Religion Book Reviews (page 179)

THE SORCERERS' CROSSING by Taisha Abelar
RELIGION
Released: June 1, 1992

"But who knows?"
An intriguing if incredible-sounding account of anthropologist Abelar's training by the same mysterious family of sorcerers that allegedly spawned Carlos Castaneda. Read full book review >
GREAT SWAN by Lex Hixon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 1992

A remarkable portrait of a most remarkable spiritual teacher. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 1992

Enthusiastic biography of wildly successful evangelist Sunday (1863-1935), by Bruns (The Damndest Radical, 1986; Knights of the Road, 1980). Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN AMERICA by Howard M. Sachar
HISTORY
Released: May 2, 1992

With this comprehensive, insightful, and spirited opus, Sachar (Modern History/George Washington Univ.; A History of Israel, 1976 and 1977, etc.) rises to the position of preeminent Jewish historian of our day. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 1, 1992

"Remarkable ideas remarkably set forth."
Bloom wanders a bit, away from Yale into "the Evening Land" of America and its churches—and reconstructs a remarkable diagram of the religious imagination. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1992

"Pretty slim pickings: a few nice bits sunk in a sea of platitudes."
More of Merton's spirituality for the modern age, here in the form of talks given to nuns on retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 27, 1992

"A decent source book, then, but a total failure as an argument."
Biblical historiography, with an edge, by an Oxford don whose sword is too unwieldy for his prey. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 27, 1992

"Reading this memoir is a bit like that—you come out shivering but cleansed. (Thirty-four photographs.)"
Salsitz was born in 1920 in the Polish town of Kolbuszowa, population 4000, half Jewish, half Polish. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >