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If you care about theology, and if you read Kindle ebooks….

Here are 12 essential collections that contain hundreds of books and millions of pages.

All of these have good overall customer reviews, and the best part is that even if you buy all of them, it will cost you less than $20!

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Jacques Ellul

This week marked the anniversary of the death of Jacques Ellul….

Jacques Ellul was one of the keenest and most provocative Christian thinkers of the 20th century.

In remembrance of him, we offer this introductory reading guide, which highlights his most important books and suggests an order in which to read them.

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One of this week’s best new book releases

BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google
John Palfrey

Hardback: Basic Books, 2014
Buy now: [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

Watch a lecture that the author gave on the book:

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Just started reading this excellent book…

A True Story of Murder in America

Jill Leovy

Hardback: Spiegel & Grau, 2015
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Read the Classics this summer….

Here are 10 classics that are worth reading (or re-reading) this summer.

All of these are available in FREE ebook editions, or I suspect that your local library will have a copy of most of these.

Enjoy, and share these with your friends! Maybe you can even get a group together to read one or more of these classics…


Jane Eyre: A Novel

By Charlotte Brontë


Jane Eyre (originally published as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography) is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë. It was published on 16 October 1847, by Smith, Elder & Co. of London, England, under the pen name “Currer Bell.” The first American edition was published the following year by Harper & Brothers of New York.

Primarily of the bildungsroman genre, Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its title character, including her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of fictitious Thornfield Hall. In its internalisation of the action—the focus is on the gradual unfolding of Jane’s moral and spiritual sensibility, and all the events are coloured by a heightened intensity that was previously the domain of poetry—Jane Eyre revolutionised the art of fiction. Charlotte Brontë has been called the ‘first historian of the private consciousness’ and the literary ancestor of writers like Joyce and Proust. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel’s exploration of classism, sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism.
(via Wikipedia)

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One of this week’s best new book releases…


The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio
Andrea Mays

Hardback: Simon and Schuster, 2015
Buy now: 
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Read an excerpt from this new book (via LitHub)…


Listen to an NPR interview with the author:

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Tomorrow (May 9) is the birthday of Jesuit poet Daniel Berrigan…

[ Books by Daniel Berrigan ]


In honor of the occasion, here’s a brief video
of Kurt Vonnegut honoring him on his 85th birthday (2006)…

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One of the best surprises of this spring has been David Brooks’ new book:

The Road to Character
David Brooks

Hardback: Random House, 2015
Buy now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
Read an excerpt from the book

Here are two NPR interviews that Brooks did on the book:

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Today is the birthday of Jane Jacobs…

In honor of the occasion, we offer 5 short videos that introduce her work on cities and economies.

Jane Jacobs’ book The Economies of Regions is available for 99c as a Kindle ebook! [ Get Your Copy Now ]

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Urban Design: Toronto / Montreal – 1969

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Today is the 70th birthday of Annie Dillard…

In honor of the occasion, we offer the only existing Internet recordings of her…

NOTE: Dillard does very few public appearances, and many recordings that have previously been online have mysteriously disappearedHer website proudly boasts that “There are no films of me, no TV appearances.”

Enjoy these recordings from NPR…


Reflection on the 2005 Tsunami

Powerful to think of this in light of the recent earthquake in Nepal…


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