Religion Book Reviews (page 175)

RELIGION
Released: Nov. 8, 1995

"A botched opportunity to present some potentially valuable insights."
Hamington (Women's Studies/Mount St. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 8, 1995

"A powerful document that names names, ranges wide, and probes deep."
A pull-no-punches exposÇ of the forces behind a nationwide wave of false charges of ritual child abuse. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 6, 1995

"But this small gem is a rarity in a basically didactic and monotonous little book."
Diminutive sex therapist ``Dr. Ruth'' presents a sex guide for Orthodox and traditional Conservative Jews. ``People pick up the Bible for many different reasons but rarely, if ever, as a sex manual. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 6, 1995

"A profound look at the child of a Holocaust survivor burdened with the knowledge that his very existence is a miracle and the need to prove that the miracle wasn't squandered on him."
Jerusalem Report contributor Halevy's engrossing account of his tenure among the late Rabbi Meir Kahane's radical right-wing demimonde and his eventual reemergence into respectability. Read full book review >
SEXUALITY AND CATHOLICISM by Thomas C. Fox
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Although he fails to provide definitive historical analysis of the many sex-related issues he addresses, Fox offers sensitive insights into contemporary Roman Catholic morality."
A balanced, broad summary of Catholicism's response to sexuality that will be a valuable reference tool for the layperson, although the scholar will find little that is original here. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A disappointing effort at a time when clear thinking about democracy is essential."
The latest offering from the distinguished scholar and diplomat (The Great Melody, 1992, etc.) is a brief collection of his Massey Lectures, delivered at the University of Toronto and over the CBC Radio. Read full book review >
JESUITS by Jean Lacouture
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Jesuit studies. (16 pages b&w photos)"
A tour de force narrative history that provides readers with detailed and engrossing biographies of several notable Jesuits. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Although the central argument of the book remains unproven, this is an enlightening and entertaining look at a relatively undiscussed aspect of American culture, particularly interesting for its insights into 19th-century mores."
Schmidt (Religion/Drew Univ.; Holy Fairs, not reviewed) traces the cultural and commercial history of American holidays with some surprising results. Read full book review >
JOURNEY TO MY FATHER, ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER by Israel Zamir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Must reading for fans of the master Yiddishist. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A revealing profile of the Nobel laureate in literature by his son and only child. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Brilliantly cynical presentation of an unpopular but still influential religious outlook."
A provocative critique of the Jansenist movement and of its celebrated proponent Blaise Pascal, from internationally renowned scholar Kolakowski (The Alienation of Reason, 1968, etc.; Committee on Social Thought/Univ. of Chicago). Read full book review >
AUSCHWITZ by Lucie Adelsberger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1995

"It is a notable addition to the list of testimonies available in English about that darkest period of human history. (illustrations, not seen)"
A taut, terse Holocaust narrative that is all the more powerful for its ironic reserve. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 11, 1995

"Still, an often insightful look at the eternal nature of human experience. (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club/Jewish Book Club selections; author tour)"
Psychotherapist and Bible teacher Rosenblatt's first book is a well-meshed combination of her chosen fields: It's a self-help reading of the book of Genesis. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >