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A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
29 March 2019

Book Review: A Manual for Cleaning Women

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015…

The Fifth Season by N. K Jemisin
26 February 2019

Book Review: The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth Book One by N. K. Jemisin (New York: Orbit Books, 2015. 512 pp) N. K…

John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead
12 February 2019

Book Review: John Henry Days

John Henry Days: A Novel by Colson Whitehead (New York: Doubleday, 2001. 400 pp) Colson Whitehead was born in 1969 and raised in Manhattan…

Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth
20 January 2019

Book Review: Doughnut Economics

Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist by Kate Raworth (White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017…

Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
01 December 2018

Book Review: Nocturnes

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009…

The Idiot by Elif Batuman
08 November 2018

Book Review: The Idiot

The Idiot: A Novel by Elif Batuman (New York: Penguin Press, 2017. 432 pp) Elif Batuman holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Stanford University…

No-No Boy by John Okada
06 October 2018

Book Review: No-No Boy

No-No Boy: A Novel by John Okada (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014; originally published in 1957. 282 pp) John Okada was born in Seattle in 1923…

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
17 September 2018

Book Review: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men: Stories by David Foster Wallace (New York: Back Bay Books, 2007…

Human Agency and Language by Charles Taylor
09 September 2018

Properly Introduced: “Self-Interpreting Animals”

“Self-Interpreting Animals” by Charles Taylor 1. Some of our emotions involve import-ascriptions; 2. Some of these imports are subject-referring; 3…

Conversational Design by Erika Hall
16 August 2018

Book Review: Conversational Design

Conversational Design by Erika Hall (New York: A Book Apart, 2018. 134 pp) Erika Hall has been working in web design and development since the late twentieth century…

There There by Tommy Orange
20 July 2018

Book Review: There There

There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018…

Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro
04 July 2018

Book Review: Fire Sermon

Fire Sermon: A Novel by Jamie Quatro (New York: Grove Press, 2018…

Calypso by David Sedaris
22 June 2018

Book Review: Calypso

Calypso by David Sedaris (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2018…

Out in the Open by Jesus Carrasco
17 June 2018

Book Review: Out in the Open

Out in the Open: A Novel by Jesús Carrasco, translated by Margaret Jull Costa (New York: Riverhead Books, 2015, originally published in 2013…

Pops by Michael Chabon
07 June 2018

Book Review: Pops

Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces by Michael Chabon (New York: Harper, 2018…

The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman
30 May 2018

Book Review: The Italian Teacher

The Italian Teacher: A Novel by Tom Rachman (New York: Viking, 2018. 352 pp) Tom Rachman was born in London in 1974 and raised in Vancouver…

The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer
03 May 2018

Book Review: The Children’s Crusade

The Children’s Crusade: A Novel by Ann Packer (New York: Scribner, 2015…

Image Journal no 95
16 April 2018

Properly Introduced: A Small Psalter

“A Small Psalter” by Pádraig J. Daly in Image no…

Practice What Your Preach
07 April 2018

Book Review: Practice What You Preach

Practice What You Preach: What Managers Must Do to Create a High Achievement Culture by David H. Maister (New York: Free Press, 2001…

Future Home of the Living God
27 March 2018

Book Review: Future Home of the Living God

Future Home of the Living God: A Novel by Louise Erdrich (New York: HarperCollins, 2017…

Barabbas by Par Lagerkvist
26 February 2018

Book Review: Barabbas

Barabbas by Pär Lagerkivst, translated by Alan Blair (New York: Vintage International, 1951…

The Hole by Hye-young Pyun
12 February 2018

Book Review: The Hole

The Hole: A Novel by Hye-young Pyun, translated by Sora Kim-Russell (New York: Arcade Publishing, 2017; originally published in Korea in 2016…

The Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson
30 January 2018

Book Review: The Givenness of Things

The Givenness of Things: Essays by Marilynne Robinson (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015. 336 pp) Born in Sandpoint, Idaho, Marilynne Robinson earned her B.A…

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss
06 January 2018

Book Review: Forest Dark

Forest Dark: A Novel by Nicole Krauss (New York: Harper, 2017…

The World to Come by Jim Shepard
07 December 2017

Book Review: The World to Come

The World to Come: Stories by Jim Shepard (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2017…

Institutional Intelligence
21 November 2017

Book Review: Institutional Intelligence

Institutional Intelligence: How to Build an Effective Organization by Gordon T. Smith (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2017. 224 pp) Gordon T…

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
08 November 2017

Book Review: Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach: A Novel by Jennifer Egan (New York: Scribner, 2017…

Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides
29 October 2017

Book Review: Fresh Complaint

Fresh Complaint: Stories by Jeffrey Eugenides (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017…

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
15 October 2017

Book Review: Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus: 1818 Text by Mary Shelley, edited by Marilyn Butler (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008; originally published in 1818…

Goodbye, Vitamin, by Rachel Khong.
01 October 2017

Book Review: Goodbye, Vitamin

Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel by Rachel Khong (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2017…

Iowa Review 47 1
27 September 2017

Properly Introduced: “Train Juju”

“Train Juju” by Iheoma Nwachukwu in The Iowa Review 47/1 “Presently, he reassembled his family. It made Corporal Nwafanim happy…

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
16 September 2017

Book Review: Pigeon English

Pigeon English: A Novel by Stephen Kelman (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. 288 pp) Stephen Kelman was born in Luton in 1976…

Tin House Volume 18 Number 4
05 September 2017

Properly Introduced: “Sea Girls”

“Sea Girls” by Daniel Wallace in Tin House: Volume 18, Number 4 “I met her on the beach, standing beside the body of a mermaid that had washed ashore…

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
02 September 2017

Book Review: Frog Music

Frog Music: A Novel by Emma Donoghue (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2014. 410 pp) Emma Donoghue was born in Dublin, Ireland to Frances and Denis Donoghue…

Tenth of December by George Saunders
25 August 2017

Book Review: Tenth of December

Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders (New York: Random House, 2013…

McSweeneys 47
18 August 2017

Properly Introduced: “Steps”

“Steps” by Mona Simpson in McSweeney’s 47 “I didn’t believe in forgiveness, particularly…

Iowa Review
16 August 2017

Properly Introduced: “Bang!”

“Bang!” by Sarah Coates in The Iowa Review “Bombs happen. Lots of then. Most places in the world are made of fire…

Tin House Volume 18, Number 2
13 August 2017

Properly Introduced: “The Tomb of Wrestling”

“The Tomb of Wrestling” by Jo Ann Beard in Tin House “She struck her attacker in the head with a shovel, a small one that she normally kept in the tr…

09 August 2017

Book Review: High Dive

High Dive: A Novel by Jonathan Lee (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016…

Differently by Alice Munro
06 August 2017

Properly Introduced: “Differently”

“Differently” by Alice Munro in The New Yorker  “Georgia once took a creative-writing course, and what the instructor told her was: Too many things…

The Meaning of Jesus
04 August 2017

Book Review: The Meaning of Jesus

The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions by Marcus J. Borg and N.T. Wright (New York: Harper One, 1999…

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
20 July 2017

Book Review: Exit West

Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid (New York: Riverhead Books, 2017…

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
11 July 2017

Book Review: To the Bright Edge of the World

To the Bright Edge of the World: A Novel by Eowyn Ivey (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2016…

Between Heaven and Mirth by James Martin
06 July 2017

Book Review: Between Heaven and Mirth

Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life by James Martin, SJ (New York: Harper One, 2011. 272 pp) Rev…

Patter Recognition by William Gibson
26 June 2017

Book Review: Pattern Recognition

Pattern Recognition: A Novel by William Gibson (New York: Putnam, 2003. 362 pp) William Gibson is an American-Canadian science fiction novelist…

The Honest Truth about Dishonesty by Dan Ariely
21 June 2017

Book Review: The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty

The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves by Dan Ariely (New York: Harper Perennial, 2012. 318 pp) Dan Ariely is the James B…

American Appetites by Joyce Carol Oates
30 May 2017

Book Review: American Appetites

American Appetites: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates (New York: Dutton, 1989. 340 pp) Born in Lockport, New York, Joyce Carol Oates earned her B.A…

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
07 May 2017

Book Review: Ready Player One

Ready Player One: A Novel by Ernest Cline (New York: Broadway Books, 2011. 376 pp) Ernest Cline is a screenwriter, spoken-word artist, and full-time geek…

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
04 May 2017

Book Review: Before the Fall

Before the Fall: A Novel by Noah Hawley (New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2016…

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
28 April 2017

Book Review: Freedom

Freedom: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010. 576 pp) Jonathan Franzen is an American author…

Silence by Endo
08 April 2017

Book Review: Silence

Silence: A Novel by Shūsaku Endō, translated by William Johnston (New York: Picador, 2016; originally published in 1969…

The Nix by Nathan Hill
27 March 2017

Book Review: The Nix

The Nix: A Novel by Nathan Hill (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016…

Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren
21 March 2017

Book Review: Liturgy of the Ordinary

Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2016…

Smoke by Dan Vyleta
11 March 2017

Book Review: Smoke

Smoke: A Novel by Dan Vyleta (New York: Doubleday, 2016. 448 pp) Dan Vyleta has lived in Germany, Canada, the USA, and the UK…

The Real Madrid Way
05 March 2017

Book Review: The Real Madrid Way

The Real Madrid Way: How Values Created the Most Successful Sports Team on the Planet by Steven G. Mandis (Dallas: BenBella Books, 2016. 344 pp) Steven G…

