LaVonne Neff is an editor and writer who blogs at Lively Dust and reviews books at the Neff Review.
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.
Medicine and What Matters in the End
Not every ailment can be fixed—or should be. Atul Gawande thinks we need to talk about this.
A Vision for the Church
How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community
Pope Francis and Simone Campbell's recent books have much in common. Yet the standoff between U.S. sisters and the Vatican continues.
A Pilgrimage Through Alzheimer’s
The aging-parent memoir is a crowded genre. Still, I was eager to read Jeanne Murray Walker’s account of her mother’s last years. I wasn’t disappointed.
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