New List from Signature Books
What are those people at Signature Books up to this year? We’re not going to keep you guessing any more! Beginning in April, we will release new titles again on a consistent schedule.
Our list includes poetry, short stories, the biography of an underground midwife, and more generally the sacred and the academic. In fact, we guarantee that our list will keep the blogs buzzing and the award committees busy, as well as our regular supporters excited and our board anxious.
The poetry in Her Side of It by Marilyn Bushman-Carlton is alternately feisty and subtle but rich in imagery and meaning regarding a family that has had its ups and downs but finds happiness and fulfillment through simple home life.
The short stories, A Sense of Order, by Jack Harrell include such bracing tales as Jesus hitch-hiking to a Megadeth concert. Those who have read Jack’s novel, Vernal Promises, will know what to expect.
You have waited long and patiently (we know, because you have kept calling us) for the uncommonly expressive Abraham Cannon diaries. You will be glad you waited when you see the carefully annotated volume prepared by noted historian Edward Leo Lyman, who was honored last year with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mormon History Association.
For those who have considered delivering their baby outside of a hospital in Salt lake City, Laurine Kinston is a familiar name. In 1952, she was a practical nurse at LDS Hospital and associated outside the hospital with Dr. Rulon Allred, a naturopath, when she discovered her calling in life. The Midwife is the story of a quietly confident woman whose midwifery practice thrived for over forty years within a polygamist community.
Other titles include an impressive scholarly “Mormon Studies Reader” edited by Stephen C. Taysom, an attempt by Robert Price to unearth the historical apostle Paul, essays about the strong attachment to the LDS faith felt by Mormon intellectuals, and two documentary histories. Of the latter, one edited by Devery Anderson covers the development of Mormon temple worship from 1846, where the previous volume in the series broke off, to the present. The other documentary history is by John Dinger and presents minutes of the Nauvoo High Council and city council, previously unavailable and containing gems of information about the Church structure and political environment in that early Illinois city, including discussions of the Nauvoo Expositor, actual and rumored incidents involving polygamy, and one case brought to the ecclesiastical trial involving a man who allegedly sold his wife for her weight in fish.