Tag Archive: religion

Paradise Now, by Chris Jennings @ NYJB

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“Paradise Now” by Chris Jennings is “a book not only fascinating but necessary for these trying times.”

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Myth-Making and Religious Extremism and Their Roots in Crises By Arthur G. Neal and Helen Youngelson-Neal

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Another book that falls into the category of Fascinating Premise, Bungled Execution.

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Translation Tuesdays: For Two Thousand Years @ NYJB

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“For Two Thousand Years” by Mihail Sebastian is a hidden gem in European literature, shining a light on what happened in Romania between the wars.

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The Art of Reviewing: Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays, by Cynthia Ozick

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Like Updike, Anthony Burgess, and Vladimir Nabokov, Cynthia Ozick writes reviews with lush prose, each essay a stimulant to those seeking the beautiful interplay of ideas, language, and strong opinions.

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American Odd: Henry Darger: Selected Art and Writings, by Michael Bonesteel

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This week I continue my American Odd essay series with a look at Chicago-area artist and recluse Henry Darger.

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Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn, by Daniel Gordis @ NYJB

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“For those interested in an introductory volume about the Jewish people and Israeli history, this book is highly recommended.”

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Translation Tuesdays: The Curious Case of Dassoukine’s Trousers, by Fouad Laroui @ NYJB

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Fouad Laroui casts his eye on Morocco’s dour political legacy with the scalpel-like precision of a social satirist.

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The Mizrahi Era of Rebellion: Israel’s Forgotten Civil Rights Struggle 1948–1966 (Contemporary Issues in the Middle East), by Bryan K. Roby @ NYJB

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“The Mizrahi Era of Rebellion: Israel’s Forgotten Civil Rights Struggle 1948–1966 (Contemporary Issues in the Middle East),” by Bryan K. Roby seeks to complicate this simplified vision of Israeli history.

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American Odd: Urantia: The Great Cult Mystery, by Martin Gardner

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This week I continue my American Odd essay series with a look at “Urantia: The Great Cult Mystery,” by Martin Gardner.

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CCLaP Fridays: The Orthodox Dilemma, by George Alexander

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This week I review “The Orthodox Dilemma,” by George Alexander, a personal exploration of the administrative, political, and dogmatic challenges facing the Orthodox Christian community.

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