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Lincoln's Religion

Lincoln is a riddle because we are a riddle to ourselves. We are his heirs, for good and for ill. We cannot escape his legacy, and we don’t know what to make of it.

'I Want Soul'

Award-winning novelist C. E. Morgan talks about "moral beauty," evil and empathy, and how landscape informs her work, including her latest, "The Sport of Kings."

'What Philosophy Can Do'

Gary Gutting's new essay collection covers a wide swath of topics, including God, free will, art, education, consciousness, happiness, and the limits of science.

'The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings'

David Cecil brings to life the Oxford literary club who smoked, drank, argued and midwifed books that became classics of fantasy, apologetics, and poetry.
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'The Name of God is Mercy: A Conversation with Andrea Tornielli''

When Pope Francis issued a formal “bull” instituting the current Year of Mercy, he included in its appendix a lengthy informal interview with an Italian journalist.
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'Dorothy Day: Love in Action'

Patrick Jordan brings an ease to his subject that comes from true friendship; he weaves together his living sense of Day’s personality with major themes in her work.

'Phishing for Phools'

Robert J. Shiller and George A. Akerlof examine influences on the marketplace beyond supply and demand, and wonder: Why didn't economists see the 2008 crash coming?

'Unforgettable'

Like Twain’s mother, scrawling her thoughts on little scraps of paper, Scott Simon distilled his long hours in the ICU into clipped reflections, rich with meaning.

'Evicted'

Matthew Desmond's book, through data he compiled on evictions across the U.S., explains the grubby mechanics of exploitation at the bottom end of the housing market.

'C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity'

Marsden’s “biography of a book” traces the development of 'Mere Christianity' from a series of BBC radio talks into a religious "antidote for the attention to self."

'Joan Chittister'

A full-length biography was on the minds of neither the author nor the subject met. But Roberts asked Chittister about her personal life. They began at the beginning

From Hemingway to Charlie Hebdo

In two new books, Hazareesingh and Bell incorporate American views into the 20th century struggles between republicans and Catholics in France over "basic freedoms"
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