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One of this week’s best new book releases is:

The Immortalists:
A Novel

Chloe Benjamin

Hardback: G.P. Putnam’s, 2017
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The novelist was recently interviewed by NPR’s Weekend Edition.
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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…)


Is This All There Is?: On Resurrection and Eternal Life

Gerhard Lohfink



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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Alan Jacobs, Arundhati Roy, Hidden Figures,


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Original Sin: A Cultural History

Alan Jacobs

*** $1.99 ***


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With 2018 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 mostly cover just the first half of the year.  We will do a similar list in June for the second half of the year.

[ Top Ten -Pt A ] [ Top Ten- Pt B ] [ Faith-in-Practice ]
[ Theology ] [ Fiction ] [ Gen. Nonfiction ]
[ Poetry / Young Readers ]

TOP TEN (Part A):

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

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Are we Doomed?
A Review of

The Locals: A Novel
Jonathan Dee

Hardback: Random House, 2017
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Reviewed by Ashley Hales

I wanted so much more for The Locals: a novel set between 9/11 and the Great Recession. The sort of British nineteenth century social novel written for the American twenty-first century. I wanted a novel that keenly engaged issues of class, culture, small town life, and told the story of the town alongside the story of deeply flawed, but interesting characters. I wanted to see our own age grittily explored with stabbing political statements and observations. It promised so much.

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Haunting Characters
A Feature Review of 

The Ninth Hour: A Novel
Alice McDermott

Hardback: FSG Books, 2017.
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Reviewed by Carolyn Miller Parr

Alice McDermott, winner of the National Book Award and three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, has written another unforgettable novel.

It opens in a poor Irish-American section of New York City in the early twentieth century. While his pregnant wife is out shopping her young unemployed husband rips the gas hose from his stove, lies down, and breathes deeply.

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The Mundane, Vital Details of Life
A Review of 
Whiskey & Ribbons:
A Novel

Leesa Cross-Smith
Hardback: Hub City Press, 2017
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Reviewed by Meghan Florian
Whiskey & Ribbons, Leesa Cross-Smith’s first novel, is a love story folded inside of a love story. It is a novel about grief, about family, about how we hold one another together when everything falls apart.

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TODAY (Dec. 7) is the birthday of Willa Cather, one of the greatest fiction writers of the twentieth century!

In honor of her life and work, we offer five of her short stories that can be read in full…

The Sculptor’s Funeral
Willa Cather

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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…)


What Will Soon Take Place: Poems

Tania Runyan



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Stories of Obsession and Experience
A Brief Review of 

Recycled Glass: And Other Stories
Fred McGavran

Paperback: Glass Lyre Press, 2017
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Reviewed by Anna Kasik
Horlach Spencer, a greedy financial adviser, shows up three times throughout Fred McGavran’s short story collection, Recycled Glass and Other Stories. When we first meet this character, in “Larson Bennett and the Flight into Egypt,” he has set up a laptop outside the room of a dying man, Larson Bennett. Spencer is showing Bennett’s family how their inheritance will be affected depending on whether Bennett dies before or after the first of the year. The death tax expires on the first, so if Bennett lives until then, his family will save millions of dollars in taxes—and Spencer will earn thousands of dollars from his one percent management fee.

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