The following books are available at the Portales Public Library:
The Year of Living Biblically
By A.J. Jacobs.
Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments, but also to obey the hundreds of less publicized biblical rules. The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal and will make you see history’s most influential book with new eyes. Jacobs’ quest transforms his life radically, as throughout the book Jacobs embeds himself in a cross-section of communities that take the Bible literally. In the process, he discovers ancient biblical wisdom of startling relevance and wrestles with seemingly archaic rules that baffle the 21st century brain. His extraordinary undertaking yields unexpected epiphanies and challenges and the book will charm readers both secular and religious.
I Am America and So Can You
By Stephen Colbert
From the host of television’s highest-rated punditry show “The Colbert Report,” comes the book to “fill the other 23 1/2 hours of your day.” “I Am America” contains all of the opinions (and there are many) that Stephen doesn’t have time to shoehorn into his nightly broadcast. Written along the same humorous vein as “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents America” from 2006, this book accomplishes quite a feat. It manages to be highly entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny, yet thoroughly thought provoking. Readers looking for an entertaining, political pundit should enjoy Colbert’s hilarious effort.
The Santa Fe Opera: an American Pioneer
By Phillip Huscher
Honoring the 50th anniversary of The Santa Fe Opera, this book is a portrait of a pioneering American company that is recognized as one of today’s most important international festivals. The Santa Fe Opera was founded with the idea of establishing an American style of opera. From the beginning, the company was forward-looking and modern in spirit, championing young American singers and new operas and focusing on innovative repertory and theatrically driven productions. Set in the spectacular landscape of northern New Mexico, it has become a place of pilgrimage for performers and audiences alike. This book is the story of a trailblazing company that, in just 50 years, has changed the musical map of America.