Religion Book Reviews (page 179)

Released: March 1, 1992

"At a time when revisionists are running ads in college newspapers claiming the Holocaust is a hoax, this affecting memoir should go into every high-school and college library."
Kalib was born in 1931, the beloved youngest child of a wealthy, large, and close-knit family in Bodzentyn, a town of 4000, including 1400 Jews, near Cracow, Poland. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 1992

"A frightening and wondrous journey. (Eight pages of magnificent color photographs.)"
Ereira, a London-based TV producer, brings a chilling doomsday message from Colombia's isolated Kogi Tribe in this captivating mix of anthropology and travel writing. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Congenial, colorful, without profound insight—much like, judging from this tour, most of the New Age movement itself."
A budding Marco Polo of religiosity, D'Antonio—who mapped Christian fundamentalism in Fall from Grace (1989)—now offers a cautiously enthusiastic survey of even further reaches of faith: America's outposts of New Age belief. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Occasionally repetitive and simplistic but nonetheless a warmhearted and genuinely inspiring introduction to compassion as a way of life."
The freewheeling author of the pop spiritual classic Be Here Now teams with fellow Hindu devotee Bush to guide inexperienced Americans on to the path of compassionate action—offering his own spiritual autobiography as testimony to the transforming power of love and social action. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"That's not necessarily the conclusion all readers will reach, but the mathematical excursions make this latest Davies volume of more than passing interest."
Are we but ideas in the mind of God? Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 31, 1992

"Much that is new, all of it disturbing."
Head-spinning documentation of how Vatican immunity shielded Nazi war criminals from just punishment—and unwittingly aided the Communist cause. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 28, 1992

"Still, a good companion volume to Alter's more focused studies."
Alter's books on biblical narrative and poetics (ed., The Literary Guide to the Bible, 1987; The Art of Biblical Narrative, 1981) are bench-mark works in contemporary biblical lit-crit, and Alter has seen the field grow up around him into something fertile, even crowded. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 1992

"Liberals will love it, but unless the political climate swerves to the left, conservatives will laugh all the way to next Inauguration Day."
Cheerleading manual for politico-religious liberalism, by an N.Y.C. Unitarian minister. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"So it is, but in his modest, plodding way Chalfen sheds a pure and painful light on the education of a great 20th-century poet and the destroyed world that nurtured him."
Germany has made a Rumanian Jew the poet laureate of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 6, 1992

"As much an elegiac memory book of old Jewish Boston as a searing indictment against her killers."
A metaphor for America's urban tragedy as told in the dramatic story of old Jewish Boston's swift and cruel demise. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 1992

"Nevertheless, he makes an intriguing case for an Altaic paradise. (Sixteen illustrations—not seen.)"
A lively, scholarly detective story in which Ashe (The Discovery of King Arthur, 1985, etc.) turns his inquisitive eye on the possible truth of a prehistoric Golden Age. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 2, 1991

"A very timely report: McDonough's examination of the Jesuits serves nicely as microcosm of the American Catholic experience as a whole."
Intriguing study by McDonough (Political Science/Arizona State) of the growth and collapse of the most powerful branch of the most powerful order of modern Catholicism. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >