Religion Book Reviews (page 178)

Released: Aug. 2, 1995

"An extraordinary glimpse into a rich and meaningful mythology. (15 line drawings)"
Through soothing rhythms and repetition, Johnston recreates the ancient storytelling tradition of the Ojibway Indians. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"But while her basic premise on physics as theology overstates the case, Wertheim's text has other merits: She brings to light fascinating details of the lives and times of many exceptional women and men who have helped shape our current worldview."
Are physicists a priesthood excluding women on age-old grounds that women can't be ``ordained''? Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Well argued and astute, this critical work makes an exciting contribution to contemporary scientific and cultural debate."
In a brilliantly controversial polemic, Johnson (Law/Univ. of Calif., Berkeley) fires an intellectual broadside against what he sees as the marginalization of theism in public life and explores its implications for society and religion. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"It's not fast-food reading; it's serious food for thought."
Political scientist Barber (Rutgers; An Aristocracy of Everyone, 1992, etc.) grandly divides the planet into no more and no less than two camps to explain the present universal, sorry mess. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A vivid, magisterial resource for students of Spanish history and Jewish-Christian relations."
An internationally renowned scholar shows that the Spanish Inquisition was originally the result of a long build-up of anti- Semitic racism for which the defense of Catholic orthodoxy was only a pretext. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"An ideologically motivated farrago of unsupported assertions."
Working from a flimsy premise, two feminist scholars make a bizarre attempt to recreate the beliefs and rituals of Qumran. Read full book review >
THE ASHES OF WACO by Dick J. Reavis
Released: July 24, 1995

Rushed to press to catch the wave of summer congressional hearings on the Waco debacle, this account by former Texas Monthly senior editor Reavis may raise a few hackles both within the Beltway and beyond. Read full book review >
Released: July 17, 1995

"A minatory vision that will impress the credulous and lovers of superficial, eclectic mysticism."
Emulating Carlos Castaneda, anthropologist Wesselman recounts his spirit journeys 5,000 years into the future, when an ecologically devastated America has been partly colonized by Hawaiians and Eskimos. Read full book review >
Released: July 14, 1995

"A portrait of one man staring into America's societal abyss shouldn't be this superficial."
A well-meaning but ultimately unsatisfying account of a priest's work with youths in the barrio of East LA. Read full book review >
Released: July 12, 1995

"Its thesis is a paper tiger, and it relies exclusively on well-known published sources."
A derivative and unfocused account of ``the problems posed by Judeo-German culture as a whole'' from the Enlightenment to German reunification. Read full book review >
Released: July 7, 1995

"Comprehensive, clearly organized, and low-keyjust the kind of thoughtful, undogmatic approach this material needs."
A well-researched look at black Americans and religion, dispelling the notion that the slaves accepted their masters' beliefs without question. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1995

"A vast and often entertaining look into one woman's Jewish-feminist midlife crisis."
A fairly good survey of the first 4,000 years of Judaism and the role patriarchy has played in it—also a thinly veiled harangue against everything that raises the author's ire about modern Jewish life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >