Here is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays

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By Lesléa Newman Abrams Books for Young Readers, 48 pages A holiday-specific children’s book is always a good bet for those looking to soothe a tired toddler in the days before Rosh Hashanah, but in writing “Here is the World,” author Lesléa Newman is taking a different approach to Jewish bedtime reading. By focusing on… Read More

Timeless: Love, Morgenthau and Me

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By Lucinda Franks Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 390 pages If opposites attract, it’s little wonder that recovering radical Lucinda Franks and respected and feared district attorney Robert Morgenthau — poster children for May-December marriage — cling to each other as if welded. They met in 1973 during an interview. She was 26, a Christian Vassar… Read More

All I Know and Love

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By Judith Frank William Morrow, 422 pages Released just one week after the latest war between Israel and Hamas broke out on July 8, Judith Frank’s new novel seems almost prescient. The second book from Frank, a professor of English at Amherst College and recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts,… Read More

The Lie

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By Hesh Kestin Scribner, 240 pages “The Lie” may be fiction, but it definitely reads like reality, perhaps because the author, Hersh Kestin, spent two decades as a Middle East foreign correspondent. Kestin, an 18-year veteran of the Israel Defense Forces, quickly pulls the reader into a political, and emotional, story that could very well… Read More

Merchant of Words: The Life of Robert St. John

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By Terry Fred Horowitz Rowman & Littlefield, 412 pages Terry Fred Horowitz has written one of the most riveting and entertaining books of an unsung giant of American journalism, Robert St. John. For more than half a century, St. John traveled the world in search of breaking news long before the onset of 24-hour news… Read More

Mussar Yoga

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By Edith Brotman, Ph.D. Jewish Lights Publishing, 191 pages Though the earliest references to the Jewish spiritual practice of mussar date to ancient times, the focus on ethics re-emerged in the 19th century when revered scholar Rabbi Israel Salanter of Lithuania and his disciples formalized its study, creating a Mussar Movement in Germany and Russia…. Read More

Phoning Home: Essays

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By Jacob M. Appel University of South Carolina Press, 177 pages Jacob M. Appel is many things: a physician, an attorney, a bioethicist and, if he’s telling the truth in the selection of self-deprecating essays, a forlorn lover obsessed with finding out why the flurry of different individuals in his life do the things they… Read More

The Lion’s Gate

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By Stephen Pressfield Sentinel, 430 pages Taken on its own terms, as “hybrid history,” “The Lion’s Gate” is an engaging immersion in the experiences and emotions of participants in Israel’s first three wars. Steven Pressfield, author of 12 previous books, interviewed 63 people over the course of 370 hours and sliced their recollections into chronological… Read More