Free on the inside

Joshua Dubler shows up at a maximum-security prison as a budding ethnographer. He becomes a man captured by friendships.


The New Mind of the South, by Tracy Thompson

Thompson is trying to update Wilbur Joseph Cash’s classic 1941 work The Mind of the South. One can’t understand the South without dealing with the two Rs, race and religion, and Thompson covers those quite astutely, along with family life, farming, rural culture, and politics.


Reinventing Liberal Christianity, by Theo Hobson

Theo Hobson’s ambitious book traces the historical emergence and fate of liberal theology in the modern period. He defends the “liberal state” and the way good liberal Christianity is allied with it.