Religion Book Reviews (page 175)

THE SOUL OF CYBERSPACE by Jeff Zaleski
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"A concise, stimulating introduction to an increasingly intriguing part of Internet society."
A useful overview of the impact of religion on the Internet, offering lengthy, stimulating interviews with individuals active in Web culture. Read full book review >
HERMITS by Peter France
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

A lively, vivid, and moving history of hermits, religious and secular, and the instincts that drove them to embrace solitude. Read full book review >

BEYOND THE THRESHOLD by Maria del Carmen Tapia
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Avoiding facile sensationalism, Tapia's relentlessly detailed chronicle shows how idealism can lead to the repression of basic human rights."
A disturbing indictment of the methods and ethos of Opus Dei, from a devout Catholic who spent 18 years in the organization and worked at its highest levels. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"It is almost enough to make an apocalyptic end of the world seem attractive."
A weak and derivative addition to the flood of books presaging the year 2000. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1997

"A provocative and useful study. (b&w photos, not seen)"
An impressionistic but memorable account of the mid-century negotiations between religion and science in American culture. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 1997

"Still, this is a winning ethnography of some unusual religious sects."
A thoughtful, detailed exploration of three small but growing fundamentalist groups within postVatican II American Catholicism. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 1997

"A valuable contribution to the history of public health in America, to New York City history, and to American Jewish history."
A revealing cultural and medical history that demonstrates how eastern European Jews, already subject to a kind of social quarantine, became the scapegoats when typhus and cholera struck New York City in 1892. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"Nevertheless, its form and contents intrigue."
An unorthodox, idiosyncratic portrait of Dvora Baron (18871956), an eccentric Israeli writer. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"In all, a valuable synthesis of the American Catholic tradition; some of his insights on the Church's contemporary struggles are downright inspired. (50 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An adept, comprehensive history of American Catholicism, tracing its growth from immigrant obscurity in the 19th century, through its cultural dominance in the 1950s, to its current turbulent condition. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"Unfortunately, the few alternatives she offers are vague and touchy-feely."
Schwartz (English/Northwestern Univ.; Remembering and Repeating, not reviewed) has written a strange, discomfiting book on the Bible's legacy of violence. Read full book review >
A JOURNEY BACK by Arnon Tamir
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"A thoughtful, gripping work."
A brief, intriguing memoir, by an Israeli kibbutznik, of the early years of the Nazi regime, which he witnessed as an adolescent, interspersed with accounts of his postwar struggle to come to terms with Germany and gain restitution. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"Their love, humor, and forgiveness resonate from every page. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
An honest, searching memoir about the trials of an openly gay priest and his partner. 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 >