History Book Reviews (page 938)

JERUSALEM by Andrew Sinclair
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1995

"Drain the book of religio-political bile and you are left with some engaging chapters on the Jerusalem Templebased architecture, mathematics, and geometry still revered by the Masons and other spiritual descendants of the Templars. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A dizzyingly quick and unbalanced overview of the gorier side of 3,000 years of Jerusalem's glory. Read full book review >
KILLING RAGE by bell hooks
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 1995

"Too often, Killing Rage feels like it's preaching to the choir, and a bit perfunctory at that, but there are some moments of real insight, as one would expect from hooks. (Author tour)"
Any new work by hooks (Art on My Mind, p. 534, etc.) is welcome, but her latest is a somewhat diffuse effort. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 1995

"Interesting, but with a lighter touch and fresher approach, it might have been enthralling. (10 photos, 3 maps)"
Though often lively, this look at a Japanese-American relocation camp during WW II suffers from editor Hirabayashi's innumerable footnotes and academic blather about autoethnography and the ``ethnographic enterprise.'' Nishimoto, a Stanford-educated internee, sent detailed field reports from the center at Poston, Ariz., to the University of California's government-sponsored Japanese Evacuation and Resettlement Study. Read full book review >
MANHATTAN, WHEN I WAS YOUNG by Mary Cantwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 1995

"Still, Cantwell's lovely prose and passions for Manhattan, motherhood, and work will resonate for many women."
This pleasant memoir of the 1950s and '60s is an ode to Manhattan's unique brand of chaotic energy, by one of the island's adopted daughters. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 1995

"Those who seldom read poetry anymore will figure out why after enjoying Disch's always entertaining volume."
Due largely to his success as a novelist (The Priest, p. 89, etc.), Disch has followed his poetic Muse without becoming part of the poetry racket (as Disch describes it, grants and awards and all the other free lunches poets arrange for one another). Read full book review >

WHAT IS LIFE? by Lynn Margulis
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 1995

"Visually very attractive, this book will probably find a place on many coffee tables; but it would be surprising if any but the most dedicated readers persevered through the entire text. (15 charts)"
The authors of Mystery Dance: The Evolution of Human Sexuality (1991) return to the fundamental biological questions, this time taking on the slipperiest of all issues. Read full book review >
SUDDEN GLORY by Barry Sanders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 1995

"Refreshing, although the promise of subversion fizzles."
Often ebullient, but sometimes just gassy, this ambitious study sketches a counterhistory of Western thought by tracing the salient roles of laughter. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"On the whole, however, he provides a clear briefing on a financial fiasco whose consequences could prove earthshaking for insurers and insured alike. (12-page photo insert)"
An intelligible and generally absorbing rundown on how one of the world's best known but least understood financial institutions came to possibly terminal grief. Read full book review >
SAVAGES by Joe Kane
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 1995

"Savages is not a pious retelling of someone else's activism; Kane has been there, risked his life, and returned with true authority on the subject and the literary skill to make it live on the pages. (8 pages color photos, not seen) (First printing of 40,000)"
An eloquent and impassioned report from a hopeless battlefield where the war is between a nation of Amazonian Indians and the oil companies threatening to destroy it. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 12, 1995

"The beauty of this book lies in the conjuring of those innovative moments, beautifully woven, entertaining vignettes that explain where the changes came from, the trouble they caused, and where they led."
A Cook's tour of humankind's great innovations and the glories and tribulations that came in their wake. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 1995

"Nazism and of the Holocaust. (History Book Club selection)"
An exhaustively researched account of the ``opening act of Nazi genocide'': the murder of approximately 70,000 physically and mentally handicapped German citizens. Read full book review >
THE STRANGE DEATH OF THE SOVIET EMPIRE by David Pryce-Jones
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 7, 1995

"A wealth of detail from the warp and woof of Soviet society, but flawed by a lack of critical insight. (map) (Author tour)"
Pryce-Jones (The Closed Circle, 1989, etc.), who was for many years a correspondent in the Soviet Union for the Daily Telegraph, has written a strange and intriguing book on what is perhaps the central event of our time. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >