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Rebecca Newberger Goldstein…I found this hybrid of a book—part spiritual memoir, part religious history and sociological analysis and literary exegesis and philosophical musing—mostly irresistible. For one thing, Shulevitz is nothing if not ambivalent, and ambivalence is a sign of an interesting mind. Yes, she romanticizes the religious life, especially when it is Jewish, but a robust intellect keeps her from too much schmaltz. I enjoyed watching her critical intelligence charging in at crucial moments.
—The New York Times