A few reviews from winter Jewish Book World

Posted by Naomi Firestone

Enjoy a few sample reviews from the newest issue of Jewish Book World:

Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife (Francine Prose)

Francine Prose, like most readers, first read The Diary of a Young Girl when she herself was a young girl. And, like most readers, she remembered Anne Frank as a teenager who poured her thoughts and emotions into her beloved diary before her arrest and death in Bergen-Belsen…Read On

Louis D. Brandeis: A Life (Melvin I. Urofsky)

Selection of a new Supreme Court member over the past thirty years often demonstrated how fraught with controversy and competition between political parties the process is. Confirming the President’s nominee has been relatively unremarkable, yet it has been rare for a new Justice to develop so enduring a record that it influences the future…Read On

Believer, Beware: First-Person Dispatches from the Margins of Faith (Jeff Sharlet, Peter Manseau and the editors of Killing the Buddha)

A Catholic collector of Yiddish books, a Jew in search of Sufis, a witch named Velvet, even a lesbian cowboy at Bible camp. These are just a few of the characters you’ll meet in the surprising collection of essays in Believer, BewareRead On

The Jump Artist (Austin Ratner)

A young Latvian man and his father are hiking in the Tyrolean Alps when disaster strikes. The father is murdered out of sight of the son who is accused, tried, and found guilty of patricide. That the accused was a Jew had much to do with the injustices perpetrated by both prosecutor and judge in the anti-Semitic Austrian court…Read On

Tel Aviv Short Stories (Shelly Goldman and Joanna Yehiel, eds.)

Here’s an unexpected centennial salute to the first Hebrew city: 52 new stories written in English. A reader can’t help wonder who the 38 writers are, and happily, each one (except for the author of a gay-themed story) is introduced through a short biography and a photo. They generally have origins in North America, the U.K., or South Africa, and most have careers other than writing fiction…Read On

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

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One response to “A few reviews from winter Jewish Book World

  1. Here’s the review of RASHI’S DAUGHTERS: BOOK III – RACHEL.

    The third and final novel in Anton’s series tells the story of Rachel, the youngest daughter of Rashi. While struggling with the economic difficulties and political uncertainty caused in part by the First Crusade, Rachel must choose between her responsibilities to her immediate family, particularly to her father, and her desire to be with her husband during his travels throughout Europe and Northern Africa. But such desire is complicated by Rachel’s realization that women in other Jewish communities lack the freedom to participate in Jewish study and ritual, as Rachel as done with her sisters since she was a child.
    As she did in the other two books, Anton has written a fascinating and detailed story based on the historical realities of life around the time of the First Crusade. Most impressively, she weaves translations of texts and debates over Jewish practice into the story, bringing her knowledge of Talmud and Jewish ritual into this book in an accessible and meaningful way. Readers – both those with and those without a background in traditional Jewish learning and Jewish history – will enjoy Book III – Rachel for its engaging plot and historical depth. Includes family tree, glossary, map, timeline.
    – Jewish Book World, Winter 2009.

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