Category Archives: nonfiction

#6 – The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkinson

The second I read the New York Times review of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, I knew I wanted to read this book. I immediately ran to the library.* I wasn’t disappointed. Rather … Continue reading

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#12 – Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints by Joan Acocella

If I could magically trade places with anybody and try out their career for a day, I might choose Joan Acocella. She gets to review dance and books for The New Yorker. What could possibly be more fun? Twenty-eight Artists and … Continue reading

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#13 – The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

“Given that grief remained the most general of afflictions its literature seemed remarkably spare. … There were, in classical ballets, the moments when one or another abandoned lover tries to find and resurrect one or another loved one, the blued … Continue reading

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#19 – The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

Here is, basically, the impetus for writing The Art of Travel: “If our lives are dominated by a search for happiness, then perhaps few activities reveal as much about the dynamics of this quest — in all its ardour and … Continue reading

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#22 – When Everything Changed by Gail Collins

This book begins with the story of a young woman getting kicked out of traffic courts because she is wearing pants and it ends with the story of a female Pentecostal bus driver being told she can’t wear a skirt … Continue reading

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#25 – St. Augustine’s Confessions

Now we venture into “classic” territory. I first read Augustine’s Confessions as a college freshman. But I’ve found myself returning to it multiple times over the years. This year, it was after listening to an intriguing lecture on how Augustine understood … Continue reading

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27 – The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan O. Hatch

Okay, I waited a couple of days to drop a big one on you. Here it is. Here’s the thing. We know that we Americans are ignorant about history. We know Americans are ignorant about religion. And, I would posit, … Continue reading

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