Michael's Notes

Michael's Notes

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Dear friends,

Fall book season is here and we'd like to recommend some new releases from inSpirit to help get you started on your autumnal reading stretch. 

Beacon Press ignited their fall season with Asian American Histories of the United States from author Catherine Ceniza Choy. This original, expansive volume is a nearly 200-year history of Asian migration, labor, and community formation in the U.S. It is an inclusive, landmark work emphasizing how essential Asian American experiences are to any comprehensive understanding of United States history.

Little Did I Know: An Anthology on Loving and Companioning Young Lives, from editor Vanessa Rush Southern, is a beautiful and inclusive collection of reflections from Skinner House on the spiritual gifts and challenges of raising young people. This singular anthology includes all kinds of families: chosen and biological, extended families, divorced parents, and more -- it goes well beyond the sentimental to an honest reckoning with the vulnerability and beauty of parenting and caregiving.

Edited by Shelly Oria, I Know What's Best For You: Stories on Reproductive Freedom is an explosive, intersectional collection of essays, fiction, and more that explores the universality of human reproductive experience. In their own unique and unforgettable way, each storyteller examines our crisis of access to reproductive care in ways that are haunting, heartbreaking, and outright funny. This book is a collaboration with the Brigid Alliance, a nationwide service that arranges and funds confidential and personal travel support to those seeking abortion care.

In the timely and beautifully-written essays that make up Inciting Joy (available October 25th), award-winning poet Ross Gay considers the joy we incite when we care for each other . . . especially during life's inevitable hardships. In an era when divisive voices take up so much air space, this collection poses a vital question: What might be possible if we turn our attention to what brings us together, to what we love?

For more fresh ideas from inSpirit, visit our New and Forthcoming section right here.

Keep reading!

Michael Colyott, Bookstore Manager


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