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Poetic solitude

A review of Michael N. McGregor

From his youth Lax experienced a love of God that would not abate, calling him toward both solitude and engagement with others.

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Teaching love

A review of Mary Karr

Honestly facing the conflict of self with self—and choosing words that reveal its particular manifestations in one life—is hard, hard work.

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Cultivating character

A review of David Brooks

Cultivating character is the lifelong work of evaluating and choosing between various virtues. It's difficult, and it’s our calling.

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The poet and politics

As two new biographies and a massive collection of poems show, Denise Levertov's distinctive work and life remain relevant and rewarding.

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Carry On, Warrior and The Girl Got Up

Spring books

Shortly after Glennon Melton was plucked from obscurity thanks to a series of enormously viral blog posts, Scribner beat out nine other major publishers in the bidding for her first book, Carry On, Warrior.

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From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart, by Chris Haw

My first thought upon learning that Chris Haw had written a memoir about his journey to Catholicism was, Oh no—not another one.