They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else,” by Ronald Grigor Suny

Spring books

Study of the Armenian genocide has attracted many fine scholars, but Ronald Suny's book stands out.

God Help the Child, by Toni Morrison

Spring books

In her 11th novel Toni Morrison returns to the foundation of most of her fiction: childhood and its traumatic effects.

Living with selfhood

Books for the dark night

When I was 13, my pastor slipped me Glenn Clark's The Soul's Sincere Desire. Within three pages, I knew I had a soul.

The Proust of Norway

The not-so-epic life of Karl Ove Knausgaard

Karl Ove Knausgaard forced me to cancel six months of my life in order to fixate on 30 years of his.

Old Testament

Take & read

Dangerous Sisters of the Hebrew Bible, by Amy Kalmanofsky. Scripture’s dearth of accounts of interfemale relationships is one of its oft-lamented lacunae. Inter­preters interested in ancient women’s lives must extract all they can from a handful of passages.