Book of Numbers By Joshua Cohen & The Book of Stone: A Novel By Jonathan Papernick

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It’s summer, that time of year when everyone drops everything they’re doing, finds a quiet stretch of sandy shore and spends all day delving into their new favorite books. Or maybe not. But whatever your plans, there’s no denying that the season brings a bumper crop of literary offerings, plus an abundance of lists telling… Read More

The Seven Good Years: A Memoir By Etgar Keret Riverhead Books, 175 pages

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Before writing his seminal book “Der Judenstaat,” Theodor Herzl, the father of the modern Zionist movement, was a writer of a literary form known as the “feuilleton.” These were short articles or essays, usually collected as a supplement to newspapers, consisting of literature and art criticism, discussion of the latest fashions and trends and social… Read More

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind By Yuval Noah Harari HarperCollins, 416 pages

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Yuval Harari’s “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,” already an international nonfiction bestseller, guides the reader across a vast, yet entirely accessible framework that draws on biology, anthropology and psychology to describe the dominance of Homo sapiens over other human species and systematically details all that we have accomplished — for better or for worse… Read More

Words Without Music: A Memoir

Words Without Music: A Memoir By Philip Glass Liveright Publishing Company, 416 pages In New York in the 1960s it wasn’t unusual for struggling artists to do odd jobs to make a buck until the next big break. Philip Glass drove a cab. He also worked as a plumber, in a steel mill, did construction… Read More

Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance and Hope By Wendy Holden Harper, 385 pages

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Eva Clarke likely is the youngest survivor of a Nazi death camp. She was born April 29, 1945, as her mother, Anka Nathanová sat atop a heap of sick and dying women on a wagon entering Mauthausen, where prisoners were worked, beaten, thrown and shot to death in a quarry atop a hill overlooking one… Read More

There is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction By Saul Bellow, edited by Benjamin Taylor Viking, 544 pages

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Aptly named, Benjamin Taylor’s collection of nonfiction by Nobel-winning novelist Saul Bellow can seem like its title: 512 thought-provoking pages of Bellow on life, aspirations, disappointments, creativity and himself. Taylor, a college teacher and award-winning author, provides a spectrum of Bellow’s topics, including a trip across a tense, weary 1948 Spain and a drive past… Read More

A Good Place to Hide By Peter Grose

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Books and an acclaimed documentary film have made the French Huguenot village of Le Chambon and Pastor André Trocmé well known for sheltering Jews from the Nazis and their Vichy France collaborators. But some books have been criticized as inaccurately portraying how Le Chambon and its surrounding villagers and farmers saved thousands. Peter Grose seeks… Read More