Books


In Defense of the (High) Art of Writing

By Sanford Pinsker

The Din in the Head By Cynthia Ozick Houghton Mifflin, 256 pages, $24. * * *It is a truth (almost) universally acknowledged that any person in possession of a large personal library will covet, if he or she does not already own, essays written by Cynthia Ozick. Why? Because Ozick’s paragraphs contain equal measuresRead More


Amid the Smokestacks, An American Dream

By Judy Bolton-Fasman

Now You See It… Stories from Cokesville, PA By Bathsheba Monk Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 240 pages, $22. * * *Cokesville, Pa., is a gritty fictional American shtetl. It is populated by Polish-Catholic émigrés and anchored by the steel mills in which they are employed. It is a place both defined and defeated by the customs of the OldRead More


‘Emil and Karl’

In 1940, famed writer Yankev Glatshteyn, best known to English readers as Jacob Glatstein, published “Emil and Karl,” a book about two friends, one Jewish and the other not, living in wartime Vienna. Intended for students at Yiddish afternoon and weekend schools, “Emil and Karl,” written in Yiddish, was oneRead More


The Angel of Death Narrates a New Tale for Young Readers

By Mindy Aloff

The Book Thief By Markus Zusak Knopf Books for Young Readers, 552 pages, $16.95. * * *Markus Zusak’s intensely provocative, deeply imagined and magnificently produced new novel, “The Book Thief,” concerns a group of German children who are members of the Hitler Youth during the early 1940s. We learnRead More


Trauma and Its Healers

By Helen Epstein

Mapping Trauma and Its Wake: Autobiographic Essays By Pioneer Trauma Scholars Edited by Charles R. Figley Routledge, 272 pages, $49.95. * * *A medical text in the “Psychosocial Stress Series” of an academic publisher would usually not interest general readers. But with aftereffects of terrorism and disasterRead More


Books Roundup

By Jacob Suskewicz

Each season brings a slew of Holocaust-related books, but the spring 2006 line seems to be a particularly rich crop, including tales of personal heroism in the face of extreme danger; historical documents on Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Franklin Roosevelt, and even a book of poems that envisions Franz Kafka had he lived to raise aRead More





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