From Alice to Zen and Everyone in Between. Elizabeth Atkinson. Carolrhoda Books, 2008; $16.95. Alice moves to a new neighborhood and starts at a new middle school where she must choose between being true to herself and being popular. Elizabeth Atkinson Eames is a member of the First Religious Society (Unitarian Universalist) in Newburyport, Mass.
Douglass and Lincoln: How a Revolutionary Black Leader and a Reluctant Liberator Struggled to End Slavery and Save the Union. Paul Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick. Walker & Co., 2008; $26.95. The second lively history written by this father-and-son team. The Rev. Stephen Kendrick is minister of the First Church in Boston, Unitarian Universalist. He and his son Paul, assistant director of the Harlem Children’s Zone, also wrote Sarah’s Long Walk: The Free Blacks of Boston and How Their Struggle for Equality Changed America.
Addled. JoeAnn Hart. Little, Brown and Co., 2007; $24.99. A novel describing the comic subterfuges and plots of a stuffy set of New Englanders, all members of a country club threatened by a flock of unwelcome geese. JoeAnn Hart is a member of the Independent Christian Church, Universalist, in Gloucester, Mass.
Troubadour and Poet: The Magical Ministry of Ric Masten. Stephen D. Edington with Ric Masten. Trafford Publishing, 2007; $19.95. The Rev. Stephen Edington tells the story of the Rev. Ric Masten’s 40-year career as the UUA’s only “troubadour minister.” Includes an introduction by actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee. Edington is minister of the UU Church in Nashua, N.H.
What Every 21st-Century Parent Needs to Know: Facing Today’s Challenges with Wisdom and Heart. Debra W. Haffner. Newmarket Press, 2008; $16.95. Discusses issues that every contemporary parent will eventually face, including drinking, drugs, Internet safety, cell phones, depression, and sex. The Rev. Debra W. Haffner, a UU minister and director of the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing, is also the author of From Diapers to Dating: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children.
Blue Horizons: Dispatches from Distant Seas. Beth A. Leonard. McGraw-Hill, 2007; $22.95. Beth Leonard trades in her corporate career for life in a small boat, in which she and her partner Evans Starzinger sail 50,000 miles over the course of six years. Winner of 2007 National Outdoor Book Award. Leonard is a member of May Memorial UU Society in Syracuse, N.Y.
The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution. David O. Stewart. Simon & Schuster, 2007; $27. Stewart, a constitutional lawyer, tells the colorful story of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787. The author is a member of Cedar Lane UU Church in Bethesda, Md.