Religion Book Reviews (page 177)

CHILDREN OF ZION by Henryk Grynberg
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A terse, curious, but nonetheless powerful work."
After Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Russia was swift to seize large chunks of Polish territory. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 29, 1997

"Though repetitive and overly detailed in parts, Watson offers both friend and foe of the Christian Coalition an impartial look at its institutional psychology."
This meticulously documented study of the Christian Coalition illuminates for the general reader the goals and motives of one segment of the religious right. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 10, 1997

"A uniquely absorbing and poignant study of the vanished world of the early martyrs. (11 illustrations, not seen)"
An insightful, moving account of the death of an early-third- century Christian martyr, based on her own diary. Read full book review >
PRESENCES by Paul Moore
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"A revealing portrait of this controversial and influential Anglican. (b&w photos, not seen)"
An autobiography by Moore (Take a Bishop Like Me, 1979), erstwhile Episcopal bishop of New York City, social activist, and father of nine. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Marks gets no hard answers about her father, but she fashions a substantial and affecting memoir. (photos, not seen)"
Marks's self-described ``medley of truth and fantasy'' explores her family's history in New Orleans culture and her own experiences growing up Jewish in the segregated South. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Though respectful of both science and faith, this book is unlikely to convince either scientist or theologian. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
This account of creation is the latest entry in the current endeavor to drag science and religion within shouting distance of each other. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 1997

"The largely uninterpreted data of the interviews effectively re-creates for readers the feelings of fragmentation and loss of bearings the interviewees knew firsthand. (34 b&w photos, not seen)"
These probing interviews with German-Jewish survivors of Nazi Germany, most of them current or former residents of Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood, will bring readers as close as memory can to the life in extremis led by Jews in Germany between 1933 and 1945. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 1997

"An exciting, stimulating, and unique human document, and one that will no doubt become a much-trumpeted addition to the historical record. (50 b&w photos)"
In 1270, one year before the start of Marco Polo's fabled adventure, a Jewish merchant from the Adriatic port of Ancona set sail for the Orient; over 700 years later, his recently discovered account affords a rare and fascinating glimpse into the peoples, commerce, and thought of the 13th century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 1997

"It is a compelling account, one that any woman trying to recover her history will value."
With this family history, Epstein (Children of the Holocaust, 1979, etc.) adds a vivid and telling chapter to the reconstruction of Jewish women's history, one life at a time. Read full book review >
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A TIBETAN MONK by Palden Gyatso
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Gyatso reminds us that the language of suffering is universal. (11 illustrations, not seen)"
To readers of this memoir, however untraveled, Tibet will never again seem remote or unfamiliar. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Bawer lightens his critique with stretches of autobiographical narration, but the overriding (and unrepentant) tone of fulmination lends his book the feel of a sermon that has gone on too long."
Bawer wants to rouse liberal America from its lazy indifference to the rising tide of Christian fundamentalism. Read full book review >
SAINTS AND SINNERS by Eamon Duffy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"With its 150 well-chosen illustrations, 100 of them in color, this is a coffee-table book that transcends its genre. (History Book Club selection)"
A sumptuous feast of popes and kings, nimbly prepared by historian Duffy, a fellow at Magdelen College, Cambridge. 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 >