Religion Book Reviews (page 178)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"The book bears some signs of haste in its composition, but its somber and persuasive message should gain it wide and deserved attention."
A courageous book by one of the most distinguished living Irishmen (now pro-chancellor of the University of Dublin and an editor of both the Observer and the Atlantic Monthly), which slices through the superficial optimism currently prevailing about Northern Ireland. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 13, 1995

"Foggy logic and bland language will leave many seekers uninspired."
Another unconvincing call to women to run with wildlife—this time the reindeer. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Nov. 10, 1995

"Some of these stories told at greater length could have formed an interesting document; but this badly organized (neither chronological, nor consistently thematic) and piecemeal conglomeration is unenlightening. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A hodgepodge of musings about mostly run-of-the-mill childhoods. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 8, 1995

"A botched opportunity to present some potentially valuable insights."
Hamington (Women's Studies/Mount St. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 8, 1995

"A powerful document that names names, ranges wide, and probes deep."
A pull-no-punches exposÇ of the forces behind a nationwide wave of false charges of ritual child abuse. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 6, 1995

"But this small gem is a rarity in a basically didactic and monotonous little book."
Diminutive sex therapist ``Dr. Ruth'' presents a sex guide for Orthodox and traditional Conservative Jews. ``People pick up the Bible for many different reasons but rarely, if ever, as a sex manual. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 6, 1995

"A profound look at the child of a Holocaust survivor burdened with the knowledge that his very existence is a miracle and the need to prove that the miracle wasn't squandered on him."
Jerusalem Report contributor Halevy's engrossing account of his tenure among the late Rabbi Meir Kahane's radical right-wing demimonde and his eventual reemergence into respectability. Read full book review >
SEXUALITY AND CATHOLICISM by Thomas C. Fox
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Although he fails to provide definitive historical analysis of the many sex-related issues he addresses, Fox offers sensitive insights into contemporary Roman Catholic morality."
A balanced, broad summary of Catholicism's response to sexuality that will be a valuable reference tool for the layperson, although the scholar will find little that is original here. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A disappointing effort at a time when clear thinking about democracy is essential."
The latest offering from the distinguished scholar and diplomat (The Great Melody, 1992, etc.) is a brief collection of his Massey Lectures, delivered at the University of Toronto and over the CBC Radio. Read full book review >
JESUITS by Jean Lacouture
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Jesuit studies. (16 pages b&w photos)"
A tour de force narrative history that provides readers with detailed and engrossing biographies of several notable Jesuits. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Although the central argument of the book remains unproven, this is an enlightening and entertaining look at a relatively undiscussed aspect of American culture, particularly interesting for its insights into 19th-century mores."
Schmidt (Religion/Drew Univ.; Holy Fairs, not reviewed) traces the cultural and commercial history of American holidays with some surprising results. Read full book review >
JOURNEY TO MY FATHER, ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER by Israel Zamir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Must reading for fans of the master Yiddishist. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A revealing profile of the Nobel laureate in literature by his son and only child. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >