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  • Noir Fiction Fills in the Babel Blanks

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "King of Odessa" by Robert Rosenstone (Northwestern, $24.95).

    In an impressive effort of literary boldness, historian Robert Rosenstone fills in some of the blanks in Issac Babel's life and work in a first novel, "King of Odessa." He writes as though he has recovered a lost Babel...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm


    See Spot pray. Blessings go to the dogs today as Newport Dunes Resort's annual Top Dog Fashion Show commences with a blessing of the animals performed by a Catholic priest, a Protestant minister and a rabbi. A canine costume contest follows, with categories including best...

  • Assimilating Roth’s PC Parable

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When veteran producer Tom Rosenberg read Philip Roth's 2000 novel, "The Human Stain," he immediately vowed to turn it into a movie. Roth, considered one of America's greatest living writers, was his literary hero; the novelist "not only chronicles what it is to be Jewish in America,...

  • Schizophrenia With a Dash of Schmaltz

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Iris Rainer Dart's cousin was diagnosed with schizophrenia decades ago, the illness sent shockwaves through her Jewish family. "They were from the shtetl and superstitious," said Dart, 59, the best-selling author of 1985's "Beaches." "They thought that the illness was a curse,...

  • Murder and Intrigue in ‘Palestine’

    By Susan Miron

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jonathan Wilson's new novel, "A Palestine Affair," opens, quite spectacularly as Mark Bloomberg, a painter, and his non-Jewish American wife, Joyce, having just made love in their new Jerusalem home, go outside to their garden. A softly moaning, bleeding man in Arab dress rushes...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    June 5, 2003 | 7:59 pm


    The Yiddish Culture Club's going on summer vacation. Before they do, catch their end of the season concert. Actor and singer Hale Porter discusses and performs Yiddish folk songs tonight -- your last chance for a dose till fall. 7:30 p.m. $5 (members), $10 (nonmembers)....

  • BJE Selects ‘Leaf’ for Reading Initiative

    By Journal Staff

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Assimilation. How Jewish children should best be educated. Oppression against Jews and the Jewish State. Whether faith can provide meaningful answers.

    Those topics lead to unexpected plot turns in "As a Driven Leaf," a historical novel selected by Orange County's Bureau of Jewish...

  • Survivor Film Aims to Educate Students

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As a child at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, Marion Blumenthal Lazan spent hours looking for four identical pebbles inside her shabby living quarters.

    "I decided that if I were to find four pebbles of about the same shape and size, that the four members of my family...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm


    Workmen celebrate women today (and tomorrow), as The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring presents "Rosa: A Play About Rosa Luxemburg." In honor of Women's History Month, the Open Arms Community Players present a staged reading about the woman who "single-handed ... almost...

  • Out of ‘Africa’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When German filmmaker Caroline Link read Stefanie Zweig's 1995 autobiographical novel, "Nowhere in Africa," she was riveted by the unusual Holocaust story. The book describes how 5-year-old Zweig and her parents fled the Nazis to Kenya, where the girl fell in love with the...

  • Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Welcome to Heavenly Heights" by Risa Miller (St. Martin's Press, $23.95).

    Many writers have imagined the Jewish immigrant experience, setting their novels and short stories on the Lower East Side and places like that, where newcomers can forge their way to become Americans. Risa...

  • ‘Image’ Is Everything

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Dara Horn wrote an exuberant scene in her stunning debut novel, "In the Image," upon returning to her dreary garret flat during a year abroad in 1999. "I'd been to this dismal British market in which an entire aisle was devoted to butter and fats," the ebullient Horn, 25, said...

  • The Truth About Lotty

    By Amy Sara Clark

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Fans of Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski detective novels are used to following the hard-edged but soft-hearted Chicago private investigator unravel interlocking stories of white-collar crime and corruption.

    While there's plenty of crime and corruption in "Total Recall" (Dell, $7.99)...

  • The Feiler Phenomenon

    By David Klinghoffer

    November 7, 2002 | 7:01 pm

    Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths" by Bruce Feiler (William Morrow & Co, $23.95).

    Like the stock market, belief in the Bible as a record of past events goes up and down. Such belief is now skidding toward a low point. While the sobriety and detachment of professional...

  • Rudderless Until Redemption

    By Howard Kaplan

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Under Radar" by Michael Tolkin (Atlantic Monthly Press, $23).

    Recently, I heard Michael Tolkin speak at Temple Beth Am about "Under Radar." Pacing frenetically, he explained that midway through the writing he had stalled and shelved the manuscript. During that time, slipping on his...

