Book Musings, March 2022

by Audrey Greenhall

Here’s a sampling of what’s new at QuakerBooks. Keep updated regularly through our New and Recent Arrivals collection.

Prophet Against Slavery is the story of Benjamin Lay, based on the award-winning biography The Fearless Benjamin Lay by Marcus Rediker. Graphic novelist David Lester brings the full scope of Lay’s activism and ideas to life.

Discipline is set in the Civil War, telling the story of a young Indiana Quaker who enlists in the Union Army. Author and artist Dash Shaw very effectively incorporates material from actual Quaker and soldier journals of the era.

As They Were Led: Quaker Steps and Missteps Toward Native Justice 1795-1940 , written by Martha Claire Catlin, documents the first 145 years of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM) Indian Affairs Committee. (A second volume with later years is in the works.) As They Were Led is thoroughly annotated and an excellent starting point for anyone wishing to explore the history of Quaker and Native American relations. You can read the Friends Journal review, here.

We Cry Justice: Reading the Bible with the Poor People’s Campaign – Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the campaign, is joined by pastors, community organizers, scholars, low-wage workers, lay leaders, and people in poverty to interpret sacred stories about the poor seeking healing, equity, and freedom. 

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times is author Katherine May’s moving personal narrative, filled with lessons from literature, mythology, and the natural world, May’s story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat.

Watch for more new books next week!

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