Religion Book Reviews (page 5)

THE CONVERT by Deborah Baker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2011

"An important, searing, highly readable and timely narrative."
A Pulitzer Prize finalist delves into the fascinating life and letters of a young Jewish woman who converted to radical Islam and moved from suburban New York to Pakistan. Read full book review >
MALCOLM X by Manning Marable
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2011

"A bold, sure-footed, significant biography of enormous depth and feeling."
A candid, corrective look at the Nation of Islam leader and renegade—and a deeply informed investigation of the evolution of his thinking on race and revolution. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 9, 2011

"Another winner from a skillful writer and thinker of the first rank."
A sound, deeply felt study of Jerusalem as the "cockpit of violence" for the three Abrahamic religions. Read full book review >
AN EXCLUSIVE LOVE by Johanna Adorján
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2011

"In the process of assimilating disparate facts into a poignant and elegant story, Adorján exposes her own hopes and fears, an added bonus."
Berlin-based journalist Adorján's debut examines why and how her grandparents committed suicide together, decades after they survived the Holocaust. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 13, 2010

"Well-written and -documented, a supremely helpful guide in sorting out how we arrived at that odd state of affairs."
A lucid history of how California, land of fruits and nuts and be-here-nowness, became a bastion of fundamentalist reaction. The manuscript won the 2006 Allan Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians. Read full book review >

THE BOY by Dan Porat
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"A remarkable work and an essential document in the vast library devoted to the Shoah."
A moving scholarly detective story that hinges on an iconic photograph from the Holocaust. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 19, 2010

"Not to be confused with the 1997 Richard Vetere novel of the same name, Briggs's book provides an equally entertaining story, with the added benefit of being true."
Intriguing glimpse into the Vatican saint-making process. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Learned, lively and shrewd."
Lepore (American History/Harvard Univ.;New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan, 2005, etc.) explores the nexus of the American Revolution, the understanding and telling of history and today's Tea Party. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Humble, challenging and inspiring."
With the assistance of science journalist Olson (Mapping Human History: Discovering the Past Through Our Genes, 2002, etc.), Bad Religion leader Graffin presents a memoir of a life lived "at the intersection of evolutionary biology and punk rock." Read full book review >
TWO CENTS PLAIN by Martin Lemelman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2010

"'Life is the biggest bargain. You get it for free,' reads one of the Yiddish sayings that introduce the chapters, in a book that is both a celebration and an affirmation of life."
Memory comes alive in this compelling amalgam of drawing, narrative and archival photography. Read full book review >
THE FLIGHT OF THE INTELLECTUALS by Paul Berman
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2010

"A stunning, riveting commentary."
In this sequel to the groundbreaking Terror and Liberalism (2003, etc.), political writer and New Republic contributing editor Berman analyzes the rise of the Islamist totalitarian movement and the Western media's troubling inability—or unwillingness—to identify and investigate its implications. Read full book review >
BONHOEFFER by Eric Metaxas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 20, 2010

"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century."
A welcome new biography of one of the 20th century's leading lights. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >