What book gets your region right?

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It's hard to say which is more satisfying: a book that introduces you to a fascinating, new, unfamiliar world, or a book which is set in a time and place that you know intimately, and which really nails it.For me, The Dogs of March by Ernest Hebert is a great example of the latter. It's set in a fictional small town of Darby, New Hampshire, and man, is it familiar. It gives us painfully accurate picture of the small town full of foster children, incestuous shack people, pompous little fief … [Read more...]

Autographed books about marriage for Valentine’s Day

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I'm not going to tell you to get your wife a book or two for Valentine's Day, but IF you are VERY SURE that she would want a book or two for Valentine's Day, here's a deal for you: I'm offering ... The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning (OSV list price $9.95) and Catholic and Married: Leaning Into Love (OSV list price $14.95) with my chapter, called "Mirrors Around a Flame: The Gift of Children". This is a new book from OSV. You can read a nice review of it at Aleteia he … [Read more...]

That time you were so busy, you forgot you wrote that book

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Well, one chapter of it, anyway.This is so dang stupid. Right before supper, FedEx delivers a box of ten copies of Catholic and Married: Leaning Into Love , which looks good, but I have never heard of it, and I certainly didn't order ten copies. So I fire off a note to the publisher, saying that I think I got the author's shipment by mistake, and what should I do with them? Ha ha, I says to myself, I'm not the only one who flakes out from time to time! They don't even know who wrote their own … [Read more...]

First Things likes The Sinner’s Guide to NFP!

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Reviewer Christine Emba says in First Things: What especially recommends The Sinner’s Guide to a broader ­audience is Fisher’s ability to use NFP as a starting point to engage with the larger and more universal questions facing anyone attempting to live out a Christian life day to day. What is prudence? How does one persevere in adversity? What does charity actually look like in relationships, and in daily life? As Fisher asks, “Does God just hate women, or what?” The question “Is it the right t … [Read more...]

Seven books that fell behind my bed


Seven quick takes! I hope you can see the pictures - WordPress is being a bag of butts, and won't let me upload in the normal way, so I just pasted them in. Here are seven books I either just finished or am in the middle of, perhapsh indefinitely. "Perhapsh" was a typo, but I kind of like it. --1-- Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller.I have never read a book like this before. It's so harrowing and so appealing. A memoir of growing up poor, … [Read more...]

My book sale phinds and phooeys

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I used to try to make extra money selling used books online. I would go to library book sales and try to spot rare and unusual volumes that people would be willing to pay a fortune for. Using only my intuition, I paid $1 for a probable first edition of a biography of Charles de Gaulle, which I turned around and sold for $80. Wildly encouraged, I used that same intuition to buy another fifty or sixty likely-looking books, also for a dollar each. And every single one of them, nobody wants because n … [Read more...]

It’s our 17th anniversary SALE-abration!

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I can't even believe I just said that.Anyway, tomorrow is my and Damien's 17th wedding anniversary, which we will be celebrating with great joy, eventually. Heck, we've kept it together for seventeen years, more or less, so I guess we can hold out for one more week.Seemed like as good a time as any to put my dear beloved ebook back on sale. I wish I could put the paperback or audiobook on sale, but the ebook is the only one I control. The price is now as low as Amazon will let me set it: … [Read more...]