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Forgetting My Mother: A Blues from the Heartland

When journalist Dan Cryer was just eight, his mother unexpectedly died. In their grief, he and his siblings shut out all memories of their beloved Pauline. In this haunting memoir, Cryer recreates his quest to uncover this gentle mystery woman, her small-town midwestern milieu, and how this absence has shaped his emotional life.

Being Alive and Having to Die: The Spiritual Odyssey of Forrest Church

Rev. Forrest Church, the foremost Unitarian Universalist of our time, championed the separation of church and state, and a religion that respected the mind and fostered tolerance. In doing so, this anti-Jerry Falwell often locked horns with the religious right, notably over discrimination against gays and the mistaken notion that the United States is a "Christian nation." He wrote or edited 25 books, from theology to pastoral meditations to histories. "Being Alive and Having to Die" chronicles his journey from rebellious son of a U.S. senator to eloquent spokesman on the national stage.

Bill Moyers: "One of the most intriguing people I have met as a journalist, Forrest Church ... thought long and hard about religion and politics ... wrestled to live an ethical life yet proved as flawed as any of us ... Thanks to Dan Cryer's prodigious reporting, I understand more deeply the sources of his eloquence and the agony of his search. Even if you never heard of Church, you will find this man's pilgrimage worth your time."

Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary: "This splendid biography is worthy of its sparkling, accomplished, and inspiring subject, capturing the life and bountiful spirit of Forrest Church in rich detail."

Jon Butler, Yale University, author of "Awash in a Sea of Faith": "Cryer's compelling, beautifully wrought biography ... melds politics, family and theology. This is a moving, even transforming book about the central issue Church struggled to clarify -- the very human meaning of life."

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Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio, edited by Lisa Watts

"It's rare to find an anthology whose entries are consistently well written and delightful to read. 'Good Roots'... is just that... Every piece in this book is a gem."
--Bloomsbury Review