Mere Joy

From the May 1997 Print Edition

Life as We Know It: A Father, a Family, and an Exceptional Child By Michael Bérubé Pantheon, 284 pages, $24 Michael Bérubé, a professor of American and African-American literature at the University of Illinois and, since 1991, the father of a son with Down syndrome, has produced . . . . Continue Reading »

Jeremiah in South Dakota

From the December 1996 Print Edition

The Cloister Walk By Kathleen Norris Riverhead Books, 304 pages, $23.95 I had read Norris’ previous book, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography , and enjoyed the way she consistently unites the exalted and the mundane, finding manifestations of the holy in the most ordinary events and objects. In The . . . . Continue Reading »

The Homesick Homeless

From the May 1993 Print Edition

Pilgrim in the Ruins: A Life of Walker Percy by Jay Tolson Simon & Schuster, 544 pages, $27.50 The greatest challenge the biographer faces is to grasp and reveal the inner life of his subject. His task is simplified when he chooses a subject visibly engaged in great public events of his . . . . Continue Reading »