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Book Review | Jewish Farmers in Totally Unexpected Places

“Still” Rebecca E. Bender and Kenneth M. Bender North Dakota State University Press “Still” traces a multigenerational Jewish family who fled Odessa for North Dakota where they...
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Book Review | ‘Young Heroes of the Soviet Union’

“Young Heroes of the Soviet Union” Alex Halberstadt Random House It’s appropriate that Alex Halberstadt’s new memoir, “Young Heroes of the Soviet Union,” is shaped in many...
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Book Review | Essays Serve Jewish Food History

“Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish Food” Edited by Aaron S. Gross, Jody Meyers and Jordan D. Rosenblum New York University Press It seems...
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Book Review | ‘Facing Survival’ and ‘I Want You to Know We’re Still Here’

“Facing Survival” David Kassan USC Fisher Museum of Art In his collection “Testimony: The United States (1885–1915), Recitative,” Charles Reznikoff took real courtroom testimonies describing all manner...
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‘Harry Potter’ Now Available in Yiddish

By Gabe Friedman / JTA As of Feb. 7, the first book in the Harry Potter series is available in Yiddish. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s...

True Crime-Memoir Tells Tale of Double Murder

  Emma Copley Eisenberg’s short stories and essays have been published in most of the places you’d expect to find a literary rising star: McSweeney’s,...
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Jewish Book Award Winners Have Philadelphia Ties

This post has been updated to include information regarding Kenneth D. Wald. The Jewish Book Council announced the winners of the National Jewish Book Awards...
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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...