The $60,000 Dog: My Life With Animals
Beacon Books at Audible: The $60,000 Dog by Lauren Slater

Beacon Buzz: "A writer of uncommon, bracing eloquence."

Praise for The $60,000 Dog

SLATER-60KDogThe $60,000 Dog: My Life With Animals by Lauren Slater

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Laura Miller reviewed The $60,000 Dog at “Because Slater is willing to take the personal essay to unsettling places and because she is a writer of uncommon, bracing eloquence, the beauty of her work can sometimes blindside her reader. But it’s precisely this wallop that makes her perpetually worth reading.” ( also posted an excerpt earlier this month).

Boston Globe also ran a favorable review: “Edgy, revelatory, disturbing, and beautifully written, Lauren Slater’s The $60,000 Dog is too unsentimental and idiosyncratic in structure to be lumped in with more traditional animal books.”

Boston Phoenix write-up in advance of Brookline Booksmith author event.

The Bookworm Sez post in the Clermont Sun.


Faitheist Roundup

STEDMAN-FaitheistFaitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious by Chris Stedman 

Andrew Sullivan's blog on The Daily Beast on Nov 11 quotes from a previous Chris Stedman interview; Andrew Sullivan The Daily Beast

Religion Dispatches Q&A with Chris Stedman (picked up by the Washington Post On Faith blog)

The Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minnesota) feature on Chris Stedman and Faitheist Nov 24 (his upcoming Twin Cities appearances are listed at article’s end).

Upcoming Events:

Nov 27, 7 PM
Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT
Speech, reception, and signing
Marquand Chapel
Sponsored by Open Party, Chaplain's Office, Yale Humanist Society, Bridges, and Yale Divinity Student Book Supply

Nov 28, 2 PM
Lincoln School for Girls, Providence, RI
Assembly speech
EEH Music Center

Nov 28, 7 PM
Bryant University, Providence, RI
Speech and signing
Bryant Interfaith Center
Co-sponsored by Humanists of Rhode Island, and Bryant University's Literary and Cultural Studies, History and Social Sciences, Applied Psychology, the Women’s Center, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Interfaith Center
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Nov 29, 7 PM
Subtext, St. Paul, MN
Reading and signing
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Nov 30, 7:30 PM
Magers & Quinn, Minneapolis, MN
Reading and signing
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Dec 2, 6 PM
Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
Speech and signing
Sponsored by Secular Student Community (SSC), Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA), Concordia Better Together, Mathetai, and the Forum on Faith and Life
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Dec 3, 4 PM
University of Minnesota Bookstore, Minneapolis, MN
Reading and signing
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Dec 6, time TBD
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
Speech, workshops, and signing

Dec 14, 7 PM
Center For Inquiry Transnational Headquarters
1310 Sweet Home Road Amherst, NY 14228


Notable Mentions

“They’re Bankrupting Us!” And 20 Other Myths About Unions by Bill Fletcher, Jr.

Daily Kos review Nov 11: “There's an immense amount to appreciate in these sophisticated discussions of 21 myths about unions.” The link was reposted by:

Mark Allan’s blog; Mark My Words          

I4U News;

Politifreak; Politifreak

Politomix; Politomix

Liberal Roundup; Liberal Roundup


Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War by Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini

Soul Repair co-author Rita Brock was on NPR’s Talk of the Nation on November 21st. She was interviewed alongside Dr. Jonathan Shay and former marine Tyler Boudreau. 

Rita Brock was also interviewed on Interfaith Voices on DC’s WAMU and Think on KERA in Dallas.

The Huffington Post's religion page ran a post by Gabriella Lettini on Nov 12 (Veteran’s Day)


A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today by Kate Bornstein

 East Bay Express review and inclusion in the “Books We Love in 2012” roundup:

“Bornstein injects humor and love into the memoir of her life, and you'll walk away richer for having known this amazing person, even if only on paper.” 

Huffington Post named Kate Bornstein one of top 50 transgender icons. 


Educational Courage: Resisting the Ambush of Public Education edited by Nancy Schniedewind & Mara Sapon-Shevin

The Washington Post Answer Sheet blog ran an excerpt from the book about a group of New York City teachers taking a stand against standardized testing. 


Coming Soon:

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis (Jan. 29, 2013)

Publishers Weekly  review Nov. 12: “Theoharis submits a lavishly well-documented study of Parks’s life and career as an activist.”

Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East by Rashid Khalidi (March 12, 2013) 

“What has happened to the Palestinian people since 1948 is one of the great crimes of modern history. Of course, Israel bears primary responsibility for this tragedy. However, as Rashid Khalidi shows in his smart new book, American presidents from Truman to Obama have sided with Israel at almost every turn and helped it inflict immense pain and humiliation on the Palestinians. At the same time, they have employed high-sounding but dishonest rhetoric to cover up Israel's brutal behavior. As Brokers of Deceit makes clear, the United States richly deserves to be called ‘Israel's lawyer.’” - John J. Mearsheimer, coauthor of The Israel Lobby

Hunting Season: A Story of Home, Immigration, and Murder by Mirta Ojito (Nov 05, 2013)

"With the hyperbolic rhetoric of immigration spewing from every medium, we forget that there are dreams on either side of the divide that has cleaved United States society and threatens our sense of self. Respected journalist Mirta Ojito writes about immigration from the perspective of those who have lived it: from the Italian descendant Mayor of Patchogue to a naturalized waiter from Colombia, from undocumented Ecuadorean laborers to teenagers pumped on adrenaline with not enough to do on a fall night--to heartbroken parents in two continents.  This is an important book. I couldn't put it down." - Esmeralda Santiago, author of When I was Puerto Rican and Conquistadora.