Monday, March 30, 2015 Nisan 10, 5775
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Call it the greatest story ever re -told. Jewish Publication Society CEO and editor-in-chief Ellen Frankel is gearing up for the launch of the JPS Illustrated Children's Bible , as retold by Frankel and illustrator Avi Katz, set for release next month. The hardbound book collects 53 stories from the Hebrew Bible -- culled from the 1985 JPS translation --...
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At the turn of the last century, travel to what was then called the Holy Land began to become a distinct growth industry (as promotional types like to put it these days). This was the period, of course, when Mark Twain was one of many Innocents Abroad , and his descriptions of the terrain and the people he saw there...
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When an accident turns a couple's world upside-down
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The confessional mode and its possible pitfalls, which I discussed several weeks ago in the case of Anne Roiphe's memoir, Epilogue , get another workout in Alix Kates Shulman's new book. Also a tale of harrowing loss, it's titled To Love What Is , and is published by Farrar Straus and Giroux. Where Roiphe's book discussed the sadness and bewilderment...
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I can't seem to get my fill of books about books, whether they're confessions penned by passionate book collectors, memoirs by the owners of famous bookshops or histories of storied publishing enterprises. My only complaint is that these types of books, which once filled publishers' catalogues, have dwindled in number as the Internet age has come to dominate our lives...
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Life after death -- the death of a spouse, that is
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Confessional writing has been a fixture of the literary scene for so long now that we may forget how fraught with dangers the form can be, at least in its modern incarnation. A writer, even when striving to be unstintingly honest, can tip easily into bathos, or be so committed to "telling all" that he or she can begin revealing...
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