I find myself in a season of renewing old habits. Accordingly, as in years past, here are the books that I read cover-to-cover in 2017. For me, these lists are a confession of my finitude (I always feel that I should have read more and read these books earlier) and, simultaneously, a reminder that, despite all its apparent solitude, reading is always a social practice. The books that I found particularly illuminating or thought provoking are indicated by blue-colored text. Even though my “to-read” stack has grown beyond what I’m likely to work through in 2018, I’d be glad to hear about the books that caught your attention in the last year.
Theology / Religious Studies
Jay Emerson Johnson, Peculiar Faith: Queer Theology for Christian Witness, 236.
Adam Kotsko, The Prince of this World, 225.
Karmen MacKendrick, The Matter of Voice: Sensual Soundings, 205.
Ted A. Smith, Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics, 204.
Kelly Brown Douglas, Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God, 240.
Daniel Capper, Learning Love from a Tiger: Religious Experiences with Nature, 305.
Shawn Copeland, Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being, 186.
Mary Douglas, Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo, 191.
Katie Walker Grimes, Fugitive Saints: Catholicism and the Politics of Slavery, 179.
John R. Sachs, The Christian Vision of Humanity, 112.
Ilia Delio, The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution and the Power of Love, 228.
Eric Hall, God: Everything You Ever Needed to Know about the Almighty, 185.
Vincent Lloyd and Andrew Prevot, eds., Anti-Blackness and Christian Ethics, 210.
Philosophy / Critical Theory
Matthew Calarco, Thinking through Animals: Identity, Difference, Indistinction, 82.
Gregoire Chamayou, Manhunts: A Philosophical History, 191.
Vinciane Despret, What Would Animals Say if We Asked the Right Questions, 249.
Mark Rowlands, The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death, and Happiness, 246.
Eric Santner, Creaturely Life: Rilke, Benjamin, Sebald, 219.
Cary Wolfe, Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame, 143.
Jamie Lorimer, Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Conservation after Nature, 284.
Judith Butler, Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence, 168.
Nicole Shukin, Animal Capital: Rendering Life in Biopolitical Times, 306.
Marc Bekoff, Rewilding our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence, 198.
Rob Nixon, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor, 365.
History / Historiography
Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Trade, 270.
Biography / Memoir
Dave Foreman, Confessions of an Eco-Warrior, 229.
Brian Doyle, Mink River, 319.
Kevin Barry, There are Little Kingdoms, 154.
Brian Doyle, The Plover, 311.
Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist-Fight in Heaven, 242.
Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, 340.
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things, 321.
Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, 505.
Brian Doyle, Martin Marten, 310.
Science / Science Writing
Rachel Carson, The Sea Around Us, 250.
Gregory of Nyssa, Homilies on the Lord’s Prayer, 30.
Gregory of Nyssa, Great Catechism, 100.
Gregory of Nyssa, Homilies on Ecclesiastes, 60.