Racism, Disability and the Desire for Perfection: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Poisonwood Bible takes its readers to the Congo/Zaire with its main characters, Nathan and Orleanna Price and their four daughters, Rachel, Leah, Adah, and Ruth May. The Price's are Southern Baptist missionaries from Georgia, who set out in 1959 to enlighten the Congolese by bringing them Jesus. When they arrive to the little village,… Continue reading Racism, Disability and the Desire for Perfection: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Words to Live by: Abraham J. Heschel’s, The Prophets

The Prophets, published in Germany in 1936, was Abraham Heschel’s dissertation. Heschel had the good fortune to live.  We have the good fortune that he did live.  At the end of his career he revised his dissertation, coming full circle to give us perhaps a more expanded view of The Prophets. While The Prophets still… Continue reading Words to Live by: Abraham J. Heschel’s, The Prophets

A Novel About Waking up to Trees: The Overstory by Richard Powers

Oddly, this most wonderful book about trees, The Overstory, is not in the nature section or non-fiction section of your local bookstore; it is in the fiction section. If one book could be in all sections, I guess I'd put it there; since the characters are fictional, and the events, as they relate to the… Continue reading A Novel About Waking up to Trees: The Overstory by Richard Powers

What is life? … The Periodic Table by Primo Levi

The Periodic Table (1975) by Primo Levi (1919-1987) is a collection of essays loosely tied together by the elements making up the periodic table of elements created by Dimitri Mendeleev in 1869. Of course, Levi does not use all the elements; there are 116 of them. He picks out ones that have some sort of… Continue reading What is life? … The Periodic Table by Primo Levi

Civilization and the South… of Italy _Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year_ by Carlo Levi

Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year. by Carlo Levi. Levi, Carlo. Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year. Ferrar, Straus & Giroux, New York. 1947. Translated by Frances Frenaye. With Foreward by Carlo Levi, 1963. Introduction copyright, 2006 by Mark Rotella. I have fallen in love with the beautiful descriptive… Continue reading Civilization and the South… of Italy _Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year_ by Carlo Levi