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Holocaust Memoir Fraud Inspires Novel

By Joshua Furst

After a Holocaust memoir was revealed as a fraud, Benjamin Stein wove a fictional tale of a literary hoax that takes on the sentimental link between Jewish identity and the shoah.Read More


Confronting Father’s Mountain of Exaggerations

By Benjamin Ivry

Decades after mountaineer Maurice Herzog chronicled his Alpine exploits, he was accused of embellishing the truth. Now, his daughter has written a novel based on her family history.Read More


Patrick Tyler's Skewed Agenda Sabotages Book

By Yossi Alpher

Patrick Tyler’s book argues that Israel’s military leaders have consistently ignored openings for peace. The journalist allows preconceived ideas to color his analysis, Yossi Alpher writes.Read More


Marco Roth's Frustration and Triumph

By Steven G. Kellman

Marco Roth’s new memoir charts the his struggle to understand his elusive and beloved father, who died of AIDS. The lucid and self-lacerating prose is a literary triumph.Read More


The Jews of Hollywood

By Jonathan Rosenbaum

A new, lively book takes a broad view of the history of Jews in Hollywood and offers surprising insights into the Jewish experience in American cinema.Read More


The Streisand Has Two Faces

By Julia M. Klein

By most accounts Barbra Streisand’s ascent from wannabe actor to award-winning star was meteoric, but a new book says her rise was not as sudden as it seems.Read More


Learning To Be Good From The Ethics Master

By Neal Pollack

Randy Cohen, the former New York Times columnist, takes on the ‘ethics of everything’ in his new book. It’s well-argued, but leaves out the issues that folks talk about at Chick-fil-A.Read More


Paul Auster Humanizes Dread in New Book

By Eitan Kensky

Paul Auster’s newest book is a chronicle of aging and of the death of his mother. Fragments and facts inexplicably combine into something larger and more meaningful.Read More


Errol Morris Probes Notorious Murder

By Pamela Cytrynbaum

Filmmaker Errol Morris unravels a notorious 1970s murder case in his new book. Will the thriller spark a conversation about the innocent people our system convicts?Read More


Sigmund Freud’s Sister Complex

By Nicholas Meyer

When Sigmund Freud fled the Nazis, he left behind his four sisters, all of whom died in death camps. A new novel imagines the fate of one of them.Read More





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