Reminder that editors and contributors to Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings will be here THIS WEDNESDAY for a signing. For more details, click here.
Also, this is the last week of our fall sale. Last chance to stock up–20% off new and 25% off used/out-of-print books. Receive a free book with any purchase and another for purchases over $25—not to mention a FREE set of the great reference tool A Mormon Bibliography. 1830-1930: Books, Pamphlets, Periodicals, and Broadsides Relating to the First Century of Mormonism (Reg. $149.95!!) for purchases over $250! To see the details and a list of potential temptations, click here.
Here are some books that have arrived since the original e-mail:
- Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings ed. by Joanna Brooks, Rachel Hunt Steenblik and Hannah Wheelwright. Oxford University Press, 2015. Hardback. 344pp. Reg. $29.95, SALE $23.95. This groundbreaking collection gathers together for the first time the essential writings of the contemporary Mormon feminist movement–from its historic beginnings in the 1970s to its vibrant present, offering the best Mormon feminist thought and writing. Collecting essays, speeches, poems, and prose, Mormon Feminism presents the diverse voices of Mormon women as they challenge assumptions and stereotypes, push for progress and change in the contemporary LDS Church, and band together with other feminists of faith hoping to build a better world. Contributors include: Linda King Newell, Margaret Toscano, Claudia Bushman, Carol Lynn Pearson, Judith Dushku, Linda Sillitoe, Sonia Johnson, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Mary Bradford, Chieko Okazaki, Lavina Fielding Anderson, Kate Kelly, Chelsea Shields, Gina Colvin and Janan Graham. **come to the signing Wednesday and get your copy signed!**“Spanning the Second Wave to the present wave of the women’s movement, these essays constitute a significant body of work on the religious implications of feminism. Their usual omission from feminist and Mormon history makes collection of them here all the more welcome and necessary. They are, indeed, ‘essential.’ The study of contemporary Mormonism should not be attempted without them.” –Kathleen Flake, Richard Lyman Bushman Professor of Mormon Studies, University of Virginia
- A Book of Mormons: Latter-day Saints on a Modern-Day Zion ed. by Emily W. Jensen and Tracy McKay-Lamb. White Cloud Press, 2015. Paperback. 197pp. Reg. $17.95, SALE $14.50. From the “I Speak for Myself” series. Foreword by Janan Graham-Russell. Mormonism is at a crossroads, having been under the microscopic lens of the media for the past five years, even as Mormons young and old grapple with the openness and accessibility of The Information Age. Both the institutional church and its lay members are working to better define the faith for outsiders as well as within. This collection of essays from a broad swath of Mormons—some who live their faith quietly, others who wrestle with how it colors their professional endeavors—is an attempt to broaden perspectives about Mormons and demystify stereotypes. Contributors include: Paul Reeve, Julie Smith, Patrick Mason, Kate Kelly, Jacob Baker, Kathryn Lynard Soper, John Hamer, Camille Fronk Olsen, Courtney Kendrick, Stephen Carter, Molly Bennion, Adam Miller, Nate Oman, Heather Oman and Neylan McBaine.“A Book of Mormons is a refreshing collection of brief essays from people of various stripes who relate their present or former encounters with Mormonism (and, in one instance, its sister tradition), not as it is preached from the pulpit or written in manuals and books, but as it is lived in the mundane world that most of us populate. Written neither to convert nor defend, and void of the truth claims that largely monopolized the first century-and-a-half of Mormon literature, the essays take us on a gentle journey that explores the simple, and yet increasingly relevant mantra of the modern Latter-day Saint: ‘If it works, I stay.’” – Gregory Prince, scholar and author of David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism
- Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis: A Simple Developmental Map by Thomas Wirthlin McConkie. By the author, 2015. Paperback. 155pp. Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99. In the new book Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis, Thomas McConkie draws on the study of positive adult development to provide a map for people who find themselves in faith crisis, fearing they might have taken a wrong turn in their spiritual progression. This developmental perspective helps readers understand that they haven’t necessarily drifted off course; they might have simply run up against the edge of their current map. Understanding how humans—and faith—grow and mature over time can offer tremendous stability and confidence to those who would press forward in the discovery of their own changing identity. This new framework also enables the LDS community as a whole to view faith crisis not as a symptom of apostasy, but of a deeper and fuller redemption. The reader finds that crisis may represent the awakening of a new kind of faith, one beyond mere belief, that may very well represent a new dawn in the unfolding of our faith tradition.“This book is sure to be a game- changer for all those experiencing a painful faith transition, particularly (but not solely) within the LDS tradition. McConkie charts the upside of moving through various stages of adulthood on our path to spiritual maturity and soundness. This book will be hailed as a godsend by many.” –Fiona Givens, Coauthor of The God Who Weeps and The Crucible of Doubt
- The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon (44th Sperry Symposium) ed. by Dennis L. Largey, Andrew H. Hedges, John Hilton III and Kerry Hull. RSC/Deseret Book, 2015. Hardback. 308pp. Reg. $27.99, SALE $22.50. The 2015 Brigham Young University Sidney B. Sperry Symposium explored the modern miracle of the translation and publication of the Book of Mormon. Featuring a keynote address by Elder Merrill J. Bateman discussing the Book of Mormon’s restoration of plain and precious truths, this volume describes the development of the teenage seer Joseph Smith Jr. and includes marvelous accounts of the many witnesses to the plates. It tells the story of the Book of Mormon, from Joseph Smith’s translation of the sacred record to the process of financing and printing the first edition, and concludes with its message rolling forth to many nations—to “every kindred, tongue, and people.” Contributors include: Steven Harper, Gerrit Dirkmaat, Michael MacKay, Richard Bennett and J.B. Haws.
- Rediscovering the Sites of the Restoration: The 1888 Travel Writings of Mormon Historian Andrew Jenson, Edward Stevenson, and Joseph S. Black by Reid. L. Neilson, Justin R. Bray and Alan D. Johnson. RSC/Deseret Book, 2015. Hardback. 294pp. Reg. $31.99, SALE $25.99. On September 6, 1888, three Church history missionaries Andrew Jenson, Edward Stevenson, and Joseph S. Black left on a fact-finding mission to the Church’s historic sites in Missouri, Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Iowa. They spent a majority of their time visiting the sacred spaces of the Restoration. The observations they made became the subjects of a lengthy correspondence to the Deseret News. These letters were later compiled into a pamphlet, allowing the Saints in the West to vicariously experience the early days of the Restoration. Some notable historical themes in their observations include a desire for the establishment and redemption of Zion and the promise that righteous Saints would be restored to their lands to build up Zion.
- Real Native Genius: How an Ex-Slave and a White Mormon Became Famous Indians by Angela Pulley Hudson. UNC Press, 2015. Paperback. 255pp. Reg. $29.99, SALE $23.99. In the mid-1840s, Warner McCary, an ex-slave from Mississippi, claimed a new identity for himself, traveling around the nation as Choctaw performer “Okah Tubbee.” He soon married Lucy Stanton, a divorced white Mormon woman from New York, who likewise claimed to be an Indian and used the name “Laah Ceil.” Together, they embarked on an astounding, sometimes scandalous journey across the United States and Canada, performing as American Indians for sectarian worshippers, theater audiences, and patent medicine seekers. Along the way, they used widespread notions of “Indianness” to disguise their backgrounds, justify their marriage, and make a living. In doing so, they reflected and shaped popular ideas about what it meant to be an American Indian in the mid-nineteenth century.“With its exploration of American Indian self-representation and performance, Real Native Genius tells the story of how two people simultaneously capitalized on and subverted popular ideas about race and gender in the mid-nineteenth century. Angela Pulley Hudson has created an extraordinary contribution to our understanding of the American past.” –Daniel H. Usner, Vanderbilt University
- Mormon Thunder: A Documentary History of Jedediah Morgan Grant by Gene Sessions. Greg Kofford Books, 2008. Paperback. 465 pp. Reg. $25.95, SALE $12.99. Minor shelf wear to cover. Updated and newly illustrated with more photographs, this second edition of the award-winning documentary history (first published in 1982) chronicles Grant’s ubiquitous role in the Mormon history of the 1840s and ’50s.