"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall

Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith

"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Airbnb — When a Home Away From Home Gets Way Too Homey

At an Airbnb the only place I could find for my toiletry kits was the floor. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The Airbnb Option: At one Airbnb the floor was only place I could find for my toiletries. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

We’ve done it. We’ve given Airbnb a chance — three chances to be exact. And, maybe I’m ready to go back to staying in a nice, clean, impersonal motel. Maybe we’ll pay a little extra money and cut bait on Airbnb’s “home away from [Read more…]

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My Long-Lost Dead Ancestors — I Found Them in a Parking Lot

The 1600 block of Minneapolis's Seventh Avenue South where my long-lost dead ancestors once lived is now a parking lot fronted by high rises. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The 1600 block of Minneapolis’s Seventh Avenue South, where my long-lost dead ancestors once lived, is now a parking lot fronted by high rises. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Yes, you can locate your long-gone ancestors. You can pin them down to an exact place. Locating ancestors is not quite as easy as googling your high school boyfriend. But it’s fun, and only a tiny bit more challenging than the Tuesday New York Times crossword puzzle.

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been digitally trailing some of my  [Read more…]

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50 Books 50 Covers — How Top Designers Catch the Reader’s Eye

life and eath of sophie stark book cover. 50 books 50 coversmanual for cleaning women cover. 50 books 50 coversWant to see some gorgeous book cover designs? Go to the winners page of the 50 Books 50 Covers competition sponsored by the Design Observer Group [Read more…]

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My Big Brother Loves Me — The Cataract Chronicles Continued

Her big brother took this picture when Barbara Falconer Newhall was a college student. She's wearing glasses and has a bouffant hairdo. Barbara Newhall photo

Big Brother took this photo of me in our suburban Detroit front yard the summer before my senior year in college, long before cataracts could develop. I’m liking that mid-century red lipstick. The Jackie O bouffant, not so much. Barbara Newhall photo

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

My big brother loves me. I’ve always known that, of course. But recently he said it out loud, in so many words.

The second of my cataract surgeries was recently behind me, and I could see pretty well out of both eyes.  My brother and I were sitting across the table from each other at a neighborhood restaurant, and I was managing to read the menu and see my brother [Read more…]

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Julie Hill Barton’s Dog Medicine Goes Big

Julie Hill Barton reads from her book, "Dog Medicine," at A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland, CA. Here with a fan, Kirby, a brindle-haired boxer. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Julie Hill Barton read from Dog Medicine and greeted fans, including Kirby, a brindle-haired boxer. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

My writing pal Julie Hill Barton has lucked out. Her wonderful memoir, Dog Medicine, has been scooped up by a major publisher — Penguin. Julie made an appearance last night at Oakland’s popular bookstore, A Great Good Place for Books, before heading out on a whirlwind book tour today to St. Louis [Read more…]

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