Religion Book Reviews (page 179)

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 >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"While Tuszynska has gathered a great deal of colorful and revealing material, her two subjects aren't well integrated and are portrayed somewhat sketchily."
Despite some fascinating vignettes and quotes, this is a somewhat disjointed attempt to write two books in one: a biographical collage of the Polish-Jewish-American Nobel laureate and a look at pre- and post-Holocaust Polish Jews and gentiles. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A timely and accessible look into how both Western Muslims and their neighbors are dealing with the political, social, and spiritual issues raised by an increasing Muslim presence in the West."
A panoramic yet nuanced investigation into the lives and dreams of Muslims living in Europe and the US. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

Five essays that articulate a thoughtful ethic, and to some extent a theology, of ``sexual fidelity in long-term, committed relationships.'' A former English professor and mother of three, Wallace draws upon both literary and religious sources (particularly Coleridge and the contemporary theologian Stanley Hauerwas) in trying to help parents steer their children between ``simpleminded hedonism [and] . . . simpleminded repression.'' Sex is about far more than physical or even emotional intimacy, she insists; it is about a unique one-to-one capacity for vulnerability and compassion. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 16, 1998

"A pleasant Borscht Belt memoir, much like a Borscht Belt meal: excessive beyond nourishment, but hey, why not try a little? (62 b&w photos, not seen) (For the grander side of life in the Catskills, see Richard Grossinger's Out of Babylon, p. 1622.)"
For more than half a century, until about 1970, legions of middle-class Jewish workers and businessmen moved their families each summer from crowded New York quarters to Catskill bungalow colonies and communal settlements known as kuchaleins (literally: ``cook alones''). Read full book review >

MAYBE LUCK ISN'T JUST CHANCE by Ruth Liepman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 1998

"Liepman, now 87, tells this dazzling story of intrigue and danger in flat, conversational prose with the faint air of the tape recorder running through it."
Liepman, a prominent European literary agent, recalls her turbulent Holocaust story and her career in this entry in Northwestern's ``Jewish Lives'' series. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 7, 1998

"This volume explodes the myth that feminism can't take root in lands where Islam rules."
A remarkable, stereotype-shattering, gender-bending study of Middle Eastern women and their efforts to gain equality. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Murdoch smooths the rocky path between ethics and art, but apart from the eternal Plato, many of the choices of representative philosophers in these aging essays—Sartre, Stuart Hampshire, Gilbert Ryle, among others—now seem quaintly dated."
Gathered here are essays by philosopher-novelist Murdoch, whose cool, clear thoughts on goodness and beauty offer sanctuary to all weary refugees from moral relativism. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Zionist'' studies that debunk earlier works on Israel's founding fathers and mothers."
For decades, Israel's social-democratic Labor Party was the country's predominant political force, consistently holding a plurality of power against the right-wing ``revisionist'' and religious parties. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF ZION by Henryk Grynberg
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A terse, curious, but nonetheless powerful work."
After Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Russia was swift to seize large chunks of Polish territory. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 29, 1997

"Though repetitive and overly detailed in parts, Watson offers both friend and foe of the Christian Coalition an impartial look at its institutional psychology."
This meticulously documented study of the Christian Coalition illuminates for the general reader the goals and motives of one segment of the religious right. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 10, 1997

"A uniquely absorbing and poignant study of the vanished world of the early martyrs. (11 illustrations, not seen)"
An insightful, moving account of the death of an early-third- century Christian martyr, based on her own diary. 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 >