Religion Book Reviews (page 11)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2004

"An insightful airing of dirty cassocks within papal politics, from a masterful, controversial scholar."
Contrary to the history books, the Middle Ages didn't end with the Renaissance in Italy. They lasted until September 20, 1870, when "Europe's last theocratic government was ended." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2004

"A masterful chronicle of dark and dangerous years, and a distinguished addition to the history of totalitarianism."
A journalist's memoir of her grandmothers also paints an eloquent portrait of two totalitarian powers, the havoc they wrought, and the countless burdens they imposed on ordinary families. Read full book review >

TATTOO FOR A SLAVE by Hortense Calisher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A masterpiece of memoir: a volume that soars, sings, and sobs."
A dazzling memoir by the nonagenarian novelist who discovers along the way a most damning document among her family's papers. Read full book review >
WHERE SHALL WISDOM BE FOUND? by Harold Bloom
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 7, 2004

"Another work of uncompromised literary analysis, thought, and feeling, from the mind of Bloom: towering, real, invaluable."
The latest from the venerable Bloom (Hamlet: Poem Unlimited, 2003, etc.) may not always be easy going, but it's invariably rewarding and rich. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2004

"Informative and well-informed documentation of how faith is made to fit."
Documentary filmmaker Ault unearths the everyday codes that direct the lives of a conservative Christian community and the intensity of emotions embodied in their concept of being "born again." Read full book review >

OSAMA by Jonathan C. Randal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 26, 2004

"A masterful work of reporting, and of great importance in understanding the rise of modern Islamic terrorism and its singular personification."
Osama bin Laden: part Robin Hood, part Che Guevara, part Saladin, part "religious pop star in a land hungering for inspirational role models," and part Old Man of the Mountains, "whose votaries so intimidated Middle Eastern contemporaries that they were dubbed Assassins." Read full book review >
THE CHURCH THAT FORGOT CHRIST by Jimmy Breslin
NON-FICTION
Released: July 6, 2004

"The authorities will cry foul, but you can bet American Catholics will be reading and discussing Breslin's latest—and justly so."
A searing indictment of the faithful against a church that has failed their faith, with legendary New York newsman Breslin driving the nails into the cathedral door. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2003

"Wiesel proposes few definitive answers—here, the question mark appears as often as the period. But his explorations, drawing on the collective wisdom of prophets, rabbis, and scholars from the earliest days to the present, are endlessly illuminating."
Nobel Prize-winning novelist and memoirist Wiesel (The Judges, 2002, etc.) leads readers on a spirited, sometimes contentious journey through Jewish history and thought. Read full book review >
THE STORYTELLER’S DAUGHTER by Saira Shah
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2003

"A powerful memoir and an unforgettable portrait of a land and a people."
Adventure-filled account of an intrepid young British-Afghan woman's search for cultural identity. Read full book review >
UNSETTLED by Melvin Konner
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Rich in learning and observation, Unsettled ought to inspire discussion, perhaps even controversy at points. A splendid treatise that will inform readers of whatever background."
A lucid exposition, informed by science and poetry alike, of the qualities and historical accidents that have made the Jewish people so important a presence in so many parts of the world. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 17, 2003

"Whatever the explanation, the survival of the hospital was nothing short of a miracle, one that Silver captures with all due astonishment."
Fascinating footnote to Holocaust history that staggers the imagination, revealing the existence of a Jewish hospital in the heart of Berlin that treated patients to the very end of Hitler's reign. Read full book review >
MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS by Tracy Kidder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human being."
Full-immersion journalist Kidder (Home Town, 1999, etc.) tries valiantly to keep up with a front-line, muddy-and-bloody general in the war against infectious disease in Haiti and elsewhere. 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 >