Religion Book Reviews (page 18)

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Rich in learning and observation, Unsettled ought to inspire discussion, perhaps even controversy at points. A splendid treatise that will inform readers of whatever background."
A lucid exposition, informed by science and poetry alike, of the qualities and historical accidents that have made the Jewish people so important a presence in so many parts of the world. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 17, 2003

"Whatever the explanation, the survival of the hospital was nothing short of a miracle, one that Silver captures with all due astonishment."
Fascinating footnote to Holocaust history that staggers the imagination, revealing the existence of a Jewish hospital in the heart of Berlin that treated patients to the very end of Hitler's reign. Read full book review >

MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS by Tracy Kidder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human being."
Full-immersion journalist Kidder (Home Town, 1999, etc.) tries valiantly to keep up with a front-line, muddy-and-bloody general in the war against infectious disease in Haiti and elsewhere. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Emphatic case for understanding terrorists in order to defeat them."
Anybody who thinks Eric Robert Rudolph has nothing in common with Osama bin Laden needs to spend time with Terror in the Name of God. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: July 15, 2003

"Krakauer lays the portent on beautifully, building his tales carefully from the ground up until they irresistibly, spookily combust."
The jarring story of a double murder committed by fundamentalist Mormons, told with raw narrative force and tight focus. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: May 15, 2003

"Mix Harold Bloom with Stephen Jay Gould, and you'll get something like Kass. A wonderfully intelligent reading of Genesis—and surely worthy of sequels, a fat volume for each branch of the Pentateuch."
A learned and fluent, delightfully overstuffed stroll through the Gates of Eden. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2003

"An invaluable contribution to the history of an unspeakably brutal century."
Newcomer Ansky takes us on a harrowing tour of blood-soaked ground: the Russian-Polish borderlands during the worst years of WWI. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 11, 2003

"A lively, always captivating blend of comparative religion, cultural history, literary travel, and eccentric trivia that deserves a broad readership among the spiritually inclined."
Western culture, scholars say, rests on the twin foundations of Hellenism and Judaism. In this brilliant historical essay, BBC producer and writer Kriwaczek makes a solid case for adding Zoroastrianism to the mix. Read full book review >
LOST IN AMERICA by Sherwin B. Nuland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2003

"Charring and eloquent."
A dark, distressful, and deeply felt memoir of life with father—and its aftershocks—by National Book Award-winner Nuland (How We Die, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
MICHELANGELO AND THE POPE’S CEILING by Ross King
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Readers looking for the lite version of this tale may still want to fire up the VCR and watch Charlton Heston chew the scenery. Those seeking a richer understanding of Renaissance art-making will find this a pleasure."
A legend-busting, richly detailed account of the four-year making of the Sistine Chapel frescos. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2002

"A skillful, persuasive blend of history and polemic, sure to incite controversy and to earn its author much attention."
Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners (1996) may have "unwittingly provoked a moral uproar," but there's nothing unwitting about this provocative work, an unblinking consideration of the role of Catholic doctrine in the machinery of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
GIRL MEETS GOD by Lauren F. Winner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2002

"Intriguing, absorbing, puzzling, surprisingly sexy, and very smart."
In her debut memoir, Christianity Today senior writer Winner recounts her two religious conversions, first to Orthodox Judaism, then to Evangelical Christianity. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >