The Book Booth: Happy Thanksgiving Edition



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The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. @SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: Happy Thanksgiving Edition

Yes, the holiday season is now fast approaching, with Thanksgiving less than one week away. Somehow I threw my back out last week and with it, suffered some pain. But I am grateful I have a back! And I am grateful for a good many other things, most of which I'm sure I share with you. Enjoy some good eating next week, along with some good books.

And if you're searching for good reading, well, you might check out the winners from this years National Book Awards. NPR has them listed here.  In this day and age, everything that can be streamed on the internet, is streamed on the internet and the National Book Foundation has some cool videos about the books, both nominated and winners, here.

It is also that time of year when many publications pick their top books for the year. The Washington Post listed their top ten here, along with 100 additional titles from various genres. Looks like an exhaustive list!
Washington Post's Top 10

If you need answers as to what you want as a gift, or to give as a gift, this holiday season, Buzzfeed has some great ideas for book accessories, all guaranteed to enhance either your home or your reading experience. And who knows, maybe even your sex life.
BuzzFeed's Book Accessories

For the cinema lover who loves reading about that medium, check out film critic David Thomson's new book, How to Watch a Movie. KPPC offers this interesting interview with the author.
Interview with David Thompson

The off-kilter, difficult to categorize, and genre-bending books are a particular favorite of mine. Last week Lincoln Michel, author of the new novel Upright Beasts, chose ten of his favorite novels for Publishers Weekly and the list has some surprises.
Lincoln Michel's Favorite Novels

In the non-fiction realm, my old friend from our days at Jesus' General, Randolph Fritz, recently reviewed a new work by Adam Benfarado, entitled The New Science of Criminal Injustice. You can check it out at his blog here.

Oxford Dictionaries announced the word of the year and I suppose it wouldn't be a surprise that emoji is that word. But I kind of like lumbersexual, now that I sport suspenders as a part of my attire.
'Emoji' is the Word of the Year

But not everyone is happy with Oxford Dictionaries choice.
'What? 'Emoji' is the Word of the Year???

Quiz time! Our own Lucian found this fun one at the Christian Science Monitor and challenges your knowledge of the detective novel. I did better than average, but I did miss a few.
Literary Detectives - Who Solved that Crime?

Finally, how do you stack up against other readers? Buzzfeed has the answers (and questions) for you here.
What Sort of Reader or You? Hardcover or Paperback?

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, filled with the good things we all deserve. And by all means, please let us know what books you are cherishing. We'd like to know.


Lauren Mayer: "Where's the Judeo in Judeo Christian?"



Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.
Note: Check out Lauren's CDs, including her latest, "If My Uterus Were A Gun (And Other Musical Rants From The News)" - available at "" as well as on iTunes and Amazon. Her website is She's on Twitter at @laurenscomedy
Lauren's podcasts are on IndieMediaWeekly.
And be sure to listen to her podcast: "Musical Mayhem w/Lauren Mayer"
From YouTube:

A Jewish mother's take on the freakout over Syrian refugees and general seasonal hypocrisy

From Lauren's email to me:

The combination of rightwing freakouts over Syrian refugees and Starbucks cups prompted me to ask, "Where's The Judeo In Judeo-Christian?" (yes, I know, sometimes my mind can be a scary place to be!)

From the song:

"Seems the right wing's ramping up its base hypocrisies
With their current freakout over Syrian refugees
Of course this time of year you wonder how they'd view the danger
From a certain brown-skinned family who was staying in a manger.
We're not a Christian country, that's a real historic fact
Besides there's nothing 'Christian' in the way these nutjobs act"


Lauren Mayer: "Their Lips Are Moving (GOP Debate Song)"



Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.
Note: Check out Lauren's CDs, including her latest, "If My Uterus Were A Gun (And Other Musical Rants From The News)" - available at "" as well as on iTunes and Amazon. Her website is She's on Twitter at @laurenscomedy
Lauren's podcasts are on IndieMediaWeekly.
And be sure to listen to her podcast: "Musical Mayhem w/Lauren Mayer"
From YouTube:

Facts, shmacts . . . who knew debates could be this entertaining?

From Lauren's email to me:

Since the last debate was so - um, entertaining? - I'm getting in touch with my inner dippy pop star.


Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3



K. C. Boyd, is the author of Being Christian - A Novel,: A black comedy guaranteed to take you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. It is available on Amazon in multiple formats.

She is the go-to blogger for religion, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state.  You can read her earlier posts on The Political Carnival here and more about who she is on her own website here.


The Weekly Upchuck November 15, 2011 With A Heavy Heart

With the heaviest of hearts I present this week’s Upchucks. Upchucks without the snark.

The religious ideology that sent zealots into the streets, the restaurants and the concert hall in Paris, that sent them there with the sole intention of taking as many innocent Westerners along with them to their death defies reason, defies decency, defies humanity. There are times to see Upchucks for the mere absurdist stupidity that they represent. Then there are times like now that we all must take the Christian Right, our very own home-grown zealots, seriously to stop them before they take more power over our lives than they already have.

We must do much, much more than to simply ‘Pray for Paris.’ We have to, each and every one of us, confront extremism religion in our daily lives, both locally and nationally and to do it here and now. Because it can happen here.


Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues

  • Anti-Contraception Rhetoric At GOP’s ‘Freedom’ Summit
  • Fiorina Wants Forced Parental Notification in California
  • Targeted regulations of abortion providers (TRAP) force another clinic closure in Indiana.
  • Bill That Lets Bosses Fire Single Women For Getting Pregnant Gains Steam
  • GOP senator demands Mizzou grad student stop studying effects of 72-hour abortion waiting period on women
  • Rubio’s Success in Tuesday Night’s Debate Should Terrify Women
  • Michigan’s Proposed Second-Trimester Abortion Ban Advances


  • Atheists slam PA school nurse for refusing to treat student who won’t stand for Pledge of Allegiance
  • Eighth-Graders In Ohio Public School Allegedly Taught Marriage Prevents STDs
  • Jeb! is proud he made FL teach young Earth creationism & the upside of slavery.

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • Freedom conference organizer: Homosexuals are coming for Christians like ‘what Hitler was doing’
  • Christian Group Releases Rankings Of Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice Companies
  • Newt Gingrich tells Congress to follow Houston’s lead and block protections for transgender students
  • Anti-gay pastor wants America to repent for fictional British wizard Harry Potter’s ‘homosexuality
  • Marco Rubio hires antigay activist Eric Teetsel to be his Faith Director
  • Episcopal preacher skewers Maine GOP with the Gospel after they bizarrely smear him as ‘anti-Christian’ -with-the-gospel-after-they-bizarrely-smear-him-as-anti-christian/
  • Judge Cites Anti-Gay Research To Remove Foster Child From Same-Sex Parents
  • Ted Cruz exploits Paris attack to talk about Christian persecution while honoring anti-gay bigots

If Media’s The Message

  • Fox Host: “The War On Christmas [Is] Off To An Early Start” On Starbucks’ Coffee Cups
  • Sandy Rios joins the Religious Right’s Putin love-fest, says he’s promoting “God’s way,” unlike Obama
  • Right-Wing Pundit: Muslim Refugees Are ‘Human Garbage’
  • Why Is the Media Ignoring Ted Cruz’s Embrace of ‘Kill the Gays’ Pastor?

Israel, End Times, John Hagee And His Ilk

  • West Bank settler arrested in attack on left-wing rabbi
  • Is Sheldon Adelson involved in funneling Chinese cash into US election?
  • Netanyahu’s National Spokesman on Jerusalem’s most contested holy site: “The Temple Mount is the place most sacred to the Jewish nation, not to religious Jews. The Temple … is the principle symbol not just of religion but of sovereignty. … The desire to build the Third Temple is worthy, Jewish, and Zionist on the first order.”

Lies, Hypocrisies And Propaganda

  • Cuban comrades say Ted Cruz’s dad wasn’t a rebel blowing up buildings for Jesus — as he has claimed
  • Walid Shoebat has no business training police, given his clear, consistent disrespect for the First Amendment
  • As ‘Christian’ as they come: Carson, Trump Bash Mizzou Student Protests

Politics Nation

  • Carson’s calm is cracking as his bio is questioned. To understand why, you need to understand the Christian right.
  • Ben Carson: Religion is needed to interpret science because ‘maybe it’s just propaganda.’
  • Ted Cruz Declares Non-Christians Unfit to Govern
  • Donald Trump wins the coveted Phyllis Schlafly endorsement because he “acts like he loves America”
  • Marco Rubio Recruits Staunch Anti-LGBTQ, Anti-Choice Faith Leader
  • Duck Dynasty Swoops In To Help David Vitter
  • Fresh off the “kill-the-gays” conference, Ted Cruz is joining activists who see gay activists as demonic enemies
  • David Vitter wins support from Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Religious Right orgs
  • Ben Carson raps Jeb Bush for intervening in Terri Schiavo case: ‘It was much ado about nothing’ (even a stopped clock is right twice a day)

Religion Gone Bad Gone Mad

  • Rick Scarborough says AIDS is God’s judgment, but we’d find a cure if we’d just repent for tolerating homosexuality
  • Bristol Palin: Starbucks cups ‘are an attempt by the left to make Christians look stupid’
  • Mormons plan mass resignations over ‘kick in the stomach’ decision to label gay members ‘apostates’
  • Christian school: Girls must cover legs with tights to prevent rape or be punished with ‘isolation’
  • Mormon boy denied priesthood ordination because his mom is living with a woman
  • Richard Land calls for Starbucks boycott over its “War on Christmas” cups
  • Violent Bible games?
  • Sarah Palin: Bristol keeps getting pregnant because God is giving her ‘3rd, 4th and 5th chances’

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • Louie Gohmert Suggests A Congressional Study Putting Gay And Straight Couples On An Island To ‘See Which One Nature Favors’
  • Gordon Klingenschmitt: Hurricane Gordon Was A Sign Of God’s Support For Me
  • Iowa’s Joni Ernst: Obamacare is bad because people should rely on churches for help

Scandals, Scams And Crimes

  • Does your pastor have a phony doctorate?
  • Couple whose baby daughter was left to starve, suffer and die because of their strict religious beliefs have been jailed for a total of more than 17 years.
  • Fundie Parents Starve and Abuse Adopted Daughter
  • The Monsignor Who Took Money From the Poor and Binged on Ecstasy and Champagne

Science Or Not

  • Ken The Ham to continue damaging America’s intellect with the opening of his Ark Park For Morons in July/16, a biblical choice of dates.


Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Utah Judge Removes Baby From Same-Sex Couple (see below for Antidote)
  • U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Texas Abortion Law Case
  • Justices have until June to make a final ruling
  • Justice Kennedy Can Save ‘Roe,’ But Will He?

Theocracy Rising


  • Ex-GOP Sen. Alan Simpson: Morality police ‘ask for Jesus while they’re diddling their secretary’
  • Thousands to leave LDS Church in mass resignation
  • Utah Judge Reverses Order For Lesbian Couple To Surrender Baby