Magazine books – NY Is Book Country Thu, 24 Nov 2022 08:55:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Magazine books – NY Is Book Country 32 32 The best swimming books available right now Thu, 24 Nov 2022 08:55:38 +0000

You might think there’s not much to write about swimming – it’s just arm after arm and don’t forget to breathe, right?!

Well, you would be very, very wrong. Between swimming pools and lakes, beaches and oceans, a rich literature on swimming has something to please all types of swimmers.

In our guide to the best swimming books, we have recently released options exploring the science behind swimming in cold water and why it’s good for our health, as well as established textbooks on swimming technique.

There are guides to beaches and open water swimming spots, retellings of the history of swimming, and evocative descriptions of magical aquatic adventures. Finally, we even have a novel (if you need some swimming-based vacation reading!). Dive in and savor…

best swimming books

Swim Smooth by Paul Newsome and Adam Young

There aren’t many triathletes who haven’t heard of Swim Smooth – arguably the most famous swim technique coaching system in the world – and its founders, Paul Newsome and Adam Young.

Based in Australia, both have written regular articles for 220 over the past few years and there are Swim Smooth franchises offering coaching all over the world.

But if you can’t get to a coach (or can’t afford the expense), then the good news is that this handy manual lays out all the theories behind their coaching so that everyone everyone can access it.

The book begins by identifying the common “types” of swimming, which most swimmers find themselves in and which you will hopefully recognize yourself in! These range from ‘bambino’, which can be a nervous new swimmer, to ‘Arnie’, which is a more confident and powerful swimmer. It also includes categories for swimmers who overslip or hit too hard!

Once you’ve identified your stroke type, the rest of the book has great tips for improving your technique, with sample workouts and drills to focus on.

The book also has a focus on open water swimming (Paul Newsome is the winner of many iconic open water events) and will prove invaluable to any triathlete wondering how to aim, swim straight, or effectively turn around a buoy.

Chill: The Cold Water Swim Cure by Mark Harper MD PhD

Cold water swimming is what you might call a ‘moment’ right now… But why does it feel so good to us and, perhaps more importantly, what are the implications for health and fitness? ?

For triathletes this is a pertinent question, as many of us will return to the pool as soon as the temperatures drop and forget about open water until things warm up again. However, that would be a mistake, argues Dr. Mark Harper, author of Coldness.

In his work as a consultant anesthetist, Dr. Mark Harper is responsible for keeping patients warm during surgery. He is also an avid outdoor swimmer, and the combination of these two passions led to this remarkable study on the healing properties of cold water.

Here he provides evidence that cold water can positively influence our health physiologically and psychologically. In addition to theory, the book provides practical advice and inspiring case studies that any swimmer will find fascinating.

Swimming Wild and Free by Simon Griffiths

Outdoor swimming comes with many questions. What are you wearing? Where to swim safely? How can you improve your technique?

In this user-friendly and easy-to-digest book, the founder of outdoor swimmer magazine, Simon Griffiths, covers all of this and more.

Nicely balanced between photos and information, we like this manual because it provides a knowledgeable but not intimidating point of reference for new outdoor swimmers and open water athletes.

Winter Swimming by Dr Susanna Søberg

Originally published in Denmark in 2019, this fantastic and informative hardcover text by Dr Susanna Søberg has recently (2022) been translated into English for the UK market.

Although the Danish scientist Søberg may be lucky enough to swim in a country where swimming and sauna culture is widespread, this book is still extremely relevant to us in Britain.

This step-by-step guide walks the reader through the “cold shock response” and what happens to our bodies when we step into cold water. He explains how our hormones, circulation, heart and lungs respond and how activating brown fat can benefit multiple health issues.

Rather than being a dry read, however, winter swimming is packed with friendly tips and advice to inspire even the most reluctant cold water enthusiast!

Wild Swimming by Daniel Start

The author of many “wild” books now, the Wild swimming Daniel Start’s book first published in 2013 is still a faithful companion in our van glove compartment.

Perfect for swimmers who like to take a dip or swim on a road trip, it details 300 hidden dives in Britain’s rivers, lakes and waterfalls.

