Religion Book Reviews (page 178)

HEADING SOUTH, LOOKING NORTH by Ariel Dorfman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Still, Dorfman's account is slow going through the first half but picks up greatly once the dangers he faced become clear, and he has sharp insights into Chile's political situation."
Novelist Dorfman's (Konfidenz, 1995, etc.) memoir shakes up the term Latino, as he plots the course of "a hybrid, part Yankee, part Chilean, a pinch Jew, a mestizo in search of a center," who becomes an outspoken Chilean exile campaigning for the self-determination of the Americas. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"A breezy prose rendering of the interview style that has made King a one-man multimedia mogul. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Radio and TV satellite tour)"
CNN talk show host/newspaper columnist/author King takes on the future here, asking various movers and shakers their thoughts on what the next century holds. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"In the vast desert of pop spirituality, Lane's book is an oasis. (5 photos, not seen)"
Deserts doubling as both reality and symbol are the heroes of these memorable reflections on the interplay between nature and spirit. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"While many would welcome a more human element in the doctor-patient relationship, Matthews's vision is certain to be viewed skeptically, if not simply rejected, by large numbers of doctors and patients alike. (Author tour)"
"Faith is good medicine," pronounces this convinced though not necessarily convincing Christian physician, who here presents research on the connection between religion and healing, relates supporting anecdotes, and calls on his fellow doctors to utilize the spiritual component of the healing arts. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"For those who want to know about the dark underside of American Jewish life two and three generations ago, Cohen's book, is a good place to begin. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to Rolling Stone; author tour)"
Yes, Deborah, there once were Jewish murderers who were part of organized crime in America. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"When dealing with these difficult texts (which are, as Shanks notes, 'fragmentary, elliptical, and written in arcane, symbolic, and metaphorical language') one could hardly ask for a better guide."
A first-rate distillation of many scholars' work over the past five decades on the century's most important, and in many ways most controversial, archaeological find. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 20, 1998

"The Shaker voices communicate over the author's annoying obtrusiveness so that despite herself her work fills a gap in the growing genre of reportage on the inner life of modern religious communities."
Skees weaves together a popular history of Shakerism with an account of her month-long visit to Sabbathday Lake in Maine, the last living community of Shaker sisters and brethren. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 2, 1998

"Nondenominational seekers of the spiritual depths will do better with the grandfather work of this genre, Aldous Huxley's The Perennial Philosophy. (First printing of 40,000)"
Another attempt in the self-help genre to reduce the spiritual life to a few simple precepts and to eliminate from it all deep paradox, doubt, and question. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"His suggestions for further reading provide direction for more focused inquiry. (36 b&w photos, 10 maps, not seen)"
An elegant history of the Christianization of northwestern Europe. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"One of the better examples of a genre usually represented by cloyingly sweet or abrasively regimented guides."
The latest version of a venerable American tradition: extolling the sacramental pleasures of the simple life. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"While its wealth of detail will appeal more to academics and other specialists than to lay readers, its clear prose makes it accessible to all."
A very well researched, kaleidoscopic study of late medieval and early modern Europe's most notorious—if hardly its most devastating—religious and racial witch hunt. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"An evensong for a dying civilization. (24 b&w and 8 color photos, not seen)"
A memorable historical journey through the twilight of Eastern Christianity in the Middle East, heartfelt and beautifully told. 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 >