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Review 24 September 2017
book cover Bridging the Gap to Patrick Henry
Jordan M. Poss
Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty by Jon Kukla. Simon & Schuster, 2017. Hardcover, 592 pages, $35.
Review 24 September 2017
book cover The Happy Skeptic
Hayes Bierman
Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father by Thomas S. Kidd. Yale University Press, 2017. Hardcover, 288 pages, $30.
Review 17 September 2017
book cover Transylvanian Dreams and Nightmares
Greg Morrison
Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula by Bram Stoker and Valdimar Ásmundsson, Translated by Hans Corneel de Roos. Overlook Press, 2017. Hardcover, 320 pages, $30.
Review 17 September 2017
book cover A French Murder and Its Aftermath
Eve-Alice Roustang
Laëtitia ou la fin des hommes by Ivan Jablonka. Paris: Le Seuil, 2016. Paperback, 400 pages, €21.
Review 10 September 2017
book cover Burning River: Glimpses from the Banks of the Cuyahoga
Will Hoyt
Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, 2nd Edition, edited by Richie Piiparinen and Anne Trubek. Belt Publishing, 2014. Paper, 272 pages, $20. The Akron Anthology, edited by Jason Segedy. Belt Publishing, 2016. Paper, 211 pages, $20.
Review 10 September 2017
book cover Treasures in the Garden
Matthew M. Robare
The Walled Garden: Poems by Andrew Thornton-Norris. CreateSpace, 2011, 2015. Paper, 74 pages, $7.
Books in Little 10 September 2017
book cover Books in Little: Philosophy for Life
Frank Freeman
On Life and Death by Cicero. Translated by John Davie. Oxford University Press, 2017. Paper, 261 pages, $17.
Review 3 September 2017
book cover Recovering Thoreau
John Byron Kuhner
Henry David Thoreau: A Life by Laura Dassow Walls. University of Chicago Press, 2017. Hardcover, 640 pages, $35.
Review 3 September 2017
book cover A Great Story, Almost
Ben Reinhard
Beren and Lúthien by J. R. R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. Hardcover, 288 pages, $30.
Interview 27 August 2017
book cover The Book Doesn’t Change, But the Reader Does
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
A conversation with Daniel Moran, author of Creating Flannery O’Connor: Her Critics, Her Publishers, Her Readers (2016).
Books in Little 27 August 2017
book cover Books in Little: A Literate Lawyer
Jason Jewell
Of Bees and Boys: Lines from a Southern Lawyer by Allen Mendenhall. Red Dirt Press, 2017. Paperback, 76 pages, $12.95.
Interview 22 August 2017
book cover A Righteous Republic?
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
We interview Yale professor Philip Gorski on his recent book American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion from the Puritans to the Present.
Review 20 August 2017
book cover Destroying an ‘Evil Empire’
André P. DeBattista
A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century by Paul Kengor. ISI Books, 2017. Hardcover, 638 pages, $23.66
Review 13 August 2017
book cover Diana Trilling’s Search for a Hero
Carl Rollyson
The Untold Journey: The Life of Diana Trilling by Natalie Robins. Columbia University Press, 2017. Hardcover, 424 pages, $33.

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