Michael's Notes

Michael's Notes

Welcome to inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop. Our physical store in Boston will be closed Thursday, October 6th, for a pre-scheduled in-house event. We'll reopen next Tuesday, October 11th.


Dear friends,

Fall book season is here and we'd like to recommend some brand new titles to help you along with your autumnal reading sojourn. 

Beacon Press follows up Gayl Jones's Pulitzer Prize finalist, Palmares, with The Birdcatcher -- a stunning new novel about  Black American artists in exile. A study in Black women's creative expression, and the intensity of their relationships, this work - longlisted for the National Book Award - shows off Jones's range and insight into the vicissitudes of all human nature -- bringing her talent to a new generation of readers.

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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