Religion Book Reviews (page 175)

Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"An ideologically motivated farrago of unsupported assertions."
Working from a flimsy premise, two feminist scholars make a bizarre attempt to recreate the beliefs and rituals of Qumran. Read full book review >
THE ASHES OF WACO by Dick J. Reavis
Released: July 24, 1995

Rushed to press to catch the wave of summer congressional hearings on the Waco debacle, this account by former Texas Monthly senior editor Reavis may raise a few hackles both within the Beltway and beyond. Read full book review >

Released: July 17, 1995

"A minatory vision that will impress the credulous and lovers of superficial, eclectic mysticism."
Emulating Carlos Castaneda, anthropologist Wesselman recounts his spirit journeys 5,000 years into the future, when an ecologically devastated America has been partly colonized by Hawaiians and Eskimos. Read full book review >
Released: July 14, 1995

"A portrait of one man staring into America's societal abyss shouldn't be this superficial."
A well-meaning but ultimately unsatisfying account of a priest's work with youths in the barrio of East LA. Read full book review >
Released: July 12, 1995

"Its thesis is a paper tiger, and it relies exclusively on well-known published sources."
A derivative and unfocused account of ``the problems posed by Judeo-German culture as a whole'' from the Enlightenment to German reunification. Read full book review >

Released: July 7, 1995

"Comprehensive, clearly organized, and low-keyjust the kind of thoughtful, undogmatic approach this material needs."
A well-researched look at black Americans and religion, dispelling the notion that the slaves accepted their masters' beliefs without question. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1995

"A vast and often entertaining look into one woman's Jewish-feminist midlife crisis."
A fairly good survey of the first 4,000 years of Judaism and the role patriarchy has played in it—also a thinly veiled harangue against everything that raises the author's ire about modern Jewish life. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1995

"Impressive work that could become essential reading for students and interested laypersons alike."
A mammoth and important rendering of the Christian faith, by one of the most prominent living Roman Catholic theologians. Read full book review >
THE BRAZILIANS by Joseph A. Page
Released: July 1, 1995

"This is hardly the Brazil of Varig travel posters, nor is it a true insider's view (such as Jonathan Raban's for the English and Luigi Barzini's for the Italians), but Page depicts a fascinating land for which he clearly feels much love."
A sweeping view of a huge country that few Americans know well. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1995

"For Daniel, this grumping may have been a therapeutic exercise; for the reader, it's merely tiresome. (photos, not seen)"
This firsthand account of the Jewish community of Cochin, a town on the southwestern coast of India, fails to live up to its potential. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1995

"Meticulous, but perhaps excessively unsensational."
A dry study of the origins and evolution of a fiercely controversial organization in the Roman Catholic Church. Read full book review >
STILL CATHOLIC by Ed Stivender
Released: June 15, 1995

"Thoughtful as well as nostalgic, Stivender will make readers glad he is still Catholic."
Storyteller and entertainer Stivender offers more affectionate glimpses of his Irish-Catholic upbringing in Philadelphia in the late 1950s and early '60s. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >