Book #32 — In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, by Alexander McCall Smith — I still love these books, a lot. LP and I picked up the first three in paperback from the book sale at the Clam Festival, because although I am reading them on Kindle, at $1 each I'm glad to have them to put on the shelf, too, especially since she wants to read them, too.
Book #33 — 52 Ways to Ignite Your Congregation: Practical Hospitality, by Randy Hammer — Hammer is a UCC pastor who has written a very helpful book, though it is a bit old school in the reliance on hard copy sources such as newspaper and Yellow Pages ads to attract new people to church. I'm also dubious about some of the ideas about showing up on people's doorsteps. This is New England! Otherwise he does a great job of asking the questions churches need to ask if they are at all serious about showing welcome to others. We may use this as the basis for a Church Council retreat in the fall, and I expect it will be very effective.
Book #34 — Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad, by Jacqueline L. Robin and Raymond G. Dobard — This wonderful book was loaned to me by a member at Y1P (Hi, C!), and it tells about the way quilts were used as code in the operation of the Underground Railroad. There are beautiful full color photos of quilts to illustrate the ideas drawn from the stories shared by an elderly African-American woman in Charleston, herself a quilter. I will say the book would have benefited from some text editing. The arrangement of the material was not as well-pieced as the quilts.
I've got a couple of books on Kindle right now, but I'm not enamored of "Byron in Love" and may pass on that one. It got a great review in the NY Times but is not grabbing me. Can you give up on books without feeling guilty about it?