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Stay Awake

A book of intense, sometimes dark short stories. There were a few spooky stories, but most of these don’t use supernatural means to scare you. . .it’s more the dark side of people. Chaon is a good writer, and there are images from these stories that will stay with me, like the roadside shrines and […]

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“The Bug Funeral

Campy and fun. Loved the references to Raleigh’s locale. And, history about orphans. Simon has broken up with girlfriend — preoccupied with attraction to latest client — Helen Williams who is afraid that she was a murderer in a previous life. Simon is professor at a “liberal arts college in Raleigh, NC forensic historian*, having […]

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Exiled: Voices of the Southern Baptist Convention Holy War

This compilation of essays by (formerly) Southern Baptist ministers and lay leaders during the fundamentalist takeover of 1979-1995 chronicles the personal experiences of the authors during the years of the takeover. The authors also discuss their feelings associated with being exiled from the church with which they strongly identified and to which they had devoted […]

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A Praying Life

This was a wonderful book. I’ve been so discouraged in my prayer life over the last two years. Miller defines what it means to live a praying life, why it’s desirable, and then gives practical advice on how to do it. I am so happy I read this book. Not in library catalog.

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The Book Thief

My run of reviewing books stalled after reading this book. I was underwhelmed by it, but disappointed to be. After all, how can one speak badly of a heartrending tale involving concealing a Jewish man during World War II? Ultimately, I found the style of the writing to be enormously distracting without contributing anything to […]

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