Books

Books: Palatable Pandemic, Familiar Face Returns

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“Our Country Friends” Makes Pandemic Palatable “Our Country Friends” Gary Shteyngart Penguin Random House For Gary Shteyngart, who wrote about the painful adult consequences of his botched circumcision...

Booker Prize Goes to Novel About a South African Jewish Mother’s Dying Wish

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The prestigious Booker Prize for fiction has gone to a South African’s novel about a Jewish woman’s dying wish.
On a cover with blue, peach, and coral colors, a woman with a young girl is holding hands and walking on a sidewalk as another man passes them.

Books: ‘Beautiful Country’ Dissects American Dream

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“Beautiful Country” Qian Julie Wang Doubleday Books   During Qian Julie Wang’s flights from Shijiazhuang, China, to Beijing to New York City, her mother was hellishly motion sick. The...

The author of ‘The Matzah Ball,’ a Hanukkah novel, wants Jews to read more...

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By Philissa Kramer Jean Meltzer always knew how “The Matzah Ball,” her first novel, would end. “The rule of romance is that there has to be...
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Sally Rooney Won’t Let Her New Novel Be Published in Hebrew

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Bestselling author Sally Rooney won’t allow her recently published novel, “Beautiful World, Where Are You?” to be published in Hebrew because she supports a cultural boycott of Israel.

Books: Losing Count, Dealing with Home Envy

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Progressives’ Blind Spot Sasha Rogelberg | JE staff “Jews Don't Count” David Baddiel Harper Collings David Baddiel’s new book “Jews Don’t Count” wasn’t reviewed by The Guardian, Great Britain’s...

Books: ‘Something Wild’ Shares Realities of Abuse

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“Something Wild" Hanna Halperin Viking Books There are no heroes in Hanna Halperin’s debut novel “Something Wild.” But through reading the novel, one understands a little more...

Staff Picks: What We’re Reading This Summer

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As writers ourselves — even if we happen to be of the “ink-stained wretch” variety — we’re constantly reading, whether it’s for the job or otherwise.

Summer Books Preview

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If you look around right now, you might be thinking, “Wow. The weather is amazing, the streets are alive and it’s time for me to get outside again.

Books: Bibi Netanyahu as Fiction, Childhood in Philadelphia Remembered

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The Creation of Netanyahu “The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family” Joshua Cohen New...