Religion Book Reviews (page 177)

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
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 >

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 >
Released: April 22, 1998

"Lots of scientific jargon—there's even a glossary of technical terms—to dress up a familiar New Age message about getting in touch with oneself and becoming one with the cosmos. ($75,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild alternate selection; author tour)"
Pearsall, the prolific guru of self-help advice combining scientific theories with New Age spiritualism (Sexual Healing, 1994; Ten Laws of Lasting Love, 1993; etc.), finds evidence in the experiences of heart transplant recipients to support his claim that the heart thinks and the cells remember. Read full book review >
END-TIME VISIONS by Richard Abanes
Released: April 20, 1998

nd the religious fringe, examines the astonishing resistance to death that religious predictions of the world's end have shown over the past two millennia, despite all refuting evidence. Read full book review >

Released: April 13, 1998

"The book closes with Galland's own nudges toward activism in her community of San Francisco, no longer as just an observer, but a thoughtful participant."
One pilgrim's stirring account of anger, activism, and healing in women's lives. Read full book review >
Released: April 12, 1998

"When addressing powerful topics, wishy-washy meditations are just not very satisfying."
Interesting issues, disappointing book. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 1998

"As for the pope, filtered here through others' adoring eyes, he remains as 'publicly aloof,' in the author's words, as his office demands. (25 b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 250,000; $250,000 ad/promo; feature in Time magazine; author tour)"
Intended for a wide audience, this tribute to John Paul II, via a Polish-Jewish friend, verges on the literary equivalent of a dashboard saint. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1998

"This is a major addition to Holocaust studies, as so few works have concentrated on women."
An exceptional Holocaust study from the vantage point of German Jewish women. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1998

"If you read one book on science and religion, this should be it."
An elegant, brief foray into the intersections of theology and science. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1998

"The more deeply curious will want to consult his introductory anthology of Tibetan texts, Essential Tibetan Buddhism (1995). (Author tour)"
A renowned scholar of Tibetan Buddhism issues a popular appeal to the West to refashion its inner life according to Buddhist enlightenment teachings. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1998

"This fusion of science and religion fails to take either discipline seriously as multifaceted, complex sets of meaning. (Author tour)"
Yet another unsuccessful attempt to integrate all of science and all of religion in one Grand Unified Theory. 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 >