Religion Book Reviews (page 177)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 7, 1997

"One of only five percent of Dutch Jews who survived the Holocaust, de Wijze memorably demonstrates the importance of both serendipity and daring in enduring murderous conditions."
A Dutch Jew's crisply written memoir of surviving Monowitz (the huge labor camp at Auschwitz), the infamous ``death march'' from Auschwitz, and several concentration camps in Germany. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF A SPECULATOR by Victor Niederhoffer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 1997

"Edifying pieces of a lively mind whose education has been both broad and deep."
Offbeat reminiscences and observations from a Wall Street pro who appreciates that there's more to life than balance sheets, income statements, and price charts. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 1997

"Fascinating and always smart, this is a stylish and intriguing look at the powerful intricacies of family, religion, and wealth. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A tremendous, all-encompassing biography of one of the most powerful and secretive family dynasties of the 20th century. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"The reader comes as close as one would ever want to get to Nazi Germany of the 1930s. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An eminent Holocaust historian gives voice to both the perpetrators and victims of Nazi Germany's prewar persecutions. Read full book review >
AN ORIGINAL MAN by III Clegg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"In all, though, this is both an outstanding biography and an important contribution to the history of the Nation of Islam. (16 pages b&w photos, maps, not seen)"
A meticulous, absorbing reconstruction of the life of the ``Messenger of Allah'' who led the Nation of Islam for more than four decades, until his death in 1975. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"And despite Marsden's eloquence, the jury is still out on this divisive question."
A frank assertion that religious faith does indeed have a place in academia. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 29, 1997

"The source of the passion driving the Berrigans' deeds remains elusive, perhaps through no fault of the authors: The brothers, who confess to near-absolute certainty in their moral choices, harbor few of the doubts that help humanize and illumine most lives. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
The story of two brothers and the turmoil, in the Catholic Church and American society, through which they have lived. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Having fallen victim, perhaps, to millennial madness, Strieber believes himself on a mission to save the world."
Strieber's ongoing narrative of his encounters with some form of higher intelligence—whether through actual visitations by aliens or a kind of altered consciousness—here becomes an increasingly incredible fable of time travel, prophecy, and visions of God. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 1997

"Four stories that remind us of the human dimension of history. (10 illustrations, not seen)"
Four touching and tragic stories revealing the paradoxical nature of Italian fascism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 1997

"A vivid, excellently crafted journey through recent history, as well as through one man's life. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An American success story, shot through with praise for—and some well-placed criticism of—the author's adoptive country. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 1997

"Ultimately, Behar's writings here are more personal essay than anthropological study, failing to clarify the application of her notion of anthropology that breaks your heart."
These readable, insightful essays are linked by the tension between the traditional academic view of anthropology as objective science and accomplished anthropologist Behar's (Univ. of Michigan) desire to admit the subjectivity, or ``vulnerability,'' that often plays a role in the work. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Eisenman's historical reconstruction makes for fascinating reading, but it never takes us beyond the realm of the merely plausible."
Gripping but partisan conjectures from Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Eisenman (Middle East Religions/ California State Univ.), arguing that St. 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 >