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WATCH LIST: May 2017

By Observer Staff


House of Cards
CREATED BY BEAU WILLIMON, STARRING KEVIN SPACEY AND ROBIN WRIGHT
(Netflix)


The strength of this political series, about the manipulation and mind games behind the pursuit of power, has always been the seemingly larger-than-life twists. As real-world American politics take a turn for the dramatic, the show, now beginning its fifth season, seems poised to reflect and comment on our world in a fresh, unsettling way. May 30

Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto
BY LESLIE BUCK
(Timber Press)


The gardens in Kyoto, Japan, are famous for their beauty and the skill needed to cultivate them. Leslie Buck, a 35-year-old Californian, became the first American woman to learn pruning techniques at one of the city’s most revered landscaping firms. In this memoir about her three-month immersion in a new culture, job and way of life, she also learns how to nurture herself. May 3

There Your Heart Lies
BY MARY GORDON
(Pantheon)


Marian and Amelia, grandmother and granddaughter, live together in a cottage on Rhode Island. When Marian becomes ill, she starts to tell Amelia her life story, including a secret stint volunteering during the Spanish Civil War. The novel explores how history has an impact across generations as Amelia sets off on her own journey to Spain. May 9

What Is the Bible?
How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything
BY ROB BELL (HarperOne)


There’s always something to learn from the Bible, even for those who have read it dozens of times. Bestselling author and former pastor Rob Bell takes another look at scripture, asking what the passages say about how the authors understood themselves and God. In the process, he finds new inspiration in the old words. May 16




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Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.

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by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

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The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

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Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

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