Archives For Fiction

 

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
Buy now: [ Amazon ]  [  Kindle ]
 
 
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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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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*** Browse our full
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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