For All the Saints, or November Staff Picks

This month, in honour of All Saints Day (Nov. 1) our staff pick theme is biography. Here are our picks for the month. Stay tuned to this space for reasons for our picks.

Cindy’s Pick:

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Ed’s Pick:

merton

Heather’s Pick:

surprised

Carolyn’s Pick:

sister

Sheila’s Pick:

long

Connor’s Pick:

dickens

Andrew’s Pick:

glory

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What about Women?

Astute readers of this blog will have noticed that there are no women in the Authors Who Sell Well list previously published, yet there are three women in the Authors Who Don’t Sell Well list. This may concern some of you. It concerned the feminists here in the store, the ones who carefully count how women are represented in each “X People From Christian History” book we stock. If you look at the writings of the saints, or saints’ lives, that is a place where women clearly outsell men at Crux. Which women? I’m glad you asked, here’s a list:

  1. Julian of Norwich
  2. Catherine of Siena
  3. Hildegarde of Bingen
  4. Teresa of Avila
  5. Mother Teresa of Calcuta
  6. Therese of Lisieux

Of course, Francis of Assisi has been getting a lot of press and increased book sales since Francis I became pope. But none of the other male saints get the sales of the holy women.