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Must Watch

Eboo-sacredgroundSacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America by Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel spoke at TEDx Women in Washington DC about his grandmother, Dorothy Day, and his growth as an interfaith activist. 





Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses, by Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell spoke at TEDx Dirigo on “Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy.”


I Told You So, by Kate Clinton

Kate Clinton talks about her job as a lesbian feminist comic and how humor gets us through the most discouraging of times at TEDx Women.



Notable Mentions

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

Wisconsin Public Radio's Joy Cardin Show, Nov. 30, live by phone.

ELLE magazine’s December issue: “A thoughtful memoir unravels the depth of our animal attachments.”



Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious, by Chris Stedman

Minneapolis Star Tribune review: “ [an] enlightening and engaging memoir.”

Skeptic blog write-up:  

Atheism is actually not a duopoly of firebrands and diplomats. These two types of evangelists no more describe “both kinds” of atheist than “country and western” describes “both kinds” of music.

Stedman explicitly rejects “the demise of religion”—that is not a goal he shares. He also rejects the firebrands versus diplomats dichotomy. “I believe how pushy should we be? is the wrong question,” he writes. The better question is how do we make the world a better place?


Before They’re Gone: A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks, by Michael Lanza

2012 National Outdoor Book Awards NOBA Honorable Mention for Outdoor Literature. 


A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love and Other Preachings, by Martin Luther King, Jr, Coretta Scott King, and Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock 

Beliefnet ran an excerpt, “Loving Your Enemies.”

Upheaval after upheaval has reminded us that modern man is traveling along a road called hate, in a journey that will bring us to destruction and damnation. Far from being the pious injunction of a Utopian dreamer, the command to love one’s enemy is an absolute necessity for our survival. Love even for enemies is the key to the solution of the problems of our world. Jesus is not an impractical idealist: he is the practical realist.


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

Two great radio interviews with Rita Brock: Northern Spirit Radio and KPCC Take Two (interview highlights and book excerpt online at KPCC) 

Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis, by Cynthia Barnett

Barnett was interviewed for a Marketplace story on a water desalination plan for San Diego.

Educational Courage: Resisting the Ambush on Public Education, by Mara Sapon-Shevin and Nancy Schniedewind

Poughkeepsie Journal: “In “Educational Courage,” veteran educators and activists Schniedewind and Mara Sapon-Shevin bring together the voices of those resisting market-driven initiatives such as high-stakes testing, charter schools, mayoral control and merit pay.”


Coming Soon

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

Foreign Policy post by Khalidi, Nov. 29: “Obama’s Three Options”

Advance praise for Brokers of Deceit:

"Khalidi has combined history, common sense and his first-hand understanding of arab-israeli peace talks, as brokered by Washington, to make the case that American national security interests would be best served by a just peace in the Middle East.  Instead, he write with great sadness, Washington's efforts to be a honest broker fall "somewhere between high irony and farce" --and puts democratic America, with its avowed commitment to freedom for all, in the position of enabling the continued subjugation of the Palestine people.  This is an important book." --Seymour M. Hersh, the New Yorker; Winner of the Pulitzer Prize