Religion Book Reviews (page 177)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Generally balanced, though, and challenging; sure to appeal to Peck's large following. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
Peck's latest offering is the final installment of his ``Road Less Traveled'' trilogy (The Road Less Traveled, 1978, Further Along the Road Less Traveled, 1993) and a synthesis of his thinking to date. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

The prolific Highwater (The Language of Vision, 1994; Myth and Sexuality, 1990; etc.) once again explores the foundations of mythological structures, this time with the purpose of determining why homosexuality has been singled out as culturally deviant in contemporary Western society. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A mine of information about the customs and spiritual life of the Orthodox Church, presented in a very human and accessible way."
With both humor and depth, NPR commentator and syndicated columnist Mathewes-Green describes a year in the richly liturgical life of the Eastern Orthodox Church, as experienced in a small Maryland parish founded by a group of recent converts. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Little X is a compelling story, despite an indifferent prose style, because it provides an honest, inside view of one of America's most controversial religious movements and perceptively points to social tensions of race, gender, and religious identity. ($40,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
The written history of the Nation of Islam has focused heavily on the movement's leaders, such as Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X; it has been told from an almost exclusively male perspective; and it has virtually ignored the transitional period of the 1970s, when Elijah Muhammad's son transformed the movement into one more in keeping with orthodox Islam. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Neither as direct as the Bible nor as engaging as Shakespeare, Chopra's pathway may nevertheless serve as an on-ramp for some bewildered lovers."
A road map to spiritual renewal, with the crossroads marked by a popular guide who seems to have lost his footing. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"The book is a noteworthy addition to the literature on Holocaust rescuers, despite its mediocre adoption of fictional techniques to render historical events. (21 photos, not seen)"
The dramatic, if overly dramatized, account of a ``Jewish Oskar Schindler'' who rescued many Jews during the Holocaust. Read full book review >
AMONG WARRIORS by Pamela Logan
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 1996

"Likeminded readers may find satisfaction in reading about Logan's mountain adventures, but for many, scaling her self- indulgent prose may prove to be hard work. (16 color photos, 5 maps, not seen) (Author tour)"
James Hilton meets the Karate Kid in this self-congratulatory account of an arduous trek across the roof of the world in search of a fabled warrior caste. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 1996

"Despite an occasional lack of discipline in Levine's telling (including abrupt, inexplicable switches of tense from past to present and back again), Sugihara's story is ultimately a fascinating addition to Holocaust literature and a valuable historical footnote."
Levine (coathor, The Death of an American Jewish Community, 1992; Sociology and Religion/Boston Univ.) seeks to discover a seemingly ordinary man, the extraordinary thing he did, and the lessons to be learned. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"While many books have dealt with the Rothschilds, Elon's focus on the family's founding patriarch yields a thoroughly researched, fascinating, and altogether exemplary biography. (illustrations, not seen)"
During this time of bloated biographies, here is a refreshingly brief portrait of one of the most important figures of 19th-century European economic and modern Jewish history: Meyer Amschel Rothschild (17441812). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Still, Sells's well-written, impassioned, and informed book represents a deepening of the ongoing discourse about the collapse of Yugoslavia."
A penetrating argument that the heady mix of religion and modern nationalism are at the heart of the Bosnian catastrophe. Read full book review >
EROS, MAGIC, AND THE MURDER OF PROFESSOR CULIANU by Ted Anton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Murder, passion, and politics as the fascinating true story of one Romanian-born academic's postmodern rise and fall."
Blood in the ivory tower: a real-life thriller about postCold War espionage, an unsolved murder, and the occult. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Still, if Gay lacks the intellectual range of a Howe or the imaginative sparks of a Kate Simon or Grace Paley, she has written an enjoyable, easily digestible introduction to her parents' and her own generations' uneven and sometimes uneasy acculturation."
Part memoir, part anecdotal history of the three million East European Jews who streamed to these shores—particularly to New York City—between 1880 and 1920. 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 >