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Old Souls and Youthful Writers

Rereading your old favorite books can be revealing—and so can walking, drinking, God, and church history.

American Dreams of Escape

Dinaw Mengestu's novel considers what it is to walk around in an America that holds no promise for you, while Matt Fraction elevates the comic book to new heights.

Read With Care

A feisty novel, a formidable tome, and the latest from "a scholar of history who can really write"—there is a great deal to be learned.

Echoes of the Cold War

Readers interested in Russia and Ukraine, CIA analysts and Soviets, Doctor Zhivago censorship, and more will enjoy these fascinating histories of the Cold War.

Blessings in Disguise

To her fans—and there are many, from critic James Wood to Barack Obama—Robinson shows that old-fashioned virtues like seriousness and simplicity are still virtues.

The Liar's Wife

Mary Gordon's latest collection of short fiction succeeds in showing that certain lies, by a kind of alchemy, can teach us the truth.

My Struggle

No one predicted that the most striking literary phenomenon of the early twenty-first century would be this six-volume novel by a Norwegian writer, about himself.

Christ Actually

In James Carroll’s latest, Jesus actually—now as for the apostles—emerges from within the long, recurring history of Jewish persecution and bereavement.

The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio

Sexual misdeeds, false identities, cult worship, theft, and murder; If this astonishing tale were not true, it could be the work of an accomplished mystery writer.

Political Order and Political Decay

Francis Fukuyama's new book examines the rise and decline of the American political system in the broader history of democratic process, intelligently & enjoyably.

Last Word: The Divine Spark

Seeing Catholicism through Muriel Spark's conversion; understanding the creed through her narrators.

Teach Me to Be Generous

Written with the school’s cooperation, this history recounts the story of Regis High School warts-and-all, including the intrigues surrounding its founding.
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The Liberal Arts vs. Neoliberalism

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One Nation Under God

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Believe It or Not

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Beyond the Abortion Wars

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Blackballed

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The Young T.E. Lawrence

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Life After Faith

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Loitering

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