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WATCH LIST: January 2013

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

By Observer Staff

Quartet
DIRECTED BY DUSTIN HOFFMAN, STARRING MAGGIE SMITH, TOM COURTENAY, BILLY CONNOLLY AND PAULINE COLLINS (Headline Pictures/BBC Films)


Cissy, Wilf and Reginald, three retired members of a British quartet, live in the ritzy Beecham House for retired musicians. Just as rehearsals begin for their annual concert, the fourth quartet member — an ex-opera star and Reginald’s ex-wife, played by Maggie Smith — unhappily and unrepentantly lands at the home. When she refuses to sing, the jocular trio is forced to change her tune. Jan. 11

When “Spiritual But Not Religious” Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church
BY LILLIAN DANIEL (Hachette Book Group)


United Church of Christ minister Lillian Daniel kicks the spiritual-but-not-religious cliché to the curb, declaring faith “weird, wondrous, and well worth trying.” She dares struggling churches to reclaim community, warts and all. Look for God, she says, in unlikely places: prisons, committee meetings, and — you guessed it — church. Jan. 15

Devoted
BY JAN LOCUS (Lannoo Publishers)


For 15 years, Brussels-based photo-journalist Jan Locus has captured haunting, at times startling, images of Christianity. Following the success of his photo essay Garbage City, featuring images of Coptic Christians working as garbage collectors in Cairo, Locus has gathered together some of his most moving shots of faith from Africa, India, Ireland and Mexico, for an array of images that starkly represent Christian devotion. Jan. 16

Selling the Dream: How Hockey Parents and Their Kids Are Paying the Price for Our National Obsession
BY KEN CAMPBELL WITH JIM PARCELS (Viking Canada)


The golden days of our national sport have been lost to delusional parents who see would-be sports stardom in their little tykes as an investment, claim longtime hockey observers Ken Campbell and Jim Parcels. Now, they’re out to defend not just Canada’s favourite game but childhood itself. Jan. 22



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