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A Fragrant Offering
 
A Feature Review of 
 

Warlight: A Novel
Michael Ondaatje

Hardback: Knopf, 2018
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Reviewed by Grant Currier
 
 
Certain places are identifiable purely through our noses: bath houses with their mixture of captive humidity and spearmint; tearooms, bright with a sun that warms the bergamot pears and Assams densely collecting in water; libraries, rich with the aromatic vanillin coming off the old tomes and the nestled scent of peach hand cream imbedded in the spines. Even the ancient Hebrew tabernacle and temple were identified by their smell, indicating you had entered a sublime place of worship, reverence, holiness. Those familiar with Michael Ondaatje’s writing know its redolence; the identifiable fragrance of his sentences almost sears the skin with its pellucid brilliance. There is, on a sentence to sentence level, almost nothing out of place, each pomegranate intentionally placed on the dividing curtain. Like a thurifer offering the perfectly blended incense, Warlight is no exception. To shift the metaphor, Ondaatje sets us into the censer of his writing, steeps us in the world of memory that, burning, brings out the bouquet of all our crushed spices.

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Audiobooks are a great way to enjoy books while you are on the go!

While these audiobooks are available through Audible.com, we encourage you to check for them at your local library, where you may be able to listen to them for FREE!

If you find yourself regularly purchasing audiobooks from Audible, you might want to sign up for a subscription,
$14.95/month, plus two FREE audiobooks for signing up!

 

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Here are the best audiobooks that will be released this month…
(Some of these are new books, others are older books just released as audiobooks)

<<<<< Best New Audiobooks
– July 2018

 

  

A Light so Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, Author of a Wrinkle in Time 

Sarah Arthur

Read by: Simona Chitescu-Weik
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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…)

  

Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing–and How We Can Revive Them 

Jonathan Merritt

*** WATCH the trailer video for this book…
 
We will run an interview with the author
in our Fall 2018 magazine issue!
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This debut novel is one of
the best new books of this week

 

The Incendiaries:
A Novel

R.O. Kwon

Hardback: Riverhead, 2018
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“A story about spiritual uncertainty and about the fierce and undisciplined desire of her young characters to find something luminous to light their way through their lives.”
– Maureen Corrigan, NPR

 

Listen to a superb interview that the novelist 
did with NPR’s Renee Montagne:

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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…)

  

The Prophetic Imagination: 40th Anniversary Edition

Walter Brueggemann

*** This edition builds off the revised and updated 2001 edition
and includes a new afterword by Brueggemann
and a new foreword by Davis Hankins.

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A Dream of Flight
 
A Feature Review of

We’ll Fly Away:
A Novel

Bryan Bliss

Hardback: Greenwillow Books, 2018
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Reviewed by Denise Frame Harlan

 

As a young teenager, I held my scars close to me. I woke in the night remembering the ragged bullet hole in the chest of the monogrammed shirt that I’d given to the German soldier hiding in an outbuilding. I felt the straw stiffness of hair bleached too white in an effort to disguise me when I accidentally shot someone in a gang fight. I learned “nothing gold can stay” from Ponyboy before I learned it from Robert Frost. I carried flowers for Algernon and helped the rats of NIMH make their break with Mrs. Frisby. I kythed with Meg and Ananda as Charles Wallace flew from when to when, between runs with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and the Alfred Hitchcock mystery series for teens. I knew the world was dangerous.

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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…)

  

Killing It: An Education 

Camas Davis

*** LISTEN to an NPR interview with the author

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Five New Must-Listen Podcast Episodes!!!
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, John Philip Newell,
The World of Used Books, MORE

 

These podcasts can be downloaded from the iTunes store
or from the links below.

 

<<<<< The Previous Vital Conversations Post

 
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Audiobooks are a great way to enjoy books while you are on the go!

While these audiobooks are available through Audible.com, we encourage you to check for them at your local library, where you may be able to listen to them for FREE!

If you find yourself regularly purchasing audiobooks from Audible, you might want to sign up for a subscription,
$14.95/month, plus two FREE audiobooks for signing up!

 

[ SIGN UP NOW ]

Here are the best audiobooks that will be released this month…
(Some of these are new books, others are older books just released as audiobooks)

<<<<< Best New Audiobooks
– June 2018

 

  

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela 

Read by: Atandwa Kani
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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…)

  

Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age 

Alan Noble

*** READ the starred review from Publishers Weekly

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