Deadly illusion

Philosopher Firmin DaBrabander has written a judicious exposition of the crisis of guns in our society. He pays particular attention to the ideology, claims, and consequences of the NRA.

Cloud of the Impossible, by Catherine Keller

Catherine Keller's latest book presents process theology as a maker of worlds. It's heady stuff—and very exciting.

A room to herself

The setup sounds like a medieval soap opera. But Robyn Cadwallader knows far too much about the 13th century to write an anachronistic romance.

The Fall of the Ottomans, by Eugene Rogan

Eugene Rogan tells a fascinating story about a part of the Great War that many know little about: the conflict between Allied and Central Powers in the Middle East. Rogan, author of The Arabs: A History, reveals that side of the war from the perspective of the Turks and the Arabs.

Latest Readings, by Clive James

When literary critic and poet Clive James discovered in 2010 that he had terminal cancer, he decided that “if you don’t know the exact moment when the lights will go out, you might as well read until they do.” This book is the result of that decision.

The Greatest Empire, by Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson offers a carefully balanced narrative of Seneca's life that is derived, as it must be, from partial and often contradictory sources.

Splitting an Order, by Ted Kooser

Simple, measured, and settled, the poems in Ted Kooser's new collection were composed by an artist with nothing further to prove.

Our Only World, by Wendell Berry

Berry places concern for food production and land use, climate change, and the politics of sex and marriage within the context of personal responsibility and ordinary relationships. The first entry, “Para­graphs from a Notebook,” reads like a version of Pascal’s Pensées aimed against the analytical, disintegrating, and violent tendencies of science, industry, and political ideologies.