Religion Book Reviews (page 5)

1948 by Uri Avnery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Finally available in English, this skillfully written antiwar text is assuredly a classic."
A remarkable account of the bloody war for the establishment of the Jewish state, written by a young soldier in the midst of conflict. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2008

"An exemplary entry in the history of ideas."
Nadler (Philosophy/Univ. of Wisconsin; Rembrandt's Jews, 2003, etc.) recounts a major episode in the history of early modern philosophy. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A must-read for anyone seeking to understand how cults operate and view themselves in relation to the world."
Page-turning account of growing up at the heart of a fringe religion. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A creative, unusual mix of memoir and travel narrative."
Canadian playwright and poet Garfinkel (Glass Psalms, 2005, etc.) considers the quandary of Zionism in this account of his travels in Israel and Palestine. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 8, 2008

"A masterly narrative that captures the religious fervor, brutality and mayhem of this intensive contest for the 'center of the world.'"
Exciting re-creation of the epic mid-16th-century struggle between the encroaching Ottoman Empire and the beleaguered Christian Europeans. Read full book review >

THE BISHOP’S DAUGHTER by Honor Moore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2008

"A moving prose poem about what it means to be spiritual, sexual and human."
A powerful memoir of life with an accomplished but secretly tortured father. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2008

"Nonfiction of the highest caliber: fascinating and thorough, but never sycophantic or overly familiar."
Prolific travel writer, journalist and novelist Iyer (Sun After Dark: Flights Into the Foreign, 2004, etc.) turns his judicious eye on the 14th Dalai Lama, with whom he has been acquainted for more than 30 years. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 18, 2008

"Well-wrought, well-written and well-reasoned—a welcome infusion of calm good sense into a perennially controversial and relevant subject."
A sophisticated discussion of the role of religion in the American Republic's early years. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 25, 2007

"Riveting from start to finish."
An intrepid writer journeys to the Middle East at the dawn of the 21st century to document the lives of young people whose countries are immersed in social and political upheaval. Read full book review >
A SECULAR AGE by Charles Taylor
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A magisterial book."
An analysis of secularism from Canadian philosopher Taylor (Modern Social Imaginaries, 2004, etc.), winner of the 2007 Templeton Prize. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"A captivating study of medical innovation, the fallibility of science and two adventurous minds."
The wonderfully witty Friedman (A Mind of its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis, 2001) moves on to a more serious subject: the heralded aviator's partnership with a Nobel Prize-winning surgeon on innovations that laid the groundwork for organ transplants, cryosurgery and the artificial heart. Read full book review >
WHEN A CROCODILE EATS THE SUN by Peter Godwin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2007

"A haunting story."
Zimbabwe's disintegration in the hands of ruthless dictator Robert Mugabe, recounted in careful, beautifully crafted prose by a journalist born and raised there. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >