Religion Book Reviews (page 178)

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 >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 9, 1996

"Interesting and sometimes inspiring, but omits too much to be the outstanding memoir it might have been. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Literary Guild featured alternate; author tour)"
An African-American educator, political figure, and Baptist preacher recounts his life and times eloquently but too selectively. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 8, 1996

"Salem Parsonage where Tituba lived'') that the author often seems to be grasping at historical straws. (illustrations and maps, not seen)"
A study of Tituba, a central character of the notorious Salem witch trials of 1692, based on skimpy historical evidence that could have been exhausted in one short article. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"The graying radical reenters the Godwrestling ring wrapped in a rainbow prayer shawl."
A slightly stale retrospective and politically correct update for the '90s by a guru of the '60s Jewish renewal movement. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A lucid and significant contribution that helps us understand the sociological drumbeats that recently marched countless black men to Washington and will continue to resonate in the years ahead."
A solidly documented, eye-opening look at a generation of black men and women who are returning to the church of their parents and grandparents. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"In an era of mind-bending by both political and religious sects, this simplistic effort to explain the tragedies of cultist commitment will leave worried readers more puzzled than ever."
The dismaying confession of a woman who, with her husband and six children, was in thrall to a sadistic, self-described ``chosen servant of Jesus Christ.'' It is giving the deranged Ron Larrinaga too much credit to call him a cult leader—at its maximum, his California ``compound'' comprised two dozen people, half of them his own wife and 11 children, another eight the author and her family. Read full book review >
VIOLENCE AND COMPASSION by Dalai Lama
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Admirers of the Dalai Lama should not feel they have to add this to their collection."
French film writer Carriäre (The Return of Martin Guerre, etc.) does most of the talking in this set of conversations with Tibet's world-acclaimed religious leader. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A timely reminder, as we enter a year of electoral politicking, that even the touchiest issues can be treated with intellectual honesty and a decent appreciation for opposing views."
A sound and spirited defense of the wall of separation between church and state. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 7, 1995

"A welcome association of sense and sensibility. (27 illustrations)"
Sanity, sanity, sanity, as Steiner squarely addresses a number of contemporary cultural conflicts and teases out their subtler meanings. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 6, 1995

"McClain's warm, wise, funny, and provocative book is must reading for all who work for a Jewish future."
Easily the most eloquent, impactive, and therapeutic treatment ever written about Jewry's sacred bogeyman. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Dec. 5, 1995

"Frequently hilarious, Roberts, as he himself admits, is presenting a history that fits his own needs."
Vivid travelogue combines with a polemic that Christianity was originally a Gnostic offshoot of Zoroastrianism in this intriguing, but highly partisan, attempt to discover the significance of the mysterious Wise Men. Read full book review >
LOVE AND SAINT AUGUSTINE by Hannah Arendt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 1995

"A revelation that may force us to reconsider the traditional interpretation of Arendt's work."
Now published in English for the first time, Arendt's 1929 doctoral dissertation offers insights into her later political and philosophical constructions. 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 >