US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Learning to Bend

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Learning to Bend
Ben Sollee

Singer-songwriter-cellist Ben Sollee, 24, is at the beginning of what promises to be a very interesting American roots music career. Yes, you read that right—“cellist” and “roots music” in the same sentence. You hear “cello” and you think chamber music? Well, this young Kentuckian wants to change that—and more.


Character development

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There is no particular person author Ann Patchett has looked to for inspiration. Instead, she credits her Catholic faith for teaching her a boundless capacity for creativity and appreciation for metaphor. Patchett has harnessed that power to her audience: She is the recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize (2002) and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for her novel Bel Canto, which sold more than 1 million copies in the United States and has been translated into 30 languages.


Caught on the blogosphere

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A U.S. Catholic baker's dozen

Got an opinion, get a blog seems to be the current internet ethos, but the great thing about most blogs is that the opinionating isn't limited to the blog hosts, visitors get to sound off, too. Just like every other area of interest, from cooking to sports commentary, Catholics have evolved their own blog realm where they can focus on the latest news of most interest to Catholics or share their personal stories of faith, family, or community. 


Our fall book harvest

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Here are a few books U.S. Catholic editors think are worth adding to your reading list this month

 

Animal vegetable miracleAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

Barbara Kingsolver (HarperCollins, 2007)


The Dark Knight

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Directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner Brothers, 2008)

The truth understood by every 14-year-old comic book fan is that we love superheroes not because they are “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound,” but because these steel-bodied crusaders can beat the living daylights out of the most satanic boogeymen.


The Geography of Light

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Carrie Newcomer (Rounder, 2008)

Back when I used to sort my CDs into categories (back when I still bought CDs), one section was devoted to inspirational female artists whose lyrics spoke to my life’s experiences. Too bad I didn’t know about Carrie Newcomer back then. She would have fit in perfectly with the Indigo Girls, Alanis Morissette, and Dar Williams.


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