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God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines
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This book offers a theologically conservative and biblically rigorous basis for a Christian faith that arrives at the following conclusion:
“Christians who affirm the full authority of Scripture can also affirm committed, monogamous same-sex relations
Hamlet, The by William Faulkner
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This book gives the impression that the author had a number of stories to tell so he sorted them out in a sequential order along a generalized timeline, located the action in his favorite fictional setting, Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, and like ...more
Logos by John Neeleman
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I was attracted to this book because it is purported to be a historical novel about the writer of the first Gospel account of Jesus. I've read quite a bit about the subject so I was curious what this author did with it.

As it turns out very little of
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal
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If you prefer mystery stories that are nonfiction, this book fits the bill. Everybody I know who's read this book says something like, "How in the world did he manage get away with it?" This guy managed to assume various identities over a twenty-eigh ...more
Rust by Jonathan Waldman
Rust: The Longest War
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read in June, 2015
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This book explores a problem that has cursed civilization since the end of the stone age, corrosion. All common metals are vulnerable to corrosion unless protected in some way from oxygen atoms and other want-to-be anions. That's the reason one doesn ...more
Water to the Angels by Les Standiford
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With California's drought in the news recently it's good to remember that Los Angeles was facing a similar problem 115 years ago. William Mulholland, superintendent of the Los Angeles Water Department at that time responded by designing a massive aqu ...more
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2015
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This is an enjoyable story of second chances with a sprinkling of mystery, pathos and sadness to keep it from being saccharin. The story's characters are nice book people, and since the readers of this book are probably book people themselves many re ...more
Leaning Into Love by Elaine Mansfield
"I've been a first-hand witness to widowhood, first when my father died at age 55 and more recently when friends lost their husbands, some suddenly, some to an extended illness. The loss in every case was profound.

Elaine Mansfield tells the truth a..." Read more of this review »
Postwar by Tony Judt
" Mike wrote: " ... I think that war will finally end when Russia finally reach stability in someway."

Good point! The current fighting in Ukraine can pr
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Joseph's Dilemma by Ervin R. Stutzman
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Rohinton Mistry
“What an unreliable thing is time--when I want it to fly, the hours stick to me like glue. And what a changeable thing, too. Time is the twine to tie our lives into parcels of years and months. Or a rubber band stretched to suit our fancy. Time can be the pretty ribbon in a little girl's hair. Or the lines in your face, stealing your youthful colour and your hair. .... But in the end, time is a noose around the neck, strangling slowly.”
Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance
tags: time

Richard Lovelace
“Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an hermitage;
If I have freedom in my love
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone, that soar above,
Enjoy such liberty.”
Richard Lovelace, To Althea, from Prison

“Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade. Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still.”
Robert Sternberg

Marie Mutsuki Mockett
“…you look like a loved person. It always shows on people’s faces. The ones who discover love when they are much older always look startled. The loved ones expect it from other people.”
Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Picking Bones from Ash
tags: love

James Madison
“Foreigners have been encouraged to settle among you. Industry and virtue have been promoted by mutual emulation and mutual inspection; commerce and the arts have flourished; and I cannot help attributing those continual exertions of genius which appear among you to the inspiration of liberty, and that love of fame and knowledge which always accompany it. Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind, and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded prospect. How far this is the case with Virginia will more clearly appear when the ensuing trial is made.

[Letter to William Bradford Jr. April 1 1774]”
James Madison, James Madison: Writings

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History of American Alcohol Consumption (History)
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Life Story In How Many Words? (Humor)
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July 31, 2015 -- "The Town," Vol. 2 of Snopes Trilogy, by William Faulkner
July 31, 2015 -- "The Town," Vol. 2 of Snopes Trilogy, by William Faulkner
Book club meeting, July 31, 2015 07:00PM
Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO, US
We will discuss The Town by William Faulkner. The Town is a novel by the America ...more
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