Wound down and winding up

By John Updike, Bech at Bay. (Knopf, 241 pp.)

The Island, by David Borofka

By David Borofka, The Island. (MacMurray & Back, 191 pp.)

Encountering the texts

By Herman L. Sinaiko, Reclaiming the Canon: Essays on Philosophy, Poetry, and History. (Yale University Press, 338 pp.)

Worship with One Accord, by Geoffrey Wainwright and Christian Liturgy, by Frank C. Senn

By Geoffrey Wainwright, Worship with One Accord: Where Liturgy & Ecumenism Embrace. (Oxford University Press, 276 pp.)

By Frank C. Senn, Christian Liturgy: Catholic and Evangelical. (Fortress, 747 pp.)