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Iain H. Murray: Amy Carmichael: Beauty For Ashes
If this 2015 biography of the child-rescuing turn of the 19th century missionary to India adds little new, it at least packages her inspiring story in a concise and yet well-written format. But I suspect Murray may introduce this godly woman to a new generation longing for examples of men and women to followed Christ at all costs.
Mary Norris: Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
Norris is the funny and brilliant copy editor for The New Yorker. Her memoir is rich with stories, with grammar, and with New York. I might learn something: copy editors are not boring.
N.M. Gwynne: Gwynne's Grammar: The Ultimate Introduction to Grammar and the Writing of Good English
An absolute must for grammar-lovers, this little book brooks no nonsense when it comes to grammar. It's lovingly told and correctly stated. True and untruth. Black and white. It has a certain appeal and the split of William Strunk.
The Joys of Walking: Essays by Hilaire Belloc, Charles Dickens, Henry David Thoreau, and Others
I was in Eight Day Books in Wichita, KS, saw this (where else would I find such a curious book), and had to have it. What can I say. Others were "outlawing" too and wrote about it. I feel at home.
Craig Nelson: Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon
Probably the best story of the run up to the Apollo 11 launch and moon landing, this is history told well, and an amazing history at that.
Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure [Deluxe Edition]
Even in is Seventies, Brian Wilson still has harmonic genius. There are 16 songs on this deluxe release, and not a single klunker. Al Jardine's voice is a delight (try "Whatever Happened"), and the featured vocalists (like She & Him, Sebu, and Kacey Musgraves) actually work well.
Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell
A beautiful album by this indie singer-songwriter, in which he deals with the death of his estranged mother. But for the f-bomb, "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross" is a wonderful Easter song. For Sufjan, art is a gift, and we are the beneficiaries.