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Perhaps this topic calls for a stark, hard-hitting polemic. But Rosaira, addressing her Christian audience here, is more gracious than that. She not only issues a call for "radically ordinary hospitality"; she also carefully unfolds the biblical mandate for us while recounting numerous, interwoven and very personal anecdotes from the hospitality-laden fabric of her family's life. And it's obvious that that life is not an easy one. It's one of cross-bearing. After considering how discomfiting, sadly foreign, and attractive is Rosaria's portrait of hospitality, I'm reminded of Chesterton's famous lines: "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”  

Picked by Adam

Broadly speaking, I don't like Manga (sorry, not sorry), though Junji Ito has proven to be the exception, His tales are never dull, at times retch-inducing, and always ghastly. What more could a girl ask for??

Picked by Dean

"A little vitriol could make you feel human, give you the sense that you may be the kind of person who could break something on purpose, throw a plate at a wall just like that, just to prove a little human point."

Paralyzingly good stories ripe with perfect sentences.

Picked by Wesley

An incredibly touching memoir that explores family and race through the eyes of a Korean American adoptee on the brink of motherhood. Nicole Chung has written a geniune account of adoption and what it means to be a mother, a daughter, and a sister in a complicated family full of secrets. This is a beautiful, emotional book that would be great to share with a family member.

Picked by Kalani

On 9/11 the people of Gander Newfoundland put their lives on hold and opened up their homes to help 6,000 stranded airline passengers when the U.S. airspace was shut down. 

They affirmed the basic goodness of man at a time when it was easy to doubt such humanity still existed.

Picked by Patti J.

From Pee Wee dropout, to the NFL sidelines and the assistant to Pete Carroll the Seattle Seahawks head coach.

This book is classified as Religion but could also be classified as a sports book. Fast and inspirational read.

Picked by Patti J.

12 year-old Aaron Broom, barely surviving St. Louis during The Depression, sees his father taken into police custody as a witness to a jewelry store robbery. With no resources, a police-secured apartment and no way to event visit his father, Aaron relies on Auggie, the street-smart newsboy, and other dubious characters to gather key information. Sleeping in a borrowed hammock in a homeless camp, Aaron approaches a sympathetic lawyer. Immediately engaging, this gem of Hotchner's vividly narrates Aaron's escapades and close calls. In a light, delectable manner, so natural to this storyteller supreme!

Picked by Jane

Two families, separated by nearly 150 years, occupy the same property at 6th and Plum in Vineyard, New Jersey. Thatcher Greenwood raises the hackles of his supervisors by teaching Darwinism in the local high school, while Willa and Iano inherit this crumbling structure and hope to start over once again. Willa sees defeat in their efforts to create a deserved, comfortable life, as she watches it fill with a difficult father-in-law, Nick, an errant daughter, Nig, and absent son, Zeke, father to her infant grandson, Dusty. With alternating tales, Kingsolver plants characters realistically with full humor and hidden strengths in the face of lurking family pathos, all inside this literally falling down house!

Picked by Jane

As someone who reads almost exclusively for leisure, it is not uncommon I will finish two or three books a week. The trouble with this, as is largely the case with the passage of time, is I often retain little of the book's details over time and only hold on to general impressions. The Romantic, however, is a book of such rich imagery and emotional resonance I feel I could channel passages wholesale. Gowdy never disappoints but, for my money, this is her finest work.

Picked by Wesley