and you gotta love that there are always more great books . . .
Gaviotas: a village to reinvent the world, Alan Weisman.
If I read only one book this year, this is the one I would have wanted to read. Deserves to be set to music. Demands to be put into practice, 231 pages.
Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed: the story of the village of Le Chambon, and how goodness happened there, Phillip Paul Haillie.
Inspiring story of true community and ordinary courage under extraordinary duress, WWII in southern France, 304 pages.
Thud!, Terry Pratchett.
This may look like light-hearted skullduggery in the fantastical vein, but functions also as a resonating meditation on courage, fatherhood, civil justice and democracy. Pratchett is almost always amusing: this title stands out as something more than just fun. Speculative fiction at its finest, doing what fantasy does best, 373 pages.
The Connected Child: bring hope and healing to your adoptive family, Karyn Purvis.
An unexpected bout of pneumonia provided a bounty of downtime to read all the books on adopting an older child I could get my hands on. Several are useful: Nurturing Adoptions: creating resilience after neglect and trauma and Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents both by Deborah D. Gray and Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow by Gregory C Keck and Regina Kupecky. But I liked best this hopeful book by Karyn Purvis. Useful for all parenting, I think, 288 pages.
The Book of Isaiah, Isaiah, translated from the Hebrew by King James' committee of scholars.
Poetry from an ancient day speaks to today's concerns about social justice and environmental hope. Gorgeous words, gorgeous ideas, plus some great, dramatically satisfying, humorously anti-heroic moments in the historical subplot.