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Guide to Jewish Literature - April / May 2013

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

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  • Gateway To America: New York's Lower East Side 
  • Author: Brian Merlis & Oscar Israelowitz
  • A delightful and nostalgic look at this historic neighborhood. See great photos of life in the tenements, kids playing in the gutters and alleyways, shopping from pushcarts along Orchard and Rivington Streets, and the great eateries such as Ratner's on Delancey Street. Hardcover; 144 pages. $29.95 (plus $5.00 shipping). To purchase, call 718-951-7072. 
  • Grandma and Grandpa's Darlings 
  • Author: Elaine Serling
  • The treasured bond between grandparents and grandchildren around the globe is brought to life in this delightful two-song musical story. The CD/book celebrates this unique relationship through toe-tapping melodies, colorful illustrations and sing-along lyrics. The "Language Game" song teaches "hello grandma/hello grandpa" in 24 languages, honoring the universality of this special bond. Read, sing and join in the fun together! Available at www.elaineserling.com, or call 800-457-2157. 
  • May This Be the Best Year of Your Life 
  • Author: Sandra Bornstein
  • Are you searching for your American dream? Jewish educator and writer Sandra Bornstein thought she had hers in Colorado. But when the perfect storm transported her to the other side of the world, it was her Jewish beliefs and education that redefined her comfort zone and helped her find her true north. May This Be the Best Year of Your Life is available at Amazon.com and www.sandrabornstein.com
  • Midwife of Venice 
  • Author: Roberta Rich
  • Hannah, a Jewish midwife in the Venetian ghetto, is famous for her gift for coaxing stubborn babies from their mothers' bellies, aided by her "birthing spoons," a rudimentary form of forceps. One night her compassion is tested when she is asked to break the law and deliver a Christian baby. $15; 326 pages. Available at B&N, Amazon.com and independent bookstores.  
  • The Blind Eye: A Sephardic Journey 
  • Author: Marcia Fine
  • In parallel stories set in 15th century Portugal and the 1990s, award-winning author Marcia Fine weaves a tale of survival. Set against historical events, the novel creates a sweeping narrative about expulsion and a contemporary woman of Cuban descent. Available from www.LimagePress.com, www.marciafine.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble. 
  • The World Without You, a novel 
  • Author: Joshua Henkin
  • A family gathers at their country home in the Berkshires for the memorial for their son, a journalist killed in Iraq. Winner of the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for American Jewish Fiction and finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Perfect for your book club. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Indiebound, and at www.joshuahenkin.com
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