Religion Book Reviews (page 175)

HISTORY
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 >
HISTORY
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
RELIGION
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
HISTORY
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 >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >

HISTORY
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 >
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"The graying radical reenters the Godwrestling ring wrapped in a rainbow prayer shawl."
A slightly stale retrospective and politically correct update for the '90s by a guru of the '60s Jewish renewal movement. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A lucid and significant contribution that helps us understand the sociological drumbeats that recently marched countless black men to Washington and will continue to resonate in the years ahead."
A solidly documented, eye-opening look at a generation of black men and women who are returning to the church of their parents and grandparents. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"In an era of mind-bending by both political and religious sects, this simplistic effort to explain the tragedies of cultist commitment will leave worried readers more puzzled than ever."
The dismaying confession of a woman who, with her husband and six children, was in thrall to a sadistic, self-described ``chosen servant of Jesus Christ.'' It is giving the deranged Ron Larrinaga too much credit to call him a cult leader—at its maximum, his California ``compound'' comprised two dozen people, half of them his own wife and 11 children, another eight the author and her family. Read full book review >
VIOLENCE AND COMPASSION by Dalai Lama
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Admirers of the Dalai Lama should not feel they have to add this to their collection."
French film writer Carriäre (The Return of Martin Guerre, etc.) does most of the talking in this set of conversations with Tibet's world-acclaimed religious leader. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A timely reminder, as we enter a year of electoral politicking, that even the touchiest issues can be treated with intellectual honesty and a decent appreciation for opposing views."
A sound and spirited defense of the wall of separation between church and state. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 7, 1995

"A welcome association of sense and sensibility. (27 illustrations)"
Sanity, sanity, sanity, as Steiner squarely addresses a number of contemporary cultural conflicts and teases out their subtler meanings. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >