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anindiginouspeople

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Beacon Press, 2014. 296 pages. $16/paperback; $15.99/eBook. This book is part of Beacon Press’s ReVisioning American History series, which is intended to offer “fresh perspectives on familiar narratives” that are told “from the viewpoint of underrepresented communities.” The editor for the series promises, “each title will both fundamentally challenge but also change […]

David Etheridge is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and clerk of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Working Group on Racism. He previously worked for over 20 years as an attorney in the Indian Affairs Division of the Solicitor’s Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior.


Posted in: January 2017 Books, Quakers in the Workplace
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notfromhere

Not from Here: A Memoir

By Allan G. Johnson. Temple University Press, 2015. 171 pages. $24.50/hardcover or eBook. When Allan Johnson asked his dying father where he wanted his ashes buried, his father replied that it made no difference to him. This interchange began an unexpected journey for Johnson into discovering a sense of place on our little planet. His […]

Ruah Swennerfelt is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting. She currently serves as clerk of New England Yearly Meeting’s Earthcare Ministry Committee and is the author of Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith.


Posted in: January 2017 Books, Quakers in the Workplace
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waytothespring

The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine

By Ben Ehrenreich. Penguin Press, 2016. 448 pages. $28/hardcover; $14.99/eBook. After his famous “Angel of Death” speech opposing the Crimean War of the 1850s, British Quaker parliamentarian John Bright was told by Benjamin Disraeli that he would give anything to be able to give a speech like that. Bright is said to have responded, “You could […]

Max L. Carter recently retired as the William R. Rogers director of Friends Center and Quaker studies at Guilford College.


Posted in: January 2017 Books, Quakers in the Workplace
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teachingpeace

Teaching Peace: Students Exchange Letters with Their Teacher

By Colman McCarthy. Vanderbilt University Press, 2015. 194 pages. $22.95/paperback; $9.99/eBook. This book is not a “new release,” per se, but its arrival in my mailbox was very timely. I read it while cable news and the Internet were filled with stories about still more black men being killed by police, and with the stories […]

David Austin is a member of Haddonfield (N.J.) Meeting. He lives in Marlton, N.J., where he teaches middle school world history and Holocaust studies.


Posted in: January 2017 Books, Quakers in the Workplace
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saythewrongthing

Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community

By Dr. Amanda Kemp. Joy Will Come Press, 2016. 46 pages. $20/paperback; $9.99/eBook. Turn a corner these days, and you will run into a new book on racism. Many of them will offer you a thought-provoking ride. What makes Amanda Kemp stand out in the heart and mind of this black Quaker was her ability […]

Greg Williams is a member of Beacon Hill Meeting in Boston, Mass. (New England Yearly Meeting). Greg is working around in-reach and outreach relating to racial justice concerns. He recently received a Legacy Grant from NEYM to address this concern.


Posted in: January 2017 Books, Quakers in the Workplace
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climatechange

Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know

By Joseph Romm. Oxford University Press, 2015. 328 pages. $16.95/paperback; $10.99/eBook. Based on our agreement with climate scientists that global warming is real, human-caused, and dangerous, Friends are beginning to address the problem constructively. In his book Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know, Joseph Romm, an MIT-educated physicist, provides a resource for that effort. […]

Philip Favero is a former agricultural economist at Michigan State and South Dakota State Universities and at the University of Maryland. In 2014 he cofounded the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis, which stems from Annapolis (Md.) Meeting and is dedicated to advocacy and education about climate change (see csgannapolis.org).


Posted in: January 2017 Books, Quakers in the Workplace
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religiousresponces

Religious Responses to Violence: Human Rights in Latin America Past and Present

Edited by Alexander Wilde. University of Notre Dame Press, 2015. 498 pages. $49/paperback; $7/30-day eBook. During many years as a researcher in and on Brazil, I met hundreds of human rights activists—priests, nuns, Catholic and Protestant laypeople, lawyers, urban and rural poor people, trade unionists, and indigenous people—who found themselves caught up in a struggle […]

Linda Rabben is the author of Sanctuary and Asylum: A Social and Political History. An associate research professor of anthropology at the University of Maryland, she attends Adelphi (Md.) Meeting.


Posted in: January 2017 Books, Quakers in the Workplace
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goodbye-book

The Goodbye Book

By Todd Parr. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015. 32 pages. $17/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 2–5. The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr can be summed up in one word: simplicity. It is simple words and simple colors that deal with a not so simple emotion. The story is about loss and loneliness presented […]

Emilie Gay is a member of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Meeting.


Posted in: Books, December 2016: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Giving and Philanthropy
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wherestheelephant

Where’s the Elephant?

By Barroux. Candlewick Press, 2016. 32 pages. $14.99/hardcover. Recommended for ages 3–7. Where’s the Elephant? begins like a picture puzzle in which children look for an elephant, a parrot, and a snake hidden among the colorful trees of a jungle. As you turn the pages, however, stumps begin to appear where there had been trees, […]

Anne Nydam is a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting. A former middle school art teacher, she now stays home with her own children, while working as an artist and writer of books for children.


Posted in: Books, December 2016: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Giving and Philanthropy
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bloom

Bloom

By Doreen Cronin, illustrated by David Small. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016. 40 pages. $17.99/hardcover; $10.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8. Whoever heard of a mud fairy? In a beautiful kingdom made of glass, Bloom is a very important fairy because she can keep the cracks repaired. She is so good at this work that […]

Margaret T. Walden is a member of Cleveland (Ohio) Meeting. She is a retired librarian from Friends School in Detroit.


Posted in: Books, December 2016: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Giving and Philanthropy
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