Israel: Is it Good for the Jews?

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By Richard Cohen Simon and Schuster, 273 pages Is Israel good for the Jews? No, not if you prefer discrimination, exclusion, expulsion, persecution, pogroms and murder in the millions. Of course Israel is good for the Jews, as Richard Cohen makes more than abundantly clear in this book, recounting our woeful, disaster-filled history since exile… Read More

Heaven and Other Poems

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by Israel Horovitz Three Rooms Press, 102 pages Acclaimed playwright, author and director Israel Horovitz has spent a lifetime crafting story arcs for the stage, screen and his readers’ imaginations. Now 75, he’s published his first book of poetry, offering a collection of compelling verse that, written throughout his lifetime, echoes the story of his… Read More

Teach Us That Peace

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By Baron Wormer Piscataqua Press, 336 pages Though Baron Wormser has published 12 books of poetry and is Maine’s poet laureate, “Teach Us That Peace,” published in November 2013, is his first novel. Set in the Baltimore of Wormser’s adolescence (he was born here in 1948), “Teach Us That Peace” paints a vivid picture of… Read More

The Gourmet Jewish Cookbook: More Than 200 Recipes From Around the World

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With the cooking crush of Rosh Hashanah in the rearview mirror and the next holiday of Yom Kippur fast approaching (pun intended), the next few days offer the opportunity to ponder your Sukkot menu. And if you intend to serve meat, the Prue Leith-trained chef behind one of the newest kosher cookbooks to hit the… Read More

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