Religion Book Reviews (page 175)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1995

This rambling account of sacred pleasures from the beginning of time to the present is more intuitive than scholarly. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: June 1, 1995

Ex-monk Fowler (Teaching Your Heart to Dance, not reviewed) tells the story of his life, celebrating self-discovery and scathingly attacking organized religion in general and Catholicism in particular. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"A humane testament of an eventful life, recounted with depth and humor."
The noted German theologian and preacher (190886) looks back over his experiences and involvement in his country's 20th-century upheavals. Read full book review >
THE ORIGIN OF SATAN by Elaine Pagels
RELIGION
Released: June 1, 1995

"An attractive and scholarly, if not entirely satisfying, presentation of a stimulating thesis."
An NBCC and National Book Awardwinning scholar of Gnosticism and early Christianity argues that the concept of Satan was central to the way apocalyptic Jews and the Christian Church saw—and treated—their enemies. Read full book review >
PRAYERS FOR BOBBY by Leroy Aarons
RELIGION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Glumly informative in tone and only intermittently affecting, though Aarons effectively drives home the sad point that Bobby's death is only one in an avoidable epidemic of gay teen suicides. (photos, not seen)"
An earnestly didactic case study about homophobia. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: May 5, 1995

"The constant reference to intramural academic matters naturally limits the audience, but Genovese's collection offers much of value."
The South rises again—if only in this study of American history. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 1, 1995

"But despite minor flaws, he writes with the kind of balance between imaginative daring and explicatory clarity that has become academia's rarest commodity."
A fascinating combination of a sometimes poetic ``love song'' to and a crisp structural analysis of Judaism's magnum opus, the Babylonian Talmud. Read full book review >
CATHOLICS ON THE EDGE by Tim Unsworth
RELIGION
Released: May 1, 1995

"Compelling, though it will probably appeal primarily to American Catholics who feel in some way abandoned by a Church that they will nonetheless not desert."
A warm and highly readable discussion of the uneasy relationship many American Catholics today have with their Church. Read full book review >
EMMA LAZARUS IN HER WORLD by Bette Roth Young
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Instructive, but by no means the final word on the subject."
A short biographical corrective regarding the Jewish- American folk hero, and some previously unpublished correspondence, both disappointingly slight. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 26, 1995

"Overall, a finely nuanced, beautifully written work, one that is rich in case studies and should help clinicians and patients alike to move therapy beyond the morally sterile culture of narcissism in which it's too often stuck."
A ringing, persuasive call for injecting moral considerations- -both personal and political— into the often self-oriented world of psychotherapy. Read full book review >
GOD by Jack Miles
RELIGION
Released: April 14, 1995

"A flawed but able telling of a story that's not easy to comprehend, much less articulate. (First printing of 35,000; Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selections; author tour)"
This learned and insightful approach to talking about God is a theological education in itself. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 12, 1995

"No facile synthesis of the two systems here, but rather a thoughtful account that allows their paths to converge and diverge without losing sight of the distinctive contributions of each to deeper self-understanding."
An intriguing, if only partly successful, effort to apply Buddhist insights, particularly from meditation, to patient- therapist dynamics. 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 >