Eighth Day Books
1. “St. Augustine’s Confessions” trans. by Henry Chadwick
2. “Navigating Early” by Clare Vanderpool
3. “A Patch of Comfort: A Guide for Helping Someone in Grief” by Marilyn Sullivan
4. “How We Die: Reflections of Life’s Final Chapter” by Sherwin Nuland
5. “Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica”
6. “Discerning the Mystery: An Essay on the Nature of Theology” by Andrew Louth
7. “Windows into the Light: A Lenten Journey of Stories and Art” by Michael Sullivan
8. “Despondency: The Spritual Teachings of Evagrius of Pontus” by Gabriel Bunge
9. “Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve” by Lewis Smedes
10. “I Will Not Leave You Comfortless: A Memoir” by Jeremy Jackson
New and notable
“One for the Books” by Joe Queenan (Viking, $24.95) — Wall Street Journal columnist Queenan offers a memorable, poignant, sometimes hilarious hymn of praise to the act of reading books (the ink and paper kind), sometimes taking sideswipes at the digital. At stake, though claimed with a light touch, is the nature of memory and the means by which we engage and acquire it.
“Is God Happy? Selected Essays” by Leszek Kolakowski (Basic Books, 2013, $28.99) — The title essay is one among twenty-seven, spanning Kolakowski’s entire career from 1956 up to 2006, on matters political, religious, and philosophical. Kolakowski was a professor at the University of Warsaw until expelled by the Communist Party in 1968, after which he taught at Oxford and the University of Chicago, becoming one of academe’s most trenchant critics of Marxism.