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David Lester -- Night Table Recommendations

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 at 10:41am

Footnotes In Gaza by Joe Sacco (Metropolitan Books)

A truly remarkable accomplishment by graphic novelist Joe Sacco. It is hard to imagine how he will ever top the epic scale of this book. Footnotes in Gaza tells the long-forgotten story of the massacre of 111 Palestinians in Gaza in 1956 by Israeli soldiers. We follow Sacco as he searches for the truth from the remaining witnesses still alive. He sifts through their conflicting memories and uncovers what really happened on that terrible day. All the while, he must contend with Palestinians who just don't see the point in dredging up old history when what's happening now in Gaza is so much more important. But Sacco makes a compelling case as to why the past matters.

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Steve Burgess -- Night Table Recommendations

Thursday, Aug 18, 2011 at 5:28pm

I'm fond of non-fiction, particularly history and religion. But then, you probably would have guessed that.

Misquoting Jesus/Lost Christianities by Bart Ehrman (HarperCollins / Oxford University Press)

Bart Ehrman is a Biblical scholar with a populist touch. His books are little primers in the methods employed used by those who pore over Scripture to separate the oldest writings from later additions and translator's mistakes. Although Ehrman has also written about his own theological ideas, in books like Misquoting Jesus he is more intent on in guiding readers through the basic principles of scholarship and explaining why and how scholars come to their conclusions about the validity of Gospel passages. Lost Christianities focuses on the many gospels that never made the Biblical cut, including the entertaining "infancy gospels" in which little Jesus is revealed as a dangerous playmate to cross.

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Great Summer Music

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011 at 9:07am

Whether you are going on a roadtrip, having a backyard barbeque or entertaining on a warm summer evening, this music will set the mood for a great time.

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Coral Hetherington -- Night Table Recommendations

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011 at 9:59am

My family always considered reading a favourite pastime. My father enjoyed James Gray and my mother loved Pearl S. Buck. Growing up I read all the books in my parent's and grandmother's library and what ever I could get my hands on from Leacock to Shakespeare, Spillane to Dickens. Looking at my night table I can tell you my taste in literature remains varied; Citizen of the World, the Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau: Volume One by John English, a collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle including The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Adventures and the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Distant Hours by Kate Morton, I Used to be Coloured but Now, I'm Black by June Harris, Dancing Backwards by Sharon Carstairs and Tom Higgins and 'ripped from the television screen', Heat Wave and Naked Heat by (?) "Richard Castle".

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Kimberley Clarke -- Night Table Recommendations

Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 5:29pm

It's easy to list what books are on my night table. But when I started to compile my list it seemed too obvious a task.

What was of interest to me was what books would be on my characters' bedside tables. The characters from Cul de Sac Moon are avid readers. They read to be inspired, entertained and to learn. It is no mistake that Addie's books are about troubled kids nor is it a surprise that both Sigge and Bernerd pursue their interests through literature. I am very fond of my characters and I really appreciate their literary recommendations. They are three rich and varied lists. I hope you enjoy their suggestions as much as I did.

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