American Israelite: Book Review

Book Review

Book review: Mitford’s companion books are a delight
Posted: September 19, 2018

Sue Ransohoff

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Book review: Joys of preserving presented with tradition, modern touches
Posted: September 12, 2018

Sheryl Pockrose
Sheryl Pockrose

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Book review: ‘Lone Wolf’ has action and plot twists woven around historical facts
Posted: August 29, 2018

Sheryl Pockrose
Sheryl Pockrose

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Book review: Riveting segments makes ‘Lost Family’ worth reading
Posted: August 22, 2018

“The Lost Family” by Jenna Blum

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Book review: Pointers on trying to make an audience laugh
Posted: August 15, 2018

Sheryl Pockrose
Sheryl Pockrose

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Book review: Graphic novel good way to present Jewish history
Posted: August 01, 2018

Sheryl Pockrose
Sheryl Pockrose

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Book review: Besserman explores Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism
Posted: July 11, 2018

Sheryl Pockrose
Sheryl Pockrose

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Book review: Joel Grey discusses his emcee role in ‘Cabaret’ in memoir
Posted: June 27, 2018

Sheryl Pockrose
Sheryl Pockrose

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Book review: A memoir of a life as a social activist
Posted: June 20, 2018

“Make Trouble: Standing up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead” by Cecile Richards with Lauren Peterson 

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Book review: Kurshan describes her undertaking of daf yomi
Posted: June 13, 2018

Sheryl Pockrose
Sheryl Pockrose

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Book review: Gruen details going from a secular Reform upbringing to marrying Orthodox man
Posted: May 24, 2018

Sheryl Pockrose
Sheryl Pockrose

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Book review: ‘The Big Jewish Book for Jews’
Posted: May 03, 2018

Sheryl Pockrose
Sheryl Pockrose

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Books review: Two small books with big messages
Updated: March 30, 2018 - 9:39 am

Two small books with big messages : reviews, by Sheryl Pockrose

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Book review: Re-reading of Lewis classic reinforces that plot holds reader’s attention
Updated: March 22, 2018 - 10:38 am

 By Sue Ransohoff

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Book review: Author’s memoir uses humor to describe his family
Posted: March 08, 2018

“My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner,” by Meir Shalev. 

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Book review: ‘Black Earth’ seems more gripping than fiction of memoir
Posted: March 01, 2018

In a month or so we will be seeing reviews of summer reading books –fiction, romance, action, children’s books, anything light, easily read – you know.

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Book review: ‘What the Night Sings’
Updated: February 16, 2018 - 9:54 am

Sheryl Pockrose
Sheryl Pockrose

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Book review: ‘What the Night Sings’
Posted: February 08, 2018

“What the night sings,” Vesper Stamper’s first novel, combines historical fiction with Stamper’s own illustrations, to present the story of the Holocaust and subsequent liberation for the young adult audience. 

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Book review: ‘Good Things Happen Slowly’
Posted: January 25, 2018

Sheryl Pockrose
Sheryl Pockrose

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Book review: ‘Living Museums, Loving Museums’
Posted: January 18, 2018

Living Museums, Loving Museums, by Karl Katz

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‘I Am Not a Spy’ details Cincinnatian’s life studying in the Middle East
Updated: January 18, 2018 - 3:06 pm

It is unnerving to be considered a spy in a foreign land.

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Book review: ‘Little Fires Everywhere’
Posted: December 14, 2017

“Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng

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Book review: ‘Alas, Babylon’ is vivid and still readable after 50 years
Posted: November 02, 2017

“Alas, Babylon” by Pat Frank

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9 Jewish books to read this summer
Posted: July 27, 2017

(JTA) — Sure, winter might seem like the ideal time of year for curling up with a good book – but summer is when you might actually have time to read.

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Book Review: ‘Among the Living’ by Jonathan Rabb
Posted: May 04, 2017

What is it like to be freed from the hell of a death camp, and to arrive at the home of relatives in Savannah, Georgia? Is it pure joy? Ecstasy? Frightening and uncomfortable?

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Book Review: The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping by Aharon Applefeld
Posted: March 16, 2017

How much have we wondered about the lives of people whose time in concentration camps came to an end at the close of WWII? Was liberation wonderful? Or a time of being lost?

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Book Review: Hana’s Suitcase: The Quest to Solve a Holocaust Mystery
Posted: February 09, 2017

Yes, “Hana’s Suitcase” by Karen Levine is a “chapter” book meant for kids in their mid–teens. But I found it to be perfectly acceptable reading for adults.

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Book Review: Unspeakable Things
Posted: December 15, 2016

Rarely have I found a book’s title as accurate as Kathleen Spivack’s novel, “Unspeakable Things.” Dreadful, unspeakable things do happen to this family of émigrés to the U.S. To say that such a move demands great strength and ability to accommodate is an understatement—and horrendous things happen to them.

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Book Review: Here and There: Leaving Hasidism, Keeping My Family
Posted: November 17, 2016

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Book Review: The roads to—where?
Posted: July 21, 2016

I am currently reading two books and they are totally different. They are: “The Road to Little Dribbling” by Bill Bryson, and “The Road to Resilience,” by Sherri Mandel, of Israel.

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Review: “My Fat Dad” by Dawn Lerman
Posted: June 16, 2016

This mélange of a book – part memoir, part cookbook – starts out in Chicago, with a witch of a mother leaving her terrified 4 year old daughter (the writer) on her first day at pre–school, for something like 4 hours.  “One by  one, all the kids were picked up and nestled into their mothers’ warm embrace.” It’s a miserable segment, and you are prepared to hate the mother and follow their unhappy relationship. To some extent, that’s what happens.   Oddly enough, Beauty, the maternal grandmother, is loving and lovable; she adores Dawn               and, appropriately for this interesting book, is a very good cook. Beauty tells Dawn that “If just one person loves  you, that is enough to make  you feel good inside and grow  up strong.”  And for Dawn, Beauty is that person.      Dawn spends many happy weekends with this loving grandmother.   

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Book Review: The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
Posted: May 24, 2016

There’s an art to re-reading old favorites. I started with the Forsytes no less than 80 years ago, on the recommendation of my father, who commented that the first book of the trilogy was worth a second reading. I agree—although two readings is far from enough. I had put it aside for decades, partially because it was not considered of top quality and I was embarrassed by  liking it so much. Everyone else loved, and re-read,  Jane Austen.

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Eye-opening book about eviction, poverty proves to be a good read
Posted: May 19, 2016

Years and  years ago I read, with attention and great  pleasure, an article about coal tankers in the Mediterranean – could anything have interested me less?  But  it was so well written.

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Book Review: “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” by John Boyne
Posted: April 08, 2016

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“Wait Till Next Year,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Posted: March 24, 2016

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“How to succeed with Chicken without even frying” by Barbara Rosenberg
Updated: May 04, 2016 - 11:33 pm

Chicken recipes

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“Between the World and Me” by Ta–Nehisi Coates
Updated: February 20, 2016 - 8:31 pm

This book is a description of what it’s like to be Black in the U.S.A. today – and it’s powerful. Have there been other books that undertake the same task? Many, many,  and Coates takes note of not a few, including Robert Hayden’s  “Middle Passage.”

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