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Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (and How to Reverse It) by Robert D. Lupton

If you’ve ever felt uncertain or uncomfortable about giving or serving in your community or abroad, but could never quite put your finger on why, this book is for you. Toxic Charity explores how charity can often be detrimental to those it … Continue reading

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The Waiting by Cathy LaGrow

In 1928, sixteen-year-old Minka has to make a decision that will affect her life forever: to give up her newborn daughter Betty Jane for adoption. At a sewing class picnic, Minka was assaulted in the woods by a stranger and becomes pregnant. The family has … Continue reading

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Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach

Mary Roach strikes it big again with Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. Like her two previous books, Stiff: the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and Spook: Science Tackles the After Life, Roach explores an often under-discussed yet extremely fascinating and history … Continue reading

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The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

Weather—a fact of nature we all live with. The extremes of this past winter are a hot topic from the news to neighborly conversations. But rarely does weather become such a dominating life force as it did for almost a … Continue reading

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Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Thank you, Roz Chast, for writing this book. And thank you for being so honest and providing us with a truer picture of what taking care of aging parents can really be like. And most of all, thank you for reminding us … Continue reading

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Gulp by Mary Roach

Mary Roach is the author of several books of science journalism that cover the spectrum of sex, space travel, and cadavers. In Gulp we follow our food from mastication to, well here is an excerpt from the book, “Yes, men and women … Continue reading

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Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent too much time thinking, “I want to be a writer/artist/musician/craftsperson,” and not enough time thinking, “I am a writer/artist/musician/craftsperson.” Maybe you spend time writing, drawing, painting, playing music, knitting, doing woodwork, making collages, but, because … Continue reading

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Dad Is Fat by Jim Gannigan

I read Dad is Fat for my book club and, as a group, we reached several conclusions. – If you have children, Gaffigan is really funny. – If you don’t have children, he’s just “meh.” – While reading the book … Continue reading

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Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Don’t be fooled, you’ll learn nothing about diabetes or owls here, but the random suggestion makes it all the more entertaining.  Shortly before this book was released, I had the privilege of attending “An Evening with David Sedaris” in Kansas … Continue reading

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Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa

“Nobody wants to visit a nursing home, let alone the dying. It’s like running into a burning building; the impulse is to run the other way. But Oscar, well, he was different. He didn’t shy away. Actually, he seemed to … Continue reading

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