If a book that confronts death head-on can be uplifting, Kate Wenner has done it in an auspicious first novel, "Setting Fires" (Scribner). The two fires referred to in the title offer unseen sparks, that, amid the danger of consuming flames, light the way to meaning for the main...
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June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm
On this last day of May, in the middle of Dodger Stadium, the sun is shining on dozens of students from Shalhevet High School and Carthay Center School as they shout their hero's name: "Shawn Green! Shawn Green!"
In the center of it all, the celebrated left-handed right fielder -...
March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pmPurim is upon us. Time to stock up on story books to share: Children's Books for Purim
In "On Purim," Cathy Goldberg Fishman's fourth Jewish holiday story book (Atheneum, 2000, ages 5 up), a young girl tries to understand the deeper significance of the Purim masks her family is busily trimming.
January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pmRuzena Berler wrote her memoir, "Cattle Car to Kazakhstan," to reveal a little-known chapter of World War II: The story of women who struggled on the freezing steppes of Asia and on the Russian front.
She first began to write about her experiences in the late 1940s, to exorcise her...
January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pmIf you look really closely you can see me in the new movie "Isn't She Great?" the Jacqueline Susann biopic starring Bette Midler. It's the scene in Central Park when a young career woman on a bench near the lake is voraciously reading Harold Robbins' "The Carpetbaggers," nearly...
November 25, 1999 | 6:59 pmWhen the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles celebrated the launch of its anti-illiteracy program KOREH Los Angeles in September, the focus was on educators and celebrities to read children's books to kids. Meanwhile, on the outskirts of the spotlight at that event were some...
October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pmIt is remarkable how many great Jewish American writers first came to the public's attention through a volume of short stories.
Philip Roth's first book was "Goodbye, Columbus." Allegra Goodman's was "Total Immersion." Earlier this year, Nathan Englander published "For the Relief for...
August 12, 1999 | 8:00 pmIf Jonathan Kirsch's purpose in writing "Moses: A Life," was to offer the reader a mightily researched, comprehensive chronicle of midrashic, scholarly, secular, Christian and even some Muslim commentaries about Moses and the events immediately surrounding his life as told in the...
July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pmAuthor Paul Auster and his daughter, Sophie, were strolling on Seventh Avenue in Brooklyn one day when they spotted a woman standing beside a skinny, scruffy, fearful, "completely ravaged" golden-yellow dog. Around its neck hung a sign: "Please adopt me. I need a home."
The mutt was...
July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pmWhile cities such as Detroit and St. Louis were holding major Jewish book festivals year after year, drawing celebrity authors such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, observers here asked, Why isn't there a Jewish book festival in Los Angeles?
Seville Porush and her colleagues at the...
June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pmTo reach David Hirsch's narrow, cluttered office at UCLA, you traverse bare, labyrynthine corridors in the basement of the University Research Library.
Hirsch, the Jewish and Middle Eastern studies bibliographer at the library, supervises a collection of treasures that range from a...
June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pmIn the Museum of the City of Jerusalem, in David's Citadel, which purports to present the history of Israel's capital, the word "Arab" does not appear. A few hundred yards away in the Museum of Islam, on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, which purports to tell the history of Islam's third...
March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pmA 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...
March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pmFor promoters and lovers of Jewish books, now is the season of our deep content. Not all the following books are specifically about Passover and not all of them bear a 1999 publication date, but all of them are worth considering, whether to keep or to give as gifts when attending...
March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pmI have been reading two books lately, sort of shifting from one to the other -- a bad habit, I know, but it has been with me too long to correct at this point. The books are Henry Kissinger's "Years of Renewal," an indecent 1,151 pages, all about foreign policy during Gerald Ford's...
March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pmThe 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,...
December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pmSome years ago, the American Booksellers Association's holiday advertising theme was the phrase: "Give a gift of love; Give a book." Jewish Book Month, scheduled in November, anticipated the gift-giving season. This year, as always, a fresh crop of children's books appeared for the...
October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Last Tuesday evening, we had dinner with Dick Morris. Can youthink of a more fitting person to dine with during these days ofatonement? Dick Morris: one-time adviser to the president of theUnited States. Widely credited with winning President Clinton'sre-election. Caught on a tabloid...
October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pm
What do you give the country that has everything?The thousands of children in Jewish day and Hebrew schools throughout Los Angeles are planning to give Israel a very special present for its 50th birthday -- an ambulance.
Over the course of the school year, children fromall day...
October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm
On an upcoming "Seinfeld" episode, Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) investigates her "shiksa appeal."
'Seinfeld' Borrows a Talmud
By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer
The Jewish Community Library is used to catering to the literary needs of groups of school children, Yiddish scholars and...
September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pmIsrael'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...
August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm
The Man Behind 'The Jew in the Lotus'
Documentary focuses on spiritual transformation of Rodger Kamenetz
By Naomi Pfefferman, Entertainment Editor
Eight years ago, writer Rodger Kamenetz, pictured below, traveled to Dharamsala, India, to meet the exiled Dalai Lama of Tibet....
August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Explaining Hitler: An Interview with Ron Rosenbaum
By Rob Eshman, Managing Editor
If you were alive in 1918 and bumped into an undistinguished German army corporal named Adolf Hitler, wouldn't you have been duty-bound to murder him? Just more than 10 years...
April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pmLast month,the Association of Jewish Libraries announced the winners of its Sydney Taylor Award for this year's most distinguished contributions to Jewish children's literature. AJL's award committee chose a holiday story and a mesmerizing collection of legends as the finest of the...
January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pmNever underestimate the propensity of AmericanJews to scare themselves silly. Here we are, in the midst of anunprecedented Jewish renaissance, enjoying the most favorablespiritual climate in more than a century, including shelf loads ofJewish books at every Barnes & Noble, and still...
August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm
All the Tenacity
in the World
Neglected by publishing and the press, author Robert AnthonySiegel is out pitching his funny first novel by himself
By Robert Eshman, Associate Editor
For Robert Anthony Siegel,April is indeed the cruelest month.Siegel's first novel came out in April --...
July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pmSure, the children's shelves at bookstores are crowded with schlocky merchandising tie-ins and humorless "P.C." stories that groan under the weight of their own environmental and multi-culti lessons. But look a bit more carefully; you'll find the kinds of books that create those...
July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm
"Jews: The Essence and Character of aPeople" by Arthur Hertzberg and AronHirt-Manheimer (HarperSanFrancisco, $25)
Can one speak of a "national character"? Whileacknowledging that the practice has a pernicious side, Rabbi ArthurHertzberg, in his provocative, if mislabeled, new...
July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pmEventually, we all will have to read a biography of Steven Spielberg. No other filmmaker, and few other humans, have had such an impact on the culture we live in and the one our children will inherit. So far, it looks like the biography we'll be reading will be Joseph McBride's...
June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm
As any parent will tell you, shepherding girls over the treacherous bridge of adolescence is no easy task. Making sure that there is a Jewish dimension to the journey adds other challenges. There are no easy answers. But a conversation with Tamar Frankiel seems a good place to begin....
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