Afterlives of the Saints - Colin Dickey

Colin Dickey’s Afterlives of the Saints (Unbridled, $24.95) is an intelligent, engaging introduction to the strangest of Catholic saints. From the most extreme ascetics, like Saint Simeon—said to have lived on a pillar for almost forty years—to the way one becomes the patron saint of barbeques (hint: it involves a fire, a martyr, and a grill), Dickey’s interwoven essays examine the origin stories of a handful of saints and how their myths have evolved over the centuries. Dickey is deliciously witty and insightful, and his cast is not only sacred but infinitely entertaining.
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ISBN: 9781609530723
Availability: Backordered
Published: Unbridled Books - June 12th, 2012

Once Upon a River - Bonnie Jo Campbell

Bonnie Jo Campbell has created a fiercely memorable heroine in Margo Crane. Once Upon a River (W.W. Norton, $15.95) begins in 1970s rural Michigan, where the introspective and talented teenage sharpshooter Margo navigates the rocky current of her family’s brutal relationships. When tragedy inevitably strikes, she takes her rifle and sets off in the boat her grandfather left her; the upstream journey takes her through the next few years of her life. With rough, yet delicate, strokes, Campbell paints Margo’s tenacious stubbornness and river-deep yearning for a kind of life that died hard when the West was finally conquered. This is an adventure you won’t want to step away from once you begin it.

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ISBN: 9780393341775
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2012

To Be Sung Underwater - Judith Toomey

Judith Toomey, who has marched resolutely forward throughout her life for nearly thirty years, finally chances a glance behind her at age forty-four. When she does, she is shocked to find she has been dragging the ghost of her first love, Willy Blunt, since she was a teenager in rural Nebraska. This realization throws her entire world into upheaval and forces her to confront and finally come to terms with the choices she made as a young woman. In To Be Sung Underwater (Back Bay, $14.99), Tom Mc- Neal gives us Judith and Willy’s story, one that explores the nuances of love, regret, hope, and finding a way back to those we abandoned long ago.
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ISBN: 9780316127387
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 5th, 2012