Religion Book Reviews (page 178)

RELIGION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A plain history that doesn't take up the social and intellectual issues that drew so many to Theosophy and continue to draw people to its descendant—the New Age movement. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
With healthy skepticism and heavy-handed irony, Washington chronicles the tortuous history of the Theosophic movement. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"McGinn's clear and beautiful style aptly expresses his serene command of this highly varied material."
From Pope Gregory the Great in the fifth century to the death of Richard of St. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Others will be interested but less engaged."
A generally well-written apologia for evangelical Christianity whose occasionally overheated prose may reflect its origins as a series of lectures. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Unfortunately, Joselit ends her tale too soon."
An alternately nostalgic, entertaining, and annoying portrait of what Joselit sees as the domestication, commercialization, and sentimentalization of American Jewish culture. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 18, 1995

"But again, Erlich's own intellectually hollow polemic isn't it."
The story of the relationship, real and imagined, between the biblical land of Israel and the modern state of Israel, would make a wonderful book—but this extended apology for the perceived faults of modern Jewish nationalism isn't it. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Jan. 12, 1995

"What promises to be a powerful analysis appears more and more to reflect Klein's own struggles to reconcile Buddhism and feminism, not accessible to most readers because of its technicality."
A unique though complicated investigation of Buddhism and feminism. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 3, 1995

"Though the volume could have benefited from further editing (and some ethnocentric bias is evident in the use of generic, non- tribal specific terms like 'Great Spirit' and 'conjurer'), the book is nonetheless a major contribution to the study of Native American history and religious studies."
This excellent collection of essays probes the responses of one Native American tribe to the forces of Christianity. Read full book review >
OUT OF EGYPT by Andre Aciman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A skillful portrayal of an extraordinary clan."
Aciman (French Literature/Princeton) delivers a clear- eyed eulogy of a lost past and a family in decline. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A rare work that successfully distills a whole philosophical debate into a few accessible pages."
A crisp and spirited argument for the near-total separation of church and state, by a former New York federal judge (Partisan Justice, 1980). Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A fascinating and important social history of religion."
Well-presented and engaging essays, by some of the foremost religious scholars working today, examining the histories of 12 diverse religious institutions. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"For its sensitivity to the rights of victims and defendants alike, a remarkable work."
This sharp, sensible, ``angry'' book explores how four classes of disempowered Americans look to the criminal justice system to vindicate past grievances, and how the courts too often betray them. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"The legions of scroll aficionados around the world can now read of conflicts both ancient and modern in a lively and informative new book. (Book-of-the-Month/Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selections; author tour)"
The freshest, most elegantly written of the new books about the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls (see Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, p. 1107, The Hidden Scrolls, p. 1108). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >