News, VOLUME 12

Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2019!

Publishers Weekly just unveiled their list of the Best Books of 2019.

Although its a bit absurd to roll out a best books list IN OCTOBER(!!!), there are many good books on this list and if you love books, it will be worthwhile to send a few minutes browsing their full list.

Here are a few excellent books from their list that we’ve enjoyed this year and covered either online or in print… (ordered by the sections of the original PW list)

Top 10:

Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America

James Poniewozik

*** LISTEN to an NPR interview with the author

The Nickel Boys: A Novel

Colson Whitehead

*** LISTEN to an NPR review of this novel


On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts

James K.A. Smith

*** WATCH the trailer video for this book 

Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor’s Struggle for Home in Rural America

Ayaz Virji

*** LISTEN to an NPR interview with the author.


An Orchestra of Minorities: A Novel

Chigozie Obioma

Reviewed in our Lent 2019 magazine issue

Women Talking: A Novel

Miriam Toews

Reviewed in our Eastertide 2019 magazine issue
*** LISTEN to an NPR interview with author


How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

*** LISTEN to an NPR interview with author

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Robert Macfarlane

Reviewed in our Fall 2019 magazine issue



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