Reviews from the new Jewish Book World

Posted by Naomi Firestone

Just put up a few new reviews that were printed in the latest issue of Jewish Book World. Check them out:

Gurock_bookcoverOrthodox Jews in America (Jeffrey S. Gurock)

In Orthodox Jews in America, Jeffrey S. Gurock lovingly provides a comprehensive portrait of pious Jews in America, the “Treif Land.” He begins with Asser and Miriam Levy, the first Jewish settlers to seek their fortunes in New Amsterdam in 1655. Historical records appear to document that Asser Levy was quite concerned with his religious observance…Read On

Chabon_bookcoverManhood for Amateurs (Michael Chabon)

Anyone who has ever received a bad review,” writes Michael Chabon in a somewhat different context, “knows how it outlasts, by decades, the memory of a favorable word.” Well, don’t worry, Michael, nothing but favorable words will be heard here. They may not match the elegant style of your wordsmith ways, but they are, nonetheless, favorable, indeed…Read On

Lurie_bookcoverBending Toward the Sun (Leslie Gilbert-Lurie with Rita Lurie)

Memoirs can be perilous for writer and reader alike, and Leslie Gilbert-Lurie tackles the genre’s pitfalls head-on by recreating both a parent’s life followed by the writer’s look at her own life. Rita (Ruchel) Gamss struggled through 1942-44 in a Polish attic…Read On

Moser_bookcoverWhy This World (Benjamin Moser)

A good biography encompasses “life and times,” so that personality as well as locale live in the reader’s mind. Why This World brings to life Clarice Lispector, a remarkable and heralded writer who lived and wrote for 54 years in Brazil, but who is largely unknown here…Read On

PRoth_bookcoverThe Humbling (Philip Roth)

Simon Axler, a distinguished American actor in his mid-sixties, has been deserted both by his fragile wife and by his defining talent: a magical on-stage assurance which had let him listen and respond within the dramatic moment. No tricks of craft can restore this authenticity, whose loss poses the contradictory humblings of revoked career and proffered modesty…Read On

Dwork_bookcoverFlight from the Reich (Deborah Dwork and Robert Jan Van Pelt)

Flight From the Reich is an important book that chronicles the difficult, often tortured paths the Jews took in their efforts to escape from Nazi-occupied Europe. It provides much-needed context and historical information to the oft-expressed question of why more Jews didn’t flee from the persecution and genocide that savaged their communities…Read On

Israel_bookcover“Israel: Left, Right, Center” (By Bob Goldfarb)

What is Israel? Through different eyes, Israel can be victim or victimizer, spiritual beacon or violent colonialist. How many Israels are there? How can one little country be so many things? Bob Goldfarb looks at three new books on the subject: Rich Cohen’s Israel Is Real, Daniel Gordis’ Saving Israel, and Fred Jerome’s Einstein on Israel and ZionismRead On

To purchase the complete issue ($12.50), please contact the Jewish Book Council office at 212-201-2920 or

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One response to “Reviews from the new Jewish Book World

  1. I heard from one of my writer’s group colleagues that my book, “A Piece of Her Heart,” was featured in some way in a recent Jewish Book World Magazine. I presented at last May’s Jewish Book Council. My book will be in print in November. May I send you a copy to review? And can you send me a sample of Jewish Book World ? I’ve been published in many newspapers and magazines around the country, including Hadassah Magazine, Moment ,Philadelphia Jewish Exponent and Inside Magazine , Philadelphia Inquirer and its Sunday Magazine. Myy book, “A Piece of Her Heart” is the true story of a mother and daughter separated for a lifetime by the Russian Revolution, and the very different lives they lived.It is also a memoir about growing up in an immigrant family during the Great Depression and World War Two.

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