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A scene from the film 'Infinitely Polar Bear.' Photo © Seacia Pavao Photography

WATCH LIST: JULY/AUGUST 2015

By Observer Staff


Infinitely Polar Bear 
DIRECTED BY MAYA FORBES, STARRING MARK RUFFALO AND ZOE SALDANA 
(Paper Street Films/Park Pictures)

When Maggie wins a scholarship to pursue a business degree in New York, her husband, Cameron, agrees to become the sole caregiver of their two daughters. But the task isn’t easy to manage alongside his manic depression. Cameron slowly learns to juggle his children’s needs with his own in this feel-good drama set in 1978 Boston. July 3


Go Set a Watchman BY HARPER LEE (Harper)

In the mid-1950s, Harper Lee penned Go Set a Watchman, only for publishers to request a new story about its protagonist’s childhood. Lee followed up with the literary classic To Kill a Mockingbird, leaving Watchman unread — until now. Set 20 years after Mockingbird, the book follows a now-adult Scout Finch as she travels from New York back home to Maycomb, Ala., to visit her father, Atticus. July 14


For Better or For Worse: The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston
BY LYNN JOHNSTON AND KATHERINE HADWAY 
(Goose Lane Editions)

Most readers will know For Better or For Worse from the funny pages — Lynn Johnston’s three-decades-old strip exploring the struggles of everyday life in the Patterson family has resonated with many Canadians. The release of a new anthology coincides with an exhibition of Johnston’s work at the Art Gallery of Sudbury, Ont. July 14


Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance
BY LINDA K. WERTHEIMER 
(Beacon Press)

Should faith have a place in the American classroom? That’s the question veteran journalist Linda K. Wertheimer seeks to answer in Faith Ed. Wertheimer travels across the United States — from California’s Bible Belt to the Deep South — to explore what’s driving the debate and what parents, teachers and students have to say about it. Aug. 18



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