Religion Book Reviews (page 179)

RELIGION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A piece of American exotica sadly mishandled."
A meandering journalistic testimony of the author's experience with a strange southern Christian sect. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Non-devotees of the New Age and nonreaders of Markides's previous efforts are apt to be left out in the cold as the current volume approaches its own hidden wisdom in nearly content-free language."
Further ruminations concerning the mysticism, knowledge, and nature of ultimate reality add little to previous volumes by the same author. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Dec. 9, 1994

"30 b&w photos, not seen)."
A scholarly survey of how the figure of the Antichrist has been understood through the centuries, from Second Temple Judaism to present-day America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"With a more lucid tone, this account of a medicine man's unusual life might have attracted a readership beyond fans of Boyd's previous works."
Boyd (Mystics, Magicians, and Medicine People, 1989) serves as traveling secretary and appreciative witness to the actions of Mad Bear, a Tuscarora medicine man, in this pedantic account of their travels in the late 1970s. Read full book review >
RASTAFARI by Barry Chevannes
RELIGION
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Scholarly and cautious about making factual claims without sufficient data, Chevannes is also unabashedly sympathetic to the Rastafari."
Chevannes (Sociology/Univ. of the West Indies, Jamaica) uses oral history, interviews, and a good deal of historical interpretation and synthesis to present a history of Rastafarianism, the Jamaican-based pan-African movement. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"A significant, lucid presentation of a little-known slice of Jewish history, the history of science, and the history of racism. (11 illustrations, not seen)"
A thorough and fascinating study of how 19th-century gentile and Jewish scientists worked to find a scientific understanding of race and of how that labor affected their views of Jews. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Important ground traversed better by other scholars, notably Delores Williams in Sisters in the Wilderness (not reviewed)."
A provocative but opaque feminist examination of the figure of Jesus that adds more heat than light to current theological debates. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Still, despite its tantalizing brevity, an elegant book."
In three essays based on lectures, Lewis provides an engaging overview of the cultural and political clash between Christian Europe and the Islamic world from the late 15th to the early 19th centuries. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 16, 1994

"A pathbreaking, superb contribution to Holocaust studies."
Bauer offers an eye-opening look into the following question: Could Jewish leaders in America, England, Palestine, and occupied Europe itself have ransomed significant numbers of their brethren? Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 10, 1994

"But this memoir is sad too for what it reveals about the author, who seems largely unable to winnow out much of substance from a great deal of oral fluff."
Sometimes a memoir writer makes the unfortunate decision to turn a potentially good 20-page article into a work many times that length. Read full book review >
THE FATHER by Alfred Habegger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"This deserves an honored place on the shelves with previous biographies of the James family by Leon Edel, R.W.B. Lewis, and Jean Strouse."
Can a minor literary figure sustain interest throughout a major biography? Read full book review >
A TREMOR OF BLISS by Paul Elie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Valuable for inspiration, but also for information—the details of the lives and deaths of many saints are here, refracted through 20 idiosyncratic, often powerful points of view."
Lambent prose and a general lack of self-indulgence characterize these essays on the Catholic canon of saints. 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 >