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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594489947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594489945
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Readers already familiar with Black as a loud-mouthed regular on The Daily Show will be delighted to find he rants just as well on the page as he does in person. Here, he homes in on religion, which he thinks is taken too seriously and therefore is open to ridicule. Black may not care a whit about propriety, but he's serious about waxing comedic about every religion-related angle he can dig up. No one is safe from his dark humor—the Catholic Church, Mormons, people who commit suicide in the name of faith, Jews, and of course Jesus and God are popular topics. Black's essays consistently deliver zingers, like his speculation in The Rapture about how, If Jesus returns to earth... he better have one hell of a website, since he'd have to compete with all the drug-addled young starlets—not to mention online porn. For those not easily offended, who can stomach the F-word every other paragraph or so, Black's irreverence is laugh-out-loud funny. The chapters are short, some extremely so, and perfect for a good laugh—before bedtime prayers, of course. (June 3)
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"The only person I know who can actually yell in print form."
—Jon Stewart

"The most engagingly pissed-off comedian ever."
—Stephen King

"Surprisingly thoughtful."
The Washington Post

"You'll laugh while he's yelling."
—MSNBC.com

"Black throws humorous barbs at televangelism, the Mormon Church, and the Jewish faith in which he was raised."
Entertainment Weekly

More About the Author

Lewis Black is a New York Times-bestselling author, stand-up comedian, actor, and playwright. Besides appearing regularly on The Daily Show (in his own segment, "Back in Black"), he has written and starred in a string of successful HBO and Comedy Central specials and one-man Broadway shows. He has won a Grammy, an Emmy, the American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Stand-up Comedian, and is a favorite guest of everyone from Larry King to Craig Ferguson to Conan O'Brien to the women of The View. He lives in New York City.

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This is one one the most funny books I have ever read.
Martin Thorborg
He did not understand then why it was not more of a success and he still doesn't seem to get it.
Sam Sattler
If you are a fan of Lewis Black's humor you will love this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Judith A. Brodnicki on June 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an hilarious set of essays documenting one man's effort to understand his own spirituality as well as that which has been (and continues to be) thrust upon him by his semi-Jewish upbringing and many well-meaning friends. Honestly, I was in tears with laughter as he suggested those of us who gather annually to fight over Christmas dinner should keep our voices down lest we wake the baby Jesus. (I don't recall inviting Lewis Black to my family's Christmas dinner, but I could swear he'd given a fairly accurate account in this book!)

The zealots of religion (i.e., those who feel they need to step in and defend God) need to turn away from this book immediately. If you can't laugh at yourself and your human foibles -- especially with regard to how you practice your faith -- you won't find this book funny at all. The rest of us -- those of us who know we are human, frail, and utterly laughable at times in the eyes of God as well as those around us -- are ready converts to Black's satire of the human spiritual condition.

OK, I could have done without the reprint of the play toward the end of the book. Some comedy just doesn't come across when you read it on the page because you need the voices and the visual nonverbals to make it work. I expect it would be hilarious if I could actually see it (note to publishers: Next time just give us a DVD or a URL, OK?), but it doesn't do well when read.

But that's the only little sour note in this collection. It's funny, it's touching, and it's the best set of observations on faith in the US I've ever had the pleasure of reading.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Don Edwards on June 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I got an autographed copy of the book from Lewis Black @ Bookends this week and purchase it with some trepidation, you know, the subject, Religion. I bought it based on Lewis himself being funny. Well if you're fed up with the religious Right or the Religious Left for that matter, you'll get it. (The people in Starbucks were looking at me because I could not stop chuckling page after page.) Subjects include: Religion & death, religion & 72 virgins ("Which would be impossible, I think, as I haven't met one on earth."), Jews & his Chanukah transformation, Mormons & religious Glasses, the call from Norman Lear, Oral Roberts & the tent, et al, and much more are up for Lewis's scrutiny. As long as you have seen him in concert and can hear his voice speaking as you read, well you can't stop laughing. You might need some understating of different religions, which enabled the joke to go over better. Warning: If you are deeply religious, you probably shouldn't buy this book. However, for the rest of us non-church going people Lewis has hit another home run. Happy Reading!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Woods on June 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
While early parts of the book do incorporate some of his standup routines (Which he admits), the majority of the book is original content, part biographical. Some of the things he refers to could make it a little more difficult to get if you haven't read/listened to Nothing's Sacred.

The best part of this book is that the audiobook is still performed by him, as was Nothing's Sacred. If you're a fan of Lewis Black, or if you're skeptical about all forms of religion, or wondering why we believe why we do, this is a great read.

Bless you Lewis Black, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Joke.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christa on July 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Though George Carlin imo was, is and always will be the King of stand up comedy, Lewis Black is a VERY close contender. I'm not a fan of religious bashing, as I have a live and let live mentality. But this book H.A.D.-M.E.-R.O.L.L.I.N.G.!! Black is unapologetically brutal, but he's also honest in the fact that he believes in "something", but cannot "pinpoint it". I think my favorite chapter of all pertained to 'The Rapture'. Like him or loathe him, the man knows how to shake up a crowd. Imo, Black was given a purpose on this earth to lead people to THINK with an open mind, while howling with laughter. Hardcore Christians and ye of little humor beware. No, Black is NOT the last word & testament on the "truth" re: religion, but then again...until God himself shows up for a personal autographing session, neither is the bible.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James T. George on June 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Before I say anything else, please know this:

THIS BOOK IS A COMEDIC VENTURE

This was not written to attack or belittle anybody. Lewis Black is, and always has been, an angry Jewish Comedian. That's it. He is no saint, priest, rabbi, or any other title that is related to religious expertise.

That being said, the book is very funny. I read it in tandem with the audiobook, which truly added to the experience. Hearing Black read the book to you is essentially listening to a 6 hour stand-up album, without the two-drink-minimum idiots laughing in the background. Those who have paid attention to his past work will hear some recycled jokes within, but overall his insights to the "quirks" of various religions are quite funny, even to me, someone who considers himself very solid in his own faith and beliefs.

The key to enjoying this work is to have an open mind and to understand that Black is an entertainer, and in the end, his goal is to conjure a laugh from his audience (or readers). If you are easily offended by this sort of thing, by all means, DO NOT buy the book (or CD).

Overall an excellent and entertaining read, just like his last book (and cd). Worth every penny.
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