Where the Bird Sings Best by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Where the Bird Sings Best by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Alejandro Jodorowsky is known for many things: film, his obsession with Dune, and his connection with Jewish Latin-American history, to name a few. This new English translation is part-memoir and part fantasy, and it completely captures Firestone-Teeter’s attention. “I love weird, strange kind of experimental fiction. That’s just something I’ve always been drawn towards,” she said, adding that the novel “plays a lot with magical realism, and it’s very epic.…

When the Facts Change: Essays, 1995-2010 by Tony Judt

When the Facts Change: Essays, 1995-2010 by Tony Judt

In an age in which the lack of independent public intellectuals has often been sorely lamented, the historian Tony Judt played a rare and valuable role, bringing together history and current events, Europe and America, what was and what is with what should be. In When the Facts Change, Tony Judt’s widow and fellow historian Jennifer Homans has assembled an essential collection of the most important and influential pieces written…

A Trip to the Library by Anne Roiphe

National Library of Israel

Tablet Magazine article This is a report on the Jewish Theological Seminary’s library trip to Israel from a bookish girl who is now a bookish old lady. I recognize that one day that is not so distant from today, books will just be electronic etchings in some mysteriously charged cloud. Still, I have no regrets except that I would have liked to float around in that cloud for another hundred…

The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2014 (Tablet)

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Great Hanukkah gifts about subjects ranging from civil rights to jazz, Torah to immigration, goofy frogs to spooky goblins The list includes Simon and the Bear Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust The Whispering Town My Grandfather’s Coat Chik Chak Shabbat Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson The Littlest Levine Matzo Frogs Never Say a Mean…

A Yellow Journalist by Miriam Michelson

Miriam Michelson

Excerpt from an article by Karen E. H. Skinazi and Lori Harrison-Kahan Over a century before Dahl [author of Invisible City], another Jewish writer turned her own sensational experiences as a newspaperwoman into a suspense-filled, bold-voiced work of popular fiction. The writer’s name was Miriam Michelson, and the novel, A Yellow Journalist, published in 1905, began as a series of short stories in The Saturday Evening Post. These interlocking stories…

Are Jews still “the people of the book”?

Etgar Keret

What does it even mean to be “The people of the book”? This is the question we took to beloved Israeli writer Etgar Keret to kick off the latest episode of Israel Story, a Tablet-sponsored mini-series of the popular Israeli radio program Sipur Israeli. Keret is a steadfast believer in the transformative power of books, but seems resigned to the possibility that many Israelis don’t see things that way. During…

Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death by Otto Dov Kulka

Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death by Otto Dov Kulka

The book at Amazon and on Kindle In 2013 the Israeli historian Otto Dov Kulka published a recollection of his childhood in concentration camps, Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death. Historians and general audiences praised the poetic and reflective tone of the book. Deported at 11 years of age from Theresienstadt, Kulka spent a year and half at Auschwitz and is one of the very few children of his age who…

Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France by Caroline Moorehead

Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France by Caroline Moorehead

The book at Amazon and on Kindle The dust jacket of the upcoming American edition of Village of Secrets, a new book by British author Caroline Moorehead—recently short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the richest and most prestigious award for nonfiction in the United Kingdom—claims that the book “sets the record straight” about what happened in and around the French village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon during the Nazi occupation. Village of…

I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax by Scott Ian

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The book at Amazon and on Kindle Excerpt from the book: My grandpa Moe was a smart guy but he was broke. So he went to the Lower East Side where there was a community of Jews that sort of looked after each other, and he got a job as a grocer. He hustled his ass off and climbed the ladder really quickly. By the time he was in his…

Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind by Sarah Wildman

Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind by Sarah Wildman

The book at Amazon and on Kindle In 2007, journalist Sarah Wildman discovered a hidden cache of letters in her grandfather’s home office. By that time, her grandfather Karl was no longer living, but he had been a strong presence for most of her life—a worldly bon vivant and successful doctor whose smooth escape from Vienna in 1938 was part of the family lore. The letters, written mostly in German, came…