Religion Book Reviews (page 177)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"American Jewish history."
The pioneering 1929 and 1937 sociological studies of ``Middletown''—the small city of Muncie, Indiana—said almost nothing about the community's 200 Jews. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"A rare combination of scholarship, poetic sensitivity, and insight. (18 b&w photos, not seen)"
Russell (Mephistopheles: The Devil in the Modern World, 1986, etc.; History and Religious Studies/Univ. of Calif., Santa Barbara) offers a sensitive and intellectually alert survey of the concept of heaven, from its roots in Judaism and Greek philosophy through Dante's Paradiso. Read full book review >

GOD-TALK IN AMERICA by Phyllis A. Tickle
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"A graphic expression of the superficiality of the current American religious situation."
Religious publishing, TV, and now the Internet have radically altered theological discourse in this country over the last 50 years, argues Tickle, who sees the developments as a vindication of all that the Reformation and American individualism stand for. Read full book review >
PAUL by A.N. Wilson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

In a worthy companion volume to his Jesus: A Life (1992), novelist-biographer Wilson (A Watch in the Night, 1996, etc.) adeptly recreates the milieu of Christianity's greatest interpreter and missionary. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 25, 1997

"These seem far more focused on diurnal family and economic issues than on the almost mythic third millennium, whose contours are still less clearly discernible than Kingwell thinks."
A quick, entertaining, often flippant guide to the zeitgeist. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 19, 1997

"But he's not convincing in the idea that a Judaism in which everyone can have it any which way they want is a Judaism that will have lasting power in the century to come. (Author tour; TV/radio satellite tour)"
Now that Dershowitz, the noted Harvard Law School professor and celebrity defense attorney, has told American Jews what wusses they are (Chutzpah, 1991), he sets out to tell them how to ensure their community's survival into the 21st century. Read full book review >
BLUE WINDOWS by Barbara Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 1997

This sensitive, eloquent coming-of-age story articulates the often painful intersections of religion, power, illness, and death. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 1997

"But most impressive is Fink's commitment to finding the true meaning of Jewish prayer and practice."
There is a saying that it's hard to be a Jew. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Shorto's rather breathless approach offers a simplified, and thus inadequate, portrait of the nature and history of the movement he is trying to legitimize."
An enthusiastic but overly sensationalized synthesis of ``historical Jesus'' scholarship. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"Still, like his earlier works, this is an impressive achievement. (illustrations, not seen)"
A plunge into the complex realities of a watershed period in European history, in the company of the remarkable Platter family. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"The engaging, often ingratiating, recollections of a free- spirited agent and advocate who has learned a lot from his varied experiences close to the seats of power. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The exuberant, worldly-wise autobiography of a Washington/Wall Street insider who thrived despite the hard blows life has dealt him on more than one occasion. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR THE OTHER SIDE by Sherry Suib Cohen
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Somewhat self-absorbed (in keeping with much of the New Age movement) but a fun introduction to a wacky world. (Author tour)"
A light, entertaining journey through the varied genres of New Age spirituality. 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 >