Books

Houdini was never able to escape our fascination

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Review “Houdini: The Elusive American” by Adam Begley. New Haven: Yale University Books, 2020. 193 pages. $26. Is it possible to imagine greater validation of your...

In the year 2025

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Review “In Five Years” by Rebecca Serle. New York: Atria Books, 2020. 250 pages. $27. Sometimes a story can overcome the slightly absurd nature of the...

They fall in love. It doesn’t end well.

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Review “The Convert” by Stefan Hertsman. New York: Pantheon Books: 2020. 304 pages. $26.95. This wonderful book is based on a few ancient documents, which, combined...

Witness Jewish history unfold through Allen Feiglin’s innovative storytelling

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When Allen Feiglin, 66, talks about the deer, foxes, squirrels, and other creatures that frequent the open field behind his home, one gets the...

The fascinating Mr. Berlin

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Review “Irving Berlin: New York Genius” by James Kaplan. New Have, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2019. 335 pages. $26. When Irving Berlin’s three daughters were young,...

Misogyny was the rule, even in genocide, Holocaust author says

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There are echoes of the fiery Hebrew prophets in “999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz.” As the...

In search of Jews in their natural habitats

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Review “A Field Guide to the Jewish People” by Dave Barry, Adam Mansbach and Alan Zweibel. New York: Flatiron Books, 2019. 233 ages. $25.99. When I...

The men who made the miracles

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Review “Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel” by Matti Friedman. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books, 2019. 219 pages. $26.95. I’ve always...

Gordis maps the rift between U.S. Jews and Israel

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Review We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel by Daniel Gordis. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2019. 252 pages $26.99. The once rock-solid relationship...

In new book, Obama speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz goes on a Jewish journey

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Sponsored By Alix Wall When Sarah Hurwitz was working as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama, and later as head speechwriter for Michelle Obama, she...