Religion Book Reviews (page 174)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"He weaves a vibrant, detailed tapestry of character and experience; his discoveries are manifold. (map, not seen)"
In this affecting travel memoir, Simon (The River Stops Here, 1994) pursues both a component of his own history and a vision of post-Soviet eastern Europe circa 1994. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 20, 1997

"Human, dramatic stories, well told, with sympathetic insights. (12 photos, not seen)"
A fine combination of collective biography and thematic study. Read full book review >

THE KIDNAPPING OF EDGARDO MORTARA by David I. Kertzer
NON-FICTION
Released: May 18, 1997

"A moving, dramatic study of the clash between the sacred and the secular."
A dramatic and heart-wrenching tale that reveals a great deal about the battle between conservative and progressive forces in mid-19th-century Europe. Read full book review >
SEVEN TATTOOS by Peter Trachtenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 1997

"Beyond the tattoos, there's nothing indelible in this package of angst and sophomoric philosophizing."
A tiresome exercise in self-indulgence posing as a literary memoir, from a winner of the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 1997

"A retelling for those so unfamiliar with the sex and violence in the Bible that they think it merits a PG rating. (Author tour)"
An amateur Bible student's attempt to deal with the complexities of biblical sexuality. Read full book review >

AFTER GOD by Don Cupitt
NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 1997

"It would seem that rumors of God's death have been greatly exaggerated."
A postmodernist's shaky attempt to craft a theology in the twilight of the gods. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"In all, though, a worthy read. (3 b&w illustrations, not seen) (Quality Paperback Book Club selection; regional author tour)"
A brief but valuable narrative of travel by essayist Ehrlich (A Match to the Heart, 1994, etc.), exploring the sacred and the profane in contemporary China. Read full book review >
DOORS TO MADAME MARIE by Odette Meyers
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Meyers's failure to confront her ambivalence about religion directly makes her story feel incomplete."
The episodic and deeply conflicted memories of a Jewish woman's childhood in France during WW II. Read full book review >
ANCIENT ISRAELITE RELIGION by Susan Niditch
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"On balance, though, this is a first-rate introduction, for undergraduate and graduate students and all serious students of Judaism, to the social, cultural, intellectual, and spiritual underpinnings of the Hebrew Bible. (illustrations, not seen)"
An overly brief but very well organized and informative overview of Judaism's formative stage during the 13th to 5th centuries b.c. Read full book review >
WALKER PERCY by Patrick H. Samway
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Such crucial distinctions make this an essential critical companion to Percy's work, though the respectful tone mutes Percy's darker side—the malevolent irony and wicked satire so integral to his novels. (photos, not seen)"
Samway, who edited Signposts in a Strange Land, Percy's posthumously published essays, successfully triangulates the major forces unifying Percy's life (191690): a complex mix of Catholic faith, existential angst, and scientific method. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Deserves to be read by both sides in this passionate controversy."
Herman (Law/Keele Univ., England) offers a thorough critique of the positions taken by American conservative Protestantism since the '50s on the issue of gay rights. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"A stimulating, if not quite convincing, contribution to Thomistic and gay studies."
A scholarly critique of how the term ``sodomy'' arose in the Middle Ages and came to influence Roman Catholic moral discourse. 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 >