Religion Book Reviews (page 18)

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 >
MY FATHER’S PEOPLE by Louis D. Rubin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A family album so deftly and perfectly done—with not an instant of longueur—that not only do the people come alive, but so do their time and place as Rubin again proves himself one of the finest chroniclers of the American past."
Another intelligent and companionable book from Rubin (An Honorable Estate, 2001, etc.), a family story "to try to understand who my father's family were, and what they meant for and about me." Read full book review >
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 >
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 >