Monday, May 25, 2015 Sivan 7, 5775
A sexual awakening in the suburbs that's meant to stir feelings
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This is how Fredrica Wagman's first novel, Playing House , published back in 1973, begins: "Can't concentrate. My mind is wandering over him crouched on top of me, over his shoulders to a summer day again, always back to then when a room was filled with sun gold, when the walls were white, when the window glass was crystal clear...
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Watch out, Oprah! There's a new book club in town, and it seeks to revolutionize the reading community in Philadelphia. According to Kehillah of Center City coordinator Catherine Fischer, "People of the Book" -- as the club is called -- aims to provide a citywide venue for the reading and discussion of books of Jewish interest. To do so, Fischer...
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Israeli author speaks for those with no voice
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RIta Charleston, JE Feature
Critics have praised Talia Carner as "an author with the power to change society," and "one who saves the world one child at a time." A seventh-generation sabra born in Tel Aviv -- and the author of China Doll -- Carner first learned of the atrocities of the Chinese orphanages known as "The Dying Rooms," where the death rate was...
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How to survive in the postwar world
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The appearance of György Dalos' tragicomic short novel, The Circumcision , released recently in paperback by the enterprising English publisher Marion Boyars, calls to mind a simple but profound fact: Of a certain period of 20th-century history, we know very little. I am speaking of the period from the end of World War II until the fall of the Berlin...
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Powerful words of poetry
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A few months back, I initiated a series of articles about Dryad Press, a small, independent venture out of Takoma Park, Md., kept afloat almost singlehandedly by Merrill Leffler, himself a poet and critic of note. The first Dryad title I discussed was 1111 Days in My Life Plus Four , primarily a diary begun by Ephraim F. Sten when...
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