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Religions of the world

Darvic, Debra B.  We Are Jewish Faces Gr. PS, K–3     32 pp.     Behrman/Apples “BROTHER, SISTER, / FRIENDSHIP faces, / faces of all RACES and PLACES, / we are JEWISH faces.” A scrapbook-like format features bright photographs and lilting rhymes depicting the diversity of Jewish people — of various ages, skin colors, abilities, etc. — and […]

Hbook Podcast 1.32 – Special Guest Betsy Bird

Podcast the 32nd in which Siân chats with blogger and librarian Betsy Bird about religion in books and publishing. Books we talk about Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill and Francis Vallejo Harry Potter, obvi Miracle Man by John Hendrix The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz and Hatem Aly Rebel Genius […]

The Pocket Bible Doodle Book

A blurb on the back of The Pocket Bible Doodle Book (Zonderkidz/Zondervan, January) states, “The story of creation, Noah’s ark, the plagues, and more make this Bible-based collection of doodles fun for everyone.” I can’t decide if I should laugh or be offended—the plagues can be fun? Okay… As the daughter of a Lutheran pastor, […]

>If you liked The Lost Symbol . . .

>It occurs to me that now that Robert Langdon has raced around Rome, Paris, and D.C. he ought to go to New York; precisely to Madeleine L’Engle’s current residence, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. His readers would love her; hers, I’m not so sure about.

My new secret boyfriend

Like Leila, I’m in something of a reading slump, or in my case listening, as none of the several audiobooks I read on my commute seem to be doing it for me. The new Anna Pigeon mystery reminds me of why I gave up on Nevada Barr years ago (lurid and incoherent); Elizabeth and Mary […]

>Philip Gets His Groove Back

>After his unusual demureness in face of the star-making machinery, I’m pleased to see Philip Pullman recovering his characteristic pugnacity to defend his dark materials from the interference of the interfering Faithful: “Religion grants its adherents malign, intoxicating and morally corrosive sensations. Destroying intellectual freedom is always evil, but only religion makes doing evil feel […]

It ain’t all Demi

Claire looks at Buddhism and Hinduism in her ongoing series of booklists on world religions. A semi-related question: people who went to college a generation after I did swear that Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children is the greatest book they ever read. Is it hard?

>At the Movies

>Anita Burkam reviews Prince Caspian.

>Good for the Jews

>and good for you, too: Claire’s latest booklist.

>Reading religiously

>Claire’s been doing just that.