The book is divided into regions and for each swimming spot you get maps, as well as practical advice on accessing the water, where to park and what kind of swimming to expect.

Whether you want a secluded swim or the thrill of a rushing waterfall, this book is the place to find them.

The Lido Guide by Emma Pusill and Janet Wilkinson

Where Wild swimming Looking for wild outdoor spots, The Lido Guide is more concerned with finding you outdoor pools to enjoy.

There’s also a surprising number, with 130 from the UK and the Channel Islands. This book was a true labor of love for the authors, who traveled across the country to create this resource.

As well as telling you a little about the history of each lido, it also details useful information such as opening hours, refreshments, accessibility and whether the lido is heated or not.

Open Water by Mikael Rosen

Here has 220 Triathlonwe first met and interviewed Swedish swimming coach Mikael Rosén at the ÖtillÖ World Championships in the Swedish archipelago, where he competed and advised athletes on swimming technique.

The absolute walking encyclopedia of open water knowledge and head coach of the Swedish open water team, Rosén is well known on Instagram.

Now, all of that knowledge has been compiled into a stunning hardcover book that details the history and technique of swimming and is packed with history, science, and anecdotes.

The Outdoor Swimmers Handbook by Kate Rew

Kate Rew is the founder of the Outdoor Swimming Society. As you’d expect, she knows a thing or two about outdoor swimming.

This beautifully illustrated hardcover book takes the reader on an adventure through the lakes, rivers, seas and estuaries of the UK and, along the way, details the nature you might find as well as practical advice on accessing water, understand how it behaves and stay safe.

The Winter Swimming and Night Swimming chapters add tips for those who want to take their outdoor swimming a step further.

Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui

Given that we are land-dwelling, standing and walking creatures, it can sometimes seem odd that humans are so drawn to water. If that’s a question you’d like answered, then Bonnie Tsui’s riveting tale of what makes us want to swim is for you.

Covering everything from evolution to open water competition, this book draws on swimming stories and history from around the world to provide you with a wealth of interesting facts and insights into our aquatic obsession.

The Lido by Libby Page

This guide is made up entirely of factual books…down to our final pick. The Lido offers a “lighter” read, but filled with references to swimming and the history of our beaches, which will make it an enjoyable read for most outdoor swimmers.

Detailing the fictional story of a lido threatened with closure and the past and present swimmers who frequent it, it reads like a love letter to our history of outdoor swimming. One for the (real) swimming pool on vacation, or by the fireplace in winter!

10 books that would make great stocking stuffers Wed, 23 Nov 2022 18:21:51 +0000

There’s nothing like it vacations! The reunion with loved ones, the spirit of generosity (and a bit of power-taking) make the season bright. But one thing that many people are not I can’t wait to know exactly what to buy for each person on their gift list.

Confused about what to buy for the littlest members of the family who already have all the toys in the store, your glamorous aunt returning from her latest international getaway, or your history-loving best friend? We have what you need.

These books featuring black stories by black authors run the gamut from the fashion revolution to African young adult fantasy, from fables about great dreams to retrospectives about great lives. Take a look at the ten novels, coffee table books, autobiographies, essay collections and children’s books that are sure to put a smile on your loved ones.

Books That Make Us Human – The Imaginative Curator Wed, 16 Nov 2022 22:24:51 +0000

Here are my ten reading recommendations, from Augustine’s “Confessions” to Shakespeare’s Sonnets, including Eliot’s “Four Quartets”.

1. The Bible. This is one of the first books I read (not cover to cover, at first, of course), and the first book I memorized portions of as a child. I can’t imagine trying to think or understand the human condition without her. Some specific books in the Good Book that are worth noting: Genesis and Exodus, the Psalms and the Book of Wisdom, the Gospel of John and the Epistle of the Apostle Paul to the Romans.

2. confession, by Saint Augustine of Hippo. I’ve read it many times now, and I’m still amazed by the depth of Augustin’s thought and emotion, and the clarity and depth of his expression.

3. Summa theologica, by Saint Thomas Aquinas. It would be a mistake to assume that this seminal work of theology/philosophy is dry or merely didactic, for careful and thoughtful reading reveals an understanding of the origin, nature and end of man that has seldom been equaled. .

4. The Sonnets, by William Shakespeare. I have enjoyed and enjoyed many of Shakespeare’s plays, but I am drawn again and again to the sonnets, which not only express the depths of human love, but what it means to be human in a simple and modest way.

5. David Copperfield Where Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens. I first read them as a young boy and they brought to life a range of characters and aspects of humanity – the good, the bad and the ugly – that I had never seen or experienced before.

6. Four Quartets, by TS Eliot. The Wasteland has (and is getting?) more attention, but this mature post-conversion poem is, I believe, the greatest poem of the 20th century and one of the most moving depictions of life, death and spiritual awakening ever written.

seven. My name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok. Definitely my most personal choice, a book I first read when I was ten, and then many times after. A painful portrait of a Jewish boy and his struggles with faith, family and personal aspirations.

8. The abolition of man, by CS Lewis. My favorite book by Lewis, a short but penetrating work on the nature of man. If you want to read it in fiction form, check out Lewis’ “Space Trilogy”: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength.

9. lost in the cosmos, by Walker Percy. A little eccentric, but more than a little brilliant, full of wit, wisdom, caustic charm and very difficult questions about what it means to be human in a post-Christian, post-modern culture.

ten. Redeemer Hominis, by Blessed John Paul II. The first encyclical of the late Holy Father (March 1979) is essential for anyone who wants to understand his thought and his Christocentric conception of humanity: “The Redeemer of man, Jesus Christ, is the center of the universe and of the story. Amen.

This essay was first published here in September 2011.

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NEWS: Books on Tyne @ Various locations | NARC. | Reliably informed Mon, 14 Nov 2022 15:11:21 +0000

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After a three-year hiatus, Books on Tyne proudly returns to the spotlight with the 10e episode of this beloved Newcastle-based book festival will take place from Saturday 19e-Saturday 26e November. The program is packed with diverse content ranging from local life, to the natural world, to current affairs and music more so much more.

Hprogram highlights include Maya Goodfellow discussesing his work, Hostile Environment, which explores the dark world of the use of immigration as a scapegoat for contemporary political struggles; notNovelist Ashley Hickson-Lovence talks to Sarah Tyson about her brilliant novelization of the life of Uriah Rennie, the Premier League’s first and only Black of referee; Stephanois musician Bob Stanley interviews award-winning historian Brian Ward about his new book on the birth of modern pop, let’s do it (all Municipal Library, Saturday 19e). Jhere comes poetry and reading short storiess from the Red Squirrel press window, including a selection of local authors (VSity Llibrary, monday 21st); and there’s a range of books based on the Northeast to discover when Barry Hindson, Ken Smith, Paul Ferris and Paul Brown discuss their novels (VSMunicipal Library, Tuesday 22n/a); there’s a reading of acclaimed author Nancy Campbell’s fearless, lyrical new novel, Thunderstone (Lit & Phil, Wednesday 23rd); Newcastle-based poet Sean O’Brien reads from his 11e collection of poems, Embark (Lit & Phil, Thursday 24e); documentary filmmaker Rob Kilburn talks about the weird and wonderful world of social history with his book Tyne & Weird; and On the occasion of the release of her new novel Lost And Found, author Elizabeth Garner is joined by folk duo Patterson Dipper for a special event where folk songs and stories venture into unknown lands (both Municipal Library, Saturday 26e).

Books on Tyne takes place at various venues in Newcastle from Saturday 19e-Saturday 26e November.

]]> New books commemorate Uttlesford servicemen who died in World War II Thu, 10 Nov 2022 12:02:00 +0000

A new book pays tribute to 57 men from Uttlesford who died on active service during the Second World War.

Safran Walden remembers records details of the city’s soldiers, airmen and sailors who gave their lives between 1939 and 1945.

Author Malcolm White said: “Bob Pike has written an excellent book about the victims of the First World War, The winning heroes.

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“However, I have always been aware, on every Remembrance Day, that as the years pass and we all say ‘We will remember them’, that in fact very few people remember the one of Saffron Walden’s braves killed in World War II.

