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Guide to Jewish Literature - October/November 2012

Hadassah Magazine presents its Guide to Jewish Literature, a review of current books selected by advertisers for readers to enjoy.

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  • A Provocative People: A Secular History of the Jews 
  • Author: Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine, edited by Rabbi Adam Chalom
  • A Provocative People is an accessible secular history of the Jews. Its unflinching approach to academic truth, be it biblical, medieval or modern, is unusual. Also unique is its celebration of the contemporary secularized reality of most Jews as the culmination of, not a rupture with, the Jewish historical experience. Paperback, 508 pages. $24.95. Available through www.iishj.org, or Amazon.com. Email info@iishj.org or call 847-383-6330. 
  • An Orphan Remembers: Triumph over Prejudice 
  • Author: Ted Karol
  • A touching, humorous story about love, hate and how quickly attitudes change. Karol's tale, set aboard a cruise ship, overflows with colorful characters, their psychological hang-ups and escapades. Sidney Fox, the ship's purser, flashes back to his life in a Jewish orphanage, while struggling to find meaning to the craziness of mankind. Available on Amazon.com. 
  • Brooklyn - The Way It Was 
  • Author: Brian Merlis
  • If you enjoy going down Memory Lane, this is the book for you. It's got great vintage photos of the "Old Neighborhoods," including Park Slope, Midwood, Brighton Beach, Canarsie, Flatbush, Brownsville and East New York. There are scenes of Brooklyn College, Midwood High School, Dubrow's and Garfield's cafeterias, Nathan's Hot Dogs and Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, and lots more. It'll bring back wonderful memories. $40.00 (plus 5.00 shipping), hardcover. Israelowitz Publishing, P.O.B. 228, Brooklyn, NY 11229. (718) 951-7072. 
  • Confessions of a Kokh Leffle 
  • Author: Edna Nelkin
  • Meet Edna Nelkin, Brooklyn's popular jeweler for 30 years. Peppered with delicious and endearing moments, her stories include heirloom and collectible recipes. Whether sweet or savory, each irresistible tale leaves the reader hungering for more. This spicy 91-year-old Kokh Leffle still "stirs it up" in the most flavorful ways. Available at Amazon.com
  • In Search of the Golden Shiksa 
  • Author: Roger Levine
  • "Call me Weinstein. I have lived my life of quiet desperation dominated by women." Welcome to interfaith dating hell. If you are a woman, look into the mind of a charmingly neurotic archetypal Jewish male as he lurches through the dating scene. If you're a man, relive your shiksa cravings. E-book only $2.99. Available at Amazon.com and rogerlevinepublishing.com
  • Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook 
  • Author: Tales retold by Jane Yolen
  • Recipes by Heidi E.Y. Stemple Illustrations by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin A fun book for family sharing from master storyteller Jane Yolen. This beautifully illustrated, creative book folds Jewish folk tales into a cookbook of kid-friendly recipes. Readers of all ages will learn about Jewish culture and cooking, all the while captivated by the humor and wisdom of these enduring stories. Hardcover, 200 pages, full-color, $25 + $6.50 domestic shipping. Available at good booksellers, call 1-800-238-LINK or visit www.interlinkbooks.com.  
  • Living Life with Autism: The World Through My Eyes 
  • Author: Marc William Pulver with Robert Shostak
  • Marc Pulver waited 50 years to learn why he was so different from others. His struggle to put the story of his life into words is inspirational and an education in what it means to be afflicted with autism. Stories of overcoming early physical disabilities, learning to speak and writing his bar mitzvah speech are genuinely motivating. Paperback, $10.95, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all e-book formats. 
  • Misconceptions in the Bible 
  • Author: Rabbi Larry Goldstein
  • Erroneous assumptions and surprising information in the Bible, the Talmud and Jewish practice. Questions include: Are children punished for the sins of their parents? Who were the most beautiful women? Any Biblical reference to retirement? List price: $15.95. Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 
  • Modern Day Maccabees 
  • Author: Andrew Gershman
  • Dedication, perseverance and pride. These words describe the Jewish athletes in Modern Day Maccabees. Personal interviews with star athletes, letters to kids and even crossword puzzles are sure to entertain and inspire Jewish kids to achieve on and off the field! Paperback, 124 pages, $14.95 Available at Amazon.com
  • Moving Waters 
  • Author: Racelle Rosett
