Religion

Asra Nomani: "Standing Alone in Mecca" (Harper San Francisco)

March 29, 2005

A Muslim woman born in India and raised in West Virginia recounts the hajj she took with her infant son, father and mother and niece and nephew. She examines the role of women in Islam and details her fight against sexism and intolerance...

Marilynne Robinson: "Gilead" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

March 11, 2005

Twenty-four years have passed since her first critically acclaimed novel. Marilynne Robinson presents her long-awaited second novel about an aging minister reflecting on his abolitionist ancestors, spirituality, and the mysteries of life.

Rembrandt's Late Religious Paintings

March 1, 2005

Seventeen enigmatic religious portraits by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn, produced in the last years of his life, have been assembled for the first time in an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. Diane and her guests discuss the...

Terry Iacuzzo: "Small Mediums at Large" (Putnam)

February 23, 2005

Terry Iacuzzo is reported to be one of the most sought after psychics in New York City. She talks about growing up in Buffalo in a family of psychics and the long, strange trip she took in making her way to the Big Apple.

Christopher de Bellaigue: "In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs" (HarperCollins)

February 18, 2005

Iran is one of the least well-understood countries in the world. An English journalist who's lived there for the past three years (and is married to an Iranian) offers an inside look at the people and the recent history of a country...

Mary Doria Russell: "A Thread of Grace" (Random House)

February 15, 2005

In northwest Italy, peasants, priests, and native Italian Jews conspired to save the lives of 43,000 Jews during the final phase of World War II. Mary Doria Russell presents a meticulously researched novel based on the true story of the...

Deepak Chopra: "Peace is the Way" (Harmony)

February 11, 2005

Dr. Deepak Chopra continues his exploration of health, healing and spirituality. His latest book is about what it means to be a peacemaker.

Rushworth Kidder: "Moral Courage" (William Morrow)

January 6, 2005

In the 2004 presidential election, many Americans said moral judgment was a crucial factor in their decision. An ethicist explores how our values lead us to make complex decisions in all aspects of our lives, from the White House to the...

Gordon Livingston: "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart" (Marlowe & Co.)

January 4, 2005

A psychiatrist shares the life lessons he's learned from his three-decade career as a therapist and from his own experiences living through tragedies and personal challenges.

John Dominic Crossan: "In Search of Paul" (Harper San Francisco)

December 10, 2004

A former Roman Catholic priest and prominent scholar of the historical Jesus talks about one of the New Testament's most influential and controversial figures, the apostle Paul.

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