“It is for this reason, and to show the hardship, hardship, bravery and courage that these people had to endure, that I have decided to research and record these details with the aim of ensuring that these soldiers are more than just names on a Memorial.

“I hope the book also shows how the people of Saffron Walden were involved all over the world and in almost every major operation throughout the war.”

The £10 book is available at the Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, and Malcolm will sign copies there on Saturday 12 November from 9.30am to 1pm.

He was Clerk of the City Council from 1976 to 2010 and has written a number of books and magazine articles on the history of Saffron Walden.

What’s booking: Áine Toner has a roundup of new books for your reading list Sat, 05 Nov 2022 10:00:00 +0000

Hodder & Stoughton, £16.99

The Prisoner by BA Paris


The Prisoner by BA Paris

Available from November 3, the author’s latest novels go back and forth as we discover Amélie’s life. Still a survivor, she is alone in the world after the death of her father, her long-lost mother. Knowing that she can only rely on herself, she flees Paris for London and gradually finds friends who really care about her, and eventually lands a job in the magazine industry. Through a series of essential threats to her future, she agrees to marry someone who turns out to be, well, not exactly who he claims to be. All is not well when she wakes up in a room without light and realizes that she has been kidnapped. But by whom? And for what reason ? As she adjusts to her surroundings, Amelia is aware that she feels much safer in her incarceration than married to her new husband. Expect the action to intensify as you race towards the end of the novel.

Catherine Cooper’s Cruise

HarperCollins, £8.99


Catherine Cooper’s Cruise

Posted November 10, Catherine is known for her claustrophobic and contained readings, the modern equivalent of a locked room mystery. Her third book is no different as all the characters live aboard a luxurious cruise ship. It seems idyllic, until one of the ship’s dancers, Lola, disappears at a New Year’s Eve party and her partner is deprived. Fast forward two weeks into the new year and as the ship is out of service, only a reduced crew is on board. However, that doesn’t stop scary things from happening, like missing people… well, don’t exactly show up. No one knows who is responsible for the crimes, why these particular people are chosen, or who will be next. Catherine perfectly mixes life on a luxury cruiser – the lack of glamor if you don’t sleep above the waterline – with the chilling reality of a villain on the crew. Just as tense and enjoyable as his two previous books.

A Killer Christmas at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison

Constable, £9.99


A Killer Christmas at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison

Posted Nov. 10, antiques expert and former TV star Kat Sandford is gearing up for a Christmas gala and silent auction at the local estate. But when the ‘help’ left, hostess Lady Lavinia replaced them with a power couple who got more than their fair share of the spotlight. Kat has her own issues, aside from newcomers – who have a keen eye for doing things their own way – her Barbie prize (complete with an emerald necklace) has been pinched. When a stranger arrives in the village and is later found dead in the Victorian stump, he is quickly followed by another corpse and suddenly the neighbors have plenty to do, regardless of suspicious rashes and perpetrators. romantic fiction. And what about the mysterious celebrity who arrives from Monaco as the gala’s guest of honor? One thing is certain: no one lives smoothly in Honeychurch Hall.

Greta Thunberg’s climate book

Allen Lane, £25 (ebook £12.99)


Greta Thunberg’s climate book

When one of the world’s foremost environmental activists releases a book called “The Climate Book,” you pretty much know what to expect. Still, it makes for compelling reading – Greta Thunberg has called on some of the brightest minds in the fight against global warming (and some high-profile voices you might not expect, like Margaret Atwood) to explain in detail how the climate works, how humanity wreaks havoc, and what needs to be done next. At over 450 pages, it’s not the easiest read – the content is heavy and partly quite scientific – but it’s broken down into small chunks, so it’s really digestible. Thunberg offers some glimmers of hope, but overall it’s a sobering read and it’s clear that much more needs to be done, especially by governments and officials. Review by Prudence Wade.

Enola Holmes 2 Post-Credits Scene Fixes Books Canon Fri, 04 Nov 2022 21:00:00 +0000

Instead, he is greeted by a potential new housemate who introduces himself as Dr. John Watson. This Watson is played by Himesh Patel, who you might recognize in station eleven or the alternate universe movie of The Beatles, Yesterday. Either way, it seems like if there’s ever a third Enola Holmes movie, Sherlock will be joined by Patel’s version of Watson, who either way you slice it, is a brilliant cast.

