Near the top of my list is Paul Mariani’s new biography, Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life (Viking 2008). A well-known poet and biographer who teaches English at Boston College, I was attracted to his work through his previous memoir of an Ignatian retreat titled Thirty Days (Viking 2002). My interest in Hopkins’ life was sparked by Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age (Harvard 2007) who draws upon Hopkins for one of his ‘surprising new itineraries’ of spiritual life in a secular age. That’s highly recommended, too, for those who haven’t have a chance to work through it yet. And of course, to go along with the Hopkins biography, I’ll be rereading his poems which I have in a lovely old version boxed hardback copy published by Peter Pauper Press, Mt. Vernon, New York.