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  • Anita Diamant’s ‘The Boston Girl’: An immigrant’s tale, hanging onto the old ways

    by Dora Levy Mossanen

    4 days ago

    From the opening of Anita Diamant’s heartwarming novel, “The Boston Girl,” (Scribner), when Addie Bauman, an 85-year-old grandmother recounts her life story to her granddaughter, I was struck by the similarities between the Jewish cultural beliefs and mores in Boston in 1915, when...

  • Carter, Begin and Sadat — Nostalgia for hope of peace

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    2 weeks ago

    Lawrence Wright, a staff writer for The New Yorker, is attracted to moments of high drama and historical significance. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his account of Osama Bin Laden and the events of Sept. 11 in “The Looming Tower,” for example, and he penetrated the inner workings of...

  • Home is where ‘The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.’ is

    by Elaine Margolin

    3 weeks ago

    Gina B. Nahai’s new novel, “The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.” (Akashic Books) is a wildly inventive story of the Soleyman family that travels back and forth in time between 1950s Tehran and present-day Los Angeles. This Iranian Jewish clan was thriving in Iran before Ayatollah...

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  • Excerpt from: “The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.”

    By Gina Nahai

    3 weeks ago

    That word, aabehroo, is one of those for which no equivalent exists in the English language. It alludes to the impression that others hold of an individual’s virtue and respectability. To have aabehroo means that the world regards a person in high esteem. To lose it — or, more...

  • In ‘Tel Aviv Noir,’ city’s underbelly gets its due

    by Beth Kissileff, JTA

    October 2, 2014 | 3:25 pm

    Asked by a literary magazine to name an Israeli author deserving of English translation, Etgar Keret — the Tel Aviv-based writer whose short stories have been published to worldwide acclaim — named novelist Gadi Taub.

    A year later, Keret has been instrumental in bringing Taub’s...

  • “The Golem of Hollywood”: A grisly L.A. mystery

    by Dora Levy Mossanen

    October 1, 2014 | 11:02 am

    They have a way of scaring you, of chasing sleep away, these psychological thrillers that send your heart thumping. Imagine, then, what you are in for when two masters of the genre decide to collaborate. The result is “The Golem of Hollywood,” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) by bestselling...

  • Three books, three opinions about The Lubavitcher Rebbe

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    September 23, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    The 20th anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe (1902-1994) has inspired no fewer than three new biographies, a fact that attests to his enduring importance even outside the Chasidic community he led for four decades. Even more telling, however, is the fact that he is...

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