As a follow-up to previous Table Reading lists for 2009 and 2010 here is a list for what was read at table in 2008. I have continued the starred ranking as indicated below, but it is harder to be accurate about books read two years ago, though the Maguire book about the Carthusians and the von Tunzlemann book about Indian independence from British colonial rule were excellent and well-received.
Wilson Miscamble, “The Faculty Problem,” America 2007.
John T. McGreevy, “Catholic Enough? Religious Identity at Notre Dame,” Commonweal 2007.
Pope Benedict XVI, “Spe salvi.”
Ross King, Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling. ***
Alex von Tunzelmann, Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire. ****
Avery Cardinal Dulles, “A Life in Theology: 39th McGinley Lecture,” America 2008.
Tony Horwitz, A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World. **
Thurston Clarke, The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days that Inspired America. **
Ari Goldman, The Search for God at Harvard. **
Donald Kraybill, Steven Nolt, and David Weaver-Zercher, Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy. **
Scott Hahn, Hail Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God. ***
Anthony T. Kronman, Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life. *
Jon Meacham, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. ***
**** Excellent for monastery table reading
*** Works well for monastery table reading
** Satisfactory table reading
* Not satisfactory