Religion Book Reviews (page 177)

VIRGIN TIME by Patricia Hampl
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Much like a High Mass: rich, beautiful, boring, elevating."
Hampl, a poet, professor (English/Univ. of Minnesota), and MacArthur Fellow, peers into her soul and finds the Church. Read full book review >
LAWS OF HEAVEN by Michael Gallagher
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A thumbtack on the chair seat for moral equivocators, whatever their faith."
The impassioned, sometimes holy, sometimes holier-than-thou world of Catholic political activists. Read full book review >

SATI by Sakuntala Narasimhan
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Clearheaded, informed, and persuasive, Narasimhan makes her points with a quiet yet powerful indignation. (Eight-page photo insert—not seen.)"
When 250,000 people gathered in 1987 in the Indian town of Deorala to watch an 18-year-old widow immolate herself on her husband's funeral pyre, achieving glory for herself and honor for her family, the Indian government passed yet one more law against the immolation ritual of sati. Read full book review >
UNDERSTANDING THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS by Hershel Shanks
RELIGION
Released: July 27, 1992

"Exciting and reliable, and thus a superb replacement for Edmund Wilson's pioneering but hysterical (and hopelessly out-of- date) 1955 bestseller, Scrolls from the Dead Sea."
Outstanding anthology, drawn in part from The Biblical Archaeological Review and The Bible Review, that serves as a complete primer to what biblical scholar Harry Thomas Frank has called ``the most sensational archaeological discovery of the century.'' Shanks, editor of The Biblical Archaeological Review, has a flair for drama, evident both in the many essays here about the intrigue that swirls around the scrolls—spies, conspiracy theories, and shadowy antique-dealers all play their part—and in his two final selections. Read full book review >
ISAAC HECKER by David J. O'Brien
RELIGION
Released: July 22, 1992

"A fascinating account of an exceptional man. (Twenty-five photographs—not seen.)"
An intriguing biography of the founder of the Paulist order, unfolding a rich chronicle of the intellectual and religious controversies of 19th-century America. Read full book review >

THE END OF DAYS by Helen Sendyk
HISTORY
Released: June 19, 1992

"Vastly worthwhile and affecting."
Sendyk is the last member of a Jewish family of 12 from Chrzanow, Poland, only three of whom survived the Holocaust. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: June 1, 1992

Art critic Weber (The Drawings of Josef Albers, etc.—not reviewed) offers vivid, laudatory portraits of five individuals who helped revolutionize American artistic sensibilities in the 1920's and 30's. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"An absorbing if far-fetched story of spiritual adventure, likely to interest the same Castaneda-oriented readership as Taisha Abelar's The Sorcerers' Crossing (reviewed above)."
Psychologist Villoldo and playwright Jendresen (The Four Winds, 1990) reteam to describe Villoldo's latest shamanistic adventure in Peru. Read full book review >
THE SORCERERS' CROSSING by Taisha Abelar
RELIGION
Released: June 1, 1992

"But who knows?"
An intriguing if incredible-sounding account of anthropologist Abelar's training by the same mysterious family of sorcerers that allegedly spawned Carlos Castaneda. Read full book review >
GREAT SWAN by Lex Hixon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 1992

A remarkable portrait of a most remarkable spiritual teacher. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 1992

Enthusiastic biography of wildly successful evangelist Sunday (1863-1935), by Bruns (The Damndest Radical, 1986; Knights of the Road, 1980). Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN AMERICA by Howard M. Sachar
HISTORY
Released: May 2, 1992

With this comprehensive, insightful, and spirited opus, Sachar (Modern History/George Washington Univ.; A History of Israel, 1976 and 1977, etc.) rises to the position of preeminent Jewish historian of our day. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >