Religion Book Reviews (page 179)

NON-FICTION
Released: May 23, 1996

"In such pieces, the quiet moral courage at the heart of Malamud's work, his stubborn devotion to the integrity of an artist's unique, individual vision, are thrown into bold relief, reminding us of how much we miss that humane, modest, intelligent voice."
Sensible reflections on the writer's life from a modest master of postwar fiction. Read full book review >
A USER'S GUIDE TO THE MILLENNIUM by J.G. Ballard
NON-FICTION
Released: May 20, 1996

"Ironically, the closer Ballard approaches to the millennium, the more he blends futurism with ephemera and the more frequently he dwells on his past."
Like a brain with a severed corpus callosum, this is a wide-spectrum collection of Ballard's heady essays from the '60s that address the future with visionary irony and recent newspaper reviews that concern a pathological, if mundane, present. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 1996

"A nuanced examination of Islamic militancy, crammed with information, that puts this growing movement and its most horrible terrorist manifestations into invaluable context."
An intriguing, enlightening, often disheartening but occasionally hopeful tour of the Middle East, focusing on militant Islam. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 1996

"A stimulating attempt to reinvent the wheel."
Apollo 14 astronaut Mitchell offers a vision in which technology and intuition are harmonized in pursuit of a more advanced consciousness. Read full book review >
IN THE WILDERNESS by Kim Barnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 1996

"This is also a book about humility, and how one is of one's origins, no matter how far a person has traveled in imagination, artistry, and insight."
A poet's sad and beautiful memoir about growing up in Idaho logging country, in the complicated bosom of a fundamentalist Christian family. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 1996

"Simple but not mundane vignettes of an ordinary life with wife, children, dog, and van, enlarged by a sweetness of spirit that turns floating on an inner tube into the essence of fathering. (Author tour)"
A collection of gentle reflections on important matters like family, friendship, neighborhood, community, and fishing at sunset. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Nuanced and always informative, Johnson is guaranteed to stimulate even when he does not convince."
Eminent English historian of ideas Johnson (The Birth of the Modern, 1991, etc.) draws on his years of research and his classic Roman Catholicism to offer a worldview that is as personal as it is intellectually provocative. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"McGrath achieves a balance between mockery and understanding that is rare among commentators on contemporary spirituality."
An Englishwoman's amused yet sympathetic journey through the New Age culture of the American West. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"A thorough, sensitive, and balanced contribution. (photos, not seen)"
An account of how the Catholic Church in urban areas, with its largely ethnic parishes, responded to American racism and the ferment of the civil rights movement. Read full book review >
THREE GOSPELS by Reynolds Price
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Both linguistically and spiritually stimulating. (Author tour)"
Price, a prolific man of letters (A Whole New Life, 1994; The Promise of Rest, 1995, etc.), offers us a fine new translation of the Gospels according to Mark and John, and Price's own account of the life of Jesus, along with four lengthy introductory essays in which he explains his purpose and method. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"This concrete and powerful contribution will be required reading for all involved in the abortion debate."
Autobiography combines with a battery of argument and data in this passionate account of the author's transition from pioneer of abortion rights to champion of the pro-life cause. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"The result is a persuasive case for the solace and stimulation to be found in a frank contemplation of death and whatever may follow it."
Three sharp, provocative lectures on the origins and restorative values of a belief in ``individual survival after death,'' by the author of Otherworld Journeys: Accounts of Near- Death Experiences in Medieval and Modern Times (not reviewed). 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 >