Religion Book Reviews (page 178)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 1996

"But the subject of the Bnai Noah awaits a more balanced and thoughtful presentation."
An intriguing, if highly flawed, combination of memoir and polemic on why a ``Bible-thumping Baptist'' minister renounces his Christian faith and helps create the new quasi=Jewish group, Bnai Noah Raised in the heart of the Bible belt, in rural Georgia, Davis traces his growing doubts about what he sees as the ahistoricism and irrationality of Christian doctrine, including Jesus' virgin birth and divinity. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 1996

"Things must be in a pretty bad way if science and reason cannot save us, and we must cast ourselves instead on Thompson's haphazard ruminations. (18 b&w illustrations)"
Meandering millennial meditations by a self-described cultural historian, WissenskÅnstler, Marshall McLuhanite, and yogic proselytizer. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 1996

"Some unusual insights are mixed in here with utter daftness."
New Age hokum meets true perception in this work of horticultural confession and counsel. ``Inner gardening is about thinking for yourself, being yourself, and then watching the results flower around you.'' Handelsman, onetime gardening columnist for New Age Journal and Vogue, finds in plant life a dependable source of human spiritual renewal. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 1996

"A good choice for fathers of even one child, with lessons in the yin of pride and the yang of humility—often arising at the same time, as any experienced father will attest."
An ode to the contradictions of fatherhood, "the perfect oxymoron," in the form of a collection of sometimes rueful, always loving essays and commentaries. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 1996

"Pretentious, aimless, worthless. (Author tour)"
Smarmy advice on how to conduct your life from Bode (First You Have to Row a Little Boat, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 1996

"The controversy, however, does nothing to diminish Lazare's accomplishment in bringing to light an important episode in the history of the 20th century. (Author tour)"
A challenge to traditional views of Jewish passivity in the face of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
THE RE-ENCHANTMENT OF EVERYDAY LIFE by Thomas Moore
NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 1996

Bestselling spiritual writer Moore (Soul Mates, 1994) offers sage guidance on how to develop a sense of wonder in a jaded world. Read full book review >
MESSAGES FROM MY FATHER by Calvin Trillin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"With characteristic grace and good humor, Trillin crafts a charming, heartfelt memorial to his father that is also a loving demonstration of how deeply he took his father's advice to heart. (Author tour)"
The renowned humorist fashions an affectionate portrait of his father that muses on the elliptical methods by which men raise sons and by which sons strive to please fathers. Read full book review >
TESSIE AND PEARLIE by Joy Horowitz
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"In her portraits of these two very human women, Horowitz has written a loving tribute to the power of sheer survival and the wisdom that derives from it."
This is a tale of two bubbes, or Jewish grandmothers, two ordinary women who have both arrived at the age of 93, only to be torn between their love of life and their knowledge that death is imminent. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"An intelligent but sometimes too clever deconstruction of this strange, disquieting aspect of early cinema. (61 b&w photos, not seen)"
Over-argued, under-organized examination of the cultural significance of blackface in American film. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"Because we don't get to know the principal subjects well enough, the appeal of this book, though not its historical significance, gets lost in the labyrinth of red tape."
A unique Holocaust biography focused on the bureaucratic nightmares of a family fighting to leave Nazi Germany. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 27, 1996

"A fresh retelling of old stories about a son's struggles with his father and his God, and a memoir that may help put more demons to rest for others of the '60s generation. (Author tour)"
An ex-priest's confessional attempt to make peace with his dead father. 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 >