Religion Book Reviews (page 175)

GOEBBELS by David Irving
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 1996

"These twisted interpretations of the leader of the Third Reich and his crimes do not deserve to be called history. (Military History Book Club main selection)"
A ponderous, tedious, and scurrilously misleading biography of a major Nazi leader—by a fellow traveler, if not a card-carrying member, of the movement of Holocaust denial. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 23, 1996

"In such pieces, the quiet moral courage at the heart of Malamud's work, his stubborn devotion to the integrity of an artist's unique, individual vision, are thrown into bold relief, reminding us of how much we miss that humane, modest, intelligent voice."
Sensible reflections on the writer's life from a modest master of postwar fiction. Read full book review >

A USER'S GUIDE TO THE MILLENNIUM by J.G. Ballard
RELIGION
Released: May 20, 1996

"Ironically, the closer Ballard approaches to the millennium, the more he blends futurism with ephemera and the more frequently he dwells on his past."
Like a brain with a severed corpus callosum, this is a wide-spectrum collection of Ballard's heady essays from the '60s that address the future with visionary irony and recent newspaper reviews that concern a pathological, if mundane, present. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 8, 1996

"A nuanced examination of Islamic militancy, crammed with information, that puts this growing movement and its most horrible terrorist manifestations into invaluable context."
An intriguing, enlightening, often disheartening but occasionally hopeful tour of the Middle East, focusing on militant Islam. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 1996

"A stimulating attempt to reinvent the wheel."
Apollo 14 astronaut Mitchell offers a vision in which technology and intuition are harmonized in pursuit of a more advanced consciousness. Read full book review >

IN THE WILDERNESS by Kim Barnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 1996

"This is also a book about humility, and how one is of one's origins, no matter how far a person has traveled in imagination, artistry, and insight."
A poet's sad and beautiful memoir about growing up in Idaho logging country, in the complicated bosom of a fundamentalist Christian family. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 3, 1996

"Simple but not mundane vignettes of an ordinary life with wife, children, dog, and van, enlarged by a sweetness of spirit that turns floating on an inner tube into the essence of fathering. (Author tour)"
A collection of gentle reflections on important matters like family, friendship, neighborhood, community, and fishing at sunset. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >