Summer Reading

Excerpt From "Present Past" By Ava Kadishson Schieber

08/01/2016 (All day)

Reprinted with permission by Syracuse University Press

Embroidered Memory

Cover of Present Past By Ava Kadishon Schieber

Excerpt From "The Salome Ensemble: Rose Pastor Stokes, Anzia Yezierska, Sonya Levien, and Jetta Goudal."

By Alan Robert Ginsberg

08/01/2016 (All day)

Imagine a grey, windy day in the tiny village of Augustowo in the Russian Pale of Settlement in 1877. A group of Jewish peasants dressed in their ragged best clothing are gathered in a small shul. A bearded rabbi stands at the front where four young men prepare to lift a chuppa, a wedding canopy fashioned from a prayer shawl, on wooden poles.

The Salome Ensemble: Rose Pastor Stokes, Anzia Yezierska, Sonya Levien, & Jetta Goudal Cover. Courtesy Syracuse University Press

Excerpt From "Because Of Eva" By Susan Gordon

08/01/2016 (All day)

Excerpted from Because of Eva

Reprinted with permission of Syracuse University Press

The Blue Numbers

Excerpt From "The Honeymoon" By Dinitia Smith

08/01/2016 (All day)
Excerpted from The Honeymoon by Dinitia Smith.
Copyright © Dinitia Smith, 2016. Reprinted by permission of Other Press.

She was a little girl and they’d sent her away to boarding school because her mother couldn’t take care of her anymore. 

The Honeymoon by Dinitia Smith. Courtesy Other Press

Summer Shorts

A roundup of new titles, from baseball to Central Park to the Garment Center.

Culture Editor
06/21/2016 (All day)

Baseball fans will enjoy “The Season of Pepsi Meyers,” a novel by Abie Rotenberg (Audley Street Books), about an 18-year-old Jewish baseball player who helps to revitalize the Yankees in the year 2040. The book is both a story of the game and a spiritual coming-of-age.

The season of Pepsi Meyers cover.

The Undertow At Bagel Beach

Summer light and loss in ‘As Close To Us As Breathing,’ set on the Connecticut shore.

Culture Editor
06/21/2016 (All day)

Some favor their summer reading light, as in breezy whodunits; others prefer books that actually convey the light of long afternoons, the sparkle that sun leaves on water and the experience of the season.

As close to as breathing cover.

An Evolutionary Novel

Adaptation is the order of the day for the characters in Allison Amend’s ‘Enchanted Islands.’

Special To The Jewish Week
06/21/2016 (All day)

Anyone planning an island excursion this summer will find good company in Allison Amend’s entertaining new novel, “Enchanted Islands” (Doubleday). Equal parts spy adventure, coming-of-age saga and meditation on love and friendship, the tale takes its inspiration from the lives of Frances and Ainslie Conway, a sophisticated American couple who for several years just before and after World War II traded in their comfortable life in San Francisco for a less than romantic hard-scrabble existence on a barely inhabited and mostly barren island in the Galapagos, off the coast of Ecuador.   

In Amend’s novel, the characters have to adapt to the necessities and rhythms of island life. Stephanie Pommez

Summer Reading Series 2016

Read Excerpts From The Books Of The Summer

06/21/2016 (All day)

Neighborhood Watch

A sense of place pervades many of this summer’s new volumes.

Culture Editor
06/23/2015 - 20:00

‘The Odd Woman and the City” by Vivian Gornick (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is a memoir, a meditation on her urban, literary life. She unfolds her story with great candor, humor and a tough edge. “I prize my hardened heart,” she writes. A walker in the city, she finds herself preferring the West Side, where there’s “all that intelligence trapped inside all those smarts.”

Saint Mazie, The Old Woman and The City, Reunion.

There Go The Neighborhoods

The old Jewish quarter of Memphis and the rundown Bronx get new life, thanks to Steve Stern and Jerome Charyn.

Special To The Jewish Week
06/23/2015 - 20:00

Call him the Bard of Jewish Memphis. As in previous works, in his latest novel, “The Pinch: A History, A Novel,” author Steve Stern brings to life the formerly bustling, now blighted Memphis neighborhood called “The Pinch.” Also, once again, Stern’s fictional re-creation is characterized by a fanciful collage of kabbalistic magic, mystical longings, and Jewish folklore galore.

In “The Pinch,” Steve Stern, paints a fanciful tale of Memphis’ onetime Jewish ghetto.
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