Religion Book Reviews (page 179)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 1997

"The largely uninterpreted data of the interviews effectively re-creates for readers the feelings of fragmentation and loss of bearings the interviewees knew firsthand. (34 b&w photos, not seen)"
These probing interviews with German-Jewish survivors of Nazi Germany, most of them current or former residents of Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood, will bring readers as close as memory can to the life in extremis led by Jews in Germany between 1933 and 1945. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 1997

"An exciting, stimulating, and unique human document, and one that will no doubt become a much-trumpeted addition to the historical record. (50 b&w photos)"
In 1270, one year before the start of Marco Polo's fabled adventure, a Jewish merchant from the Adriatic port of Ancona set sail for the Orient; over 700 years later, his recently discovered account affords a rare and fascinating glimpse into the peoples, commerce, and thought of the 13th century. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 1997

"It is a compelling account, one that any woman trying to recover her history will value."
With this family history, Epstein (Children of the Holocaust, 1979, etc.) adds a vivid and telling chapter to the reconstruction of Jewish women's history, one life at a time. Read full book review >
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A TIBETAN MONK by Palden Gyatso
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Gyatso reminds us that the language of suffering is universal. (11 illustrations, not seen)"
To readers of this memoir, however untraveled, Tibet will never again seem remote or unfamiliar. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Bawer lightens his critique with stretches of autobiographical narration, but the overriding (and unrepentant) tone of fulmination lends his book the feel of a sermon that has gone on too long."
Bawer wants to rouse liberal America from its lazy indifference to the rising tide of Christian fundamentalism. Read full book review >

SAINTS AND SINNERS by Eamon Duffy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"With its 150 well-chosen illustrations, 100 of them in color, this is a coffee-table book that transcends its genre. (History Book Club selection)"
A sumptuous feast of popes and kings, nimbly prepared by historian Duffy, a fellow at Magdelen College, Cambridge. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A very readable and useful study, written with the engaged sympathy of an insider and the balanced judgments of a fine historian. (For a profile of a postwar German-Jewish community in New York City, see Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer and Michael Kirchheimer, We Were So Beloved, p. 1438.)"
An all-too-brief but informative introduction to German Jewry since 1945, consisting of two essays by Brenner and 15 short autobiographical statements by Jewish communal, religious, and cultural leaders. Read full book review >
THE BIBLE AS IT WAS by James L. Kugel
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Bible'' is really a series of texts filtered through the imaginative perceptions of its ancient exegetes. (24 illustrations, not seen) (History Book Club main selection)"
An extraordinary, pathbreaking scholarly achievement: an annotated anthology of interpretations of ancient (mostly 100 b.c.300 a.d.) interpretations of the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible) culled from hundreds of sources. ``Interpretation'' here often refers to the homiletical expansion of a biblical narrative—known in the Jewish tradition as midrash—particularly to fill in narrative gaps and vague allusions, or to resolve morally problematic passages. Read full book review >
JOYFUL NOISE by Rick Moody
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"In its narrow purview, this New Testament revisited is considerably less juicy than the original."
A bid to shed fresh light on the New Testament, weighed down by a disappointingly predictable party line: Jesus-as-radical-moral-teacher. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

The origins of humankind have inspired endless speculation in myth, religion, philosophy, and science. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Written in a refreshingly easygoing style, this new view of why Jesus' radical message spread so rapidly is clearly aimed at a mainstream audience."
An insightful portrayal of Jesus as a classical hero-martyr, by New Testament scholar Riley (School of Theology, Claremont). Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF DAVID by David Rosenberg
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Both Rosenbergs are so focused on pseudo-scholarly speculation, creative flights of fancy, and polemics, that for pages on end they almost entirely lose contact with the beguiling, ever-contemporary narrative that the author of the David story, whoever he was, offers."
Like The Book of J, on which Rosenberg collaborated with Harold Bloom, this is a highly speculative theory about a biblical author—here, of the novella-like section on King David in 2 Samuel—plus a very free adaptation of that biblical narrative. 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 >