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  • Like Some ‘Guilt’ With Your Chick Lit?

    By Susan Josephs

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt" edited by Ruth Andrew Ellenson (Dutton, $24.95).

    When Ruth Andrew Ellenson achieved the writer's milestone of selling her first book, her father responded in classic Jewish parental fashion.

    "He was thrilled and said, 'Honey, that's...

  • A Read on Life

    By Tom Teicholz

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Lately, I've been thinking about two novels I recently enjoyed: "The Other Shulman" by Alan Zweibel (Villard, $23.95), and "Joy Comes in the Morning" by Jonathan Rosen (Picador, $14).

    The two novels are strikingly different: One deals with confronting a marriage of long standing;...

  • Ragen Novel Blends Intifada, Intrigue

    By Gaby Friedman

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The Covenant," by Naomi Ragen (St. Martin's Press, 2004).

    Nineteen-year-old Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Cpl. Nachshon Waxman was off duty when Hamas operatives kidnapped him in October 1994. In the aftermath, 50,000 Israelis gathered at the Western Wall along with Waxman's parents,...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday 25

    Israel Prize laureate Ehud Manor passed away in April but his beloved songs live on in the hearts of Israelis. Tonight, the UJ pays tribute to his memory with a concert by Einat Sarouf, accompanied by Tali Tadmor and other guest artists.

    9:30 p.m. $40 (includes wine...

  • Books - ‘Love’ Tries to Solve Mystery of the Heart

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The History of Love" By Nicole Krauss (W.W. Norton, $23.95).

    "The History of Love" is the name of a book within Nicole Krauss's remarkable new novel of the same name, "The History of Love" (Norton). The inner novel has had a life of its own, written in Yiddish in Poland and thought...

  • Sugar, Spice and a Binary Device

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    "The Seventh Beggar" by Pearl Abraham, (Riverhead, $25.95).

    A key dropped down a drain by a brother later proves to be an exit sign for his sister lost wandering in the sewers. A boy faints and it is unclear if he has suffered an epileptic seizure, or experienced a vision...

  • How the West Was Frum

    By Penny Schwartz

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Can you imagine an Orthodox bar mitzvah celebrated in the Arizona desert soon after the Civil War -- with a guest list that includes Apache warriors, gun-slinging outlaws and a minyan imported from Tombstone?

    Robert Avrech did.

    Avrech, 57, a Hollywood screenwriter, wrote his...

  • Keeping My Hair Under Wraps

    By Judy Gruen

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Recently, I found myself spellbound while watching "Girl With a Pearl Earring." This film, based on the excellent Tracy Chevalier novel, is a fictional account of the history behind Vermeer's famous painting of the same name.

    The novel revolves around a servant girl, Grete, who...

  • Matchmaker, Look Through Your Book

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    It seems the Jewish tradition of matchmaking is alive and well these days, as two very different Jewish novels on matchmaking come to us just in time for Valentine's Day.

    "Seven Blessings" by Ruchama King (St. Martin's Press, 2003) is out in paperback, and focuses on the Orthodox...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm



    The Workmen's Circle focuses inward with the opening of its latest exhibit, "A Jewish Portrait Gallery." The group show is filled with Jewish portraits with the intent of begging questions like, "How does a Jew look?" "How does a Jew see the world?" and "How does a Jewish...

  • Chabon Crusades for Fun Literature

    By Josh Lambert

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "The Final Solution: A Story of Detection" by Michael Chabon (Fourth Estate/HarperCollins, $16.95).

    Depending on their authors' predilections, so-called "literary" novels are often unsettling, disturbing, enlightening or tragicomic. They are not, in the main, much fun. Fun is left...

  • A Peek Behind the Curtain of Oz

    By Helen Epstein

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "A Tale of Love and Darkness," by Amos Oz (Harcourt, $26).

    Since 1968, when his novel "My Michael" -- exquisitely narrated by a despairing young wife in Jerusalem -- mesmerized thousands of readers, Amos Oz has been recognized as one of Israel's most gifted and prolific authors....

  • Roth’s ‘Kranky’ Little X-Mas

    By Tom Tugend

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Tom Lehrer once noted that there were no American pop Chanukah tunes because Jewish composers were busy writing the nation's sentimental Christmas and Easter favorites.

    The observation came to mind when we talked to Joe Roth, about his movie "Christmas With the Kranks," which opened...

  • 3 Novels Explore Life in Cold War Era

    By Michal Lemberger

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    "Meritocracy: A Love Story," by Jeffrey Lewis. (Other Books, $18).
    "Dancing With Einstein: A Novel," by Kate Wenner. (Scribner, $24).
    "When She Sleeps," by Leora Krygier. (The Toby Press, $19.95).

    The memory of the Holocaust has haunted the Jewish imagination for three...

