Book Reviews

Hidden in Plain Sight

The three new works reviewed here demonstrate that there are still new and important things to say about the twentieth century’s emblematic tragedy.

'Why the Right Went Wrong'

Rather than a triumph, Dionne says "the history of contemporary American conservatism is a story of disappointment and betrayal.” But is his diagnosis correct?

Screwtape in Vegas

Slots, video poker, and other gambling machines are often described as games, but they're a sinful rejection of the goodness of the world and a failure to rejoice.

The Rising Revised

Among the merits of Roy Foster’s new book are the ways in which it moves past myths and conventional accounts to bring alive the intellectual ferment of the Rising.

'The Crucifixion'

Fleming Rutledge probes “the strange new world of the Bible” to its mysterious and scandalous depth in the crucifixion of God's son, and diagnoses our deepest need.

'Thirteen Ways of Looking'

The stories in Colum McCann's collection each have thirteen sections that build slowly, surely toward denouement. By the end, a shift in perspective has taken place.

'The Road Not Taken'

Many take Frost’s 'The Road Not Taken' as an American affirmation to choose one's own path. But in David Orr's reading the twenty-line poem is instead about limits.

The Zen of Tolstoy

"War and Peace" is called the greatest novel ever written, but it’s like sticking a “Kick me” sign on the book. Readers can’t help wanting to take issue with it.

From the Russian, with Love

Why are there more versions of 'Anna Karenina' (1878) in 2016? According to some translators "the best" will never be available and so translation must continue.

'The Narrow Door'

Paul Lisicky's book is a memoir of love and friendship, and how sometimes their boundaries blur. But it's also a book about literary ambition and its discontents.

Bookmarks | Almost-Madness in Love & Loss

How to describe the almost-madness of loss? Macdonald uses hawk-taming, Smith "ordinary" poetry about death, and Chapman "Christian love of existence."

'The Revelatory Body'

Luke Timothy Johnson provides an important alternative to the “theologies of the body” on offer among those thinkers elaborating themes fashioned by John Paul II.
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