A selection of books written by Unitarian Universalists.
Summers at Blue Lake. Jill Althouse-Wood. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007; $23.95. B.J. Ellington returns to her grandmothers’ house, where she spent many summers, to claim an inheritance and put her life back together after a divorce. The author is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster, Pa.
Swede Dreams. Eva Apelqvist. speak, Penguin Group, 2007; $6.99. College student Calista Swanson spends a semester abroad in Stockholm, motivated in part by her desire to reconnect with a certain Swedish exchange student. Eva Apelqvist is a member of Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Rice Lake, Wisc.
The Pea Soup Poisonings. Nancy Means Wright. Hilliard Harris, 2006; $14.95. Winner of the 2006 Agatha Award for Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel. To be admitted to the Northern Spy Club, Zoe Ellwood has to solve the mystery of who poisoned Tiny Alice Fairweather’s grandmother. The author is a member of the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury, Vt.
The Opposite of Music. Janet Ruth Young. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007; $15.99. A family copes with a father’s deep depression, developing some of their own therapeutic treatments. The story is written in the voice of the teenage son. The author is a member of the Independent Christian Church, UU, in Gloucester, Mass.
More Than Anything: Poems. By Hiram Larew. VRZHU Press, 2007; $12.01 (www.vrzhu.com). Hiram Larew’s work has been called “quirky, engaging [and] sneakily profound.” He is a member of Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church in Camp Springs, Md.
How to Bury a Goldfish: And Other Ceremonies and Celebrations for Everyday Life. By Virginia Lang and Louise Nayer. Skinner House Books, 2007; $15. A guide to creating rituals for everyday events and special occasions like adopting a child, going off to college, honoring an elder, and, yes, burying a goldfish. Nayer is a member of First UU Society of San Francisco.
In Praise of Animals: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings. Collected by Edward Searl. Skinner House Books, 2007; $14. An anthology celebrating cats, dogs, and other beasts. The Rev. Edward Searl is editor of a series of quotation books and is the author of In Memoriam: A Guide to Modern Funeral and Memorial Services.
The Book of Rude and Other Outrages: A Queer Self-Portrait. By Stephan Sure. Ed. by Charles Suhor. MBF Press, 2007; $16.95. A collection of the poems and writings of Stephan Sure, killed at 39, collected and edited by his father. Charles Suhor is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Montgomery, Ala.
Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women’s Poems from Tang China. Trans. with an introduction by Jeanne Larsen. BOA Editions, 2005; $16.50. Women’s poetry from the Tang dynasty (618–907), the golden age of Chinese poetry. A professor of English at Hollis University, Larsen is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke, Va. She is the author of three historical novels set in China and a collection of poetry.
The Stork Market: America’s Multi-billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry. Mirah Riben. Advocate Publications, 2007; $18.50. Describes domestic and international adoption from ethical, legal, and financial points of view. Riben is a member of the UU Congregation of Princeton, N.J.
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Jane Greer is a former senior editor of UU World magazine.