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kelly williamsThe Lists

1. Bible
2. The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom
3. Toss up between Mere Christianity, Abolition of Man, Great Divorce, and Last Battle, C.S. Lewis
4. “The Right Hand,” Solzynistyn (short story)
5. “The Death of Ivan Ilych,” Tolstoy (short story)
6. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings
7. Confessions, St. Augustine
8. Gulag Archipelago, Solzynistyn
9. Complete poems of T. S. Eliot
10.Severe Mercy, Sheldon Vanauken

—Kelly Williams (B.A. from Hillsdale; M.A. from the University of St. Andrews) resides in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband, Elliott, and her two daughters. She is an expert on all things T.S. Eliot, and she’s been a close friend for many years.

1. Confessions (Augustine)
2. Idea of a University (Newman)
3. Collected Poetry of John Donne
4. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
5. Notes from Underground (Dostoevsky)
6. Leisure the Basis of Culture (Pieper)
7. Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
8. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Annie Dillard)
9. The Undertaking (Thomas Lynch)
10. Jayber Crow (Wendell Berry)

—Casey Holmes is a senior English major at Hillsdale College. Casey, a woman of immense spirit, is devout in all she does.

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  1. I'm glad Pieper's book on Leisure finally made it on to one of these lists. It has influenced my thinking and view of reality on a level that not many other books have. What can possibly be more human than setting time aside to worship the Creator in Whose image he is made?

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