I and Love and You
The Avett Brothers (Sony, 2009)
Directed by Drew Barrymore (Fox Searchlight, 2009)
In Drew Barrymore’s new film about tattooed Texas lasses on skates, Ellen Page, who played a glib pregnant teen in Juno (Fox Searchlight), takes a turn around the track as a spunky, frightened, and impulsive roller derby princess.
Biblical Literacy: Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know
By Timothy Beal (HarperOne, 2009)
Yo La Tengo (Matador Records, 2009)
First off, Yo La Tengo is not a salsa band. They're not even Hispanic. They are white, artsy-bohemian types in their mid-to-late 40s. The band name, which means "I have it," was what guitarist Ira Kaplan heard a Spanish-speaking New York Mets outfielder using to call a teammate off a fly ball.
Yo La Tengo is heavily identified with New York's lower Manhattan underground culture, so much so that they were chosen to portray The Velvet Undergound in an Andy Warhol bio-pic.
10 Things I Hate About Christianity
By Jason Berggren (X Media, 2009)
So much for Paul's assertion to the Corinthians that "the greatest of these is love." Jason Berggren openly admits in his debut book, subtitled "Working Through the Frustrations of Faith," that hate isn't what you're supposed to feel, but he's an angry young man and he does anyway. He hates that parts of his faith don't make sense, he hates that faith takes so much work, and he hates that he wouldn't have it any other way.
A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop
by Rembert Weakland (Eerdmans, 2009)
When Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland resigned in May 2002, he did so in the midst of a media firestorm. Earlier that month, ABC News had broadcast an interview with Paul Marcoux, who claimed that Weakland had sexually assaulted him two decades earlier. In the days that followed, the public learned that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee had paid $450,000 to Marcoux in a confidential settlement. Subsequent revelations suggesting that the relationship had been consensual did little to salvage Weakland's reputation.
Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown, and Company, 2008)
A Saint on Death Row: The story of Dominique Green
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