Dec 16, 2009   |  

Top Ten Books of 2009, Number Six

Terry Teachout, Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong Even if you don’t like jazz (how could you not like jazz?), you’ll enjoy this new biography of one of the greatest of all time, Louis Armstrong. Too many Americans know Armstrong’s… Read More

Dec 16, 2009   |  

Top Ten Books of 2009, Number Seven

Gilbert Meilaender, Neither Beast Nor God: The Dignity of the Human Person I am stunned by how often I hear evangelical Christians (including some very conservative ones) who have no idea how to think about bioethical issues beyond the question… Read More

Dec 15, 2009   |  

Top Ten Books of 2009, Number Eight

Brad Gooch, Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor I’ll admit I was afraid to read this biography. I love the work of Flannery O’Connor and I was afraid, as with so many other literary biographies (see the recent one on… Read More

Dec 15, 2009   |  

The Princess and the Frog? Yes and Neaux

As one who grew up right across the state line from New Orleans and spent most of my young life romping through its streets and marshes, I took my family to see Disney’s latest animated film “The Princess and the… Read More

Dec 14, 2009   |  

Top Ten Books of 2009, Number Nine

Eugene Genovese, Miss Betsey: A Memoir of a Marriage I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a better example in print of a man honoring his wife and, beyond that, honoring marriage itself. Historian Eugene Genovese writes here a kind of… Read More