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Linda's Picks


Linda Bryant is a mother and grandmother. She found her life's work when (along with Barbara Borgman) she opened Charis in 1974. Her love of reading extends to many areas, but you will most often find her in fiction or spirituality. She enjoys light-hearted mysteries, poetry, and children's books. Read on for Linda's picks for your reading pleasure...

The Book of Longings: A Novel By Sue Monk Kidd Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143111399
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Published: Penguin Books - March 23rd, 2021

“An extraordinary novel . . . a triumph of insight and storytelling.” —Associated Press

A true masterpiece.” —Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed


Untamed By Glennon Doyle Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984801258
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Published: The Dial Press - March 10th, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OVER TWO MILLION COPIES SOLD! “Packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today.”—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club Pick)


Love Child's Hotbed of Occasional Poetry: Poems & Artifacts By Nikky Finney Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780810142015
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Published: TriQuarterly - April 15th, 2020

Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry

Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry is a twenty-first-century paean to the sterling love songs humming throughout four hundred years of black American life.


Just Us: An American Conversation By Claudia Rankine Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781644450635
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 7th, 2021

Now in paperback, Claudia Rankine’s “skyscraper in the literature on racism” (Christian Science Monitor)


Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss By Margaret Renkl Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571313836
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 30th, 2021

Named a Best Book of the Year by New Statesman, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, and Washington Independent Review of Books

Southern Book Prize Finalist


Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems By Phyllis Cole-Dai (Editor), Ruby R. Wilson (Editor) Cover Image
By Phyllis Cole-Dai (Editor), Ruby R. Wilson (Editor)
$21.95
ISBN: 9780998258836
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Published: Grayson Books - September 5th, 2017

Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems is a collection of poetry that provides a refuge of quiet clarity very much needed in today's restless, chaotic world. Every reader will find favorites to share and to return to, again and again.


Learning to Fall: The Blessings of an Imperfect Life By Philip Simmons Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553381580
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Published: Bantam - April 29th, 2003

Now I find myself in late August, with the nights cool and the crickets thick in the fields. Already the first blighted leaves glow scarlet on the red maples. It’s a season of fullness and sweet longings made sweeter now by the fact that I can’t be sure I’ll see this time of the year again....
— from Learning to Fall


Erosion: Essays of Undoing By Terry Tempest Williams Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250758248
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Published: Picador - October 13th, 2020

Timely and unsettling essays from an important and beloved writer and conservationist


My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies By Resmaa Menakem Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781942094470
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Published: Central Recovery Press - September 19th, 2017

A NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"My Grandmother's Hands will change the direction of the movement for racial justice."-- Robin DiAngelo, New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility

In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.


Magnified (Wesleyan Poetry) By Minnie Bruce Pratt Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780819580061
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - March 2nd, 2021

Once in a blue moon, a love like this comes along


What Is God Like? By Rachel Held Evans, Matthew Paul Turner, Ying Hui Tan (Illustrator), Daniel Jonce Evans (Foreword by) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593193310
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Published: Convergent Books - June 15th, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The late, beloved Rachel Held Evans answers many children's first question about God in this gorgeous picture book, fully realized by her friend Matthew Paul Turner, the bestselling author of When God Made You.


The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel By Akwaeke Emezi Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525541622
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 25th, 2021

A Good Morning America Buzz Pick

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Electrifying." — O: The Oprah Magazine


See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love By Valarie Kaur Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525509110
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Published: One World - September 7th, 2021

An urgent manifesto and a dramatic memoir of awakening, this is the story of revolutionary love.

Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize • “In a world stricken with fear and turmoil, Valarie Kaur shows us how to summon our deepest wisdom.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love
 


Take My Hand By Dolen Perkins-Valdez Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593337691
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Published: Berkley - April 12th, 2022

“Deeply empathetic yet unflinching in its gaze…an unforgettable exploration of responsibility and redemption.” —Celeste Ng
 
“Highlights the horrific discrepancies in our healthcare system and illustrates their heartbreaking consequences.” —Essence