Head of the House

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

It may come as a surprise, but there are Jews in the U.S. military. Alison Buckholtz’s Navy pilot husband, Scott, is one of them. Her new memoir, “Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War,” is an inside look at military culture for a civilian population. She opens the curtain on her own family in hopes of disassembling stereotypes, and reveals her struggle to keep her kids’ lives seemingly normal while dad is away at war.Read More

Out of This Life

By Gordon Haber

As a young man, the Coney Island-reared Donald Margulies worked a day job as a graphic artist for years, while writing plays on the side. His big break came in 1991 with “Sight Unseen,” a play about a successful and, perhaps morally compromised, artist. Other notable plays by Margulies include “The Loman Family Picnic” (1993) and “Brooklyn Boy” (2004), both of which explore the author’s ambivalence towards his place of origin.Read More

Triple Threat

By Ezra Glinter

Despite her successful career as a singer, actor, comedian and author, Rain Pryor is most frequently identified as the daughter of the famously outspoken African-American comedian Richard Pryor and Jewish dancer Shirley Bonus. But Pryor’s parentage and upbringing have given her a wealth of her own material.Read More

Our Crowd

By Sarah Kessler

In Dori Carter’s luxurious and leafy Southern California town of Rancho Esperanza, the setting for her second book, everyone knows the neighbor’s social status, but nobody knows each other — or, it seems, themselves.Read More

Ivri Lider: On the Verge

By Jordana Horn

Ivri Lider is an Israeli rock star whose fame is beginning to extend beyond the boundaries of his landsmen and language. Lider, who is openly gay, was catapulted into international consciousness with his 2009 cover of Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl.” The video of the that cover has since ricocheted around the world on YouTube. Lider is now finishing up his first English-language album. Jordana Horn spoke with him on the eve of his upcoming North American tour.Read More

Sana Krasikov: Inspiration All Her Own

Rohr Prize winner Sana Krasikov, now at work on a novel, spoke recently with the Forward about the breadth of Jewish literature being written by young, female immigrants, and her own path to becoming to becoming a writer.Read More

Words That Shape the Jewish Future

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Peter Manseau — a National Jewish Book Award winner — spoke recently with the Forward about bad Yiddish poetry, religious road-tripping, and the perks of being a Jew by association.Read More

The Lessons of Leo Frank

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

A longtime, passionate critic of the criminal justice system, documentary filmmaker and PBS “Frontline” series producer, Ben Loeterman plums every shred of record on the Frank case and the events surrounding it to create The People v. Leo Frank. Interviews with authors, historians, and living ancestors of main players punctuate a dramatic storyline.Read More

After Monumental Dreams

By Bob Goldfarb

Amos Oz last week celebrated his 70th birthday on the heels of the American publication of his latest novella, “Rhyming Life and Death.” Bob Goldfarb, a Jerusalem-based book critic, recently spoke with Oz at the author’s home in the desert city of Arad, Israel about the Jewish state’s prognosis, contemporary crusaders and how his fiction has been received in the Arab world.Read More

House of Cards

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

In 2001, 27-year-old Erin Einhorn left her job, rented her house and broke up with her boyfriend to move to Poland for a year, where she would piece together her mother’s elusive childhood.Read More

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