RECOMMENDATIONS

BOOKS

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I’m not sure this is the best time to start reading a book about childbirth and midwifery, but this book is burning a hole in my book pile and I’m too curious to wait. It may very well go right back to that pile after a page or two, depending on the graphic-ness, but the idea of reading a midwife’s journal while I anticipate the birth of my first child is just too poetic not to give a shot.

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We heard Jonathan Martin preach this past Sunday, and up until that point, I wasn’t quite sure why our pastor was so excited. Okay, great, a guest preacher. But then, as I settled in to a new voice and new perspective from the pulpit, and after I started crying without being able to stop, I realized why he couldn’t wait for us to hear Jonathan Martin. I loved what he had to say about the Parable of the Lost Son (or two lost sons), and I’m psyched to start reading his book. (Pastor Chris ran up to his office after the service just to get me his copy to take home.)

TELEVISION

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I am never the first to find a tv show, so why start now? And yet, I have finally found this entertaining, witty show that allows me to enter a world I don’t understand while sitting on my couch and decompressing. It’s not as intense as some of the other shows I’ve watched, and this is a good thing. Without that intensity, it still works through issues of family, relationships, self-preservation, selfishness, and creativity. I love it.

MUSIC

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Gabe and I saw this funny and heart-felt duo in a small, black performance space. Our elbows kept touching, I couldn’t cross my legs, but none of that mattered when the music filled the room. They peppered their performance with stories, and afterward, we stood in line to buy their latest record and have them sign it. I love their folky-country vibe.

READ IN 2019

Kitchen Yarns — Ann Hood

READ IN 2018

Living with a Wild God — Barbara Ehrenreich

Miller’s Valley — Anna Quindlen

Enon — Paul Harding

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking — Susan Cain

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine — Gail Honeyman

When Breath Becomes Air — Paul Kalanithi

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos —  Jordan B. Peterson

READ IN 2017

[this is my most embarrassing year of reading since the age of 5 — I blame falling in love and getting married, but I’m still not so sure that’s a good enough excuse]

America’s Women — Gail Collins

My Name is Lucy Barton — Elizabeth Strout

Commonwealth — Ann Patchett

The Bean Treas — Barabara Kingsolver

Road to Little Dribbling — Bill Bryson

Upstream — Mary Oliver

READ IN 2016

Searching for Sunday — Rachel Held Evans

Captivating [sometimes I read for research…]

Yes Please — Amy Poehler

What Do Women Want? [again, research]

A Field Guide to Getting Lost — Rebecca Solnit

He — Robert A. Johnson

The Enlarged Heart — Cynthia Zarin

The Road to Character — David Brooks

Tips from the Top — Kreigh Knerr

The Giver — Lois Lowry

Pastrix — Nadia Bolz-Weber

Wise Blood — Flannery O’Connor

Ariel — Sylvia Plath

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn — Betty Smith

Far From the Madding Crowd — Thomas Hardy

The Colossus — Sylvia Plath

Gut Feelings — Gerd Gigerenzer