Friday, April 24, 2015 Iyyar 5, 5775

Author revisits one of the seminal moments in modern feminism
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Stephanie Coontz makes a point repeatedly in her new book, A Strange Stirring , a study of feminist Betty Friedan, author of the groundbreaking bestseller, The Feminine Mystique . Coontz reminds readers often that Friedan disliked Daniel Horowitz's biographical study of her, which appeared in 1998 and looked into Friedan's political background. Perhaps disliked is too tame a...
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Jennifer Hirsh, you've just won a golden ticket and you're going to ... West Philadelphia? Well, it's 3,000 miles from West Hollywood but it's all in the right direction for the 2009 "American Idol" season wannabe. Hirsh was booted from the Hollywood segment of the TV titan of a reality show two seasons back after winning her "golden ticket" but...
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Ethel Hofman, Jewish Exponent Feature
THE JEWISH KITCHEN In ancient times, Israel was crowned "the land of milk and honey." And with the abundance of fine, fresh Israeli dairy products, this is still true today. Although everyone agrees that the food of choice for Shavuot is cheese, as in blintzes and kugels, there are many opinions as to why it has become customary to serve...
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Eileen Goltz, Jewish Exponent Feature
SLICE OF LIFE What better time than Shavout to write a dairy column? After watching Jamie Lee Curtis touting the benefits of regularity that comes with eating Activia (R) I was filled with some trepidation (and a few really good one-liners) as I approached this column about yogurt. So what exactly is yogurt? The less-informed may immediately think of the...
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A guide to singers and songs that's encyclopedic in its details
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Pantheon Books has given A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers by Will Friedwald a beautiful outer design, with a simple but effective cover that uses art and graphics with consummate skill. Your interest is peaked. But then you open the book and your heart sinks. This really is just a guide after all, with...
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