Religion Book Reviews (page 179)

RELIGION
Released: April 25, 1992

A live-wire account of Franklin's 13 years as a disciple of the notorious collector of Rolls-Royces and hungry souls. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1992

"Not as much fun as might be hoped as Hancock digs through literary and bibical texts while convincing himself that the Ark exists. (Sixteen pp. of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
English journalist Hancock retells the circumstances and thoughts that led to his discovery that the Lost Ark of the Covenant really exists. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 27, 1992

"Jewishness that, ironically—given the title—seems more involved in discarding remnants than in saving them."
An eloquent exploration of the many facets of Jewish identity in America. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 20, 1992

"Historians and sociologists—and, probably, Jews and New Englanders—will find Goldstein's study useful and diverting, but its subject is too narrow for just about everyone else. (Twenty b&w photos—not seen.)"
A chronicle of Jewish settlement and assimilation in three Maine towns—Bangor, Mount Desert Island, and Calais—during the first half of this century, well told by a sociologist native to the region. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 9, 1992

"An innovative treatment, muddied slightly by Feuerstein's slack writing style and tendency to overstatement. (Illustrations.)"
Here, Feuerstein (Holy Madness, 1991) tackles the spiritual potential of sex—comparing and contrasting motifs and practices from neolithic to neo-pagan times to conclude that we need to reconnect with the ancient experience of the energy of sex. ``Our civilization encourages us to neglect the lived body, even to ignore and deprecate it,'' writes Feuerstein. ``This dovetails with the Christian ideology that the body is corrupt and that we must therefore place our attention on the Eternal, the paradise beyond the finite human body and its concerns.'' Feuerstein contrasts our disembodied, guilt-filled state with neolithic Goddess cults that purportedly encouraged—and worshipped—a magically potent, boundlessly creative female sexuality. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: March 1, 1992

"For cooks without a lot of training or ambition, an attractive, varied, broadening, and handy collection. (Photographs.)"
Thai, Italian, Mexican, and French food show up along with Middle Eastern and Eastern European in this collection of recipes from more than 16 countries—some of them from Jewish communities, others kosher without trying, and still others adapted (e.g., veal instead of pork chops with Alsatian mustard sauce and noodles; ground turkey instead of pork in Chinese stuffed mushrooms) by the chef-teachers at N.Y.C.'s 92nd Street Y Kosher Cooking School. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1992

"God-fearers), but his study reinforces the perception that his subjects live in a simply perceived world of theological givens."
An ethnographer's safari into the black-and-white world of Ultra-Orthodox Jews. Read full book review >
PATRICK'S CORNER by Sean Patrick
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1992

"A nostalgic tribute from the baby of a family—life-affirming, if disappointingly prosaic."
Patrick, a Catholic Digest columnist, offers sentimental reminiscences of growing up Irish and poor in post-WW II America—a tale of shamrocks and hastily muttered Gaelic prayers that never moves beneath the surface. ``Patrick's Corner'' is what Sean and his five older brothers called the intersection in Cleveland where each in turn sold newspapers and performed ten-cent shoeshines for pocket money and to help their widowed mother keep a roof over their heads. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 1992

"Gritty and unsentimental, but adamant in the conviction that there is always hope: as such, indispensable ammunition in the fight against addiction."
Deeply moving account of a voyage into and out of the hell of uppers and downers. Read full book review >
HISTORY
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 >
HISTORY
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 >
RELIGION
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >