A middle-aged woman walked into J. Levine Judaica, a Midtown bookstore, one recent afternoon, looking for an inspirational gift for a friend with cancer. Owner Danny Levine pointed her to the self-help section. The customer chose one of the "Small Miracles" books, with many Jewish stories, by Brooklyn authors Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal.
The woman said someone profiled in one of the books reminded her of her friend.
The woman, Levine says, spent "a good 15, 20 minutes" reading many stories in many books.