  • A Skittish Homage to Cynthia Ozick

    By Daniel Asa Rose

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Heir to the Glimmering World," by Cynthia Ozick (Houghton Mifflin, $24).

    Confession: It's not Virginia Woolf I'm afraid of -- it's Cynthia Ozick. Even though she blurbed my last book (disclosure, disclosure) and once recommended me for a fellowship I didn't get (thanks for the...

  • ‘First’ an Atypical New York Story

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A brother announces to his sister that another sister has vanished, as "The First Desire" (Pantheon) opens. Nancy Reisman's highly-praised novel is unusual in many ways, from its premise to the quality of writing to its setting. She follows the lives of the Cohen family, from the...

  • Thriller Infiltrates

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "The Program" by Gregg Hurwitz (William Morrow, $24.95).

    "Cults are like a long con," crime novelist Gregg Hurwitz said. "They run a con on you but it can last 20 years. It's the ultimate con."

    Hurwitz's new page-turner, "The Program" reads like an expose of cult con artistry. In...

  • Dream Achievement

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Songbird" by Walter Zacharius (Atria Books, $24).

    In writing his first novel, "Songbird," Walter Zacharius has come to realize that being an author is far more difficult than being a publisher. The 80-year-old founder, chairman and CEO of Kensington Publishing has just published a...

  • ‘Memory’ Shapes Life and History

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "The Persistence of Memory" by Tony Eprile (Norton, $24.95).

    Tony Eprile opens up the complex terrain of a changing South Africa in "The Persistence of Memory."

    This is an ambitious novel, a novel of many ideas. Eprile is a gifted storyteller who delves into the inner life and...

  • Believe It or Not

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "It's All True" (Simon & Schuster, 2004) by David Freeman offers us a portrait of an outsized Hollywood, so unbelievable that it must be dead on. It is, more precisely, a novel, lovingly unfolded about the movie business: How it works and how its players -- adults spoiled by too much...

  • Herzl’s Heirs

    By Rob Eshman

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Years ago I wrote a novel.

    I don't remember how many years ago, but I began it on a typewriter, so you do the math.

    I was in my early 20s and living in Israel, and it's barely an exaggeration to say I was touched by everything I saw and moved by everyone I met.

    This was the plot of...

  • Psychic Channels Her Gift Into Novel

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Miriam the Medium" by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro (Simon & Schuster, $23).

    I don't know how many Jewish psychics there are in Great Neck, N.Y., but Rochelle Jewel Shapiro is easy to spot in the lunchtime crowd at Bruce's, a restaurant and bakery in the heart of the Long Island town.


  • When Two Orthodox Worlds Collide

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "The Outside World" by Tova Mirvis (Knopf, $24)

    Tova Mirvis began her second novel with the thought of writing an Orthodox "Madame Bovary." But, four years later, things turned out quite differently: Although her new novel is full of romantic longings, Tzippy Goldman is no Emma.


  • Loud and Proud Mizrachi Voices

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage," edited by Loolwa Khazzoom (Seal Press, $16.95)

    On the last night before her family would flee Libya in 1967, Gina Bublil Waldman recalls that she had to choose between taking her...

  • A Match Made in Ratner’s Restaurant

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "The Matzo Ball Heiress," by Laurie Gwen Shapiro (Red Dress Ink, $12.95).

    Laurie Gwen Shapiro is not, repeat not scion to a matzah fortune, like the heroine of her hyperkinetic new novel, "The Matzo Ball Heiress."

    "I'm the heiress, like, to a condo in Florida," the author and...

  • Between the Sheets

    By Carin Davis

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    So what does a nice Jewish girl know about porn? Quite a bit. Writer Lynn Isenberg strived for silver screen success and Hollywood nights, but instead found sex scene success and "Boogie Nights." Tired of legitimate film studios' constant rejection, Isenberg found success as a...

  • Yehoshua Returns to Arab Characters

    By Susan Miron

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "The Liberated Bride" by A.B. Yehoshua (Harvest Books, 2003.)

    From the beginning of his career, Israeli novelist A.B. Yehoshua has examined the complex relationship between Israeli Jews and Arabs, most notably in his 1964 novella, "Facing the Forests," and his early novel, "The...

  • Legacy of Questions Without Answers

    By Michal Lemberger

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "The German Money" by Lev Raphael. (Leapfrog Press, $14.95)

    William Faulkner once wrote, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." He was referring to the subjects that obsessed him for most of his writing life: the American South, its legacy of slavery, strict racial ideology...

  • ‘Tattooed Girl’ Mines a Root of Prejudice

    By Howard Kaplan

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Alma Busch fled the dirty poverty of Akron Valley, a poor mining town in Pennsylvania, about which she tells us, "There'd been no Jews, not a one."

    Alma continues in an interior monologue: "No Jew would live in such a place ... if you traced it back far enough, not whose names were...

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