Julia M. Klein


History Made and Broke David Laskin's Family

By Julia M. Klein

History Made and Broke David Laskin's Family
David Laskin’s new memoir is the saga of his family, who built businesses including the Maidenform Bra company but also suffered immeasurable losses from Nazi genocide.Read More


Yossi Klein Halevi Delivers a Masterful Saga of Seven Israeli Paratroopers

By Julia M. Klein

Yossi Klein Halevi Delivers a Masterful Saga of Seven Israeli Paratroopers
Yossi Klein Halevi’s ‘Like Dreamers,’ aims at telling history through the stories of seven Israeli paratroopers. Julia Klein says he succeeds spectacularly, with an enviable novelistic flair.Read More


A Hungarian Love Story Set Against the Backdrop of Wartime

By Julia M. Klein

A Hungarian Love Story Set Against the Backdrop of Wartime
In a stately memoir, Marianne Szegedy-Maszak painstakingly unearths the saga of her distinguished Hungarian parents and their love story set against the backdrop of wartime.Read More


Fall Brings a Rich Harvest of Books

By Julia M. Klein

Fall Brings a Rich Harvest of Books
A bounty of Jewish and Israeli-themed books awaits readers this fall, with choices ranging from the gently nostalgic to the deeply disturbing.Read More


Heyday of Farrar, Straus & Giroux Made Publishing House Seem Like 'Mad Men'

By Julia M. Klein

Heyday of Farrar, Straus & Giroux Made Publishing House Seem Like 'Mad Men'
The publishing business in midcentury America was a larger-than-life game. Boris Kachka offers a compulsively readable look inside the legendary world of Farrar, Straus & Giroux.Read More






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