The Throwback Special
13 February 2017

Book Review: The Throwback Special

The Throwback Special: A Novel by Chris Bachelder (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2016. 213 pp) Chris Bachelder is the author of Bear v. Shark, U.S…

You Are What You Love by James K. A. Smith
16 January 2017

Book Review: You Are What You Love

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2016. 224 pp) James K. A…

Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers
08 January 2017

Book Review: Heroes of the Frontier

Heroes of the Frontier: A Novel by Dave Eggers (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016…

Moonglow by Michael Chabon
30 December 2016

Book Review: Moonglow

Moonglow: A Novel by Michael Chabon (New York: Harper, 2016…

The Twelve by Justin Cronin
27 December 2016

Book Review: The Twelve

The Twelve: A Novel by Justin Cronin (New York: Ballantine Books, 2012…

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
18 December 2016

Book Review: Man’s Search for Meaning

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl, translated by Ilse Lasch (Boston: Beacon Press, 1959, 1962, 1984, 1992, and 2006…

Confident Pluralism by John Inazu
16 December 2016

Book Review: Confident Pluralism

Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference by John D. Inazu (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016. 176 pp) John D…

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
26 November 2016

Book Review: Homegoing

Homegoing: A Novel by Yaa Gyasi (New York: Knopf, 2016. 320 pp) Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama…

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
15 November 2016

Book Review: Here I Am

Here I Am: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2016. 592 pp) Born in Washington, D.C…

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
01 November 2016

Book Review: The Price of Salt

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (New York: Dover Publications, 2015; originally published in 1952…

The Art of War by Sun-tzu
14 October 2016

Book Review: The Art of War

The Art of War by Sun-tzu; translated by Ralph D. Sawyer (New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1994…

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
20 September 2016

Book Review: The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead (New York: Doubleday, 2016. 320 pp) Colson Whitehead was born in 1969 and raised in Manhattan…

LaRose by Louise Erdrich
06 September 2016

Book Review: LaRose

LaRose: A Novel by Louise Erdrich (New York: Harper, 2016…

The Big Picture by Sean Carroll
02 August 2016

Book Review: The Big Picture

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll (New York: Dutton, 2016…

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
24 June 2016

Book Review: Lovecraft Country

Lovecraft Country: A Novel by Matt Ruff (New York: Harper, 2016. 384 pp) Matt Ruff (b…

Home by Marilynne Robinson
09 June 2016

Book Review: Home

Home: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson (New York: Picador, 2008. 336 pp) Born in Sandpoint, Idaho, Marilynne Robinson earned her B.A. at Pembroke College and her Ph.D…

Moral Man and Immoral Society by Reinhold Niebuhr
28 May 2016

Book Review: Moral Man & Immoral Society

Moral Man & Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics by Reinhold Niebuhr (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001; originally published in 1932…

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist
15 May 2016

Book Review: Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist: A Novel by Sunil Yapa (New York: Lee Boudreaux Books, 2016. 320 pp) Sunil Yapa is a Sri Lankan American author…

The Children's Hospital by Chris Adrian
04 May 2016

Book Review: The Children’s Hospital

The Children’s Hospital by Chris Adrian (San Francisco: McSweeney’s Books, 2006…

The Making of the Zombie Wars by Aleksandar Hemon
23 April 2016

Book Review: The Making of the Zombie Wars

The Making of the Zombie Wars: A Novel by Aleksandar Hemon (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2015…

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri
05 April 2016

Book Review: In Other Words

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri; translated by Ann Goldstein (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016…

The Accidental Executive by Al Erisman
03 April 2016

Book Review: The Accidental Executive

The Accidental Executive: Lessons on Business, Faith, and Calling from the Life of Joseph by Albert M. Erisman (Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 2015…

The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
22 March 2016

Book Review: The Prague Cemetery

The Prague Cemetery: A Novel by Umberto Eco; translated by Richard Dixon (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011…

Art in Action by Nicholas Wolterstorff
05 March 2016

Book Review: Art in Action

Art in Action: Toward a Christian Aesthetic by Nicholas Wolterstorff (Grand Rapids: W. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1980…

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
29 February 2016

Book Review: The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles: A Novel by Karen Thompson Walker (New York: Random House, 2012. 278 pp) Karen Thompson Walker was born in San Diego, California…

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
08 February 2016

Book Review: Blood Meridian

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy (New York: Vintage, 2010, originally published in 1985…

Rust by Jonathan Waldman
02 February 2016

Book Review: Rust

Rust: The Longest War by Jonathan Waldman (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015…

Aquarium by David Vann
12 January 2016

Book Review: Aquarium

Aquarium by David Vann (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2015…

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
05 January 2016

Book Review: The Heart Goes Last

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (New York: Nan A. Talese, 2015…