Book Note: Our Patchwork Nation by Dante Chinni and James Gimpel
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Book Note: Our Patchwork Nation by Dante Chinni and James Gimpel

Our Patchwork Nation by Dante Chinni and James Gimpel was probably good reading when it first came out in 2010. In light of the recent election in the United States it is utterly fascinating. In an effort to dig beneath the red-state/blue-state analysis that cycles around during election seasons (with varying degrees of success and … Continue reading

Book Note: The Hundred Story Home by Kathy Izard
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Book Note: The Hundred Story Home by Kathy Izard

When the news cycle is full of disasters and horrors and mean people, it is refreshing to be reminded that helpful, compassionate people exist. And while author Kathy Izard’s story of quitting her job as an award-winning designer to lead the development of a housing solution for over one hundred chronically homeless men and women … Continue reading

Reading Beyond the Headlines: Immigration and Refugees
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Reading Beyond the Headlines: Immigration and Refugees

In a news cycle that is 24-7, with little time for reflection or thoughtful dialogue, but global circumstances that demand immediate attention, I have found that reading books gives my perspective something weightier against which to base my judgments and reactions; reading books, of course, also makes the issues more complex. Taking the time to explore issues beyond the headlines … Continue reading

Book Note: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
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Book Note: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

  A bookstagrammer commented on one of my photo’s recently that Hillbilly Elegy was on her TBR pile. I tried to respond with a couple words of what to expect, and I came up with “intimate and perceptive.” I’m going to stick with those two descriptors. Intimate without getting bogged down in mud-throwing and finger-wagging offense. … Continue reading

Book Note (New Release): Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty by Kate Hennessy
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Book Note (New Release): Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty by Kate Hennessy

(Disclaimer: I received an eARC through NetGalley and the publisher for review consideration.) Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty was my first introduction to Dorothy Day other than the mentions of her name in other readings. And what a gracious and intimate introduction it was. This biography of Dorothy is told through … Continue reading