Religion Book Reviews (page 179)

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 >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 1996

Published to coincide with a PBS series of the same title, this is a richly detailed, objective account of Christian fundamentalism in the last 50 years and its increasingly organized efforts at shaping public policy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 1996

"As a guide for those desiring specifics rather than slogans, however, it is considerably less useful."
California state senator and former radical activist Hayden's (Reunion, 1988, etc.) prescription for our environmental malaise calls for a reinfusion of the spiritual to heal the divide between humans and the natural world. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1996

"More than a history of nuns, Sisters in Arms is a survey of how the Roman Catholic tradition has confronted the ever-present question of how to conceptualize the relationship between men and women."
An opinionated but reliable survey of the complex history of Roman Catholic nuns. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 12, 1996

"Replete with personal anecdotes and references to contemporary literature, this is an appealing but ultimately shallow piece of feel-good pop theology. (Author tour)"
An unconventional reading of the Garden of Eden story, offering the best-selling rabbi's suggestions about its psychological implications for the children of Adam and Eve. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 1996

"Some of the facile intellectual judgments here seem to offer more a tour de force of knowledge and cleverness than the fruits of a sustained period of reflection."
A sometimes scintillating, sometimes exasperatingly esoteric examination of "our current American obsession with angels, with parapsychological dreams, with the 'near death experience' and its astral body manifestations" and, in particular, their "clear analogues in the formative period of ancient Gnosticism." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A fascinating and remarkably balanced study of one of the culture wars' most actively contested fronts."
Yes, Anita, there is an organized homosexual conspiracy to change the face of America. 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 >