Religion Book Reviews (page 177)

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"While not on a par with his best fiction, this Potok offering will engage many readers, particularly those with vivid memories of the struggles of, and for, Soviet Jews."
Potok, whose novels of families at odds with themselves ring so true (I Am the Clay, 1992, etc.), turns his attention to a deeply divided real-life family of Russian Jews. Read full book review >
LIVING FAITH by Jimmy Carter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Carter's life is best summarized by the title of one of his chapters: faith in action."
An unforgettable spiritual autobiography filled with wisdom and pleas for justice. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"Mainline churches may be dying, but they deserve a more intelligent eulogy than Reeves can provide."
Possibly the most slanted, conservative take on American church history to appear in recent memory. Read full book review >
THE MAKING OF A JEW by Edgar M. Bronfman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"An interesting and provocative memoir—but likely to be found so by an extremely small audience, limited primarily not just to Jews, but to those who recognize Bronfman as an important figure in Jewish affairs."
A wealthy and powerful philanthropist chronicles his exploits on behalf of world Jewry. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The strengths unfortunately do not compensate for the book's foundational disregard of popular piety. (17 b&w and 16 color illustrations, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club selections)"
A disappointingly superficial treatment of the most revered female figure in the Western world. Read full book review >

THE DEVIL by Peter Stanford
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Stanford, former editor of the Catholic Herald of London, does a thoroughly adequate job of chronicling his subject's career, but there is just too much material for one slim volume to fully examine the significance of the Devil in all his guises."
The Devil doesn't really get his due in this rushed ``If it's Tuesday, it must be Beelzebub'' biography. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Resurrected from the newspaper morgue, these pieces tend to lose whatever punch they may have initially had."
Journalist Steinbach is a Pulitzer Prize winner, but the award was given for feature articles written for the Baltimore Sun, not for this motley assortment of reflections on ``the small events that make up a life.'' In the footsteps of other essayists and columnists—Erma Bombeck and Steinbach's hero E.B. White among them—Steinbach digs for the universal in the personal, and from time to time, she strikes pay dirt. Read full book review >
RUMORS AND STONES by Wayne Karlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A deft melding of disparate narratives, forming a unique and valuable addition to the literature of the Holocaust."
A deeply emotional, intellectual, and literary examination of the Holocaust, framed through one man's journey to a small Polish town in which 2,000 Jews were executed by the Germans in 1941. Read full book review >
THE GENESIS OF ETHICS by Burton L. Visotzky
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Bible will increase its appeal as a tool of ethical teaching. (Author tour)"
A peculiar attempt to study the book of Genesis as ``an ugly little soap opera about a dysfunctional family.'' Visotzky (Midrash and Interreligious Studies/Jewish Theological Seminary of America), who is known for his Bible study groups for the literati, goes out of his way to be non-Orthodox, unorthodox, and often offensive. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Cogent and well written, Wallis's call for action deserves to be heard."
What right has Pat Robertson to speak for America's Christians? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Holy Trinity hardly qualifies as a typical Catholic parish, and Naughton's penchant for crude polarization ensures a superficial treatment of the issues he raises."
Good-guy liberals stave off defeat from conservative authority figures in this depressing look at a progressive parish, which Naughton (Taking to the Air: The Rise of Michael Jordan, 1992) sees as a microcosm of the conflicts within American Catholicism. Read full book review >
SIMON WIESENTHAL by Hella Pick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"There is no more disturbing memory for the West than that of the genocidal atrocities committed in WW II, and no more disturbing—and decorated—guardian of this memory than the complex man depicted here. (40 illustrations, not seen)"
A full, lucid, and moving biography of the Nazi hunter who became the ``unwelcome conscience'' of post-Holocaust Europe. 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 >