New Dr. Watson realigns Enola Holmes with Doyle and Springer

A curious thing about the two Enola Holmes movies is the question of How? ‘Or’ What Enola reads about the exploits of her famous brother. In the original Conan Doyle Holmes universe, Sherlock’s fame is linked to Dr. Watson’s publication of non-fiction stories of their adventures in The Strand Magazine, which reflected the actual publications of Holmes’ stories in the UK. But in both Enola movies, the youngest brother Holmes reads about Sherlock’s exploits in the newspaper.

That’s all well and good, but we have to imagine that short news stories about solving Sherlock cases didn’t have enough the same impact as Watson’s whimsical short memoirs.

But, now that Watson exists in the Enola Holmes film canon, some of Sherlock’s future legacy may start to make more sense. In addition to that, it also retroactively renders both Enola Holmes prequel films alongside most of the canonical Holmes stories, other than those Sherlock tells Watson (such as “The Gloria Scott”.) Because Enola Holmes 2 seems to take place in 1885, the timeline is a bit wonky here. Although A study in scarlet was published in 1887, it takes place in 1881. Yet, if the Enolathe verse puts A study in scarlet (the first great Watson adventure) in 1887 instead of 1881, it works perfectly.

Also while there is no Again been an announcement that Henry Cavill and Himesh Patel will be getting a Netflix spin-off movie, it’s easy for audiences to imagine this version of Holmes and Watson teaming up and now embarking on adventures similar to those chronicled in the 56 short stories and four Doyle novels. But the introduction of Watson also opens up the possibility of a hypothetical Enola Holmes 3 in a big way.

The case of the bizarre bouquets is very Watson-centric

Enola Holmes 2 is a very, very loose adaptation of Springer’s second book, The case of the left-handed woman, although it differs a bit with its intersections in the real story. That said, the next book in the series, The case of the bizarre bouquets was basically set up perfectly by that post-credits scene in Enola Holmes 2. This third Enola book begins with Dr. Watson locked away in an insane asylum, desperately seeking help from the outside world, including Enola.

Classic art coffee table books Wed, 02 Nov 2022 20:34:56 +0000

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Art Basel always ignites a spark of creativity, and these classic coffee table books will keep the flame burning bright after the festivities are over.

The New Black Vanguard

BUY NOW: The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion, $40 via Aperture

Curator and critic Antwaun Sargent traces the history of the black image and its ongoing evolution through the international community of black photographers. The book features an illustrated essay and 15 artist portfolios from Tyler Mitchell, Campbell Addy, Nadine Ijewere and more.

art house

BUY NOW: Art House, $95 via Assouline

Enter the homes of Chara Schreyer, an avid art collector. The patron has collaborated with interior designer Gary Hutton to create five residences to house her 600-piece collection which includes works by Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys and Man Ray.

great female artists

BUY NOW: Great Women Artists, $69.95 via Phaidon

This coffee table tome is filled with artwork by over 400 female artists showcasing 500 years of creativity. Each artist’s key works are accompanied by a short text, making this the most comprehensive and fully illustrated book on creative women ever published.

Pop Art Style

BUY NOW: Pop Art Style, $95 via Assouline

After her beloved travel books, publisher Assouline has launched a new Style series to highlight the impact of moments of art and design on modern culture. With 180 striking photographs, Pop Art Style explores 60 years of iconic works of product design, furniture, fashion and art.

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When the (books on) the saints walk Tue, 01 Nov 2022 18:58:10 +0000

Happy All Saints! While tomorrow, All Saints’ Day, is a little more inclusive when it comes to memorials, today’s holiday is also significant for anyone seeking to live a life of holiness – it turns our eyes to examples. of holiness in our contemporary circles and in the history of the Church. And we’ve all known a saint or two in our own lives, haven’t we? Even if this is not the case, the Church gives us many examples, from apostles to martyrs to doctors. real characters who might have seemed like unlikely candidates once upon a time. There is even a patron saint of writers, Saint Francis of Book Sales.

