Religion Book Reviews (page 177)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Walsh dramatically highlights tensions between Catholic dogma and Hollywood glitter, but greater insight into the Church would have given this study more weight. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
A humorous but critical portrayal of the Catholic Church's censorship of Hollywood movies from WW I to the present. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1996

"In sum, one can read this in lieu of spending an evening with a well-meaning but long-winded relative or use it, sparingly, as a resouce for insight into traditional Native American practices."
The life and healing practices of a Muskogee Creek medicine man who seems never to have met a disease he couldn't cure. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1996

"Given its limitations, the book will chiefly be of interest to students of medieval Jewish history. (History Book Club selection)"
A plodding study of the background, dynamics, and historical treatments of the Rhineland massacre of Jews in the First Crusade. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: March 1, 1996

"With this anthology topping out at 560 pages, Rosenberg could have been more discriminating in his selections and their presentation."
A generally strained anthology, with several memorable individual essays. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 14, 1996

"One hopes that other historians will follow McDannell's bold lead and attend to this neglected aspect of religious expression. (100 b&w photos and 24 color plates, not seen)"
A groundbreaking, impressively researched, and kitsch-filled exploration of how Americans' sacred ``stuff'' both shapes and reflects their religious beliefs. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Feb. 5, 1996

"This collection of identity conflicts seems to be struggling for its own identity."
A narrow examination of the conflicting concepts of identity shared by the masses of marginal Jews. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"It does, however, convey with remarkable immediacy one man's wartime anguish and is valuable for what it reveals about human nature during times of extreme duress. (map and 9 photos, not seen)"
The story of a Polish Jew who faced moral as well as emotional anguish in the Holocaust, told in his own tortured words. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"This essential collection captures the best of a leading thinker and doer who influenced many contemporaries with an ancient prophetic tradition that he made new."
Collected essays by Rabbi Heschel (190772), one of our century's most eloquent and challenging theologians. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The Learning Channel will begin airing a series based on this book in mid-January. (four-color and b&w photos, line drawings)"
Egyptologist Rohl compellingly presents a groundbreaking analysis of archaeological evidence for the historicity of the early books of the Old Testament. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"There is an introduction by Robert Jay Lifton."
Seliger is a gutsy photographer. Read full book review >
AMBIVALENT ZEN by Lawrence Shainberg
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 17, 1996

"By the time Shainberg affiliates himself with a spendthrift Zen quack late in the book, readers may wonder whether he's serious about his spiritual quest or whether he just gets off on the company of eccentrics."
Novelist and spiritual self-abuser Shainberg (Memories of Amnesia, 1988, etc.) emits a long, piercing whine on the subject of his experiences with zazen, or sitting meditation. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE AND THE JEWS by James Shapiro
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 11, 1996

"Although not the Shakespearean study it professes to be, Shapiro's exhaustively researched work adds much to the history of anti-Semitism and to our understanding of xenophobia's role in the creation of the British psyche. (18 illustrations, not seen)"
A groundbreaking study of Elizabethan anti-Semitism that offers a shockingly long pedigree for Shakespeare's Shylock. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >