Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Sisters Weiss

by Naomi Ragen St Martin’s Press: Oct 2013 Naomi Ragen’s novels, often about the lives of Orthodox women of varying levels of observance, can provide a glimpse into a world that seems foreign and exotic even to most liberal Jews. … Continue reading

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Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing

by Anya von Bremzen  Crown: 2013 Svetlana Boym is a professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Harvard and has a scholarly book that is entirely about the phenomenon of collective Soviet memory. In The Future of Nostalgia, Boym writes … Continue reading

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The Street Sweeper

by Elliot Perlman. Riverhead: 2012. In my post on The Paris Architect, I wondered about the role and appropriate use of the Holocaust in historical fiction.  Though Elliot Perlman’s The Street Sweeper contains storylines about New York today, and could … Continue reading

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