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  • Husband of terror victim pens memoir of quest to meet bomber

    August 27, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    David Harris-Gershon, author of the forthcoming memoir “What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?,” is frank about the contradictions in his personality.

    An admitted “natural introvert,” Harris-Gershon describes himself as “surprisingly good” at...

  • Traveling Around the World…in Sin

    Amy Sommer

    August 2, 2013 | 5:17 am

    From Westside Today:

    “Traveling in Sin” is a love story and travel memoir rolled in to a single, enjoyable book. Written by George Rajna and Lisa Niver Rajna, the travelers who fell in love while traversing the Far East, the inveterate travelers include 80 beautiful photos from...

  • Traveling in Sin

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    July 16, 2013 | 6:44 pm

    Traveling in Sin

    This exuberant and unique travel memoir is written in the voices of the story’s two leading protagonists, George and Lisa, who meet on-line in January 2007. After exchanging emails and dating, the couple travels to Fiji over the summer of 2008 where George...

  • Lewinsky to write tell-all memoir about affair with Clinton

    September 20, 2012 | 2:09 pm

    Monica Lewinsky reportedly is writing a memoir about her White House affair with President Bill Clinton.

    She will get $12 million for the tell-all book, the New York Post reported, citing friends of Lewinsky.

    Lewinsky, 39, is out for "revenge," according to the Post.

    The...

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  • Paul Weitz on dads, De Niro and “Being Flynn”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 5, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    Father figures emerge prominently in the films of Paul Weitz—as do complex relationships between fathers and sons.  The last time I spoke with the convivial filmmaker was regarding “About a Boy”, the 2003 film Weitz made with his brother, Chris Weitz (“A Better Life”), about a...

  • The Real “Machine Gun Preacher”: Unorthodox Atonement

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 4, 2011 | 7:17 pm

    Sam Childers, the real-life “Machine Gun Preacher” behind the Marc Forster film now in theaters, chewed his signature toothpick in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, wearing a Harley Davidson shirt, jeans, black steel-toed boots and a handlebar moustache he’s sported since...

  • Dick Cheney, torture and teshuvah

    August 31, 2011 | 1:50 pm

    According to press reports, Dick Cheney’s memoir, set to be released this week, is one long exercise is not regretting any decision he made while serving as Vice-President of the United States. This is a shame. The first step in teshuvah, repentance, is recognizing the wrongs that...

  • Cheney: I wanted to bomb Syrian reactor in 2007

    August 25, 2011 | 10:53 am

    Dick Cheney urged former President George W. Bush to bomb Syria, according to the former Vice President’s new memoir.

    According to the New York Times, which obtained an advance copy of the new book “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,” Cheney advised Bush to bomb a...

  • Memoir’s Glimpse of Anne Frank Draws Skepticism

    March 18, 2010 | 10:29 am

    From NYTimes.com:

    Frail, cold and surrounded by death, the Jewish teenager Anne Frank did her best to distract younger children from the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp by telling them fairy tales, a survivor of the camp says.

    But her account is disputed by a childhood friend...

  • MICHAEL JACKSON: Memories of my Childhood

    June 26, 2009 | 2:43 pm

    This column originally appeared in OLAM Magazine, a journal of Jewish spirituality.  Reprinted here with permission of the editor, David Suissa. To read David Suissa’s reflection on meeting Jackson, click here.

    When I look back on my childhood, it is not an idyllic landscape of...

  • Stormin’ da castle: Tony Curtis in Hollywood

    December 30, 2008 | 10:55 pm

    In "Cultural Amnesia," Clive James' eccentric encyclopedia of modern culture, the Australian critic devotes some of his most enthusiastic pages to Tony Curtis.

    One might not think that Curtis, whose fame rests more on his beauty and outsized personality than on the quality of his...

  • First Person: Rivky and Gabi were truly special people

    December 4, 2008 | 1:00 am

    Many of you first heard of the Holtzberg family four days ago when news of the Mumbai hostage situation emerged. I feel compelled to write this because I want the world to know who Rivky and Gabi Holtzberg were in life and to tell you what I witnessed of their accomplishments in...
  • Not your average ‘schlub’—a memoir

    September 3, 2008 | 8:51 pm

    "From Schlub to Stud: How To Embrace Your Inner Mensch and Conquer the Big City" by Max Gross (Skyhorse Publishing, $12.95).

    Max Gross, by his own admission, used to be your average schlub: He sported an unkempt Jewfro, the bottoms of his jeans were tattered and he'd gamely put a...
  • Memoir recalls educator’s hardships, success in Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 19, 2008 | 2:31 pm

    When local Iranian Jews gathered to honor Elias Eshaghian, a pivotal educator and director of many Jewish schools throughout Iran during the last century, Temple Beth El in West Hollywood was filled to capacity.

    Treating him like a rock star, the crowd mobbed 70-something...

  • Ex-JDL member urges faith without fanaticism

    By Amy Klein

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Brad Hirschfield was a member of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), the militant organization bent on fighting anti-Semitism. He spent time with JDL leader Rabbi Meir Kahane, whose Israeli political party was banned for racism and who was assassinated in 1990. By the time Hirschfield...
  • Bernstein’s Great Wall

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Over the course of a year, I collect books I should read and books I want to read, but -- should have/would have/could have -- many I never get around to reading.

    Over the last few months, as last year came to a close and this new one began, and as a side benefit of watching less TV...

  • TV: From Bensonhurst to Vermont, via Hollywood

    By Pat Sierchio

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Gary David Goldberg did not set out to be a screenwriter. He was already 30 when a teacher at San Diego State University guided him toward the profession. That fateful nudge set Goldberg on his path to becoming a successful writer/producer and director of a string of films and...
  • Mother pens memoir on life with heroin addict son

    By Jay Firestone

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Rita Lowenthal raised her family in a nice Jewish home, lived in a nice Jewish neighborhood and belonged to a nice Jewish temple. So how did her son become a heroin addict at age 13?

    The need for an answer to that question, as well as a desire for closure, is what inspired Lowenthal...

  • Artist-Writer Maira Kalman creates illustrated memoir

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When asked why she became a painter and writer, Maira Kalman, author of "The Principles of Uncertainty," an illustrated memoir, says, "I can't do anything else. I clean very well. I'd like to be a maid for the Duchess of Devonshire."

    That Kalman, who will be appearing Oct. 30 at Los...

  • Actor-writer pens memoir of life marred by murder

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Bigger Than Life: A Murder, a Memoir," by Dinah Lenney (University of Nebraska Press, $24.95)
    For the past 10 years, Dinah Lenney, author of the memoir, "Bigger Than Life," has lived with the memory of the murder of her father, a prominent New Jersey businessman and onetime...
  • An Orthodox ‘cast-off’ holds God accountable

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir" by Shalom Auslander (Riverhead, $24.95).
    Dressed in black, Shalom Auslander wears three tiny silver blocks on a chain that falls close to his neck, with Hebrew letters spelling out the word "Acher," or other. This was a gift from his wife when he...
  • Let us travel to Iran

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This fall, I am asking you to travel to Iran.

    Not the present-day, front-page, headline-grabbing, nuclear-developing, Holocaust-denying, Israel-hating Iran, but the Iran of just 20 or 30 years ago, as described in two newly published novels, Gina Nahai's "Caspian Rain" (MacAdam...

  • Books: Nusseibeh ‘Once Upon a Country’ memoir ends in disillusionment

    By Howard Kaplan

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life" by Sari Nusseibeh with Anthony David (Farrar Straus and Giroux, $27.50).

    Sari Nusseibeh's political memoir is a monumental achievement both in breadth and boldness. There is little like it on the Palestinian side, certainly nothing from...

  • Books to remember this summer by

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Our summers have markers, memories that trigger a specific time: The summer of the walk on the moon, Hurricane Bob or the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles; personal events like a high school prom, a kitchen renovation or a houseguest who long overstays.

    "It was that...

  • Kirk Douglas packs 90 years of living into latest book

    By Tom Tugend

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    For decades as one of Hollywood's brightest stars, Kirk Douglas paid little attention to his religion -- with one exception.

    "I always fasted on Yom Kippur," he recalls. "I still worked on the movie sets, but I fasted. And let me tell you, it's not easy making love to Lana Turner on...

  • Oy vey! You should read what they’re writing about them—in books yet

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I have the kind of Jewish mother who could both make gefilte fish from scratch and play 18 holes of golf in one day. Every day throughout my high school years, my mother would hand me lunch in a paper bag as I rushed out the door and left most of the breakfast she had prepared on the...
  • Diary writer Hillman says sharing story is ‘my duty’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Like Anne Frank, Laura Hillman received a diary as a gift on her 13th birthday in Nazi Germany. In it, she scribbled her girlish poems and observations, including her love of the lilac tree that stood in front of her house in Aurich.

    "The tree bloomed every May, around the time of...
  • Call to ‘write and record’ brings new books on Shoah

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    "Write and record," historian Simon Dubnow urged his fellow Jews, as he was taken to his death in Riga. Over the decades since Dubnow's murder in 1941, many have taken his words to heart, and scholars, survivors, novelists, poets, members of the second and third generations continue...
  • One seder too many?

    By Loren Stephens

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Nothing can bring out the worst in families more than the holidays -- "to grandmother's house we go," but which grandmother? To avoid conflict, some families eat two turkey dinners. Or there is the "this year, we'll go to your parents' house and next year we'll drive to Sheboygan...
  • Take a stroll down memoir lane with the family

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Somewhere between the frenzied search for that perfect gift, entertaining out-of-town guests and feasting on latkes and soufganiot, perhaps this year we might slow down just long enough to blissfully watch the glow of the chanukiah candles reflected on our children's faces.

    Amid...

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