Religion Book Reviews (page 178)

Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Novel, to say the least—and despite the weird conclusions, a solid introduction to the subject. (Illustrations.)"
A theological Tootsie Roll pop from MacGregor (Philosophy/USC): a tasty study of beliefs about life after death, with a gooey mess at the center—the author's own decidedly unusual views on the matter. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A highly readable study that probes the unprecedented scarring and healing of some of this century's most remarkable victims."
The first book-length study to document and analyze the ordeals and successes of immigrant Holocaust survivors. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 19, 1992

"Twelve thousand Jewish soldiers fought and died for the Kaiser during WW I. A perfect bar mitzvah gift—and, one hopes, of interest to non-Jews too—Gay's book rescues a long and variegated history from the dark shadow of recent events."
The history of Jews in Germany begins with the third century A.D., when a settlement at Cologne was paying taxes to the Emperor Constantine. Read full book review >
SHAKKAI by Lynn V. Andrews
Released: Aug. 3, 1992

In a bizarre addition to her Sisters of the Shield series (The Woman of Wyrrd, 1990, etc.), Andrews recounts her ``spiritual'' adventures in a future life as a young Japanese woman, an acolyte of Shakkai, keeper of the sacred gardens—an image of nature, its healing power, and the inner female life. Read full book review >
VIRGIN TIME by Patricia Hampl
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Much like a High Mass: rich, beautiful, boring, elevating."
Hampl, a poet, professor (English/Univ. of Minnesota), and MacArthur Fellow, peers into her soul and finds the Church. Read full book review >

LAWS OF HEAVEN by Michael Gallagher
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A thumbtack on the chair seat for moral equivocators, whatever their faith."
The impassioned, sometimes holy, sometimes holier-than-thou world of Catholic political activists. Read full book review >
SATI by Sakuntala Narasimhan
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Clearheaded, informed, and persuasive, Narasimhan makes her points with a quiet yet powerful indignation. (Eight-page photo insert—not seen.)"
When 250,000 people gathered in 1987 in the Indian town of Deorala to watch an 18-year-old widow immolate herself on her husband's funeral pyre, achieving glory for herself and honor for her family, the Indian government passed yet one more law against the immolation ritual of sati. Read full book review >
Released: July 27, 1992

"Exciting and reliable, and thus a superb replacement for Edmund Wilson's pioneering but hysterical (and hopelessly out-of- date) 1955 bestseller, Scrolls from the Dead Sea."
Outstanding anthology, drawn in part from The Biblical Archaeological Review and The Bible Review, that serves as a complete primer to what biblical scholar Harry Thomas Frank has called ``the most sensational archaeological discovery of the century.'' Shanks, editor of The Biblical Archaeological Review, has a flair for drama, evident both in the many essays here about the intrigue that swirls around the scrolls—spies, conspiracy theories, and shadowy antique-dealers all play their part—and in his two final selections. Read full book review >
ISAAC HECKER by David J. O'Brien
Released: July 22, 1992

"A fascinating account of an exceptional man. (Twenty-five photographs—not seen.)"
An intriguing biography of the founder of the Paulist order, unfolding a rich chronicle of the intellectual and religious controversies of 19th-century America. Read full book review >
THE END OF DAYS by Helen Sendyk
Released: June 19, 1992

"Vastly worthwhile and affecting."
Sendyk is the last member of a Jewish family of 12 from Chrzanow, Poland, only three of whom survived the Holocaust. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1992

Art critic Weber (The Drawings of Josef Albers, etc.—not reviewed) offers vivid, laudatory portraits of five individuals who helped revolutionize American artistic sensibilities in the 1920's and 30's. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1992

"An absorbing if far-fetched story of spiritual adventure, likely to interest the same Castaneda-oriented readership as Taisha Abelar's The Sorcerers' Crossing (reviewed above)."
Psychologist Villoldo and playwright Jendresen (The Four Winds, 1990) reteam to describe Villoldo's latest shamanistic adventure in Peru. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >