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Guide to Jewish Literature -October/November 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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  • 414 Pine Street 
  • Author: Rita Roth
  • Here's a great read for pre-teens. Nine-year-old Hannah, the youngest member of a Jewish family, tells the story of life during the Great Depression era. Hannah's positive outlook emphasizes fun projects, family, kindness and friendship during this year packed with unforeseen challenges. Paperback $6.95, e-book $2.99 at Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.  
  • A Call From Egypt: A Jewish Woman's Search For Her Muslim Family 
  • Author: Joan Kadri Zald
  • An unexpected phone call propelled the author on a five-year odyssey. A Jewish woman with an estranged Egyptian Muslim father, she faced a new urgency to come to peace with the opposing forces in her divergent Jewish and Muslim bloodlines. A poignant and thought-provoking story of her singular journey. Paperback edition: $11.95. To order, go to: www.amazon.com or www.createspace/4248610 
  • A Time to Remember: From Austria to Bolivia, Venezuela and the U.S.A. 
  • Author: Edith Mautner Foyer
  • Born in Vienna in 1923, Edith Foyer and her family made a perilous escape in 1939 from Nazi-occupied Vienna, which led her to La Paz, Bolivia, then Venezuela, and finally to the US. Despite challenges and tragic loss, the author shares her unique experiences in this engaging memoir of survival. To order, visit Lulu.com
  • An Ode to Salonika: The Ladino Verses of Bouena Sarfatty 
  • Author: Renee Levine Melammed
  • Through the poetry of Bouena Sarfatty (1916-1997), An Ode to Salonika sketches the history of the Sephardic Jewish community that flourished in this Greek crossroads city from the time of the expulsion of Jews from Iberia in 1492 to World War II. Born in Salonika, Sarfatty joined the Greek resistance, escaping the Holocaust and later settling in Canada. In some 500 Ladino poems known as coplas, she preserved the traditions and memories of Jewish life in prewar Salonika and the suffering caused by the German occupation. To order, call (800) 842-6796 or visit iupress.indiana.edu
  • Athens, WI: The Place Where Time Stood Still 
  • Author: Edward Semon
  • My story: a tribute to my pious parents, eastern European immigrants, the only Jewish family in a tiny midwestern Christian town. There my father and mother kept the faith, raised four Jewish children, carried on a boycott against Henry Ford's anti-Semitism and made the American dream come true. Readers may order from Amazon.com, Smashwords, Kindle or buy a signed copy from semonedward@gmail.com. $10.95, postage paid. 
  • Clouds Across the Sun 
  • Author: Ellen Brazer
  • Recipient of Hadassah's Myrtle Wreath Award, and author of And So It Was Written, this bestselling author takes you into a Nazi plot to overtake the government of the United States in Clouds Across the Sun. Set in NY, Washington, Israel, Russia and Vilna, this story follows the life of a young woman with a Nazi father and unbeknownst to her, a Jewish mother. She finds herself drawn to Judaism in a story of discovery, redemption, intrigue and romance: the perfect holiday book to reconnect with your heritage! To read reviews and arrange speaking appearances visit www.ellenbrazer.com. Available at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle and all e-book formats. 
  • Cremation or Burial? A Jewish View 
  • Author: Doron Kornbluth
  • What should we do with the bodies of our loved ones, or our own, when the time comes? Don't leave the decision until times of grief - learn why burial is better for the environment, our bodies, souls and families. $14.99 ($3.00 shipping). 888-6-KADDISH (652-33474) or www.JewishDeathAndMourning.org.  
  • Elder Care Assistance 
  • Author: Sandy Myerson
  • Are you on your own? Are you prepared for a tragedy or unwelcomed diagnosis? Do not leave a mess behind for someone in your family! Why you need to have all your health, financial and legal information in order is described in detail. Spreadsheets are included to assist you. $12.95+ tax. Available at Amazon.com, Ingram and Baker & Taylor.  
  • Embodying Hebrew Culture: Aesthetics, Athletics, and Dance in the Jewish Community of Mandate Palestine 
  • Author: Nina S. Spiegel
  • Details the creation of a Hebrew cultural aesthetic that was intentionally and distinctly physical. Published by Wayne State University Press. Available at wsupress.wayne.edu, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor, and Ingram. Hardcover, 6 x 9, 256 pages, 47 illustrations, $39.95. 
  • Fanny von Arnstein: Daughter of the Enlightenment 
  • Author: Hilde Spiel
  • In 1776 Fanny von Arnstein came to Vienna to marry a financier to the Austro-Hungarian imperial court. Soon Fanny hosted a splendid salon, attracting leading figures of her day. This biography of a passionate woman illuminates a central era in European history. Paperback, 369 pages. Purchase online at newvesselpress.com, $18.99. 
  • Fire in My Ears 
  • Author: Susan Schneider
  • Nine-year-old Sarah's ancient grandmother Mary tells her in nightly installments the story of her life from the shtetl to 1950s suburbia. But it's no fairy tale, and the members of Mary's dysfunctional family are the unfortunate victims of a women who wrongly relied on her one asset: beauty. Readers may order this as an e-book on Amazon for Kindle or paperback. Please go to www.susanschneider-author.com
  • Hineni, Here I Am! One Woman's Journey Through Breast Cancer 
  • Author: Sheri Kay
  • You will laugh, cry, feel joy and fear as you hear the voice of this dynamic author share her story. Whether you are facing a life threatening illness or simply dealing with ordinary challenges, Sheri Kay's book is a shining example of how to choose your response to whatever life throws at you. Order here! www.sherikay.com.  
  • Hopefully Ever After: Breast Cancer, Life and Me 
  • Author: Linda Barrett
  • This award-winning romance author is a two-time breast cancer survivor. Her Ashkenazi background includes the BRCA 1 gene mutation. All bets are off as she fights to survive and figure out how to tell her children about inherited cancer. But no tears, please! Linda's story is frank, funny and a romance to celebrate. E-books and paperback found at Amazon.com, BN.com. Visit Linda: www.linda-barrett.com
  • How To Marry A Jewish Doctor 
  • Author: Lee Zeidman
  • This award-winning book, How To Marry a Jewish Doctor, will lift your spirits. It is an ethnic, humorous novel of a nice Jewish girl looking for a husband in all the right places and some wrong ones. It will inspire you to conquer any obstacles. It can be obtained by sending $19.95 + $5 S&H to Powerline Press, 3100 Estates Drive, H1, Pompano, FL 33069, with your name and address. 
  • Janka Festinger's Moments of Happiness: Her Holocaust Story and More 
  • Author: David D. Speace
  • The centerpiece of this book is a 60-page Holocaust letter that Janka wrote in 1945. It is her personal account as she is taken from her home in Sighet, Romania, to the death camps of the Nazi regime. There are very few documents of this sort written so close to liberation. Presented with the letter are stories about Janka and her life in America as told by her son, David Speace. Paperback, $15.95; e-book, $2.99. Available at Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Can also be ordered for the Nook from Barnes and Noble.  
  • Life with an Accent: One Immigrant's Quest to Belong 
  • Author: Marilyn Gottlieb
  • Finding freedom after WWII is just the beginning of Frank Levy's gripping journey from Berlin to the Middle East to America. By the time he is 13 Frank is a pro at starting over, shifting languages and cultures, even changing his name, in a life molded by events beyond his control. Yet no matter where he goes, he is always marked by his accent. When Frank has it all together, fate intervenes and he must reinvent himself again. With every effort a person or a story emerges from the past, proving that the history any immigrant lives through matters. Paperback, $12.99; e-book $9.99. Available at amazon.com and Espresso Book Machines worldwide. 
  • Paper Children: An Immigrant's Legacy 
  • Author: Marcia Fine
  • Now available in audiobook format Driven by cataclysmic world events, the story encompasses the lives of three generations of women. From pre-WWII Poland to New York City, and finally Miami, Marcia Fine's novel, based on family letters, has resulted in multiple prestigious awards. Reader's guide included. The author is available for presentation of "Why Your Family History Matters." Availability: Paperback from all major online retailers; e-book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple; audio book discs at Amazon and downloadable from Audible.com. Find out more at www.marciafine.com, Amazon.com or www.limagepress.com.  
  • Pressing My Luck: A Doctor's Lottery Journey 
  • Author: Shirley Press, MD
  • In 2001, Dr. Shirley Press won big in the Florida Lottery. In her book, Dr. Press takes readers on a tour of her life from a poor girl in Camden, NJ, of Holocaust survivor parents, to becoming a doctor and a lottery winner. Paperback, 274 pages. Paperback and Kindle versions are available at Amazon. E-book versions are available at iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords. Published by Re-Spin Publishing. For more information, visit www.shirleypress.com.  
  • Rivka's War: A novel of World War I 
  • Author: Marilyn Oser
  • Russia, 1917: Soldiers are throwing away their rifles and deserting the field. To inject steel back into their spines and inspire them to fight, one officer forms an all-female battalion. Rivka Lefkovits, a bootmaker's daughter, signs on -- never suspecting the terrors that await her, or the trials that will test her, or the mishaps that will take her thousands of miles from home. "A must-read" -- Baltimore Jewish Times. Paperback $14.95; e-book, $6.99. At Amazon, B&N, and local booksellers. www.marilynoser.com
  • Sidonia's Thread: The Secrets of a Mother and Daughter Sewing a New Life in America 
  • Author: Hanna Perlstein Marcus
  • In this inspirational memoir of an unusual mother-daughter bond, a young woman, born to a talented seamstress in a displaced persons camp, searches for the identity of her absent father and the reasons for her Holocaust-survivor mother's reclusive life in America -- and discovers surprising clues to her mother's real strength and her agonizingly painful past. "...A story of bravery and survival. Probably the best memoir...this year." Available in paperback and e-book at Amazon.com. Learn more at www.sidoniasthread.com
  • Some Day 
  • Author: Shemi Zarhin
  • Set in Tiberias, a city bursting with sexuality and longing, this is an enchanting tale about tragic fates that disrupt families and break our hearts. Zarhin's hypnotic writing renders a painfully delicious vision of individual lives behind Israel's larger national story. Paperback, 450 pages. Purchase online at newvesselpress.com, $16.99. 
  • The Last Witness 
  • Author: Saul Balagura
  • This is the story of Jacob Nathan, the last Holocaust survivor victim or perpetrator, told in a series of flashbacks experienced during a walk on a trail in the New Mexico mountains. The novel reveals that survival, success and love can soothe and heal but cannot erase what hate can carve on the human soul. $4.99. Available as e-book in Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Kobo.com & Kbuuk.com. 
  • The Oldest Bedtime Story Ever 
  • Author: Written and illustrated by Dr. Benjamin Morse
  • Created by a biblical and art scholar, this illuminated Torah is a "beautiful, brilliant work of art" (Jewish Book World, starred review). Expressive collages bring the ancient stories imaginatively to life. Extra features include templates that allow artists of all abilities to make their own versions of the illustrations. Hardcover, 80 pages. Preview and purchase information: www.biblebeautiful.com. $30. 
     
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