Robin Whitley's Favorites

Welcome to my page. I am a writer well as buyer for our Music and Religion sections.  Because of my love of poetry, I will always love books that are written with poetic flair. My favorite topics are often personal growth/transformation, spirituality, and memoir. I read across the genres (except for horror) and love books that show me a different way of thinking or being. As a lesbian, I also want to support writing that engages the LGBTQIA+ community. The books I list are listed by most recent (or on the shelf) books published. So many great books and so little time!

My books are available here if you are interested in purchasing signed copies.

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Chasing the North Star: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781565126275
Availability: Out of Print: used copies probably available. Ask us.
Published: Algonquin Books - April 5th, 2016

Robert Morgan has become one of my favorite writers, but if I had to pick a favorite, this would be it!


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Over the Plain Houses Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781938235214
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Published: Hub City Press - May 2016

This is a lovely book that is so well written that you find yourself hearing the birds she describes, feeling the woods as she has the main character walk. The story of a mountain woman wanting more will speak to many.


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Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781601427557
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Convergent Books - September 8th, 2015

Bolz-Weber hits a homerun with this book. Her writing is edgy while at the same time compassionate to the human situation. Her honesty gives the reader space to reflect while also being a mirror for the reader. I will read this one again and again!


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Between the World and Me Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes that he is angry, and yet, he writes in such a way that we can hear him and hear his truth, even if it is a hard truth. This book is the best written and most powerful book I've read on what it means to be a black male in the US. 


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NRSV XL (brown) Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9780061244896
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Published: HarperOne - September 11th, 2007

I've been using the NRSV for over 20 years and have been looking for a copy of a large print for the past ten. Bought myself a copy of this and was surprised at the odd shape at first. Then, when I got home, found out that this shape is easier to use for those of us with challenges using our hands! The print is nice and large too. Great gift for the older person interested in a large print that is also easy to hold. Also available in black.


$8.00
SKU: 1619291681-01

This is second book, but my first book of poetry. It is my hope that my poems capture places and moments that engage the reader, causes one to pause, or brings recognition to the reader.


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In a Southern Closet Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781935053361
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Regal Crest Enterprises - July 5th, 2011

This is my first book where I talk about the challenges of being a Christian lesbian.


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The Invention of Wings: A Novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780670024780
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Published: Viking - January 7th, 2014

Kidd's new novel is indeed a "masterpiece" of historical fiction. She takes the story of the Grimke sisters and brings their story to life in a way that is intriguing and engrossing. The reader is given a view of the challenges of women finding their voices to speak against slavery and speaking up for women's rights. The Invention of Wings is a book that gives flight to courage in the midst of adversity and injustice.

 


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The Winter Horses Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385755436
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 25th, 2014

A young girl is pursued by the Nazis in the Ukrain. She seeks to save two rare horses from extinction. This is a page turner that is also a powerful and moving story. Horse lovers will especially appreciate this book.


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The Signature of All Things: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143125846
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 24th, 2014

As a fan of Barbara Kingsolver, it felt that Gilbert was channelling my favorite author. The botanical study of the main characters was engaging and the characters were interesting. This is a book to savor. I loved reading about bryology and was sad that this book had to end.


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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781400069224
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Published: Random House - July 16th, 2013

This thought provoking book looks at the historical Jesus in a way that causes one to rethink scriptural assumptions. As a result, texts come alive and the meaning deepens.


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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781451666175
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Published: Gallery Books - October 29th, 2013

As a fan of Hyperbole and a Half's blog, I'm glad that this book is out for the rest of you. This book will cause you to laugh no matter how many times you read the same story. Dog lovers will love the stories of her dogs. She writes about depression in a way that acknowledges the difficulties, but also gives the reader a humorous insight into the foibles of being human.  


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Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781455527083
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Published: Jericho Books - September 10th, 2013

Bolz-Weber's was great. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Her unique perspective on religion and scripture is theologically sound while also challenging the conventional reader/believer to look at others with more compassion and love. - Robin


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Alif the Unseen Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802120205
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Published: Grove Press - June 19th, 2012

This book is an exciting book that is hard to put down. A bit fantasy, a lot of mystery, some important political content. - Robin


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If You Could Be Mine: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616202514
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 20th, 2013

Young Readers this book will be a good read for any adult interested in better understanding transgender challenges.

 

Set in Iran, the reader is also given a glimpse of the challenges faced by women in a conservative Muslim setting. Any GLBTQIA reader will recognize the emotions and challenges of coming out as well as keeping safe. - Robin


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Golden Boy: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476705804
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Published: Atria Books - May 21st, 2013

Tarttelin writes a powerful story that addresses the challenges faced by an intersexed young man and his family. This book makes a great case for revisiting our understanding of gender. - Robin


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Not Quite Nirvana: A Skeptic's Journey to Mindfulness Cover Image
By Rachel Neumann, Thich Nhat Hanh (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781937006235
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Published: Parallax Press - September 18th, 2012

Neumann is Thich Nhat Hanh's editor. Great read.  - Robin


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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780763656119
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Published: Candlewick - February 11th, 2014

This book tells the story of six transgender teens and the challenges they faced in life. The book is an excellent resource for a young people working through their own gender identity.


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Art for Art's Sake: Meredith's Story Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781935053149
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: YA Books by Rce - March 30th, 2009

All of Clanton's books are good stories. This is my favorite. Clanton does an excellent job of writing about the challenges of being a young lesbian. Wish these books had been around when I was younger.


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Shaman Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316098076
Availability: Out of Stock Indefinitely: used copies probably available. Ask us.
Published: Orbit - September 3rd, 2013

The perspective of a young warrior in the ice age is not one I would have considered reading in the past. The book was engaging, well-written, and by the end of the book, I was sad that it was over. This is a coming of age story that gives the reader a chance to rethink what we might call hardship. - Robin


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Spider Woman's Daughter: A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062270481
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Published: Harper - October 2013

As a fan of Tony Hillerman, I was thrilled to see another novel out by his daughter. Anne Hillerman has picked up where her dad left off. If you loved Tony Hillerman's stories, you'll recognize his influence on his daughter's story as well.


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The Fiddler's Fakebook Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780825602382
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Published: Oak Publications - January 1992

This fake book may be titled for fiddlers, but it's a great book filled with old-time and celtic tunes that guitarists and mandolins can use as well. - Robin


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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307352156
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Published: Broadway Books - January 29th, 2013

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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780756404741
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: DAW - April 2008

$20.00
SKU: DVD-MtnTalk

First looked at this CD when learning about music in this area. This is beautiful and something you might enjoy time and again.


$14.99
SKU: 884501845649

My friend Eric continues to inspire me. Great harmonies with artist, Norma Hendrix.


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The Artist's Rule Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781933495293
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Published: Ave Maria Press - August 2011

This book is for the artist seeking to better understand vocation or for the contemplative wishing to express the contemplative life more creatively. Excellent resource for the church as well as for the individual.


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Felicity: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594206764
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Published: Penguin Press - October 13th, 2015

Mary Oliver has quickly become one of my favorite poets since moving to the mountains. As a result, I read everything of hers as soon as I can. I love Felicity because it has the strength and heart more similar to her earlier work.


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