Books: ‘Last Resort’s Slow, Satisfying Suspense

"Last Resort" Andrew Lipstein Farrar, Straus and Giroux At my alma mater Bryn Mawr College — only a mile away from its cousin Haverford College, where both...

Dvora Hacohen, Joshua Cohen, Dara Horn Win Big at 2021 National Jewish Book Awards

Dvora Hacohen’s biography of Hadassah founder Henriette Szold won two honors, including Jewish Book of the Year, from the Jewish Book Council in their annual awards list.
Four characters deep in a tunnel are staring at the reader. On the left are two Israeli archeologists, on the right, two Palestinians.

Books: ‘Tunnels’ Digs for Complicated Truth

“Tunnels” Rutu Modan Drawn & Quarterly In graphic novelist Rutu Modan’s most recent work “Tunnels,” published on Nov. 2 by Drawn & Quarterly, archaeologist Nili is hardly...

From ‘Tree of Sorrow’ to Family Trees: Passing Down Holocaust Memories

Richard Bank’s pocket watch, given to him by his grandfather and Shoah survivor Ludwig Frank, hasn’t kept time for decades, save for two occasions. The...

Local Family Publishes Holocaust Book

Maurice Chorney was one of those Holocaust survivors who never really talked about his experience. But when his daughter, Helene Shipon, was moving Chorney from...

Books: Palatable Pandemic, Familiar Face Returns

“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

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

“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...

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

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.