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February 26, 2022 | Vol. 37, No. 4

Rebuilding community

Emily Belz | The United States saw a record-breaking number of drug overdose deaths during the pandemic, but the answers to the crisis aren’t easy


FEATURES
Porn on the shelves

Janie B. Cheaney | Explicit books at school libraries prompt parental action, but only some school districts prove responsive

Emily Whitten | Parents will have to search carefully to find updated classics that don’t push a 21st-century cultural agenda

Codes from the past

Janie B. Cheaney | NONFICTION: Books to help children understand fascinating personalities and thrilling events from history

Swirling stories

Sandy Barwick, Kristin Chapman, Katie Gaultney, Mary Jackson | PICTURE BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Authors and illustrators showcase history, science, faith, and fun

Lives stitched together

Janie B. Cheaney | CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR: Ordinary lives, random events, and hidden dangers highlight this powerful World War II Story

Survival and healing

Onize Ohikere | Residents of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo continue to face attacks


CULTURE
FILM & TV

New series, familiar story

Julian Fellowes recreates Downton Abbey in 19th-century NYC

Box Office Top 10

Top films for the weekend of Feb. 4-8

Fantasy fail

Blowhorn for a cause

More animal rights spin than family film

Another side of Anne Frank

My Best Friend Anne gives a different perspective on the famous diarist

Heavy hitter

Reacher offers plenty of action but too much raunchy material

Music

Still going strong

Noteworthy new or recent releases

More than afterthoughts

Two albums from British musicians should gain American attention

 
Q&A
Seeking refuge in Taiwan

Seeking refuge in Taiwan

A former Hong Kong pastor explains his decision to leave his homeland

Books

The world, the house, and the Devil

Novels that tackle morality and meaning

Our true hope

Classic books on seeking justice


NOTEBOOK
Medicine
Dying and the church

Legal assisted suicide makes it difficult to address the big questions with terminally ill patients

Lifestyle
Metamorphosis in ink

Red Rose Tattoo is erasing hate one tattoo at a time