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We Must Not Think of Ourselves by Lauren Grodstein

Built squarely on sturdy scaffolding, author Lauren Grodstein’s new novel titled We Must Not Think of Ourselves is a fictionalized recounting of daily life in the Warsaw Ghetto. Grodstein acknowledges the novel relies heavily on the factual Oneg Shabbat (Oyneg Shabes) Archive. Led by…

Stranger in the Desert by Jordan Salama

Some books remain mercifully forgotten; others linger in our memory for years. Stranger in the Desert, by brilliant new literary voice Jordan Salama, is an unforgettable family story exquisitely expressed to honor his uniquely mixed ancestors. The author is a Syrian, Iraqi, Argentinian,…

The Promise of a Normal Life - Rebecca Kaiser Gibson

The Promise of a Normal Life, the debut novel by poet & author Rebecca Kaiser Gibson, opens with high expectations. Sailing to Israel in 1967 an 18-year-old girl, the unnamed narrator, longs to connect with Judaism. Beyond that hopeful beginning, there are no assurances nor promises of…

Operation Bethlehem - Yariv Inbar

If you can imagine a plot that hits the ground running with the Mossad and Shabak security agencies, then swings into a world of espionage with Fauda-style combat, you will be imagining the award-winning thriller Operation Bethlehem by former intelligence officer, author Yariv Inbar.

The Bridesman by Savyon Liebrecht

Settled in business class on a flight from L.A. to Israel, Micha, a successful 39-year-old ghostwriter, remains baffled by an all- expenses-paid invitation from his Aunt Adella. Micha hadn’t seen her in 24 years, though etched into his memory is the first time he met Adella, a candidate…