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One of this week’s best new releases is:
 

The Fire This Time:
A New Generation Speaks about Race

Jesmyn Ward

Hardback: Scribner, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
 

Here’s an excellent NPR interview that Ward did this week on the book:

 
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I bought a copy of this great new book for my wife’s birthday present…
 

The Caped Crusade:
Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture

Glen Weldon

Hardback: Simon and Schuster, 2016
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Here is a great interview that the author did with NPR’s Audie Cornish:
 
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On Monday, one hour of the Diane Rehm show was devoted to Matthew Desmond’s new book on poverty and affordable housing:
 

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond
Hardback: Crown Books, 2016
Buy:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 
 

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NPR Book Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews one of this week’s most important new book releases
 

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Olivia Laing

Hardback: Picador, 2016
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These closing lines of the review ring particularly true:

“[Olivia Laing] campaigns against what she calls the gentrification of cities and of emotions. By that, she means the homogenizing, whitening, deadening effect that causes us to deny the existence of the shameful and the unwanted.”

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Thought-provoking conversation from NPR’s FRESH AIR with the author of this timely new book:
 

Strange Gods:
A Secular History of Conversion

Susan Jacoby

Hardback: Pantheon, 2016
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One of this week’s best new book releases is:

The Black Calhouns:
From Civil War to Civil Rights
with One African American Family
Gail Lumet Buckley

Hardback: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

The author did an interview this week with Leonard Lopate at NPR affiliate WNYC.  It is a conversation worth listening to…
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Steindl-Rast

I’ve listened to the following On Being interview with David Steindl-Rast three times over the past week (and sections of it a fourth time).  His perspective on gratitude is so invigorating!

 
If you like this interview, you should definitely also read his book:

Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer:
An Approach to Life in Fullness

Br. David Stiendl-Rast

Paperback:  Paulist Press, 1984
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]

I hope you enjoy this and find it challenging:

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One of our new book releases to watch for last week, was this new novel

The Portable Veblen: A Novel
Elizabeth McKenzie

Hardback: Penguin Press, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

NPR’s distinguished book critic Maureen Corrigan, offered this review of the novel calling it “totally endearing” :
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RD-Betts

Early in December, I listened to this NPR interview that Terry Gross did with the poet Reginald Dwayne Betts.

With the craziness of the holidays, I am only getting around to sharing it now. 
 
Betts’ newest collection of poems is:

Bastards of the Reagan Era

Paperback: Four Way, 2015
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[ Read several poems from this collection ]

 
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Englewood-Hockey

As many of you know, The ERB is produced by Englewood Christian Church in the Englewood Neighborhood on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis.  It is one of the businesses that fall under the umbrella of Englewood Community Development Corporation (ECDC, a separate non-profit, but understood as a part of the church’s work).

 
I was delighted to wake up this morning and find that ECDC was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition!  Give the story a listen, as it gives a deeper look into our neighborhood, and the work of the church (via ECDC) in seeking the shalom (health/flourishing) of our neighborhood.  Excited to play a role in this transformative work!
 
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