Excerpt: "This debut novel by Baltimore County's Christine Davis Merriman is a first-person coming-of-age story told by the introspective Lissa, who grows up in Baltimore during the '50s through '70s. We're engaged as the chapters unfold against a backdrop of the Vietnam War, women's lib, and the Civil Rights Movement. The historical elements of the book run even deeper, as Lissa recounts anecdotes told to her by her father-who has a sort of mad-scientist charm-and pulls stories from the diary of her mother, a nurse during World War II. At its heart, this is a moving story of a parent-child relationship that changes over time, as Lissa eventually becomes her father's caretaker and long-held family traumas are resolved together."
Excerpt: "In its entirety, The Abolition of Woman is not merely an attack on anti-abortion feminism; it offers intellectual support for women who desire equality without going against their own consciences."
Excerpt: "Those familiar with Fr Rutler's prose style will know that he is no mere literary aesthete (his parish is in an area of New York known as "Hell's Kitchen" as he likes to point out) but a man prepared to challenge the cant and confusion of official pronouncements both inside and outside the Church."
Weigel offers us sound insights from the past - an emphasis on evangelization, a strong sense of the uniqueness of our Catholic and American identities, of offering more than just "a way of not dying" - that can inform our search for "order" today. The correctives he offers to foreign policy "realism" and unchecked economic libertarianism deserve a full airing."
Excerpt: "I immediately felt captivated by J.S. Breukelaar's evocatively descriptive style, her convincing observations of human behavior and the incisive quality of her dialogue. At times it felt as though her characters, and the worlds they inhabited, were leaping off the page, demanding my full attention. Although each of the stories is very different, what remains constant throughout the collection is the author's skill in drawing her readers into the fantastical worlds she is describing. Yet these are worlds which, albeit in slightly distorted ways, are often all too easily recognizable, possibly because there is always an element of people struggling to make sense of, and adjust to, the world they are inhabiting."
Excerpt: "The Year of the Knife by G.D. Penman is entertaining urban fantasy in the police procedural tradition, and will remind the reader of a Ben Aaronovitch novel with a slightly smaller cast. Meerkat has been putting out some very solid stuff, and this is another example of that."