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Books of the Year



Someone by Alice McDermott

For the Republic by George Scialabba

Charity by Gary Anderson

My Bright Abyss by Christian Wyman

Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life: The Letters of J. F. Powers, 1942-1963

Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country by Andrew Bacevich

Trent: What Happened at the Council by John W. O’Malley

Law's Virtues by Cathleen Kaveny

The Powers by Valerie Sayers

Dry Bones by Peter Quinn

Comeback by Charles R. Morris

Reinventing Bach by Paul Elie

The Neoconservatives (new edition with new intro) by Peter Steinfels



Reign of Error by Dianne Ravitch

The Childhood of Jesus by J. M. Coatzee

A Prayer Journal by Flannery O'Connor

Tenth of December by George Saunders

Levels of Life by Julian Barnes

The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov

Hall of Uselessness by Simon Leys

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Thomas Aquinas: A Portrait by Denys Turner

Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense by Francis Spufford

Is God Happy? Selected Essays by Leszek Kolakowski

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

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