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Review of New Legal Thriller: “The Quiet Boy”

The quiet teenage boy of the title, Wesley Keener, not only does not speak, but he also does not make eye contact, eat, excrete, rest or grow.

The “Many Faces” of the Jewish Immigrant Experience

Persoff charts his metamorphosis from a greenhorn into an American -- and from an aspiring engineer into an accomplished actor—with the evocative scene-setting and story-telling that fleshes out the saga of the Jewish immigrant experience in America.

The Shoah and the Struggle for Beauty

“After: The Obligation of Beauty” by Mindy Weisel is a testament to the artist’s lifelong struggle to make sense of the Shoah and, especially, the ordeal that her parents survived in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.

Former Lone Soldier From Los Angeles Publishes Memoir About IDF Experience

“Under the Stretcher” is a vivid and accessible memoir about a young Jewish-American’s experience as a lone soldier.

Writer Amy Sohn Spotlights Sex Radicals in “The Man Who Hated Women”

“The Man Who Hated Women” sheds light on the different shapes and forms of feminism.

Book Review: “Is Superman Circumcised?”

The key to understanding Superman is to think of him as Jewish.

New Wiesenthal Book Brings Nazi-Hunter Back to Life

“Wiesenthal” is based on the one-man play Dugan has been performing around the world since 2009 at the Torrance Cultural Center.

“The Fifth Fiasco: How to Escape the Traps of Jewish History In The Twenty-First Century” by David Passig

This informative and fascinating tour de force first looks back to Jewish history in order to project a more desirable Jewish future.

In Brooklyn’s Hipster Williamsburg Neighborhood, Hasidic Jews are the Real Counterculture

In their new book, “A Fortress in Brooklyn: Race, Real Estate, and the Making of Hasidic Williamsburg” (Yale University Press), Nathaniel Deutsch and Michael Casper unpack the history of Jewish Williamsburg and the collision of its pious Jewish community with the forces of commerce and urban development.

Book Review: “To All Who Call In Truth” by Michael Oren

It is a crime story that sheds light on the culture, politics and strife of America in the 1970s.

Sci-Fi Author Sarah Pinsker on “We Are Satellites”

In 2020, Pinsker became the second Jewish woman to ever receive a Nebula Award for Best Novel from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

New Book About Israel is the Much-Needed Schooling/Scolding for all Sides of the Conflict

Noa Tishby’s book is a practical, no-nonsense resource fit for diplomats, heads of state, and anyone riled up by misleading memes

Historical Novelist Renée Rosen on “The Social Graces”

Rosen’s latest work is a look at New York socialites at the turn of the twentieth century.

David Laskin Breaks New Ground in ‘What Sammy Knew’

The striking similarities between “What Sammy Knew” and today’s social movements are unmistakable.

The Stories of Overlooked Female Polish WWII Resistance Fighters

Director Steven Spielberg has optioned the book for a motion picture and signed Batalion to co-write the screenplay.

Satirical Comedic Author Dave Cowen on New ‘Biden-Harris’ Haggadah

"The Biden-Harris Haggadah: Thank G-d!” offers laughter for anyone who needs it at their upcoming seder.

New Passover-Themed Picture Books for Kids

A number of new picture books celebrating Passover have recently hit bookstores.

“Bubie’s in Bidud” (Grandma’s in Isolation) — A Delightful Children’s Book by Karen Guth

I have known Karen Guth for many years, both as a friend and as a fellow English teacher in Israel.

Neal Shusterman on Judaism, the Pandemic, and his Latest Book

“My rabbi once said that my stories always seem to have a lot of Talmudic thought in them.”

Connecting the Past to the Present

Stephanie Dray’s ambitious historical novel, “The Women of Chateau Lafayette” links three indomitable women over history.

Book Review: The Story of Esther Meets the Story of America

No other biblical text is richer with meaning for American Jews than the Book of Esther, as Rabbi Dr. Stuart W. Halpern points out.

Jake Cohen’s Debut Cookbook is a Love Letter to His Husband, Family and Judaism

Nice Jewish professional chef, Jake Cohen, always had a love for cooking. Rushing home every day as a teenager to watch “Barefoot Contessa,” the...

Melanie Chartoff Exposes Herself in Debut Memoir ‘Odd Woman Out’

Melanie Chartoff never intended on writing a book. With a multi-decade career as a voice-over, TV, film and stage actor, writing her life’s journey...

Top Children’s Books Feature a Passover Tale and 2 Coming-of-Age Debut Novels

A heartwarming and beautifully illustrated Passover tale and two poignant coming-of-age debut novels are this year’s gold medal winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards for the best in Jewish children’s literature.

Book Review: “I’m Not the Boss, I Just Work Here”

Sometimes, a book that is exactly what is needed right now appears. “I’m Not the Boss, I Just Work Here” is one of those books, providing much-needed relief to those suffering from depression and threatened with financial ruin due to COVID-19.

Eric Weiner Searches for Life Lessons in ‘Socrates Express’

When Eric Weiner chronicled his latest hunt for wisdom, the adventure had lasting impact. Despite his previous titles, The Geography of Bliss, The Geography...

Book Review: ‘Sergeant Salinger’

Charyn tells his tale with a wink and nod to the biography of the real J.D. Salinger.

Author Highlights the Horrors – and Hope – in the Spanish Inquisition in New Novel

In 2016, author Cambria Gordon, her husband and their youngest child left Los Angeles to take a yearlong sabbatical in Madrid.

Shechter Finds the Holiness Within the Mundane

This book sheds light on parts of the Jewish tradition that we had not sufficiently appreciated before.

New Book of Short Stories Reflects Contemporary Women’s Experiences

“The stories are written in a way that is relatable, honest and entertaining.” — Corie Adjmi

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