Searching for Butsnevits: A Shtetl Tale by Jack Rothman

Searching for Butsnevits: A Shtetl Tale by Jack Rothman

This is a story of discovery. Like many kids in immigrant families, I avoided dealing with “old country” family history–and like many of us, I was later moved to go on a quest to discover my roots. This book, Searching for Butsnevits: A Shtetl Tale, is part autobiography, part social history, and part detective story–where the search is for a missing community rather than a missing person. The book is…

Reading Modern Hebrew Poetry and Prose by Lev Hakak

Reading Modern Hebrew Poetry and Prose by Lev Hakak

This is a collection of articles surrounding Modern Hebrew Literature. It includes articles about the prose fiction of S.Y. Agnon, who is Modern Hebrew Literature’s only Nobel Laureate, as well as a piece discussing the work of the internationally acclaimed Hebrew writer A.B. Yehoshua. Most of the articles were published in various academic periodicals. Lev Hakak guides us with passion and depth on a rich and exciting journey into worlds…

Jerzy by Jerome Charyn

Jerzy by Jerome Charyn

Jerzy Kosinski was a great enigma of post-World War II literature. When he exploded onto the American literary scene in 1965 with his best-selling novel The Painted Bird, he was revered as a Holocaust survivor and refugee from the world hidden behind the Soviet Iron Curtain. He won major literary awards, befriended actor Peter Sellers (who appeared in the screen adaptation of his novel Being There), and was a guest…

Emma Lazarus by Esther Schor

Emma Lazarus by Esther Schor

Emma Lazarus’s most famous poem gave a voice to the Statue of Liberty, but her remarkable story has remained a mystery until now. Drawing upon a cache of personal letters undiscovered until the 1980s, Esther Schor brings this vital woman to life in all her complexity—as a feminist, a Zionist, and a trailblazing Jewish-American writer. Schor argues persuasively for Lazarus’s place in history as an activist and a prophet of…

Tell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel Levinson

Tell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel Levinson

In 2022, American Jews face an increasingly unsafe and anti-Semitic landscape at home. Against this backdrop, the Jacobson family gathers for Passover in Los Angeles. But their immediate problems are more personal than political, with the three adult children, Mo, Edith, and Jacob, in various states of crisis, the result, each claims, of a lifetime of mistreatment by their father, Julian. The siblings have begun to suspect that Julian is…

Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman by Itamar Rabinovich

Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman by Itamar Rabinovich

More than two decades have passed since prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination in 1995, yet he remains an unusually intriguing and admired modern leader. A native-born Israeli, Rabin became an inextricable part of his nation’s pre-state history and subsequent evolution. This revealing account of his life, character, and contributions draws not only on original research but also on the author’s recollections as one of Rabin’s closest aides. An awkward politician…

The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping by Aharon Appelfeld

The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping by Aharon Appelfeld

From the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author (“One of the greatest writers of the age” –The Guardian): a young Holocaust survivor takes his first steps toward creating a new life in the newly established state of Israel. Erwin doesn’t remember much about his journey across Europe when the war finally ended because he spent most of it asleep, carried by other survivors as they emerged from their hiding places or were…

Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka

Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka

Peter Wortsman, translator, Afterword In this new selection and translation, Peter Wortsman mines Franz Kafka’s entire opus of short prose–including works published in the author’s brief lifetime, posthumously published stories, journals, and letters–for narratives that sound the imaginative depths of the great German-Jewish scribe from Prague. It is the first volume in English to consider his deeply strange, resonantly humane letters and journal entries alongside his classic short fiction and…

April 2017 Jewish Book Carnival

Jewish Book Carnival

The April Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere, is being hosted by Yael Shahar at the Memory & Redemption blog. You can see the Carnival at https://www.damaged-mirror.com/springtime-reading-jewish-book-carnival/. You’ll find links to Jewish book news, book reviews and author interviews, including: S.Y. Agnon’s Passover-focused “The Celebrants,” a story within The Bridal Canopy, is the focus of a post on the Fig Tree Books…

Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam by Fawzia Gilani-Williams

Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam by Fawzia Gilani-Williams

Two neighbors—one Jewish, one Muslim—have always been best friends. When they both fall on hard times, can they find a way to help each other? In Fawzia Gilani’s retelling of this folktale—which has both Jewish and Arab origins—differences are not always causes for conflict and friendship can overcome any obstacle.