Every few months, online editor Tim Reidy sits down with a colleague or friend of the magazine to discuss a book that may hold a special interest for America readers. Usually a novel, the books are chosen based their artistry and the ways in which--implicitly or explicitly--they address Catholic themes.
In the first installment, the America Book Club took up Andrew O'Hagan's Be Near Me, a novel about an Oxford-educated Catholic priest who settles down in a working class Scottish town.
Next up was Brooklyn, Colm Toibin's story of a young Irish woman's journey to adulthood in an unfamiliar country.
The most recent edition of the book club considered the 2009 National Book Award Winner, Let the Great World Spin. Inspired by Philip Petit's famous tight-rope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, Colum McCann's is told from multiple perpectives and explores themes of beauty, coincidence and grace.
Have an idea for our next book? Email Tim Reidy.