Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Review of Tara Westover's Educated: A Memoir at Commonweal

My review of Tara Westover's Educated is online and in the February 6, 2019 edition of Commonweal magazine. Please do read the review, but my short take is that most reviewers miss her goals in this book and assume that it is a rags-to-riches story of the intellectual life. It is that, but it is also the story of her soul, and on her journey, she stumbles upon some ancient, and Catholic, truths about the relationship between the individual and the community. Thanks to Commonweal for publishing it!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Review of The Year of Our Lord 1943 in First Things

The Winter 2019 issue of First Things contains my “Briefly Noted” review of Alan Jacobs’s The Year of Our Lord 1943. Thanks to the magazine for giving me the space to say something about an engrossing and important book. They call the section “Briefly Noted” for a reason, though, and I have much more to say than was possible in 200 words. I am currently working on a much longer piece on the book, and when it runs I will post the link here.