Michael's Notes

Michael's Notes

Although our physical bookstore remains closed to the public, we continue to process orders as usual. We look forward to reopening our physical space this fall. 

Hi folks,

It is September and fall 2021 is upon us! It's hard to believe and, like most of you, I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, time helps us transcend the challenges and trauma we face, making us--we hope--into a better society, better versions of ourselves. On the other hand, the passage of time is anxiety-producing for many reasons.

Time also brings new expressions in writing. The latest books in our collection offer new opportunities to gain empathy, become more knowledgeable about the world, expand our circles of inclusivity . . . to share our happiness and grief. Our brand-new Skinner House titles include Faith on Trial: Religion and the Law in the United States by Mark Caggiano, The Through Line: 200 Years of the Berry Street Essay from editor Kate Walker, and Kristen Harper's The Darkness Divine: A Loving Challenge to My Faith.

Anticipated new titles from Beacon Press include Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's Not a Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion, Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Success by Christopher Emdin, Palmares: A Novel by Gayl Jones, and Kyle Mays' An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States. These books are all available for order or pre-order now.

Last but not least: In light of the recent United Nations climate assessment, we've created a list of recommended titles from the inSpirit inventory on climate activism and stewardship--with an emphasis on resources from indigenous perspectives. We invite you to access the list here and share widely. 

Keep reading.


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