  • Winner of the Moment Magazine Prize and the Lilith Fiction Prize. Racelle Rosett's collection Moving Waters explores the unexpected role of ancient ritual in the lives of members of a Reform Jewish community in Hollywood. The "sly, deft stories of Racelle Rosett" reveal the importance of faith in a seemingly faithless place. Available on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble for Nook. Argo-Navis Paperback, 158 pages, $14.00; Kindle, $9.99. www.racellerosett.com
  • Never Forget: My Family's Flight from Nazi Terror 
  • Author: Tom Singer
  • Mr. Singer was not yet three years old when the growing Nazi menace forced his parents to flee their native Germany. The book, through the use of archival documents, photos and narrative, explains the plight of his family to get out of Germany. Available from Amazon.com paperback or e-book, $9.99. 
  • North South North 
  • Author: Godfrey Traub
  • Spanning three continents, this is the story of three generations of a Jewish family. From the horrors experienced in Lithuania, to apartheid in South Africa and the Texas banking and real estate crisis of the eighties, the book provides an amalgam of political history, true events, biography, memoirs and fiction. Available in print and e-book formats from www.northsouthnorth.com.  
  • Rav Hisda's Daughter: Book I - Apprentice [A Novel of Love, the Talmud, and Sorcery] 
  • Author: Maggie Anton
  • Set in third-century Babylonia, this new series by the author of Rashi's Daughters brings the world of the Talmud, its rabbis and their families, to life from a woman's perspective, as she studies to be an enchantress in the very land where the word "magic" originated. Plume Books trade paperback and e-book. www.ravhisdasdaughter.com
  • The Case of the Rabbling Rabbi - A Mordecai Maccabbee Mystery 
  • Author: Alexandra Schiller
  • A negligent gangster, a crippled dancer, a rabbi in mid-life crisis, an eleemosynary project, a mysterious abandoned sedan: Morrie, in his vintage roadster, segues from one vow to another. Oy vay! Available via most book retailers; or discounted to $13 + $3 shipping from Little Shell Books, 377 N. Dean St., Coquille, OR 97423.  
  • The Oy Way: Following the path of most resistance 
  • Author: Harvey Gotliffe
  • A great Chanukah gift, The Oy Way combines a meshuge philosophy, humor, inspirational meditation and illustrated gentle exercise movements, written in English, using easy-to-learn Yiddish expressions. "Newcomers and those who have spoken Yiddish for decades will relish the mama loshen (mother tongue) in a most enjoyable and different way," says Eugene Driker, Chair, Yiddish Book Center. 116 pp, $14.95. For further information and ordering, go to www.theoyway.com. Also available from Amazon and at bookstores. 
  • Thin Threads: Real Stories Of Hadassah Life Changing Moments 
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  • This beautiful hard-covered book includes 101 stories of emotional moments of family, friendships, love, medical miracles, aliyah and leadership that are the very fiber of Hadassah?s history, as told by its members; celebrity foreword by Ruth Gruber, renowned photojournalist and author. The book includes a photographic chronology that will be of value for the next 100 years! $29.95 for commemorative book + 4.95 shipping ($34.90). $180 + $12 shipping ($192.00) for leather bound book with personal Hadassah Presidential signature! Send check or charge card info to Hadassah, c/o Kiwi Publishing, Inc., PO Box 3852, Woodbridge, CT 06525 or order online at www.Hadassahstories.com. For information or order form, call Hadassah at 800-928-0685. 
  • To Heart By Way Of Stomach: Recipes from My Kitchen 
  • Author: Noemi Gozlan
  • Noemi's cuisine resembles an ethnic melting pot of culinary delights. While her grandparents are of Eastern Europe descent, she is a second generation Argentinean who migrated to Israel and married her Moroccan high school sweetheart. In this cookbook, you will discover a scrumptious selection of dishes that make every mealtime an adventure. To purchase, go to http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-0104021037/default.aspx
  • Torah from Puerto Rico 
  • Author: Rabbi Larry Goldstein
  • Three original thoughts on each of the 54 Torah portions from the Pentateuch. Each thought provides an eternal message to guide us in daily living with others and with G-d. List price: $14.95. Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 
  • Two Grandmothers to Love: For Children of Interfaith Marriage 
  • Author: Harriet Goldner
  • Two Grandmothers to Love explores the differing lives of two grandmothers - one Jewish, one not - who share and love the same grandchildren. What the grandmothers have in common - especially their love for the children - is more important than any differences. Ages 2 - 6; $15 (free shipping); hardcover; www.jewishfamilyfun.com; 561-483-8378.  
     
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