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BY Gabriel Lewin
October 24, 2013

By Michael Olesker Johns Hopkins University Press, 248 pages To be a proud Baltimorean is to be ambivalent. There is perhaps little charm left in Charm City, and yet its people cling to past triumphs and glory days with a fierce tenacity. Michael Olesker’s latest Baltimore history “Front Stoops in the Fifties, Baltimore Legends Come CONTINUE »

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BY Chayim Lando
October 17, 2013

When Boston returned to normal after the marathon bombings, Neil Diamond pulled off a classy act. Knowing that the Red Sox played his “Sweet Caroline” during the seventh-inning stretch, he flew into Boston unannounced and uninvited and arrived at the first game played after Bostonians again were free to move about the city. He sang CONTINUE »

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BY John Starrels
October 10, 2013

Not long from now, the last survivors of the Holocaust will have passed on. Our collective memory, those of us who were spared this horror, will become secondhand. This is why Miriam M. Brysk’s book could not have appeared at a more appropriate time. There are three basic narratives in her treatment, each of which CONTINUE »

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BY Lynne Stern Elkes
October 3, 2013

The premise of Susan Isaacs’ latest novel could not be less Jewish. A wealthy self-made grandmother invites her three adult grandchildren, with whom she has had little contact, to her grand home in Sante Fe. After insulting her handpicked heir to her business, Gloria Goldberg Garrison is conducting a test to see which of her CONTINUE »

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Bookstand Publishing, 160 pages
BY By Mary K. Bogot
September 25, 2013

This book is an autobiography of an ordinary woman who made unusual choices. The story describes her life from childhood to old age, without a lot of detail. I found the book very interesting and well written, but I wanted more. In a way, this story of self-exploration was almost like taking a sneak peek CONTINUE »