Publishers Weekly Review
Jillette (God, No!), renowned stage magic curmudgeon, bares all with a new collection of essays, mixing memoir and cultural observation, in what is mostly a light read, but an undeniably fun one. Those who are primarily fans of Jillette's magic and comedy act will be thrilled by the insight into the origin of his unorthodox and enduring working relationship with his stage partner, Teller, as well as memorable anecdotes of his own early days as a street performer. Even more entertaining are the recollections of his life apart from show business. A reader who might initially find the author a depraved crank may end up rooting for his success and identifying with his unusual morality as he displays a remarkably positive attitude toward the violation of his turkey by a Thanksgiving guest. On balance, the author emerges as a likeable family man, and a soft touch. But that does not diminish the quality of observational pieces like his atheistic analysis of the "I Have a Dream" speech. With all the ground covered, it would be difficult not to find something enjoyable here. B&w photos. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Booklist Review
Jillette, the taller and more verbose half of Penn & Teller, follows up 2011's God No! with this further exploration of his own atheism. He's dialed back the angry and condescending tone of the earlier book, allowing his intelligence and razor-sharp wit to shine through. He's still aggressive and sometimes crude (plenty of spicy language here), but this time he doesn't give us the impression he thinks we're a bunch of dimwits. The book has some autobiographical elements (Jillette's appearances on The Celebrity Apprentice, for example), but mostly it's a look at various holidays and themed days Christmas, Halloween, graduation day, the Fourth of July, Easter, April Fool's Day, etc. from the author's delightfully personal angle. He notes, for instance, that Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech doesn't mention religion, or Jesus, or churches, or the word Christian, addressing everyone, not just the devout. This is a much better book than God No! and will surely appeal not only to Penn & Teller fans but also to readers who welcome the opportunity to examine their own deeply held beliefs from a new angle.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist