Carolina seemed enlightened, until you realized that, beneath the comforts and opportunities, the plan was to sterilize the black race out of existence.  North Carolina used less subterfuge, resorting to a grisly ‘Freedom Trail’ of hanging black bodies as a way of dealing with its ‘race problem.’  Tennessee was a burnt-over, cursed place and Indiana had its own terrors.

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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…)

 

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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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

 

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