If this is paradise, I wish I had a lawnmower: Best-of 2014

I know we've got a few more days of 2014, but I'm sick and I'm wallowing. Nothing but true crime and schlocky suspense/horror for me until the New Year. So let's do this thing! As always I will wander freely and without warning between "best" and "favorite."Best books read (nonfiction): Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Meditation on Fathers, Brothers, And Sons. I read this because Wesley Hill loves it so much. What should I read next year, Wes? ...My psychology doesn't always … [Read more...]

A Couple Best-Of Lists from Wesley Hill and Helen Andrews

Hill: ...I write often about the consolations of friendship, hospitality, and Christian community, but sometimes I wonder if I’m too sanguine, writing as if these were easily attainable and capable of straightforward engineering. These three books, in very different ways, puncture my naivety. more!Andrews: ...Any culture that bestows fame on fiery young radicals will see some of them punished with remorse in old age, but there are surprisingly few role models for writers who find t … [Read more...]

Seasons Change With Their Scenery: Best-of 2013

An annual tradition. Here's the one from last year; here are the previous ones. As always, "best" is an unstable mix of "my personal favorites" and "stuff I actually think has exceptional quality." I'll defend anything listed in this post with my teeth, but I don't want to fight you about whether Life and Fate is really "better" than A House for Mr Biswas....Best books read for the first time (non-fiction): Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson, Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner … [Read more...]

Life is just a bowl of cherries: 2012 best-of

I hope you find something to enjoy here! Last year's best-of is here. Best books read (nonfiction): Joseph Volpicelli and Maia Szalavitz, Recovery Options: The Complete Guide. A thoughtful, empathetic guide to finding a path which works for you. I read this shortly after I quit drinking and got a lot out of it. (This post was influenced by their approach.) I definitely recommend this if you have a drug or alcohol problem, wonder if you might, or love someone who might.Ross … [Read more...]