In ‘The Outrageous Sophie Tucker,’ Susan and Lloyd Ecker show the Jewish icon in all her brassy, sexy glory. Masha Leon sat down with the couple to talk about the woman who mentored Mae West.
Sophie Tucker was the Lady Gaga of her time. Also known as ‘the last of the red-hot mamas,’ she is immortalized in a new documentary.
• “Day After Night,” the new novel by Anita Diamant, author of “The Red Tent” and “The Last Days of Dogtown” as well as many nonfiction titles about Jewish life, concerns the friendship between four scarred young women — all survivors of the Holocaust, living in a postwar refugee camp in Palestine shortly before the 1948 war. If you happen to be in New York, Diamant will be reading at 7 p.m., Monday, September 14 at McNally Jackson Books in Soho. Here’s an early review of the novel from the Miami Herald.