Before the Dead Sea Scrolls, another Biblical discovery made headlines. The purported original Book of Deuteronomy was sold for $1 million in 1883. More than a century later, Chanan Tigay tries to track the book down — and determine whether it was real or forged.
A new herculean effort of investigative journalism has cleared up some mysteries regarding Raoul Wallenberg’s wartime heroism. But there are some that even biographer Ingrid Carlberg can’t solve.
A former student and intimate acquaintance of Bernard Malamud makes her fiction debut. Julia M. Klein discusses “Scary Old Sex,” by Arlene Heyman.
For Harry Houdini and his wife Bess, love was the most magical trick of all. In her new novel, Victoria Kelly channels the life of a master escape artist and her famous husband.
The explicit, violent sexual passages and defiance of realism may challenge some readers. But Julia M. Klein says “Unspeakable Things,” by Kathleen Spivack is an exciting and energetic debut Holocaust novel.
In the summer of 1936, the authors Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth found some moments of peace before the arrival of the impending catastrophe. Zweig and Roth’s friendship is chronicled in Volker Weidermann’s “Ostend.”
Poet, novelist and essayist Primo Levi is best known as a survivor and chronicler of Auschwitz. But a new book reveals the supporting role he played as a Resistance fighter in Italy.
As the survivors of the Holocaust grow older and their numbers diminish, the so-called third generation of Holocaust memoirists are devising new, unique methods to keep stories of the Shoah alive.
Geraldine Brooks is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The March” and “People of the Book.” But does her retelling of the story of David strike a chord with our critic. Julia M. Klein sings the book’s praises…and its shortcomings.
In 2012, German investigators broke into the apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt and confiscated nearly 1,300 pieces of modern art. Susan Ronald chronicles the scandal and its backdrop for a new book.