Good or just lucky?

By Anne Tyler, A Patchwork Planet. (Knopf, 24 pp.)

Individualism and Its Discontent, by Charles E. Mitchell

By Charles E. Mitchell, Individualism and Its Discontent: Appropriations of Emerson. 1880-1950. (University of Massachusetts Press, 220 pp.)

The Word as True Myth, by Gary Dorrien

By Gary Dorrien, The Word as True Myth: Interpreting Modern Theology. (Westminster John Knox, 287 pp.)