Religion Book Reviews (page 179)

THE TEMPLE BOMBING by Melissa Fay Greene
NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 1996

"Still, a powerful retelling of a crucial tragedy that, in all its elements, resonates all too loudly today; and a tribute to Rothschild—a forgotten, well, hero of the civil rights movement."
An urgent, fiery reconstruction of a tragic moment in the history of Atlanta, a moment when the combustible mix of black oppression, Jewish liberalism, and white anxiety finally blew up in an otherwise peaceful city. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 10, 1996

"This dramatic, multidimensional history adds much-needed depth to our understanding of the enigmatic German-Jewish community that dallied with Hitler."
A revealing glimpse into the lives of six German Jews and their motives for lingering on in Nazi Germany. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 1996

"Kolata's clear perceptions and appreciations make this a fine study of a little-known society. (14 illustrations, maps)"
An absorbing introduction to the culture of the Aymara, whose past and present are intimately linked to the landscapes of the high Andes. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 1996

"The 42 pages of notes here attest to how well-rounded a scholar Vidal-Naquet is, but the collection leaves one with the feeling that he is a fine Jewish historian—for an authority on ancient Greece."
A collection of erudite and provocative essays that examine the synthesis of Jewish history and memory. Read full book review >
THE CLOISTER WALK by Kathleen Norris
NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 1996

"A down-to-earth and accessible introduction to a powerful tradition."
Ruminations on the perennial relevance of Benedictine monastic life from Norris (Dakota: A Spiritual Biography, 1993), who acts as a sympathetic and perceptive outsider. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Telushkin delivers a necessary tongue-lashing for a culture that needs to lash its tongue. (Author tour)"
An ethical self-help book for all of us who belittle lies, slander, and gossip as ``only words.'' According to Telushkin, a rabbi and popularizer of Jewish lore (Jewish Wisdom, 1994, etc.), it is easier to give up alcohol than to abandon our daily diet of verbal cruelties. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"But, please—no books about people's personal encounters with the fallen angel."
Our communal obsessions seem to have shifted—at least in the area of supernatural beings: Angels are passÇ, the Devil is ``in.'' Andrew Delbanco calls for his resurrection; psychoanalyst Carl Goldberg uses the phrase ``speaking with the devil'' as a metaphor for his work with malevolent patients; Elaine Pagels scrutinizes Satan's roots. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Intelligent and controversial collaboration of scholarship and journalism. (24 photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Revolutionary thesis of German papyrologist Thiede and (London) Times assistant editor d'Ancona that the Magdalen Papyrus fragments of St. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 1996

"It is likely to be a standard in its field for decades—more time than Wasserstein gives the vanishing diaspora of Europe."
A lucid and comprehensive chronicle of the perils of postwar European Jewry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 1996

"Marxism- Leninism than anything Solzhenitsyn published''—but a valuable introduction to an important and hitherto neglected figure. (illustrations, maps)"
The first biography of Grossman, who, though little known in the West, is regarded as one of the great Russian novelists of this century. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Passing no judgments, Christian writes with respect for the seers' Catholic faith and Spanish culture, which he does not share but has certainly entered into. (114 photos, not seen; 2 maps)"
Intelligent and carefully researched account of the religio-political setting for a wave of apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Spain on the eve of that country's Civil War. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Skeptics, however, are more likely to view it as the sad product of a New Age mother's remorse and unresolved grief."
A credulity-straining account by a deeply grieved mother of her son's brief and troubled life on earth, his suicide, and his soul's happier existence in another dimension. 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 >