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Book Review | ‘How Yiddish Changed America’ Chronicles a Rich Language

“How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish” Edited by Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert Restless Books “Radical, dangerous and sexy.” This is not the tagline for...
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Book Review | ‘The Topeka School’ Is a Novel About Jewishness

“The Topeka School” Ben Lerner Farrar, Strauss and Giroux Early on in “The Topeka School,” a new novel by Ben Lerner, two Jewish psychologists have a discussion...
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New Book Compiles Sportswriter Stan Hochman’s Columns

For someone who called himself the third-best writer in his own family, Stan Hochman left a significant mark in Philadelphia. The longtime Philadelphia Daily News...
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Book Review | ‘The Berlin Woman’ Disappoints

‘The Berlin Woman’Alan KaufmanMandel Vilar PressThe Jewish Exponent receives dozens of new fiction books each month, and many hit the discard pile immediately because...
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Book Review | ‘Live a Little’ Delivers Beautiful Sentences

"Live a Little" Howard Jacobson Hogarth There is little that actually happens in the course of Howard Jacobson’s “Live a Little.” For Beryl Dusinberry and Shimi Carmelli, two...
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Book Review | ‘Citizen 865’ Chronicles the Search for Hiding Nazis

Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler’s Hidden Soldiers in America Debbie Cenziper Hachette Books By the mid-1970s, World War II had been over for three decades. Nazi trials...
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Harold Bloom Dreamed in Yiddish Until His Death

By Gabe Friedman / JTA Many obituaries of Harold Bloom, the lion of American literary criticism who passed away on Monday at 89, mention that...
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Book Review | ‘The Liar’ Tackles Lying and Its Costs

The Liar Ayelet Gundar-Goshen (Translated from Hebrew by Sondra Silverston) Little, Brown and Company Here is a woefully incomplete list of the lies that are told in...
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A Matter of Taste: ‘The Jewish Cookbook’

It’s a bit funny to review a cookbook, isn’t it? It is, in the truest sense, a matter of taste. And in cooking for...
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Book Reviews | Dershowitz, Gordis Take on U.S.-Israel Relationship

Defending Israel: The Story of My Relationship with My Most Challenging Client Alan Dershowitz All Points Books We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel Daniel...