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Lengthy Backstory, Character Study Slows Novel

The Book of Love and Hate Lauren Sanders $15.95, paperback, Oct. 3 Akashic Books Billed as “one part literary novel, one part international espionage thriller, with some eroticism...

Memoir Provides Engaging Look at Talmudic Text

If All the Seas Were Ink Ilana Kurshan $26.99, hardcover St. Martin’s Press Can you imagine what you’ll be doing seven-and-a- half years from now? When Ilana Kurshan was...

Beach Reads Edition: Eligible Gives Fresh Spin on Centuries-old Classic; Girl in Snow Offers...

Eligible Curtis Sittenfeld $17 paperback Random House It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you’re looking for a good book to return to again and again, Jane...

Editor Who Rescued Anne Frank’s Diary From Rejected Submissions Dies at 93

The beloved and illuminating The Diary of A Young Girl may have remained in Doubleday’s rejected submissions were it not for one Judith Jones. Jones,...

Harry Potter and the Live Podcast Taping

For 20 years, the Harry Potter series has captivated readers and moviegoers with its characters who become family and its overall, well, magic. To compare...

Tale of Early Jewish Actor and Seminal Holocaust Account Both Worthy Reads

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty Richard Schwartz $29.95, hardcover RSB Books Most people probably haven’t heard of M.B. Curtis, but he made headlines galore in the late...

‘The Lost Letter’ Travels Decades, ‘Famous Nathan’ Defines American Dream

The Lost Letter Jillian Cantor $26, hardcover Riverhead Books, June 13 It’s rare to read a story set during the Holocaust and associate it with a love story...

Books for Bibliophile Beachgoers

Even if you — like me — are not the biggest fan of the sticky heat of summer, there are few things more enjoyable...

Janet Benton Nods to Jewish Family History, Sexism in New Novel

It’s 1883 in Philadelphia and you are a 23-year-old pregnant woman, turned away by your family, shunned from your community and abandoned by your...

Book Reviews: ‘And We’re Off’ Explores Mother-Daughter Relations, While ‘The Devil’s Diary’ Mixes History...

And We’re Off Dana Schwartz $17.99, hardcover Penguin Young Readers Group Warning: Don’t read And We’re Off, the debut novel by Jewish author Dana Schwartz, unless you’re ready...