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Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft

I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
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The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia by David Stuart Maclean
The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia

njcur, January 29, 2014

I have handed this to my husband to read because I need someone with whom I can talk about it. It is an amazing story. Nice short chapters that drew me in immediately. I was astonished at some of his choices. This really causes one to question what makes us who we are? It is quite a journey. I am grateful that Mr MacLean chose to share it with us. Thank you to edelweiss.abovethetreeline for giving me a copy to review. It will be a great addition to my library's collection.

I was surprised to see that Rayna Gellert had written a song based on MacLean's experience. It is on her new CD. Apparently they are friends. Small world!
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A Medal for Leroy by Michael Morpurgo
A Medal for Leroy

njcur, November 30, 2013

I love Michael Morpurgo. He is a wonderful writer. I was captivated at once and sadly finished the book in a flash. I really wish it had lasted longer. A great choice for kids looking for an historical novel for their report.
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A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner's Guide to Praying with Beads by Kristen E. Vincent
A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner's Guide to Praying with Beads

njcur, November 1, 2013

This is a wonderful book about a new way of praying from an old tradition. It gives a good history of the use of beads for prayer. It has an excellent explanation of the symbolism in the Anglican prayer beads. Ms Vincent offers many different ways of using the beads, from group activities to individual prayers. She gives detailed instructions for making your own set of beads. She also sets out a group study program with weekly meditations and activities. A small book it is not too daunting and very welcoming. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a new spark in their prayer life.

Thank you Upper Room for sharing this book with me. I will have to purchase several copies for my Quaker Meeting library, the public library where I work and for the group of friends I want to share this with.
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Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom for a Better Life Today by Philip Gulley
Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom for a Better Life Today

njcur, November 1, 2013

I'm glad to see this very approachable book. Philip Gulley is a popular author and a wonderful storyteller. His personal stories really enhance the experience of this book.

As Mr Gulley says there is great diversity in Quaker theology and thus it is very difficult to describe. I am a Quaker and I think that he has done a lovely job with this. I like the fact that he has queries throughout and a section of queries at the end of the book for people to ponder. This does give a real flavor of the Quaker experience.
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The Pullman Porter by Vanita Oelschlager
The Pullman Porter

njcur, October 30, 2013

Wonderful children's book about the Pullman Porter. I learned a lot. I had known that the Pullman Porter was held in very high esteem in the black community, but this explained why. I didn't realize that they were named after the creator of the first sleeping cars on trains. I think this will be a wonderful addition to the library's juvenile collection.
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