Religion Book Reviews (page 177)

SAINTS AND SINNERS by Lawrence Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 23, 1993

"Six slick profiles packed with gritty gossip; but as a religious quest, this never leaves base camp."
Wright (In the New World, 1987, etc.) takes a poorly planned but intermittently entertaining journey through the American religious landscape. Read full book review >
IL DUCE'S OTHER WOMAN by Philip Cannistraro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 19, 1993

"The authors devote too much space to Sarfatti's career as an art critic and promoter of Italian-American ties; still, hers is a remarkable, sometimes tragic, tale. (Photos.)"
A dry but well-informed account of the woman behind Mussolini's rise to power, by Cannistraro (History and Politics/Drexel University) and Sullivan (Senior Fellow/National Defense University). Read full book review >

A WORLD WAITING TO BE BORN by M. Scott Peck
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 15, 1993

"A peck of hardheaded, kindhearted advice; the author's best since Road. (First printing of 100,000)"
Peck's megahit, The Road Less Traveled (1978), offered cures for the psychospiritual ills of lone men and women; this does the same for human clusterings, large or small. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 15, 1993

"Too hesitant for baby boomers looking for clear-cut advice— and for just that reason, an intelligent presentation of the price of uncertainty."
The answer seems to be ``yes,'' although Fay (A Mortal Condition, 1983) so hedges her answers in this thoughtful but meandering discussion that some readers may close the covers more bewildered than before. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: March 8, 1993

"This should crack a few test tubes."
A withering indictment of modern science by, of all people, the science-and-philosophy columnist of The Sunday Times of London. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: March 1, 1993

"That wholesome, simple tone informs this entire book—a straightforward, sincere, skillfully spliced slice-of-Christian-life."
Warm account of a year in the life of St. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 22, 1993

"EWSLUGD: the best in adventure-scholarship. (Photos—not seen.)"
A haunting history-cum-travelogue, as Parfitt (Hebrew & Jewish Studies/Univ. of London) sleuths out the claims of the Lemba of South Africa, a black people who believe themselves to be the legendary lost tribe of Israel. Read full book review >
THE CATHOLIC ETHIC AND THE SPIRIT OF CAPITALISM by Michael Novak
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 22, 1993

Close on the heels of Richard John Neuhaus's Doing Well and Doing Good (p. 970) and George Weigel's The Final Revolution (p. 1247): yet another neoconservative study of Catholic teachings on economic freedom and social justice. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"This book, as he hopes, repays the debt—not least by showing that Jewish-Christian dialogue can move beyond bitterness into mature, substantive debate."
Immensely daring work by Neusner, rabbi and author of more than 400 books on Judaism (The Death and Birth of Judaism, 1987, etc.), as he projects himself back to first-century Israel to argue with Jesus. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"But her singular conversion is memorable, as is her vivid description of Jewish Orthodoxy in all its severity and majesty."
The emotional autobiography of a woman whose religious odyssey begins in Orthodox Judaism and ends in Roman Catholicism. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"The legacy of Martin Luther King in all its glory, and more proof that the struggle for social justice may have religion at its core."
Freedman (Journalism/Columbia), author of the acclaimed Small Victories (1990), about the tribulations of an N.Y.C. English teacher, turns his attention to a Brooklyn minister and his can-do church—with riveting results. Read full book review >
LONG QUIET HIGHWAY by Natalie Goldberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

Goldberg, author of two popular Zen-inspired writing guides (Wild Mind, 1990; Writing Down the Bones, 1986), tells in simple, dead-honest prose the story of her ``awakening'' to writing and to life. ``Americans,'' Goldberg says, ``see writing as a way to break through their own inertia and become awake, to connect with their deepest selves.'' This way works, she insists, but ``it is hard. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >