Poetry and Creative Nonfiction
- The Stream and The Sapphire by Denise Levertov
- Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard
- Love's Immensity: Mystics on the Endless Life by Scott Cairns
- The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller
- Jesus of Nazareth by Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI)
- The Changling Sea by Patricia McKillip
- The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell (a Kurt Wallandar mystery)
- Dead Irish by John Lescroart (a Dismas Hardy mystery)
- Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
- The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos
- In the Beginnng: First Novels in a Mystery Series by Mary Jean Demarr
- The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey into How the World's Poorest People are Educating Themselves by James Tooley
- The Paideia Proposal by Mortimer Adler
- Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford
- How to Think about the Great Ideas by Mortimer Adler
Yes, I've read the essays in Teaching a Stone to Talk -- I just didn't have the collection itself. A friend lent me The Changling Sea, and I had to have my own copy; McKillip's fantasy writing is some of the most beautiful I've ever read. (I hear it's uneven, but so far -- after three -- I'm a fan.)
I have begun the Kurt Wallandar mystery and am in love. I recall seeing one of Mankell's stories on Mystery and enjoying it -- but one never can judge the book by a television adaptation. They seem, however, to have captured his character quite well. The stories are set in Sweden (the author is Swedish and the books are translated), and I am enjoying the new (to me) setting and Wallandar's meditations on Swiss life and the changes he's seen over the years.
The rest sit beside my LazyBoy in the study awaiting their turn. First, however, I shall finish Scott Cairns' The End of Suffering and post a review of it. It's a lovely book, challenging and encouraging.
I plan to make another order soon -- recommendations are always welcome!