Search Results: "Jacob Needleman"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT IS GOD? by Jacob Needleman
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 24, 2009

"An erudite, challenging text full of difficult questions, but it answers the title question with little more than a whispered answer."
Memoir about coming to grips with the concept of God. Read full book review >

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MONEY AND THE MEANING OF LIFE by Jacob Needleman
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 18, 1991

"Needleman's best and most important book."
In previous work, dealing with apparently evermore earthly concerns, Needleman (Philosophy/San Francisco State) has dug for the spiritual roots of Christianity (Lost Christianity, 1980), philosophy (The Heart of Philosophy, 1982), and medicine (The Way of the Physician, 1985). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 4, 2002

"The nation's founders, Needleman appealingly suggests, were a group of tricksters, operating at once in the immediate and spiritual worlds, not to be wholly trusted—and not to be denied because they touch the bone-bred commonality in all of us."
Needleman (Philosophy/San Francisco State Univ.; Money and the Meaning of Life, 1991, etc.) searches out the transcendent ideas that once epitomized the American vision in this spine-stiffening return call to conscience and wisdom. Read full book review >

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JACOB by Yair Zakovitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Intensely scholarly at times, but also an engaging analysis of one of the Bible's most complex figures."
A professor takes on the troubling story of Jacob, a deeply flawed man who later earned punishment, redemption and a unique and honored place in Jewish history. Read full book review >

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JACOB NEUSNER by Aaron W. Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Hughes offers a worthwhile study of Neusner's life but little about the substance of his work."
The life story of the father of modern Jewish studies. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Landay is yet another lawyer-turned-writer, and it's inevitable that he'll be compared to Scott Turow, but this novel succeeds on its own merits."
Landay does the seemingly impossible by coming up with a new wrinkle in the crowded subgenre of courtroom thrillers. Read full book review >

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JACOB JUMP by Eric Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"The setting is authentic (Morris knows his river) but the author has a long way to go before finding his voice."
Two Southern white guys, their lives a shambles, take a trip downriver only to find madness and death. Read full book review >

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JACOB LAWRENCE by Nancy Shroyer Howard
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Unlike The Great Migration (1993), which reads like a quiet walk through a gallery accompanied by the artist, Howard's book is more like a scavenger hunt through the art itself. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Most of Lawrence's works that are covered in this book- -subtitled ``American Scenes, American Struggles''—such as The Great Migration, or the lives of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Toussaint L'Ouverture, involve a series of paintings that chronicle African-American history or create a biographical portrait. Read full book review >

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ESAU AND JACOB by Joaquim Machado de Assis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"All hail this bounty, and grateful thanks for it."
A fascinating 1904 novel, the last of the Brazilian master's (1839-1908) four acknowledged masterpieces (the greatest of which is probably his Dom Casmurro). Read full book review >

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BROTHER JACOB by Henrik Stangerup
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"These three books make an unassailable case for Danish identity in history, but their good intentions (the Kierkegaard scheme) are never quite realized into fiction of special immediacy or high relief."
Danish writer Stangerup completes a trilogy here—a set of works based on Kierkegaard's understanding of the Tripartite Man. Read full book review >