From the time he was a young boy, Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens) wanted to pilot a steamboat up and down the mighty Mississippi river. In his book Life on the Mississippi, first published in 1883, Twain tells of his struggle to do so. After he ran away from his home in Hannibal, Mo., Twain boarded a steamboat in Cincinnati. On the New Orleans-bound Paul Jones, Twain promised the captain $500 (after he graduated from school) if only Mr. Bixby would mentor him.
Apr 26-May 9, 2013
DOING TIME FOR PEACE: RESISTANCE, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY
By Rosalie G. Riegle
Published by Vanderbilt University Press, $29.95
My Table is Spread: If we believe Jesus rose from the dead, then we must believe in zombies. Right?
Unless you have been living in absolute isolation for the past year, you know about the “fiscal cliff.” The term is popular shorthand for the financial conundrum that the U.S. government faced at the end of 2012, when the Budget Control Act of 2011 was scheduled to take effect. Hyped incessantly by the media, the so-called fiscal cliff was purported to be an economic Armageddon whose effects would be grave and far-reaching.
NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND: THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY OF A SECULAR PRIEST
By Donald Cozzens
Published by Orbis Books, $20
The conference together lawyers, legal scholars, politicians, faith leaders and LGBT advocates to move forward El Salvador's burgeoning LGBT human rights movement.
Book review: Colm Tóibín has created a riveting portrayal of Mary, who is determined to tell the truth about her life.
Column: Obama's heart may be on the left but his mind is barnacled on the right on several issues.
We say: Pope Francis must hold bishops liable for their actions (and inactions) when it comes to the child sex abuse scandal.
RESURGENT ANTISEMITISM: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
Edited by Alvin H. Rosenfeld
Published by Indiana University Press, $35