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Greil Marcus

Noted Rock critic Greil Marcus has just released a new book, The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs (Yale UP).

For your listening pleasure, we are delighted to feature here the 10 songs covered in this new book. For a complete explanation of why he chose these songs, you will have to buy the book!

*** Books by Greil Marcus ***

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#1 – Shake Some Action – The Flamin’ Groovies 
[ Buy MP3 – 99c ]

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MLE-Ordering

Tomorrow (September 6) marks the seventh anniversary of the death of Madeleine L’Engle.

Madeleine L’Engle is one of my favorite writers and If it were not for her work, I probably would never have met my wife!

*** Books by Madeleine L’Engle

In remembrance of Madeleine, here are 3 short clips of her discussing the craft of writing…

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FootballA new book, out tomorrow, makes a broad case against football.

Publishers Weekly’s review notes:

Almond makes a convincing case for the theory that Americans have turned to football in order to meet spiritual needs that arose as a result of industrial and social progress.

Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto
Steve Almond

Buy now:   [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 

Read an excerpt from the book, and tell us what you think…

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Long Live the Pamphlet!

I have long been a fan of the pamphlet as a concise and affordable way to disseminate ideas.  In fact, my first entrée into the world of publishing was a series of pamphlets that I published.

For all the flaws of reading electronically, e-readers have helped to revive the pamphlet genre that was all but dead.

The Kindle Singles series is one of the most prominent collections of e-pamphlets.
Here are 10 titles in this collection that are worth reading… (All of which are under $3!)

Long Live the Pamphlet!


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Matthew Paul TurnerI wasn’t able to get a list of new book releases to watch for posted this week, but here’s one book release this week that you won’t want to miss…
 

Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity

Matthew Paul Turner

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

 
*** Featured on our list of 25 Books to Watch for this fall

Our Book Trailer of the Week:

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Benjamin BarberOne recent book that was released without catching our attention was
 

If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

Benjamin Barber

Hardback: Yale UP, 2013
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
I’m very grateful to Tim Soerens, co-author of The New Parish for bringing this book to my attention…
 

Here is a great TED talk video that Benjamin Barber gave on the book:

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Marilynne Robinson

This fall promises the release of LILA, a new novel by Marilynne Robinson,

which among many readers of the ERB, seems to be the most anticipated new release of the season.  As we all await its release, we are delighted to offer this Top 10 list of online recordings of Marilynne Robinson, which includes interviews, readings and lectures!

Don’t miss the video of her appearance with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, which ends in typical form with quite the zinger!!!

*** Books by Marilynne Robinson ***

Hope you enjoy these recordings!

#10 – Reading from GILEAD

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LifeWay Bookstores Drops Mark Driscoll's Books

Christianity Today has just reported that LifeWay Bookstores has pulled 37 titles authored or contributed to by Mark Driscoll from it’s bookstores:

“LifeWay Stores and Lifeway.com are not selling Mark Driscoll’s books while we assess the situation regarding his ministry,” Marty King, LifeWay’s communications director, told CT. Earlier this month, LifeWay offered 42 products authored by or connected to Driscoll. Now, only five books that Driscoll contributed to remain.

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Today I stumbled upon the series of E.F. Schumacher Lectures that are available as 99c Kindle bargains!

E.F. Schumacher is best known for his critique of Western economies and his proposals for human-scale, decentralized and appropriate technologies. According to The Times Literary Supplement, his 1973 book Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered is among the 100 most influential books published since World War II. (via Wikipedia)
 

Wendell Berry gave the inaugural lecture in this series, but unfortunately it is not available in a Kindle Edition.
HOWEVER, you can listen to the full lecture (for FREE) online by CLICKING HERE.

I don’t know if these titles are on sale or if 99c is their standard price…

Here’s a list of the ones that I think are most important, but I highly recommend that you

Browse the full list of lectures

 

99c Kindle Bargains 1) Becoming Native To This Place by Wes Jackson
- 99c

2) Call For A Revolution In Agriculture – Wes Jackson
- 99c
3) The Most Important Number In The World by Bill McKibben
- 99c

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Wendell Berry

Today is the 80th birthday of Kentucky farmer/writer Wendell Berry!

I realize that there is some irony in doing this (Berry was, after all, the man who stood firm and penned “Why I am not going to buy a computer“), but to commemorate the occasion we offer the Top 10 online recordings of Berry to date. These recordings, some brief and some long, serve as a wonderful guide to the breadth and depth of Wendell Berry’s work: fiction, poetry, technology, community, land, etc., all the great genres and themes in which he has written.

***  Books by Wendell Berry  |  Poetry   |  Fiction  ***

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#10 – On Online Community

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