Religion Book Reviews (page 18)

OSAMA by Jonathan C. Randal
Released: Aug. 26, 2004

"A masterful work of reporting, and of great importance in understanding the rise of modern Islamic terrorism and its singular personification."
Osama bin Laden: part Robin Hood, part Che Guevara, part Saladin, part "religious pop star in a land hungering for inspirational role models," and part Old Man of the Mountains, "whose votaries so intimidated Middle Eastern contemporaries that they were dubbed Assassins." Read full book review >
Released: July 6, 2004

"The authorities will cry foul, but you can bet American Catholics will be reading and discussing Breslin's latest—and justly so."
A searing indictment of the faithful against a church that has failed their faith, with legendary New York newsman Breslin driving the nails into the cathedral door. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 14, 2003

"Wiesel proposes few definitive answers—here, the question mark appears as often as the period. But his explorations, drawing on the collective wisdom of prophets, rabbis, and scholars from the earliest days to the present, are endlessly illuminating."
Nobel Prize-winning novelist and memoirist Wiesel (The Judges, 2002, etc.) leads readers on a spirited, sometimes contentious journey through Jewish history and thought. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2003

"A powerful memoir and an unforgettable portrait of a land and a people."
Adventure-filled account of an intrepid young British-Afghan woman's search for cultural identity. Read full book review >
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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >