Robert D. Putnam, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. A book that attempts to break through the rhetoric on inequality in America by identifying the factors that have led to that inequality, like them or not.

Christopher O. Tollefsen, Lying and Christian Ethics. I’ve long been interested in the ethical debates people engage in on lying. A strong strand of the Christian tradition suggests that lying is never permissible. Tollefsen explores the history of the debate.

Matthew Levering, Engaging the Doctrine of Revelation: The Mediation of the Gospel through Church and Scripture. Levering is a force to be reckoned with in the Catholic Theological Academy. This book not only surveys but presents a unique view on the relationship between Divine Revelation and its interpretation by tradition and the Church.

Daria Spezzano, The Glory of God’s Grace: Deification According to St. Thomas Aquinas. This is probably the weightiest book on the list, understandably, as it concerns one of the highest teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas: that God effects a divinization in the faithful apart from their merits and beyond their imagining.

Andy Weir, The Martian. This one is just for fun. I love science fiction and the more realistic, the better. This great novel (soon to be released as a movie) tells the story of a lone survivor on the planet Mars after his crew thought he surely died in a Martian sandstorm.

Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., a member of our editorial board, is vice president and academic dean of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. His book on the relationship of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas is forthcoming from the Catholic University of America Press. He can be followed at @petriop.