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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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Holly Luhning -- Night Table Recommendations

Thursday, Jun 09, 2011 at 2:10pm

Now that we're seeing some sun and warmer temperatures, I aim to do my reading outdoors; here's four recommendations for the park, lake, beach (or night table, on those rainy evenings):

Slammerkin, by Emma Donoghue (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd).

Donoghue has most recently received wide attention for her novel Room, but her 2000 novel Slammerkin (the word is eighteenth-century vernacular, a noun that refers to both a loose gown, and a loose woman) is also definitely worth putting on your reading list. Donoghue, who holds a PhD in eighteenth-century literature, employs her expertise in this era to create a vivid, breathing account of late 1740's London, and the often-vicious circumstances faced by young women who lacked fortune, titles, or family. Our heroine, Mary, whose poor family casts her out once they deem her "unvirtuous," survives and adapts to the violent, dehumanizing world of mid-century London; the brutalities of Mary's life are simultaneously mitigated and exacerbated by her attraction to luxurious clothing, fabrics, accessories, and the liberty and status that these beautiful things symbolize.

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