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From her childhood on an Iowa farm, Lori Erickson grew up to travel the world as a writer specializing in holy sites — journeys that led her on an ever-deepening spiritual quest. In Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, she weaves her personal narrative with descriptions of a dozen pilgrimages. Travel writer, Episcopal deacon and author of the Holy Rover blog at Patheos, Erickson is an engaging guide for pilgrims eager to take a spiritual journey.

Outside the comfort zone

Travel writer Karin Esterhammer has published a captivatingly funny travel memoir about a Los Angeles family who moves to Vietnam to ride out the Great Recession, So Happiness to Meet You: Foolishly, Blissfully Stranded in Vietnam. Her work has been published in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun and other outlets. Her diary-style article in the Los Angeles Times about the move to Vietnam earned more letters to the editor than almost any other travel story.


There is no template for how to grow old. More than 50 million Americans are doing it anyway, and finding along the way an abundance of opportunity for disaster. At those times, laughter is the saving grace. Dr. Ann Thomas compiles 49 columns from her long-running humor column in the newly published Unmistakably Old, And doing pretty well, considering… 

Still crazy

Award-winning comedy writer, producer and retired stand-up comedian, T. Faye Griffin (In Living Color, Steve Harvey’s Big Time, BET’s ComicView, Black Girls Rock), celebrates her “funnyversary” with this rollicking compilation of original jokes, quips, anecdotes, wit and a smidgeon of wisdom from the pages of her favorite social media platform. Still Crazy: A Decade of Social Media Meanderings by a Recovering Stand-Up Comedian soared to the top of Amazon’s “Hot New Releases in Humor and Entertainment Short Reads” after Labor Day.

Imagined dilemmas

Keys To The Truculent Me contains 50 odd (as in “off-kilter,” not “he lost count after 50”) essays in which author John Branning dissects the most mundane of topics (among them: cats, toilet paper, the Kardashians) and finds something objectionable about nearly all. He himself is not above criticism, documenting it in this collection with scrupulous accuracy before eviscerating whomever launched the unjustified attack. Often petulant, frequently irritated, occasionally profane — but always funny — whether you share John’s viewpoints or not, you’ll alternate between laughing with and at him. Mostly at him.

Angel bumps

Anne Bardsley‘s newly released Angel Bumps: Hello From Heaven features a collection of heartwarming essays that “will console anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.” Published by Mills Park Publishing, the book features a number of pieces from EBWW attendees. It soared to the top as one of Amazon’s “hot new releases” in religious essays. Read a sample essay here.

Art of caring

Life offers plenty of rewards, adventures and opportunities. It also presents us with setbacks and challenges. Eventually, we all must come to terms with loss. In a new edition of her acclaimed book, If I Could Mend Your Heart (Shorehouse Books, 2017), St. Paul author and retired pediatric hospital chaplain Mary Farr walks readers through sorrow and back to a path toward whole-hearted living. This is her fifth inspirational book.

Digital diagnosis

After his doctor makes a typo in his medical record, Mike Moskowitz almost loses his life in a most hilarious way. In the newly published The Moskowitz Codecomedic author Joel Bresler captures the essence of Jewish humor in the personalities of his characters. Bresler, whose writing style has been described as “literary silliness,” is the author of two other humorous books.

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