Religion Book Reviews (page 18)

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A work that dazzles with its nuance as it winds up to sock you in the gut."
Los Angeles transplant Gordis chronicles his family's first few years of emigré life in Jerusalem through a mix of news headlines, essays, and e-mails sent to friends around the world. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A monumental, sobering attempt to make sense of collective insanity."
Within the extended scope of European history, coauthors of the acclaimed Auschwitz (2000) deliver a rigorously documented positioning of the persecution and murder of Jews prior to and during WWII. Read full book review >

WHY I AM A CATHOLIC by Garry Wills
RELIGION
Released: July 16, 2002

"Deserves—and will almost certainly find—a wide readership while garnering for Wills both praise as a principled oppositionist and condemnation as a heretic."
The prolific historian offers a timely confession of faith and an apology in the true sense of the term. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 2, 2002

"Contemporary Israeli poets and Arab intellectuals pine for the glories of al-Andalus, as did Federico García Lorca and Antonio Machado. So, too, does Menocal."
A resonant and timely case study of a time when followers of the three monotheisms set aside their differences and tried to get along. Read full book review >
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. by Marshall Frady
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2002

"Excellent, as are almost all of the volumes in the Penguin Lives series, and a fitting homage to a man now much honored but little studied."
An exemplary, brief life of the African-American leader who effected epochal changes in his 39 years. Read full book review >

STILL ALIVE by Ruth Kluger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"A work of such nuance, intelligence, and force that it leaps the bounds of genre."
Stunning contemplation of human relationships, power, and the creation of history through the prism of one woman's Holocaust survival. Read full book review >
STUFFED by Patricia Volk
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 11, 2001

"And would she ever make them proud in these pages. Emotionally luxurious and heart-gladdening. (22 photos)"
Novelist/essayist Volk (White Light, not reviewed) pens a stylishly written memoir that's really a series of portraits of the memorable characters who make up her extended family. Read full book review >
SORCERER’S APPRENTICE by Tahir Shah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"A rich, exciting read for the armchair Indiana Jones who longs to learn the secrets of Houdini."
A Briton of Afghan descent reveals his quest for the secret of India's greatest conjurers—a journey that takes him through several subcontinental cities and provides a humorous anthropological study of the world of Indian con artists. Read full book review >
ALFRED E. SMITH by Christopher M. Finan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"Well written, thoroughly researched: likely to stand as the definitive portrait of Smith for years to come."
A rock-solid biography of the muckraking New York politician. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A splendid account, highly recommended to all readers interested in early American history, women's studies, or the history of religion."
An elegantly written life of the enigmatic and powerfully charismatic Shaker prophet. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 18, 2001

"A work of stunning scholarship and imagination whose appeal will be to determined readers rather than casual ones. (32 pages photographs, 16 color, not seen; 7 maps)"
A meticulous reconstruction of the final years of some persistent medieval Pyrenean heretics whose leaders—called "Perfects"—were eventually burned or otherwise dispersed by the equally relentless Inquisition. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Lucid, often surprisingly funny: a very welcome contribution to our understanding of this tragic nation."
An instructive memoir by an Afghan-American thrust into the news after September 11, 2001. 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 >