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Moving tale helps teach them early

by Lisa Silverman

17 hours ago

There are dozens of picture books about the Holocaust, but “Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust,” by Loic Dauvillier, Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo (translated from the 2012 French... read full article

  • W.G. Sebald: Regrets of a Nazi’s son

    by Elaine Margolin

    22 hours ago

    W.G. Sebald pierces your psyche with brutal force that is couched in clouds of understated elegance and restraint.  His utterly original and devastating narrative voice is a churning cauldron of fact and fiction and semi-autobiographical confession.  Sebald sprinkles his narratives...

  • Secret Schalit negotiations unveiled

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    1 week ago

    Back in 2006, a 19-year-old Israeli soldier named Gilad Schalit was the victim of a weapon of disequilibrium.

    Since Hamas could not defeat the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in open battle, their operatives entered Israel through an underground tunnel from Gaza, snatched the young...

  • 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...

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  • Holiday tales will tantalize tots and parents

    by Lisa Silverman

    3 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

    3 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...

  • 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...

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