Search Results: "James L. Kugel"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BIBLE AS IT WAS by James L. Kugel
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Bible'' is really a series of texts filtered through the imaginative perceptions of its ancient exegetes. (24 illustrations, not seen) (History Book Club main selection)"
An extraordinary, pathbreaking scholarly achievement: an annotated anthology of interpretations of ancient (mostly 100 b.c.300 a.d.) interpretations of the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible) culled from hundreds of sources. ``Interpretation'' here often refers to the homiletical expansion of a biblical narrative—known in the Jewish tradition as midrash—particularly to fill in narrative gaps and vague allusions, or to resolve morally problematic passages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT SHIFT by James L. Kugel
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Biblical exegesis at its best: a brilliant and sensitive reading of ancient texts, all with an eye to making them meaningful to our time by making sense of what they meant in their own."
An inquiry into how the contemporaries of Solomon and Sheba viewed the presence of the deity and why the reality of that highly personal divine/mortal relationship changed over time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 29, 2006

"Doesn't reinvent the wheel, but does make the process of creating one easier."
A life-long inventor details the steps for creating a successful invention, from brainstorming ideas to successful marketing. Read full book review >

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CORSAIR by James L. Cambias
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 5, 2015

"A potboiler that fans of Cambias' previous excellent work will wish to investigate."
Near-future science-fiction thriller from the author of A Darkling Sea (2014).Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIFTY SHADES FREED by E L James
Released: April 17, 2012

"The Fifty Shades trilogy ends with a lot of action, emotional tension and flashes of enlightenment; fans will be satisfied that all's well that ends well in the Grey house...er, mansion."
Ana and Christian get married, but continued physical and emotional threats, as well as Christian's need for control, mitigate their bliss. Read full book review >

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CAPTIVE PARADISE by James L. Haley
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A pertinent work of keen understanding of the complex Hawaiian story."
Revisionist, evenhanded look at Hawaiian dynastic tenacity against ceaseless challenges by larger imperialist powers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY by E L James
Released: April 3, 2012

"While the book is not especially well-executed, James has tapped into a female sexual and psychological curiosity that can be disturbing if taken too seriously, but is somewhat fun and entertaining in the imagination stage."
Innocent girl meets billionaire boy with some serious issues; they fall for each other anyway, but is attraction enough to overcome his need for control and her need for independence? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"Nelson makes an entertaining case that the American Revolution may have been won on Bunker Hill."
A clever, often sardonic history of an iconic battle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 8, 2013

"An effective manual for parents who want to establish a pro-learning mindset and develop concrete strategies for helping their children succeed in school."
A longtime teacher and principal guides parents through the basics of supporting and enriching childhood education. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A brief, serviceable historical overview."
The large-scale detainment of specific ethnic groups by the U.S. government goes back a long way, writes journalist Dickerson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIEVES OF MERCY by James L. Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2005

"Realistic combat, rowdy humor, and tense adventure, all combined in a well-researched historical that's authentic and enjoyable."
Confederate naval action on the Mississippi in a sequel to Glory in the Name (2003). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2012

"A useful attempt to understand a still-unfolding story."
A solid primer on the Arab Spring. Read full book review >