  • Three Little Words

    By Laura Levine

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When the book came in the mail, I lifted it from the Amazon box and gazed at it with pride. There on the cover were three little words that warmed my heart: By Laura Levine.

    I've been a professional writer for more than 35 years, and never have three words meant so much to me.


  • Jews in the Nazis’ Ranks

    By Dennis Gura

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and the Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military" by Bryan Mark Rigg (University Press of Kansas, $29.95).

    Bryan Mark Rigg's most controversial assertion is "Hitler's Jewish Soldiers'" least relevant matter. In a...

  • The Legacy of ‘Esther’s Children’

    By Gina Nahai

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In his introduction to Esther's Children," (Jewish Publication Society, $110) editor Houman Sarshar speaks of a time when, at 6 years old and about to start elementary school, he discovered his legacy as an Iranian Jew. Over breakfast in their apartment in Tehran, Houman's father, a...

  • The Heart and Marrow of a Century

    By Miriyam Glazer

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    From the vantage point of our already traumatic new millennium, "Old Men at Midnight," celebrated author Chaim Potok's latest collection of three novellas, requires us to look back in anguish at a wrenching picture of the 20th century.

    "This America of yours is not a country that...

  • Still Got ‘Game’

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Like Budd Schulberg's "What Makes Sammy Run?" Phillip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint" and other milestones of Jewish American literature, Will Eisner's "Name of the Game" explores the depths of Jewish self-loathing and assimilation. But what separates "Name" -- a tale chronicling two...

  • Love in the Time of Snakes

    By Amy Klein

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Sunday's Silence" by Gina Nahai
    (Harcourt Brace, $24).

    "Is Truth more urgent than Desire?" That's the poignant question posed by the beautiful Blue in the opening of "Sunday's Silence," the newest novel by Gina Nahai. It is a question that Nahai herself makes tantalizingly difficult...

  • Diamant Finds a Harbor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While writing "Good Harbor," about the midlife friendship between two Jewish women, Anita Diamant says she suffered a bout of "second-novelitis."

    Her 1997 debut novel, "The Red Tent" -- a sexy spin on the biblical story of Dinah -- had been a runaway best seller that's still on the...

  • Southern Scandals

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    TV writer Loraine Despres dreamed up her award-winning debut novel, "The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc," (William Morrow, $24) after a creative writing class stirred her memories of growing up Jewish in Amite, La.

    Despres recalled the bullet holes in her bedroom wall, courtesy...

  • The Secret History

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "The Woman Who Laughed at God: The Untold History of the Jewish People," by Jonathan Kirsch (Viking Press, $14.95).

    Jonathan Kirsch lives a double life that many lawyers only dream of.

    An attorney specializing in the field of publishing law by day, he is also the best-selling...

  • Nice and Gruesome

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Perhaps the most disarming thing about Jonathan Kellerman -- best-selling author of gruesome crime mysteries that deal with the seedier aspects of human nature and society -- is that he is nice and charming.

    The pyschotherapist turned author has his 17th thriller "Flesh and Blood,"...

  • Wayward Son

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "Shadows of Sin" began when Orthodox mystery author Rochelle Krich was chilled by a verse in Deuteronomy after the Columbine High School shootings in 1999.

    The passage described the "wayward and rebellious" son, who is condemned to death for crimes of theft, drunkenness and gluttony....

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, July 28

    With the famous line: "It matters nothing if one is born in a duck yard, if one has only lain in a swan's egg," Hans Christian Andersen's play became a classic success. "The Ugly Duckling" proved to be a story with a moral for children of all generations....

  • You Go, Girlfriend

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jennifer Weiner began writing "Good in Bed" during a bout of Dumper's Regret in 1998.

    She'd been dating her nice-Jewish-writer boyfriend for a few years, but no engagement ring was forthcoming. So she requested a trial separation. "I went home and proceeded to think about the...

  • Boys Wonder

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Joe [incredulous]: Jewish superheroes?

    Sammy: What, they're all Jewish, superheroes. Superman, you don't think he's Jewish? Coming from the old country, changing his name like that. Clark Kent, only a Jew would pick up a name like that for himself.

    A day after Yom Kippur, Michael...

  • The Truth Is In There

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Last month, a group of people gathered at the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles to hear a distinguished gentleman talk about Jewish gangsters, Yiddish-speaking intellectuals and circus freaks sharing prostitutes. But there was a good reason.

    The man behind the lectern, Amram...

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