PUTTING GOD SECOND by Donniel Hartman
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A stimulating and sure-to-be discussed critique of monotheism."
Why, asks Hartman (The Boundaries of Judaism, 2007, etc.), do so many religious groups and individuals fail to live up to the standards of their faith traditions? Read full book review >
STRANGE GODS by Susan Jacoby
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Jacoby draws the first detailed maps of a terrain that has been very much in need of intelligent, careful cartography."
In a work blending culture, religion, history, biography, and a bit of memoir (with more than a soupcon of attitude), the author of The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought (2013, etc.) returns with a revealing historical analysis of religious conversions.Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"The book shows some promise, but much of it is largely unnecessary and sensationalist."
A critical look at what many people think is in the Bible. Read full book review >
REVELATION by Dennis Covington
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Far from uninteresting but too often self-indulgent and unsatisfying."
A search for faith amid war, terror, and family strife. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Impressively vast in scope and content, Ostler's work is most accessible to fellow specialists but should intrigue dedicated readers as well."
The effects of religion on language are well-known; what about the effects of language on religion? Read full book review >

APOSTLE by Tom Bissell
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2016

"A rich, contentious, and challenging book."
A deep dive into the heart of the New Testament, crossing continents and cross-referencing texts. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"The traumatic and illuminating events suffered by a teenage girl who dared to say she was gay in a religious community that doesn't readily accept homosexuality."
A memoir of a lesbian Mormon who stood up for her rights. Read full book review >
WAY OF LOVE by Norman Wirzba
RELIGION
Released: March 1, 2016

"A thoughtful exposition on love and its reverberations throughout creation."
Taking "God is love" seriously. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2016

"Timely, authoritative, and immensely depressing."
A visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution's Doha Center examines the emergence, growth, and evolution of the Syrian jihad from 2011 to 2015. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: March 1, 2016

"An intriguing new angle on the well-worn field of 'historical Jesus' studies."
Understanding the role of memory in the formation of the Christian Gospels. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 15, 2016

"Witty and engaging, this book simultaneously celebrates and challenges spiritual traditions."
In this evenhanded book, Wexler (Boston Univ. School of Law; Tuttle in the Balance, 2015, etc.) chronicles his travels around the world in search of spiritual practices that threaten environmental stewardship.Read full book review >
WHY BE JEWISH? by Edgar M. Bronfman
RELIGION
Released: March 22, 2016

"One man's personal call to laggard Jews to study, learn, and seek justice in a broken world. Readers of other persuasions may also profit from his insight into bits of Jewish thought and practice."
The late businessman and philanthropist answers his title's question with a last testament of sorts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >