Religion Book Reviews (page 177)

RELIGION
Released: Nov. 8, 1995

"A powerful document that names names, ranges wide, and probes deep."
A pull-no-punches exposÇ of the forces behind a nationwide wave of false charges of ritual child abuse. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 6, 1995

"But this small gem is a rarity in a basically didactic and monotonous little book."
Diminutive sex therapist ``Dr. Ruth'' presents a sex guide for Orthodox and traditional Conservative Jews. ``People pick up the Bible for many different reasons but rarely, if ever, as a sex manual. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 6, 1995

"A profound look at the child of a Holocaust survivor burdened with the knowledge that his very existence is a miracle and the need to prove that the miracle wasn't squandered on him."
Jerusalem Report contributor Halevy's engrossing account of his tenure among the late Rabbi Meir Kahane's radical right-wing demimonde and his eventual reemergence into respectability. Read full book review >
SEXUALITY AND CATHOLICISM by Thomas C. Fox
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Although he fails to provide definitive historical analysis of the many sex-related issues he addresses, Fox offers sensitive insights into contemporary Roman Catholic morality."
A balanced, broad summary of Catholicism's response to sexuality that will be a valuable reference tool for the layperson, although the scholar will find little that is original here. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A disappointing effort at a time when clear thinking about democracy is essential."
The latest offering from the distinguished scholar and diplomat (The Great Melody, 1992, etc.) is a brief collection of his Massey Lectures, delivered at the University of Toronto and over the CBC Radio. Read full book review >

JESUITS by Jean Lacouture
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Jesuit studies. (16 pages b&w photos)"
A tour de force narrative history that provides readers with detailed and engrossing biographies of several notable Jesuits. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Although the central argument of the book remains unproven, this is an enlightening and entertaining look at a relatively undiscussed aspect of American culture, particularly interesting for its insights into 19th-century mores."
Schmidt (Religion/Drew Univ.; Holy Fairs, not reviewed) traces the cultural and commercial history of American holidays with some surprising results. Read full book review >
JOURNEY TO MY FATHER, ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER by Israel Zamir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Must reading for fans of the master Yiddishist. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A revealing profile of the Nobel laureate in literature by his son and only child. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Brilliantly cynical presentation of an unpopular but still influential religious outlook."
A provocative critique of the Jansenist movement and of its celebrated proponent Blaise Pascal, from internationally renowned scholar Kolakowski (The Alienation of Reason, 1968, etc.; Committee on Social Thought/Univ. of Chicago). Read full book review >
AUSCHWITZ by Lucie Adelsberger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1995

"It is a notable addition to the list of testimonies available in English about that darkest period of human history. (illustrations, not seen)"
A taut, terse Holocaust narrative that is all the more powerful for its ironic reserve. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 11, 1995

"Still, an often insightful look at the eternal nature of human experience. (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club/Jewish Book Club selections; author tour)"
Psychotherapist and Bible teacher Rosenblatt's first book is a well-meshed combination of her chosen fields: It's a self-help reading of the book of Genesis. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 2, 1995

"A nontheological approach to a profoundly theological question that is both exciting and inevitably limited."
Friedman (Hebrew and Comp. 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 >