Religion Book Reviews (page 175)

I LOVE GOOTIE by Max Apple
NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 1998

"Fresh, affectionate, and moving."
This nostalgic sequel to novelist Apple's Roommates (1994), about his extraordinary grandfather, focuses on the author's less charismatic but equally original grandmother. Read full book review >
IRVING HOWE by Edward Alexander
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"But he also deserved someone far more attuned to all the dimensions of his life and his political commitments."
A detailed and dogmatic intellectual biography of one of the leading American literary critics, political journalists, polemicists, and Jewish intellectuals of the past 50 years. Read full book review >

FOR THE FUTURE OF ISRAEL by Shimon Peres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"This book, entertaining and occasionally instructive as it is, underscores the need for a good biography of one of Israel's most important leaders."
Five long, only fitfully fruitful conversations between Israel's former prime minister who was the long-time rival to, ultimate collaborator with, and successor to the slain Yitzhak Rabin, and a Paris-based former Newsweek correspondent and novelist. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"What Viorst calls his 'fondness for the Arabs' shows in his account of the guiding lights he finds shining in the shadow of the prophet; his book spreads the light a little further."
In search of the broad range of Muslim views on Islam and society in the Arab world today, the author interviews an impressive array of Middle Eastern politicians and intellectuals, and sets their views in context of the region's long past. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"There are some perceptive moments here, but the vast scope of the project and its occasional biases overshadow Allen's obvious erudition."
An ambitious but unsatisfying intellectual history of the quest for the historical Jesus by a contributing editor to Lingua Franca. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"From the joint talents of the authors (a librarian and a novelist) comes a winsome biography that takes its subject more seriously than itself. (26 b&w photos, not seen)"
The authors' affection for their subject is warmly communicated in this biography of David-Neel (1868—1969), the French Tibetophile who was the first European woman to explore the once forbidden (to foreigners) city of Lhasa. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Cybergrace should get tongues wagging about cyberspace in a new, stimulating, and more philosophical way."
A heady, provocative search for the Deity via the Internet. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Some interesting background on manners, but do we really need an argument for not being uncouth?"
Spirited argument for an uncontroversial position. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Essential for thoughtful Catholics."
A winning ethnographic portrait of 28 American Catholic priests. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"As an interpreter of interpreters, Lopez functions here twice removed from the actual religion of Tibet; readers should approach with some prior knowledge of Buddhism."
In this fine scholarly work, Lopez (Asian Languages and Cultures/Univ. of Michigan) warns his readers away from romanticized visions of Tibet, which ultimately harm that beleaguered nation's prospects for independence. Read full book review >
JACOB, MENAHEM, MIMOUN by Marcel Bénabou
NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 1998

"He's decided to let his book tell itself; he'll merely hitch himself to the story and go along for the ride in this artistic tour-de-force, by turns playful and serious."
A dry wit and surprising pathos infuse this "family epic," which turns out to be "merely" the telling of BÇnabou's failed attempt at creating his literary masterpiece. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 23, 1998

"In this case the audience can and should include students of all ages. (Book-of-the-Month Club featured selection)"
In 1963—two years before he got the Nobel Prize—Feynman was asked to deliver three lectures to a lay audience at the University of Washington. 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 >