Religion Book Reviews (page 174)

HISTORY
Released: July 1, 1995

"A vast and often entertaining look into one woman's Jewish-feminist midlife crisis."
A fairly good survey of the first 4,000 years of Judaism and the role patriarchy has played in it—also a thinly veiled harangue against everything that raises the author's ire about modern Jewish life. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Impressive work that could become essential reading for students and interested laypersons alike."
A mammoth and important rendering of the Christian faith, by one of the most prominent living Roman Catholic theologians. Read full book review >

THE BRAZILIANS by Joseph A. Page
RELIGION
Released: July 1, 1995

"This is hardly the Brazil of Varig travel posters, nor is it a true insider's view (such as Jonathan Raban's for the English and Luigi Barzini's for the Italians), but Page depicts a fascinating land for which he clearly feels much love."
A sweeping view of a huge country that few Americans know well. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 1, 1995

"For Daniel, this grumping may have been a therapeutic exercise; for the reader, it's merely tiresome. (photos, not seen)"
This firsthand account of the Jewish community of Cochin, a town on the southwestern coast of India, fails to live up to its potential. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Meticulous, but perhaps excessively unsensational."
A dry study of the origins and evolution of a fiercely controversial organization in the Roman Catholic Church. Read full book review >

STILL CATHOLIC by Ed Stivender
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1995

"Thoughtful as well as nostalgic, Stivender will make readers glad he is still Catholic."
Storyteller and entertainer Stivender offers more affectionate glimpses of his Irish-Catholic upbringing in Philadelphia in the late 1950s and early '60s. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 7, 1995

"The two books are fused together for a unique addition the literature of the Holocaust. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Technology magnate Zandman—founder of an enterprise doing $1 billion in sales each year, employer of more than 16,000 people in 11 countries, and at the core, Holocaust survivor—tells his story graphically. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1995

"Fisher's thought-provoking examination demands of us a more sober, less idealistic assessment of German society and culture after unification."
A disturbing look at the problems facing contemporary Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: June 1, 1995

"A spellbinding story for the general reader, particularly those with an interest in New Age philosophy or the occult. ($35,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Knab successfully bridges ancient and modern realities in this latest addition to the fast-growing genre of anthropologist-turned- shaman's-apprentice tales. Read full book review >
PROVIDENCE by Daniel Quinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Likely to interest only devotees of Ishmael."
Quinn—winner of the $500,000 Turner Tomorrow award for his novel Ishmael (1992)—tells the story of his psychological journey from a loveless childhood into '50s Catholicism and finally to his present creed of animism and self-discovery. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Lightweight and anecdotal exhortation meant to cultivate an attitude of wonder in daily life. ($40,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Inspirational stories of the miraculous, assembled from a wide range of settings by journalist and novelist Wakefield (New York in the Fifties, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Scholarship happily combines with intuition in this stimulating analysis of a powerful idea."
A vividly detailed account of how Western society interpreted and was influenced by the biblical story of the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, by a French cultural critic and historian (Sin and Fear, not reviewed). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >