Category: Reviews

Summer Reading Series: Frank Freeman on Thomas Lynch’s “Bone Rosary”

A new collection from the poet and retired undertaker address family history, cosmic spirituality, and the connections between the living and the dead. The first installment in this week's Summer Reading Series.
June 7, 2021/by tac

The Catholic Agnostic by Frank Freeman

A fascinating new biography of the novelist "who happened to be a Catholic," featuring a Q&A with author Richard Greene.
May 27, 2021/by tac

Converted to the Gospel by Rosalie G. Riegle

A retired Methodist pastor chronicles his long friendship with Father Daniel Berrigan.
May 21, 2021/by tac

Peace in Troubled Times by Amy Nicholson

A book from 2013 finds new relevance in a post-pandemic age.
May 6, 2021/by tac

A Minefield of Difficult Choices by Douglas Lavine

A new novel follows the story of a priest navigating a morally complex world.
April 22, 2021/by tac

Learning from the Russians by Frank Freeman

An American fiction writer takes a deep dive into the masterworks of Russian literature.
April 13, 2021/by tac

The Necessity of Love by Rosalie G. Riegle

A review of a new book on the friendship between Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, featuring an interview with the author.
April 6, 2021/by tac

An Elsewhere to Start Anew by Frank Freeman

A new biography both documents James Baldwin’s journey and demonstrates that it is one which we all, in our own ways, need to take.
March 3, 2021/by tac

Visions of Mandela by Amy Nicholson

An informative and accessible graphic novel tells the story of the anti-apartheid struggle.
February 23, 2021/by tac

Among the Outcasts by Frank Freeman

Bukowski can nauseate you and lift your spirits in the same poem. He writes about those people—prostitutes, hard drinkers, “sinners”—with whom Jesus hung out the most.
January 28, 2021/by tac

The Uses of Fantasy by Amy Nicholson

An essay on an often overlooked literary genre, with a related book review.
December 15, 2020/by tac

Sustaining Grace by Frank Freeman

A lyrical novel incorporating theological themes, set against the backdrop of a hardscrabble New England farm.
December 15, 2020/by tac

Quentin Tarantino’s Moral Vision by Leonard Engel

While reflecting the vicissitudes of life, fairy tales tell us what could have been, what might have happened, suggesting ideal possibilities under different circumstances or conditions.
November 23, 2020/by tac

Messenger of Peace by Chris Byrd

In a flawed yet ultimately life- and faith-affirming film, Italian director Marco Pontecorvo tells the story of the famed Marian apparitions during World War I.
November 23, 2020/by tac

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