Religion Book Reviews (page 18)

Released: Oct. 6, 2006

"A long, fraught journey into the light, chronicled with compassion and spirit."
Midwest farmer's daughter marries fundamentalist minister and confronts disillusionment in this brave memoir. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"Essential reading."
An advocate for religious freedom accuses the religious right of trying to set up a United States theocracy. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 19, 2006

"A forceful meditation touching on loss, memory, Jewishness and the vagaries of chance in human life."
An American Jew undertakes a quest to find out what happened to six of his own relatives who died in the Holocaust. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"Convincing and impassioned."
A veteran science reporter proposes extraterrestrial settlement as the raison d'etre for the space program. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 17, 2006

"Like Art Spiegelman's Maus, with which it is likely to be compared (and hold up well in the bargain), Eisenstein's memoir is an ultimately hopeful act, enshrining ordinary people so that they will not be forgotten, wrinkles and warts and secrets and all."
String Hebrew-language chicken tags together, and you'll discover that the word "kosher" spells "Jew" sideways. So this brilliantly conceived child's-eye view of the Shoah generation reveals—to name just one mystery unraveled. Read full book review >

FEAR by Jan T. Gross
Released: July 4, 2006

"The sorrows of history multiply: a necessary book."
After all the millions dead, after the Nazi terror, a good many Poles still found it acceptable to hate the Jews among them. Thus, this somber analytical work by Gross (History/Princeton Univ.). Read full book review >
Released: March 9, 2006

"Thus, Gorenberg writes, the accidental empire. An exemplary history of a phenomenon that is still unfolding—for, as Ariel Sharon once urged, 'Everything we don't grab will be in their hands.'"
Of hard choices and strange bedfellows: an illuminating account of a current controversy that extends back many years, namely, Israeli settlements beyond the bounds of Israel. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 8, 2005

"A worthy companion to V. K. Arseniev's Dersu the Trapper, Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams and other landmark books of the Far North."
Extraordinary fieldnotes from the remotest fringes of the reindeer economy. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 6, 2005

"An El Norte or Grapes of Wrath for the Muslim world—affecting, immediate and well written."
Refugees, by definition, are in flight because otherwise, it's death. As far as authorities are concerned, in the instance of Muslims fleeing their homelands for Europe and North America, that's not a good enough excuse. Read full book review >
THE ROSARY by Garry Wills
Released: Sept. 12, 2005

"A miniature masterpiece of biblical exegesis. (28 pp. of full-color illustrations)"
Wills dispenses with the diatribes against the Catholic hierarchy in Papal Sin (2000) to offer reverent reflections on the practice of the rosary. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 17, 2005

"An essential work of modern history: put it alongside Irving Howe's World of Our Fathers and Amos Elon's more recent The Pity of It All."
An ambitious, thoroughly accessible account of the so often unhappy fortunes of the Jewish people from the early modern era to the present. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 16, 2005

"Fresh, insightfully written investigation of how colonial Puritanism's core beliefs and ragged edges produced its most ungodly legacy."
The life and turbulent times of the only judge fully to recant the actions of a court that sent 19 accused witches to the gallows in colonial Massachusetts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >