Sensational Gods: A Winter Book Collection

151214_Exhibition_219x365Drawn to the festive red and green, we note the powdered face of the Elizabethan court jester. The comic fool, yet not the fool in serving to provide witty insight and advice to the King, whom he may also mock. Dark eyes aslant, there’s a pursed smile…deciding, disapproving, lying? We muse on what student Burdett had in mind when painting Ugly and Vindictive for a course taught by Arthur Wesley Dow in the Department of Fine and Industrial Arts at Teachers College in the first quarter of the twentieth century.

Ancient masks were donned in an attempt to fool humanity or even God. In medieval European mystery and morality plays, they tended to represent allegorical characters. Befittingly, the golden mask on stage signified the figure of God. So, consider the relevance of the mask, an object worn on the face for protection, disguise, performance, or entertainment, and ponder the controversial array of academic, fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books in the upcoming Everett Café exhibit, Sensational Gods: A Winter Book Collection. What deities or supreme beings cause great public excitement… perhaps at the expense of accuracy or truth?

On display through the holidays, this new resource encourages us “to reflect on the forces behind the biggest news stories of the year, with special emphasis on religion and the media, and how our perspectives are impacted by each.” Like the growth in fine craftsmanship through a variety of media in Dow’s day, there is space for expressing the ways we believe, defend, hide, act, amuse, and make sense of our selves and the world in which we live.

Listing of Books

MalalaAbouraya, Karen Leggett. Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words. Great Neck: StarWalk KidsMedia, 2014.

Café LC2330 .A26 2014



No_godAslan, Reza. No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2006.

Café BP161.3 .A79 2006



Go_TellBaldwin, James. Go Tell It on the Mountain. New York: Vintage International, 2013.

Cafe PS3552.A45 G57 2013


Contagious2Berger, Jonah. Contagious: Why Things Catch On. New York: Simon and Schuster, c2103.

Café HF5415.153 .B463 2013




Terror_ConsentBobbitt, Philip. Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-first Century. New York: Anchor Books, 2009.

Café HV6432 .B625 2008



Between_the_WorldCoates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. [New York]: Spiegel & Grau, 2015.h

Café E185.615 .C6335 2015



Living_with_a_wild_GodEhrenreich, Barbara. Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything. New York: Twelve, Hatchett Book Group, 2014.

Café PS3555.H65 Z46 2014



Waiting_for_an_Ordinary_DayFassihi, Farnaz. Waiting for an Ordinary Day: The Unraveling of Life in Iraq. New York: Public Affairs, c2008.

Café DS79.76 .F385 2008



From_BeirutFriedman, Thomas L. From Beirut to Jerusalem. [New York]: Picador, 2012.

Café DS119.7 .F736 2012




Lets_Talk_about_RaceLester, Julius. Let’s Talk About Race. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.

Café E184.A1 L464 2005




Public_ReligionLivezy, Lowell W. Public Religion and Urban Transformation: Faith in the City. New York, New York University Press, c2000.

Café BL2527.C48 P83 2000



Blind_SpotMarshall, Paul and Lela Gilbert and Roberta Green Ahmanson, eds. Blind Spot: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Café PN4756 .B62 2009


God_a_BioMiles, Jack. God: A Biography. New York: Random House, 1995.

Café BS1192.6 .M6 1995




Filter_BubblePariser, Eli. The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web is Changing What We Read and How We Think. [New York]: Penguin Books, 2012.

Café ZA4237 .P37 2011



Informing_the_NewsPatterson, Thomas E. Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism. New York: Vintage, 2013.

Café PN4788 .P38 2013



I_Have_the_RightSerres, Alain and Aurelia Fronty. I Have the Right to Be a Child. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2012.

Café HQ789 S4713 2012




Loudest_VoiceSherman, Gabriel. The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News—and Divided a Country. New York: Random House, 2014.

Café PN4731 .S686 2007


History_of_NewsStephens, Mitchell. A History of News. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Café PN4731 .S686 2007




Just_MercyStevenson, Bran. Just Mercy: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. [New York]: Spiegel & Grau, 2014.

Café KF373.S743 A3 2014



Case_for_ChristStrobel, Lee. The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus. [Grand Rapids, MI]: Zondervan, 2013

Café BT202 .S82 2013



Lemon_TreeTolan, Sandy. The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East. New York, Bloomsbury, 2006.

Café DS126.6.A2 T65 2006



My_WorldWalsh, Melanie. My World, Your World. London: Corgi Childrens, 2004.

Café GT85 .M9 2004



Small_ScreenWinston, Diane, ed. Small Screen, Big Picture: Television and Lived Religion. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2009

Café PN1992.6 .S58 2009



Going_ClearWright, Lawrence. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. New York: Alfred Knopf, 2013.

Café BP605.S2 W75 2013



At the Everett News Cafe, you’ll find a new book collection every few weeks that relates to current affairs, education, or learning environments. Stayed tuned for upcoming announcements!


Poster image drawn from Ugly and VindictiveStudents of Arthur Wesley Dow Collection, courtesy of Teachers College, Columbia University.