Fall Books 2013


How I Learned Not To Be J.D. Salinger

By Adam Langer

Not every kid wanted to be Holden Caulfield. Sometimes associating yourself with him or Salinger, could be risky. The author of ‘The Salinger Contract’ explains.Read More


A Uniquely Israeli Vision of the Afterlife

By Beth Kissileff

Despite the fact that Ofir Touché Gafla’s latest novel is an Israeli book, it does not touch directly on Israeli life. What it offers instead is a memorable vision of the afterlife.Read More


Portrait of the Publisher as a Young Renegade

By Richard Kostelanetz

‘Samuel Roth: Infamous Modernist’ features a notorious Jewish publisher Samuel Roth who went to jail twice and was reviled for publishing obscene work.Read More


Unread Family Letters Open Window Onto Life on the Eve of the Holocaust

By David Laskin

While reading old family letters, David Laskin discovers the legacy of his grandparents who chose not to help relatives stuck in Europe.Read More


Meet the Pope's Jewish Bookbinder

By Graham Lawson

Meet Yehuda Miklaf, the Jerusalem-based bookbinder to the elite who has created custom book designs for George W. Bush and the Pope.Read More


In 'Like Dreamers' a Paratrooper from the 1967 War Dives Into the Settler Movement

By Yossi Klein Halevi

The new book, ‘Like Dreamers,’ is about seven of the paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem during the Six Day War. The surprising directions they took after form the fabric of Israel’s recent history. Read an excerpt.Read More


The Ordinary Women Who Committed Nazi Atrocities

By Laura Moser

History has underplayed the role of ordinary German women in the Nazi death machine. Wendy Lower sets the record straight in her disturbing new book, ‘Hitler’s Furies.’Read More





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