Books

On the bookshelf

On the bookshelf

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear readers who read: For over a decade I have written these quarterly book reviews, reading or skimming 15 to 20 books over six weeks, and reporting back to you. But the time has arrived when I no longer have the time for that, so we are trying a new(…)

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Paean to a tragic, fallen heroine

Paean to a tragic, fallen heroine

By David Shayne, Special to JTNews “Haviva Reick: A Kibbutz Pioneer’s Mission and Fall behind Nazi Lines” by Zeev and Tehila Ofer (FAWNS, $16). Toward the end of World War II, the British and the Haganah (the underground army of pre-Israel Jewish Palestine) collaborated to train and insert some three dozen Jewish commandos into Nazi-occupied(…)

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A dark side to the White City

A dark side to the White City

Boris Kurbanov, Jewish Sound Correspondent It’s a noir world, or so the publishers at Akashic Books would have us think. Ever since the release of 2004’s best-selling “Brooklyn Noir,” the editors at the Brooklyn-based independent publisher have taken to traversing the globe, soliciting seamy and sometimes downright malicious tales from Paris, Mumbai, Los Angeles, Moscow,(…)

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The High Holy Days — A time for endings and beginnings

The High Holy Days — A time for endings and beginnings

Rita Frischer Special to The Jewish Sound As the leaves turn, we turn — from summer’s indulgences to the crisp demands of fall as school resumes and our work schedules intensify. At the same time, Judaism asks us to turn inward as well. We practice teshuvah, returning to our best selves and repenting our mistakes,(…)

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The Boys in the Boat: A big hurrah for our hometown heroes

The Boys in the Boat: A big hurrah for our hometown heroes

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound For those of us that live in or grew up in Seattle, “The Boys in the Boat” (Viking Penguin, paper) is even more special than the tens of thousands of readers that last year made this book a silent bestseller, inspiring its paperback release earlier this summer. That(…)

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Books for fall: Good reads for when the nights get longer

Books for fall: Good reads for when the nights get longer

By Diana Brement, JewishSound Columnist Holocaust Sometimes the idea behind a book is as successful as the book itself, but sometimes the idea is more interesting than the end result. The story behind Dan J. Puckett’s “In the Shadow of Hitler: Alabama’s Jews, the Second World War, and the Holocaust” (Alabama, cloth, $44.95), falls into(…)

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A mix of cultures in children’s books

A mix of cultures in children’s books

By Rita Berman Frischer, Special to The Jewish Sound As the grandmother of cross-cultural Jewish children, I’m especially interested in how this phenomenon plays out in Jewish Seattle, with its seemingly open doors and open minds. So when I recently received three children’s books for review, all dealing with how young cross-culture Jews interact with(…)

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New anthology proves local Jews can, and do, play sports

New anthology proves local Jews can, and do, play sports

By Boris Kurbanov, Special to The Jewish Sound When I was 14, my friend Yoni and I took in a Yankees game on a late spring night. As we watched Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Shawn Green — first-round draft pick, two-time All-Star, Jew — take batting practice in the humid New York evening air, the(…)

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Summer books: Working women, personal problems

Summer books: Working women, personal problems

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist Even when work is going well, personal problems always seem to rear up. At least that is how it goes for these female and Jewish protagonists — whether in the 21st or 16th centuries — featured in a crop of newly published novels. Sharing some superficial similarities, four of(…)

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Books in Brief: Our little-known history

Books in Brief: Our little-known history

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist Cookbooks One might assume that “Eating the Bible” by Rena Rossner (Skyhorse, cloth, $24.95) would give you recipes using garlic, leeks, melon, cucumbers and well-cooked meat — all foods mentioned in the Bible. But Rossner makes clear from the start that her intent was to create recipes inspired by(…)

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International tales of Jewish intrigue

International tales of Jewish intrigue

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Jean (Mosseri) Naggar was 19 when her family received an expulsion notice. It was 1957 Cairo, in the aftermath of the Suez Crisis, and Jews were fleeing Egypt en masse. The office they were to report to, ironically, was on a street named for her grandfather.(…)

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The hunted and the hunters: Children’s books about the Holocaust

The hunted and the hunters: Children’s books about the Holocaust

By Rita Berman Frischer, Special to the Jewish Sound The Holocaust is a difficult topic for parents or teachers to introduce to children so they often turn to books for help. At first, such resources were rare and indirect. For example, “Terrible Things” in 1980, a picture book allegory, emphasized the need for us to(…)

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