Religion Book Reviews (page 177)

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1996

"More than a history of nuns, Sisters in Arms is a survey of how the Roman Catholic tradition has confronted the ever-present question of how to conceptualize the relationship between men and women."
An opinionated but reliable survey of the complex history of Roman Catholic nuns. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 12, 1996

"Replete with personal anecdotes and references to contemporary literature, this is an appealing but ultimately shallow piece of feel-good pop theology. (Author tour)"
An unconventional reading of the Garden of Eden story, offering the best-selling rabbi's suggestions about its psychological implications for the children of Adam and Eve. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 1996

"Some of the facile intellectual judgments here seem to offer more a tour de force of knowledge and cleverness than the fruits of a sustained period of reflection."
A sometimes scintillating, sometimes exasperatingly esoteric examination of "our current American obsession with angels, with parapsychological dreams, with the 'near death experience' and its astral body manifestations" and, in particular, their "clear analogues in the formative period of ancient Gnosticism." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A fascinating and remarkably balanced study of one of the culture wars' most actively contested fronts."
Yes, Anita, there is an organized homosexual conspiracy to change the face of America. Read full book review >
A LOWER MIDDLE CLASS EDUCATION by Robert Murray Davis
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"In contrast to recent let-it-all-hang-out autobiographies from academics, such as Frank Lentricchia's The Edge of Night (1994), Davis's personal memoir of the Silent Generation's college years stirs up nostalgia with low-key irony. (14 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Following up his narrative of his rural Missouri childhood in Mid-Lands (1992), Davis (English/Univ. of Oklahoma) modestly offers a memoir of his middle-of-the-road, middlebrow, 1950s Kansas City college career. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Though encumbered by frequent repetitions and structural awkwardness, this is a discerning narrative."
A competent history of Bob Jones University, in Greensville, S.C., and its extreme brand of Christian fundamentalism. Read full book review >
RUE ORDENER, RUE LABAT by Sarah Kofman
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"At times almost painful to read, a different kind of Holocaust memoir and a book that, with hindsight, suggests the fate that the author had perhaps already chosen for herself."
Kofman, a prominent French philosopher, wrote this memoir of her life as a Jewish child under the German occupation in 1994, shortly before she committed suicide. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Texas Cyclone'' doesn't convincingly penetrate to the eye of the storm."
A one-dimensional biography of the firebrand fundamentalist preacher. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Some of Manning's mild recollections might work at essay length; overall, the book lacks substance and freshness. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Manning, a clinical psychologist who wrote lyrically and humorously about her battle with depression in Undercurrents (1995), here offers by contrast the pedestrian memoir of a self- acclaimed casualty of Catholicism. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The circumstances surrounding the decline of a belief in witchcraft deserve an additional volume from this able researcher and deft writer. (3 maps)"
An impressively researched cross-cultural exploration of a disturbing phenomenon in European history. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"By turns dazzling, frustrating, enchanting, and vivid, this is a formidable first work whose timeliness is only underlined by recent events in the Middle East."
This debut by Elon, director of the Rabbinic Texts Program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, is a haunting mixture of modes and voices. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"However, this volume is surprisingly dry, given the loaded subject matter, and will be of interest primarily to specialists."
Gilman (Franz Kafka: The Jewish Patient, 1995, etc.; Liberal Arts/Univ. of Chicago), who has previously written about physical stereotypes of Jews, turns his attention to the seemingly positive stereotyping of Jews as highly intelligent. 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 >