Books

From hillbillies to handmaids

Culture | A look at the top checked-out books at the New York Public Library gives a different insight than any bestseller list
by Emily Belz
Posted 12/24/18, 08:03 am

A New York moment: 

Does your local library share its top checked-out books of the year? It’s an interesting snapshot of the culture of a place, with more flavor than any national bestseller list. We know that promoters can manipulate bestseller lists; I’m guessing library data is mostly immune from manipulation, except perhaps from a very influential book club.

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Good writing

Books | Eight insights from the Hank the Cowdog School of Writing
by John R. Erickson
Posted 12/15/18, 01:09 pm

In 2009, Maverick Books published John R. Erickson’s Story Craft: Reflections of Faith, Culture and Writing from the Author of Hank of the Cowdog. With permission from the publisher, we’re posting in our Saturday Series a chapter each month through January. Here’s a chapter titled “Eight Keys to Good Writing,” which starts with a quotation from Gene Edward Veith’s Reading Between the Lines: “The answer to bad books is good books.” —Marvin Olasky

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Past and future

Books | History books and hopeful nominations
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 12/13/18, 05:15 pm

’Tis the season for gift-giving to needy Christian charities and needy high-school students. Lots of letters come my way requesting philanthropic advice. One recent letter from reader Janell Young made me feel good: “In 2005 you wrote a great article with an American History reading list for high schoolers. I have had two students (so far) use that list! I am wondering if you would update it.”

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