An Offer You Can Refuse

Practicing Catholic
James Carroll
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, 400 pp.

James Carroll is nothing if not ambitious as a writer, and in Practicing Catholic he has given us at least three books for the price of one. That is an attractive offer during a miserable recession. But it is not the bargain it seems.

If the three books in question were available separately, one of them would definitely be worth the...

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