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  • Art Imitating Life for Mystery Writer

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The idea for Rochelle Majer Krich's new mystery, "Blood Money," goes back to the day she discovered some startling photographs in her parents' china closet.

    Krich, then 13, saw her father with an elegantly dressed woman beside a baby carriage holding a baby girl. "'That's Gusta,...

  • Finding God Among the Ruins

    By Rick Richman

    February 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    "Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith" by Anne Lamott (Pantheon Books, $23.00).

    In "Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith" (Pantheon Books, $23.00), a gentle and touching memoir, Anne Lamott tells a variation of an old story:

    A man in a bar is telling the bartender that he...

  • Haggadah

    February 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    A 1998 article about Chicago collector Stephen Durschslag's haggadah collection set the number of different haggadot on his shelves at 4,500, increasing almost daily.

    It's probably impossible to know how many haggadot exist, but it's obvious that for every Jew, there should be a...

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  • A Hero’s Welcome

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The cover of film director Paul Mazursky's first book, "Show Me the Magic" (Simon and Schuster, $25) offers book-jacket browsers a list of all the famous names to be found inside. There's Danny Kaye, whose television show a young Mazursky helped write, Natalie Wood, Bette Midler and...
  • Dr. Laura and the Rabbi

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Between tackling the Ten Commandments and co-authoring a book with a best-selling writer, it's no wonder that Rabbi Stewart Vogel is feeling so inspired these days.

    Vogel, head rabbi of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, is co-author of the recently released book "The Ten Commandments:...

  • Retracing History

    By Tom Tugend

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's 50th anniversary celebration has brought forth a stream of reminiscences, not the least by American veterans seeking recognition for the contributions of overseas volunteers in the fledgling state's 1948-49 War of Independence.

    A useful overview of the role played by the men...

  • Signs of the times

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    -- Richard Rodriguez, in the afterword to "Fast Forward"

    From top: book cover, Photojournalist Lauren Greenfield; photo from exhibit "Ashleigh, 13, with her friend and parents, Santa Monica." Signs of the times: At an upscale bar mitzvah party in Santa Monica, 13-year-old boys in...

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