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  • Shut up and read this book review

    July 16, 2008 | 10:20 pm

    "Shut Up, I'm Talking: And Other Diplomatic Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government" by Gregory Levey (Simon & Schuster/Free Press, $24).

    Consider the Zionist dream of Jews living as "normal" people in a "normal" country. Then consider Gregory Levey's hilarious and unexpectedly...

  • 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...
  • Books: ‘The Year of Living Biblically’ includes a beard, snakes and peaches

    By Amy Klein

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Remember Amelia Bedelia? She's the bumbling housekeeper of the beloved children's books of the 1970s by Peggy Parish who took all instructions literally, so when her list said she should "draw the drapes," she took out her pen and paper and drew a picture of the drapes. When it said,...
  • Books: A heretic with fries on the side

    By David Kaufmann

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Foreskin's Lament," by Shalom Auslander (Riverhead, $24.95).

    Consider the poor foreskin: an object of desire for a few, a matter of indifference for many and anathema to the Jews. Like bacon and lobster, it serves as the very definition of treif. Its rejection is the primordial...

  • Want to hear a story?

    By Gina Nahai

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    So I'm at the Jewish Book Council's (JBC) open auditions, in the main sanctuary of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Manhattan, in the front row of the L-Z section of authors who have written a book with a Jewish theme and who would like to sell more than three...