Books

Books

A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler

Spring books

Anne Tyler's 20th novel is, like her previous 19, about a mildly dysfunctional Baltimore family of loyal yet infuriating people who love one another, but not always helpfully.

Change of Heart, by Jeanne Bishop

Spring books

When Jeanne Bishop learned of her sister's murder, she found herself saying aloud, "I don't want to hate anybody."

The Age of Acquiescence, by Steve Fraser

Spring books

Why was the first Gilded Age a time of sometimes violent resistance, while ours is an age of acquiescence? Steve Fraser's answer is twofold: capitalism has changed, and so has the social imaginary that enfolds it.

A New Heaven and a New Earth, by J. Richard Middleton

Spring books

These days, we need a strong current of theological explication of Christian eschatology. Richard Middleton has stepped forward—and his book doesn't even mention zombies.

Morality vs. moralism

Books for the dark night

Just when I was feeling despondent, I was asked to review a book by Luigi Giussani. His rhetoric both bamboozled and mesmerized me.