God: A Human History

Author or Artist

Reza Aslan
God: A Human History

Summary

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot and host of Believer explores humanity's quest to make sense of the divine in this concise and fascinating history of our understanding of God. In Zealot, Reza Aslan replaced the staid, well-worn portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth with a startling new image of the man in all his contradictions. In his new book, Aslan takes on a subject even more immense: God, writ large. In layered prose and with thoughtful, accessible scholarship, Aslan narrates the history of religion as a remarkably cohesive attempt to understand the divine by giving it human traits and emotions. According to Aslan, this innate desire to humanize God is hardwired in our brains, making it a central feature of nearly every religious tradition. As Aslan writes, "Whether we are aware of it or not, and regardless of whether we're believers or not, what the vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves." But this projection is not without consequences. We bestow upon God not just all that is good in human nature--our compassion, our thirst for justice--but all that is bad in it: our greed, our bigotry, our penchant for violence. All these qualities inform our religions, cultures, and governments. More than just a history of our understanding of God, this book is an attempt to get to the root of this humanizing impulse in order to develop a more universal spirituality. Whether you believe in one God, many gods, or no god at all, God: A Human History will challenge the way you think about the divine and its role in our everyday lives. 

Sights, Sounds, Soul: The Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis

Author or Artist

Charles Chamblis
Sights, Sounds, Soul: The Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis

Summary

During the 1970s and '80s, photographer Charles Chamblis captured the vibrant social and artistic life of the Twin Cities African American community. Musicians and other artists are shown performing, dancing, and interacting with enthusiastic audiences at once-thriving but now lost clubs, such as the Taste Show Lounge, Riverview Supper Club, Fox Trap, Nacirema Club, and others on Minneapolis's north and south sides. Among the legendary soul, funk, and R&B acts depicted are Flyte Tyme, Prophets of Peace, Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam, Morris Day, Prince, and many other influential musicians who helped establish the so-called Minneapolis Sound.

Beyond the nightlife, Chamblis's portraits, images of family gatherings and weddings, fashion photography, landscapes, and photos of community events offer intimate and rare glimpses into the life of African Americans in the Twin Cities at these particular moments in time. Contemporary writer and artist Davu Seru brings these photos to life with introductory text and supplemental essays that put this visual celebration into the context of the day as well as that of the Twin Cities community in the twenty-first century. Chamblis's images offer a trip back in time and leave a legacy unlike any other photographer's. 

A Season to Lie

Author or Artist

Emily Littlejohn
A Season to Lie

Summary

In Emily Littlejohn's follow-up to her acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, a twisted killer stalks his prey in the dead of winter. On a cold dark night in February, as a blizzard shrieks through Cedar Valley, police officer and new mother Gemma Monroe responds to an anonymous report of a prowler at the local private high school, The Valley Academy. In her idyllic Colorado small town, Gemma expects the call was just a prank by a bored teenager. But there in the snow lies the savaged body of a man whose presence in town was meant to be a secret. And a disturbing message left by his killer promises more death to come. This is only the beginning . . . Nothing is as it seems in Cedar Valley and stories, both fact and fiction, ensnare Gemma as her investigation moves from the halls of an elite academy to the forests that surround Cedar Valley. Against a backdrop of bleak winter weather, stymied by those who would lie to protect what is dearest to them, Gemma hunts a ruthless killer before he strikes again in A Season to Lie

From a Room, Volume 2

Author or Artist

Stapleton, Chris
From a Room, Volume 2

Summary

From a Room, Volume 2 is certainly a more dignified title for the companion to Chris Stapleton's hit May LP than From Another Room or Yep, I'm in a Room Again would have been. That's the kind of care for the details that gets you a Grammy.

Soul of a Woman

Author or Artist

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Soul of a Woman

Summary

The posthumous release of Sharon Jones' final album serves as one last testimonial to her immense power as a vocalist and a bandleader. Also available on vinyl.

If All I Was Was Black

Author or Artist

Staples, Mavis
If All I Was Was Black

Summary

Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy reunite for another strong collaboration.

utopia

Author or Artist

Bjork
utopia

Summary

The new Bjork album is sure to be chock full of all those Bjork things that make Bjork the Bjorkiest.

Low in High School

Author or Artist

Morrissey
Low in High School

Summary

The new Morrissey album is sure to be chock full of all those Morrissey things that make Morrissey the Morrissiest.

The Kid

Author or Artist

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
The Kid

Summary

A master of the relatively obscure Buchla modular synth system, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is drawing raves for her new album, which Pitchfork praises "Though her voice drives most songs on The Kid, she never treats it as separate from the rest of her arsenal. It's not an embellishment slapped on top of an otherwise complete instrumental; it's wholly integrated into the complex webbing of each piece. There's a stunning moment on "A Kid" when the beat falls away and Smith sings through filters at several simultaneous pitches. She sounds like an organ that's learned to articulate syllables, both singer and instrument at the same time. Distorted, multi-tracked, shifted, and still addictively tuneful, Smith's voice humanizes the work without breaking the spell she casts while commanding her machines."

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