The saints are “both exceptional and ordinary: ideals of holiness that amaze us, inspire us to deeper piety and condemn us to our moral finitude”.

Over the decades, America always had time and space not only for this feast but for the worship of the saints in general. Our inaugural issue of April 17, 1909 featured a review of three books on Saint Joan of Arc, including Mark Twain’s Personal Memories of Joan of Arc. (The reviewer, Michael Kenny, SJ, insisted on calling him Samuel Clemens.) More recently, America editor James Martin, SJ, shot a 2005 reflection(“The saint of the sock drawer”) to the starting point of the New York Times bestseller, My life with the saints.

Just in the last two weeks, America published two articles on Peter Gumpel, SJ, who spent decades in Rome working on the causes of various candidates for sainthood: “Kenneth L. Woodward”The Last Secret of the Holy Vatican Jesuit Maker“and Colleen Dulle and Gerard O’Connell”Inside the Vaticanpodcast. Woodward’s 1990 book Making Saints: How the Catholic Church Determines Who Becomes a Saint, Who Doesn’t, and Why introduces many readers to the exhaustive and sometimes byzantine processes by which candidates for sainthood are proposed and promoted. In 2019, Kathleen Sprows Cummings showed in A saint of ours how the causes of the saints can sometimes be linked to national and ethnic self-conceptions.

In his examination of the latter for America, Jack Downey noted that saints can be many things at once. They are “both exceptional and ordinary: ideals of holiness that amaze us, inspire us to a deeper piety and condemn us to our moral finitude. They are also thaumaturgical protectors who miraculously cure us of terminal illnesses, protect our loved ones in times of war, and help us find things. But at the same time, they “are also essentially the mascots of particular causes, places and nations. And as such they are also subject to church politics.

In 2003, Lawrence Cunningham saw Robert Ellsberg again The Saints’ Guide to Happiness for America, noting that Ellsberg had not looked to the saints for “a smiling existence, or even Aristotle’s fullness of life derived from an intellectually and morally ordered way of being”. Rather, writes Cunningham, “he has in mind that happiness rooted in the Beatitudes of Jesus, whose introductory word is more commonly translated today as blessed, rather than happy.”

Of course, as Cunningham notes, “the happiness promised in the Beatitudes is often oxymoronic in that, alongside peace and mercy, its litany of blessings includes words not normally associated with happiness. , such as mourning and poverty”. Holiness, in other words, is no laughing matter. Nor is it, according to Ellsberg, “a code of conduct or a program to follow, but a certain habit of being, a certain fullness of life”. However, Ellsberg also quotes her mentor (and likely saint) Dorothy Day in saying that happiness and holiness go hand in hand: “Halfway to heaven lies heaven.”

In 2014, Holly J. Grieco reviewed Robert Bartlett Why can the dead do such great things? for America. Bartlett points out through myriad examples, Grieco notes, that “the interactions between saints, living and dead, and the faithful” throughout much of Western Christian history have been dynamic: the faithful attributed to their saints gracious intercessions and interventions; during this time, the saints (especially in their burial places) were venerated by the faithful who saw their presence as an integral part of their lives.

There is even a patron saint of writers, Saint Francis of Book Sales.

Because of this dynamic (a kind of sensus fidelium in miniature), many saints throughout history gained their status not by official proclamations, but by popular acclamation. Grieco notes that even though the popes of the 12th and 13th centuries reserved the power to declare someone a saint, “in the late Middle Ages hundreds of men and women were still recognized as saints by public acclamation.”

It’s a phenomenon we often associate with ancient legends (Does Saint Christopher still make the cut? Saint Ursula? Saint George and his dragon?), where there is little historical evidence of the person in question. , but public acclaim is still a very real thing today. I had the chance to be present both for the 2015 edition beatification (in San Salvador) and the 2018 canonization (in Rome) of Saint Óscar Romero; at the first, where Romero was declared “blessed”, there were flags, posters, prayer cards and t-shirts all over San Salvador proleptically declaring him “San Romero”. Why wait for Rome? We all knew he was a saint.

