Posted: Sun, 07/26/2015 - 17:42 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
E.L. Doctorow. Courtesy Random House

E.L Doctorow was often described as a writer of historical fiction, but he disliked that term and preferred to say that he was “an American novelist writing about my country.”

Posted: Wed, 07/22/2015 - 01:04 | Posted by: Jerome Chanes | Well Versed
Namdar

Nudging aside Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and the shenanigans of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate in the news of the day in late May was the tarorom over the awarding of Israel’s Sapir Prize—Israel’s premier literary award — to Israeli author Reuven Namdar for his stunning novel “The House That Was Destroyed,” which chronicles a year in the life of a New York academic. 

Posted: Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:07 | Posted by: Sharon Anstey | Well Versed
Ahuva in “Kaleidoscope.” Jonathan Pillot

Cuban, Moroccan, Turkish, Libyan, Israeli, Puerto Rican, British and American influences swirl through the very Jewish stories presented in Vanessa Hidary’s “Kaleidoscope” at the 14th St Y.

Posted: Tue, 07/14/2015 - 10:13 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
Courtesy Alfred A. Knopf

These days, Estonia, bordered by Finland, Latvia and Russia, is known for its staunch democracy, wired technologies and as the birthplace of the founder of Skype. Unfortunately, it has endured a chequered and difficult history mainly due to its proximity to Russia.

Posted: Fri, 07/10/2015 - 01:12 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
Courtesy Harper Books

My reading list is usually determined by a certain serendipity of deadlines, recommendations, book covers that jump out of the pile and the lure of whatever arrives in the mail that day.  Yes, I receive new books almost every day.

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