Buy Buddha-killing Books!
So we’re not big on holiday themed lists at KtB, but we promise this one’s for a worthy cause: our contributors! Many of the excellent writers who have published here also came out with books this year, and we think they all make excellent gifts. But, as they used to say on Reading Rainbow, you don’t have to take our word for it:
“Oakes not only treats readers to gorgeous prose, but manages to provide an overview and history of the best of the Catholic faith, without losing momentum.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Her eventual belief in a church that meets the needs of everyone, sinners and skeptics alike, is palpable –and perhaps enough to get other disenfranchised believers to look twice.” —Bitch Magazine
In Spiritual American Trash, Greg Bottoms goes beyond the examination of eight “outsider artists” and inhabits the spirit of their work and stories in engaging vignettes. From the janitor who created a holy throne room out of scraps in a garage, to the lonely wartime mother who filled her home with driftwood replicas of Bible scenes, Bottoms illustrates the peculiar grace in madness.
“[Eric Scott’s nonfiction stories] are so smart, so well told, I was surprised to learn that he would be publishing a novella. Now, having read it in one sitting, I’m glad Scott’s writing “pagan fiction,” too. Only, The Lives of the Apostates is more than “pagan fiction”– at its best, it’s a complication of belief and beliefs, the story of a clash between a student and a professor, between religion and reality, between a young man’s faith and his circumstances.” —Jeff Sharlet
“Anyone who has ever had a dead-end job should be able to appreciate the honesty and wit of Gordon Haber’s Adjunctivitis.” –Amazon reviewer
“I put my pants on backwards and went to the store this afternoon. I felt like a complete idiot when my wallet was lost for twenty minutes only to be found in my new front pocket. Gordon Haber must know this feeling, or at least one of his characters must.” –anonymous Amazon reviewer
Can’t decide? There’s always our anthology, Believer, Beware!: First-person Dispatches from the Margins of Faith, or the book that started it all, Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible by Jeff Sharlet & Peter Manseau, or more Buddha-killers books here.