Books

Books

Mystery women

In the shadowy world of the mystery novel, nothing is ever quite what it appears to be, including the nature of justice itself. The justice on the surface of detective stories is earth-bound and human-centered.

Plain truths

Known among scholars as a New Testament expert, and among Anglican clergy as a bishop, N. T.

Anxious Parents: A History of Modern Childrearing in America

The cover of Peter Stearns’s book gets your attention. It portrays an iconic mid-20th-century television mother who seems either to be gripped by a migraine or on the threshold of an “I’m losing my mind” scream.

A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry

A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry.

Edited by Ann Hostetler. University of Iowa Press, 199 pp., $19.95 paperback.

Using American Power

Walter Russell Mead is one of the most compelling interpreters of American foreign policy. Mead, who is the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, helps make sense of complicated matters in an engaging way, and he also takes religion seriously.