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  • From dark deprecation to ‘Suddenly, Love’

    by Erika Dreifus

    2 weeks ago

    Back in 1988, no less august an observer than Philip Roth described the authorial voice of esteemed Israeli writer Aharon Appelfeld as one “that originates in a wounded consciousness pitched somewhere between amnesia and memory, and that situates the fiction it narrates midway...

  • Holiday tales will tantalize tots and parents

    by Lisa Silverman

    2 weeks ago

    The best of this season’s new Passover books include an old European folktale reimagined, an enthusiastic nod to experiential Judaism with the “Adventure Rabbi,” a beautifully illustrated retelling of the story of Moses, and a cute affirmation of what it means to be the youngest in...

  • Delving into the mystery of mortality

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    2 weeks ago

    Sara Davidson is a best-selling memoirist (“Joan: Forty Years of Life, Loss and Friendship with Joan Didion”), a biographer (“Rock Hudson: His Story”), and an astute observer of our culture (“Loose Change: Three Women of the Sixties”). In her compelling new book, “The December...

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  • Butterflies are free

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    March 19, 2014 | 2:24 pm

    The exotic byways of history have provided the settings for Dora Levy Mossanen’s previous fiction, including the sizzling “Harem” and “Courtesan” and the magical “The Last Romanov.” Her new novel, “Scent of Butterflies” (Sourcebooks, $14.99), is still a work of exotica, but in a...

  • Why is Susan Taubes important?

    by Rabbi Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Ph.D.

    March 17, 2014 | 10:57 am

    In her famous work “A Room of One’s Own” (1929), Virginia Woolf imagines a sister of Shakespeare, whom she names Judith. Woolf explores the reasons why so few women have made their mark in literature and other media. The imagined sister of Shakespeare, Woolf hypothesizes, was as...

  • Gary Shteyngart’s super sad true Schechter school story

    by Julie Wiener, JTA

    March 7, 2014 | 10:04 am

    If it is true that there is no such thing as bad publicity, then Gary Shteyngart may be one of the best things to happen to the Conservative movement’s at-times-beleaguered Schechter Day School Network.

    Shteyngart, the Soviet Jewish immigrant writer known for acclaimed comic...

  • The Arab Spring’s missed opportunity

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    March 6, 2014 | 9:41 am

    Walid Phares, born and educated in Lebanon, is an experienced observer of events in what he calls “the Greater Middle East.” But perhaps his most telling credentials are found in the fact that he served as a foreign affairs advisor to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney...

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