Michael's Notes

Michael's Notes

Welcome to inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop. Our Boston bookstore is open to the public for browsing Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10-4. Drop by for a visit!

Greetings all,

The impact of Beacon Press on the way readers think and feel about important social issues is immeasurable. New York Times bestselling author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz praises the nearly 170-year-old publisher for "shining a light on the past, spotlighting what matters in the present, and guiding us toward a better world." Cornel West calls Beacon "a long-distance runner for truth and justice." And in all their years of existence, they have not slowed their pace! The following new and forthcoming titles are a few examples of how Beacon Press continues their vital contribution to the collective dialogue.

Working to Restore: Harnessing the Power of Regenerative Business to Heal the World (3/21), by Esha Chhabra, documents how many of today's startups are rewriting the rules of business. The book features dispatches from the regenerative landscape, where entrepreneurs use their businesses as catalysts of change to go beyond sustainability and solve social and environmental problems. 

Tim Hernandez's Some of the Light: New and Selected Poems (3/28) gives us 25 years of verse from one of our most gifted Latinx poets, highlighting work from early explorations of machismo to new meditations on life as a single father, immigrant detention, and spiritual inquiry.

The Racism of People Who Love You: Essays on Mixed Race Belonging, from writer and Jewish studies scholar Samira K. Mehta, is an unflinching examination of the challenges mixed-race people face in family spaces and intimate relationships across their varying cultural backgrounds.

And Jasmine Brown's Twice as Hard: The Stories of Black Women Who Fought to Become Physicians, from the Civil War to the 21st Century chronicles the long-erased stories of nine pioneering black women physicians beginning in 1860 when a Black woman first entered medical school in the United States. What Brown uncovers about these women's struggles, their need to work twice as hard and be twice as good, and their ultimate success serves as instruction and inspiration for new generations considering a career in medicine or science.

Browse our entire inventory of Beacon Press titles right here. Proceeds from your purchases at inSpirit go to support the work of Beacon Press, Skinner House Books, and all other ministries and programming of the UUA. 

Keep reading!

Michael Colyott, Bookstore Manager

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