Religion Book Reviews (page 174)

RELIGION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Nuanced and always informative, Johnson is guaranteed to stimulate even when he does not convince."
Eminent English historian of ideas Johnson (The Birth of the Modern, 1991, etc.) draws on his years of research and his classic Roman Catholicism to offer a worldview that is as personal as it is intellectually provocative. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1996

"McGrath achieves a balance between mockery and understanding that is rare among commentators on contemporary spirituality."
An Englishwoman's amused yet sympathetic journey through the New Age culture of the American West. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1996

"A thorough, sensitive, and balanced contribution. (photos, not seen)"
An account of how the Catholic Church in urban areas, with its largely ethnic parishes, responded to American racism and the ferment of the civil rights movement. Read full book review >
THREE GOSPELS by Reynolds Price
RELIGION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Both linguistically and spiritually stimulating. (Author tour)"
Price, a prolific man of letters (A Whole New Life, 1994; The Promise of Rest, 1995, etc.), offers us a fine new translation of the Gospels according to Mark and John, and Price's own account of the life of Jesus, along with four lengthy introductory essays in which he explains his purpose and method. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1996

"This concrete and powerful contribution will be required reading for all involved in the abortion debate."
Autobiography combines with a battery of argument and data in this passionate account of the author's transition from pioneer of abortion rights to champion of the pro-life cause. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 1, 1996

"The result is a persuasive case for the solace and stimulation to be found in a frank contemplation of death and whatever may follow it."
Three sharp, provocative lectures on the origins and restorative values of a belief in ``individual survival after death,'' by the author of Otherworld Journeys: Accounts of Near- Death Experiences in Medieval and Modern Times (not reviewed). Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 16, 1996

"In spite of occasional obscurity, essential reading for anyone concerned with a creative encounter between Tibetan Buddhism and the West."
Feminist theory and psychoanalysis combine in this unusual study of Tibetan Buddhism by a Scottish woman with a unique experience of the tradition. Read full book review >
THE TEMPLE BOMBING by Melissa Fay Greene
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 12, 1996

"Still, a powerful retelling of a crucial tragedy that, in all its elements, resonates all too loudly today; and a tribute to Rothschild—a forgotten, well, hero of the civil rights movement."
An urgent, fiery reconstruction of a tragic moment in the history of Atlanta, a moment when the combustible mix of black oppression, Jewish liberalism, and white anxiety finally blew up in an otherwise peaceful city. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 10, 1996

"This dramatic, multidimensional history adds much-needed depth to our understanding of the enigmatic German-Jewish community that dallied with Hitler."
A revealing glimpse into the lives of six German Jews and their motives for lingering on in Nazi Germany. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 5, 1996

"Kolata's clear perceptions and appreciations make this a fine study of a little-known society. (14 illustrations, maps)"
An absorbing introduction to the culture of the Aymara, whose past and present are intimately linked to the landscapes of the high Andes. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 4, 1996

"The 42 pages of notes here attest to how well-rounded a scholar Vidal-Naquet is, but the collection leaves one with the feeling that he is a fine Jewish historian—for an authority on ancient Greece."
A collection of erudite and provocative essays that examine the synthesis of Jewish history and memory. Read full book review >
THE CLOISTER WALK by Kathleen Norris
RELIGION
Released: April 2, 1996

"A down-to-earth and accessible introduction to a powerful tradition."
Ruminations on the perennial relevance of Benedictine monastic life from Norris (Dakota: A Spiritual Biography, 1993), who acts as a sympathetic and perceptive outsider. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >