Allah, Liberty & Love The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom, by Irshad Manji, Vintage Canada, 293 pages, $19.95
Muslim social critic Manji discusses the problems faced by those of all faiths who want to rise above conflicts – both petty and major – between races and religions. She also outlines ways to assert moral courage as a way of reconciling faith and freedom.
Shakespeare’s Freedom By Stephen Greenblatt, University of Chicago Press, 144 pages, $14
Greenblatt, an knowledgeable and exceptionally articulate Shakespearean scholar, examines the ways the Bard’s works explored and probed the boundaries of the sort of absolute authority that dominated his times: monarchs over subjects, men over women, God over the world.
House of Holes By Nicholson Baker, Simon & Schuster, 262 pages, $17
Sexually graphic and gleefully goofy, House of Holes is a series of fantasies involving metamorphoses that enable more sexual possibilities than are human. The transformations occur to a long list of characters in a parallel universe that resembles a high-end holiday resort.
Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1 Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith, University of California Press, 414 pages, $29.50
Twain’s plain-spoken and controversial autobiography – the first of a projected three volumes – was unpublished until 2010, when it was released to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his death. This edition, designed for non-scholarly readers, is the same text as the hardcover edition, but in larger type and without notes.