Religion Book Reviews (page 179)

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Given its limitations, the book will chiefly be of interest to students of medieval Jewish history. (History Book Club selection)"
A plodding study of the background, dynamics, and historical treatments of the Rhineland massacre of Jews in the First Crusade. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"With this anthology topping out at 560 pages, Rosenberg could have been more discriminating in his selections and their presentation."
A generally strained anthology, with several memorable individual essays. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 1996

"One hopes that other historians will follow McDannell's bold lead and attend to this neglected aspect of religious expression. (100 b&w photos and 24 color plates, not seen)"
A groundbreaking, impressively researched, and kitsch-filled exploration of how Americans' sacred ``stuff'' both shapes and reflects their religious beliefs. Read full book review >
LOST JEWS by Emma Klein
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 5, 1996

"This collection of identity conflicts seems to be struggling for its own identity."
A narrow examination of the conflicting concepts of identity shared by the masses of marginal Jews. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"It does, however, convey with remarkable immediacy one man's wartime anguish and is valuable for what it reveals about human nature during times of extreme duress. (map and 9 photos, not seen)"
The story of a Polish Jew who faced moral as well as emotional anguish in the Holocaust, told in his own tortured words. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"This essential collection captures the best of a leading thinker and doer who influenced many contemporaries with an ancient prophetic tradition that he made new."
Collected essays by Rabbi Heschel (190772), one of our century's most eloquent and challenging theologians. Read full book review >
PHARAOHS AND KINGS by David M. Rohl
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The Learning Channel will begin airing a series based on this book in mid-January. (four-color and b&w photos, line drawings)"
Egyptologist Rohl compellingly presents a groundbreaking analysis of archaeological evidence for the historicity of the early books of the Old Testament. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"There is an introduction by Robert Jay Lifton."
Seliger is a gutsy photographer. Read full book review >
AMBIVALENT ZEN by Lawrence Shainberg
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 1996

"By the time Shainberg affiliates himself with a spendthrift Zen quack late in the book, readers may wonder whether he's serious about his spiritual quest or whether he just gets off on the company of eccentrics."
Novelist and spiritual self-abuser Shainberg (Memories of Amnesia, 1988, etc.) emits a long, piercing whine on the subject of his experiences with zazen, or sitting meditation. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE AND THE JEWS by James Shapiro
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 11, 1996

"Although not the Shakespearean study it professes to be, Shapiro's exhaustively researched work adds much to the history of anti-Semitism and to our understanding of xenophobia's role in the creation of the British psyche. (18 illustrations, not seen)"
A groundbreaking study of Elizabethan anti-Semitism that offers a shockingly long pedigree for Shakespeare's Shylock. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 1996

"Interesting and sometimes inspiring, but omits too much to be the outstanding memoir it might have been. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Literary Guild featured alternate; author tour)"
An African-American educator, political figure, and Baptist preacher recounts his life and times eloquently but too selectively. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 1996

"Salem Parsonage where Tituba lived'') that the author often seems to be grasping at historical straws. (illustrations and maps, not seen)"
A study of Tituba, a central character of the notorious Salem witch trials of 1692, based on skimpy historical evidence that could have been exhausted in one short article. 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 >