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#1 The Power and the Glory

The last priest in Mexico is on the run. The Church has gone underground, outlawed by the incumbent Powers-that-Be. Owning a rosary or a prayer book will land you

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#3 Diary of a Country Priest

“Mine is a parish like all the rest." This novel, small and unassuming, catches one off-guard: the perceptive country Curé, in the opening pages of his diary,

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#4 Kristin Lavansdatter

Kristin Lavransdatter written by Sigrid Undset, who won the 1928 Nobel Prize in Literature for her work, is a master piece of ingenious story-telling. The three

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#5 Vipers' Tangle

François Mauriac, winner of the Nobel Prize and recipient of France’s Legion d’honneur, was among the last century’s most pre-eminent men of letters, and a

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#9 En Route

En Route is a mystical Catholic novel written by French author Joris-Karl Huysmans. Originally published in 1895, it details a short period in the life of a man th

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#11 The Woman of the Pharisees

As one begins to read Woman of the Pharisees, one might think there is no possibility of redemption for the title character. When the novel by Francois Mauriac fir

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#12 The End of the Affair

It is in a night in 1946, a black wet January night that our narrator, Maurice Bendrix—whose very name implies something bent, slanted—wants to draw his reader

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#15 Wise Blood

True to Flannery O’Connor’s signature style of writing, her first novel Wise Blood  is a Southern Gothic story that masterfully blends religious themes center

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#17 The Second Coming

The Second Coming takes place in 20th-century North Carolina, a few states away from Percy’s birthplace in Alabama.  Like The Moviegoer, Percy’s f

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#18 Morte d'Urban

Reviewed by Flannery O'Connor, November 27, 1963 Mr. Powers' novel, long awaited, has arrived and it is a fine novel, altogether better than the chapters publis

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#19 In This House of Brede

In This House of Brede opens with a sea change in the life of Mrs. Philipa Talbot, a middle-aged professional woman of considerable renown, who has lived all over

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#20 Death Comes for the Archbishop

Willa Cather’s outstanding novel Death Comes for the Archbishop tells the story of Bishop Jean Latour and his friend, Father Joseph Vaillant, as they travel to N

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#21 The Lord of the Rings

For most people familiar with the story The Lord of the Rings made famous by director Peter Jackson’s movie based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien, one might think

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#22 The Man Who Was Thursday

From the back cover of the illustrated Idylls Press edition: "Originally published in 1908, G.K. Chesterton's nightmare-fantasy of Police vs. Dynamiters, Law vs

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#24 The Heart of the Matter

Meet Major Henry Scobie, the highly principled, morally scrupulous, overly-solicitous, and gravely unhappy protagonist from Graham Greene’s The Heart of the Matt

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