Any look at the calendar of saints will show that it has not always been the most inclusive list: there are many Europeans, many men, many priests, bishops and popes and many virgins and second-chance celibates, even counting those who have been canonized under our holy blessed last three pontificates. This seems to change a bit: Pope Francis mentioned the church’s need for more holy womenand in 2007, America editor Drew Christiansen, SJ, wrote about the need for more diverse models of holiness among our saints.

“So when we look to the saints and martyrs of today as role models for ourselves, we should find not only men and women of virtue to imitate, but also imperfect human beings, whose personal struggles to respond to the grace of God in their weakness led to the transformation of their characters,” Christiansen wrote. “For us, these women and men are tests of our own will to be completely converted. are like Christ in our weakness is the test of holiness for all of us.

Many saints throughout history gained their status not by official proclamations, but by popular acclamation.


Our selection of poetry for this week is “‘Cause my hands are small compared to God’sby Jane Swart. Readers can see all Americapublished poems here.

In this space each week, America features literary reviews and commentary on a particular writer or group of writers (new and old; our archive spans over a century), as well as poetry and other offerings from America Media. We hope this gives us the opportunity to provide you with more in-depth coverage of our literary offerings. It also allows us to alert digital subscribers to some of our online content that is not included in our newsletters.

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James T. Keane

Update your Kindle and Amazon will give you millions of books for free Sun, 30 Oct 2022 07:01:00 +0000

The Kindle Paperwhite has long been considered the best all-around eReader money can buy, with all the reasons why it’s so great detailed in our in-depth review. Kindle Paperwhite Review. And right now, Amazon is making this brilliant eReader even better by adding Kindle Unlimited free for three months. This giveaway will give Kindle users access to a massive library of over a million eBooks, as well as magazine subscriptions and thousands of books with Audible narration. And, unlike other promotions, this offer is available to existing Kindle Unlimited customers and those who already have a free trial – in addition to anyone using the service for the very first time.

Kindle Unlimited is usually priced at £7.99 per month, meaning this deal offers a total saving of £23.97.

You can get this freebie when you buy a Kindle Paperwhite with adverts for £129.99 or the ad-free model – available for £139.99.

It’s important to note that once the free trial ends, auto-renewal will kick in, so if you don’t want to continue using Kindle Unlimited after your promotional offer ends, be sure to cancel first.

Kindle Unlimited books can be read on a Kindle e-reader, as well as on a wide range of devices such as your smartphone, tablet, and laptop through the official Kindle app, with progress carried over from device to device. other.

But the best reading experience will be on an Amazon Kindle, and the Paperwhite has long been the online shopping giant’s best all-around Kindle.

The Kindle Paperwhite has a brilliant 300 DPI display and a generous 6.8-inch anti-glare display that makes reading easy.

The Paperwhite also comes with an adjustable warm front light powered by 17 LEDs – which is great for reading at night or if you just want to give your eyes a break with a screen that’s more comfortable to watch.

The Paperwhite also features thinner bezels, an easy-to-hold grippy rubber back, and a premium look and feel.

The impressive Amazon eReader also offers fast page turns (with the latest model offering a 20% improvement over the previous generation) as well as an IPX8 waterproof rating. The Paperwhite also lets you plug in a pair of Bluetooth headphones if you want to listen to Audible audiobooks.

Amazon decided to launch three months of Kindle Unlimited with the Paperwhite after recently releasing an impressive new entry-level Kindle.

This Kindle – which is available for £84.99 for the version with ads – comes with a 300PPI screen like the Kindle Paperwhite.

It’s the highest resolution display ever seen on an entry-level Kindle that offers a huge upgrade if you’re just used to the base model.

It also comes with a whopping 16GB of space on board and is more sustainable than ever, being made from up to 75% recycled plastic.

These impressive specs come at a cost as the base Kindle is more expensive than ever, but £45 less than the Paperwhite.

The new entry-level Kindle falls short of the Paperwhite comparison in some areas, as the eReader doesn’t have as powerful a front light, comes with a smaller six-inch screen and is not waterproof. You also can’t get three months of Kindle Unlimited for free with it right now.