Search Results: "Elaine Pagels"


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THE ORIGIN OF SATAN by Elaine Pagels
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"An attractive and scholarly, if not entirely satisfying, presentation of a stimulating thesis."
An NBCC and National Book Awardwinning scholar of Gnosticism and early Christianity argues that the concept of Satan was central to the way apocalyptic Jews and the Christian Church saw—and treated—their enemies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 2012

"Scholarly but widely accessible, the book provides a solid introduction to the one book of the New Testament that claims to be divinely inspired."
Multidimensional reading of "the strangest book in the Bible—and the most controversial." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 13, 2003

"A thoughtful and rewarding essay, as we've come to expect from Pagels, and sure to arouse fundamentalist ire."
One person's hagiography is another's heresy, observes biblical scholar Pagels, though that hasn't stopped generations of Christians from trying to reduce the faith to "a single, authorized set of beliefs." Read full book review >

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THE GNOSTIC GOSPELS by Elaine Pagels
Released: Nov. 26, 1979

"Otherwise a clear, reliable, richly documented guide."
A fine thematic introduction to gnosticism, concentrating on the texts discovered at Nag Hammadi (Upper Egypt) in 1945. Read full book review >

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ICE-CREAM CONES FOR SALE! by Elaine Greenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"As delicious as the story. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 4-8)"
As irresistible as its subject, Greenstein's jaunty text and marvelous pictures are also an object lesson in the joys and perils of research. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Shiite' but not 'Sunni'), skimpy source notes (two-thirds from just two books), and an index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Four months ago, every library in America needed a book for young people on bin Laden; now, this prolific nonfiction author delivers the biography she has spent three years researching. Read full book review >

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TERRORISM by Elaine Landau
NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"Notes; further reading; index (not seen). (Nonfiction. 12+)"
In a simplified, sensational treatment of a complex topic, Landau digests newspaper, magazine, and TV reports to give a strongly biased account of predicted threats to people in this country. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"B&w photos; notes; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
A fair, well-balanced account of abuses of human rights through covert action by government agencies, presenting stories from Eastern Europe, Central America, the Middle East, and the US, and incorporating just enough historical background for basic understanding, including some international involvement (e.g., US training of Central American torturers and Israeli training of the Iranian Savak). Read full book review >

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THE EUNUCH’S HEIR by Elaine Isaak
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"Shallow, with creepy undercurrents: strictly for fans of the first volume."
A young prince trying to live up to a legendary father flees his society to find true love in this sequel to The Singer's Crown (2005). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 1993

"Not much new, but smartly joined together. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
With a rich idea satisfyingly carried out, novelist/biographer Feinstein (All You Need, 1990, etc.) focuses on the erotic life of D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930). Read full book review >

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PERSIAN MIRRORS by Elaine Sciolino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Vivid reporting combines with perceptive insights in this fascinating venture behind the distorting mirrors. An important book."
A timely examination of the politics and culture of Iran, courtesy of New York Times correspondent Sciolino. Read full book review >