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Kevin Spinale, S.J., a Jesuit priest, is a doctoral candidate in English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and is the moderator of the Catholic Book Club.

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Parsing the pros and cons of 'A Canticle for Leibowitz,' the latest selection of the Catholic Book Club.
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The latest selection of the Catholic Book Club, this novel by Niall Williams is full of lively, dancing imagery sure to bring glee to the reader.
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Peter Manseau, the curator of American religious history at the Smithsonian, offers his definitive description of Thomas Jefferson's eclectic efforts to remake the Bible in the Catholic Book Club's latest selection.
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Kevin Spinale, S.J., offers his initial thoughts on John Howard Griffin's ‘Black Like Me,’ the latest selection of the Catholic Book Club.
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Among the many clichés operative in Covid-time (“in these uncertain times,” “the new normal”), there is the sturdy cliché, “now more than ever.” Well, I think we need comedy now more than ever.
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Colum McCann's new novel is structured like the wings of a bird, with two narrative arcs constantly moving toward and then away from each other.
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Another look at the story of Mary Magdalene and interpretations of her throughout history.
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Mary Magdalene’s actual history, as Margaret Arnold tells us, is much richer than we think. The tradition’s appropriation of Mary Magdalene is much more intricate and complex—as the saint herself is complex.
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The new selection of the Catholic Book Club is a collection of poems about the saints.
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Kevin Spinale, S.J., the moderator of the Catholic Book Club, led discussions of two very different books this spring and summer. The first, 'Catholic Modern,' by James Chappel, is a heady look at how the church remade itself at a time of social and political upheaval. The second, 'Say Nothing,' by Patrick Radden Keefe, is a gripping account of some of the key players in the period in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.