Religion Book Reviews

TREYF by Elissa Altman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A poignant and life-affirming family memoir."
A James Beard Award-winning food blogger's account of growing up in a family with conflicting attitudes toward Judaism. Read full book review >
THE SULTAN AND THE QUEEN by Jerry Brotton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An erudite work that presents a fresh facet to Elizabeth's reign."
An intriguing look at England's contact with the Ottoman Empire and its enormous influence on Elizabethan commerce and culture, especially the theater. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A felicitous, informative story from a highly knowledgeabe author."
A study of four unconventional crusaders against America's obligatory godliness. Read full book review >
CALIPHATE by Hugh Kennedy
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Enlisting significant Arab-language scholarship, Kennedy provides a carefully calibrated, timely chronicle for nonacademic readers."
A mostly nonpolemical survey of the history of caliphates since the death of Muhammad in 632. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An intriguing, eye-opening spiritual biography."
Even history's most famous conqueror had a soft side. Read full book review >

AM I ALONE HERE? by Peter Orner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Refreshing, finely turned gems of wit and wisdom from an author who has asked his family to bury him with a 'decent library.'"
A collection of literary tapas. Read full book review >
TALKING GOD by Gary Gutting
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An exceptional introduction to the philosophical questions surrounding God and atheism."
Approachable, civilized discussions about the existence of God. 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 >