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[Book Review] A New Memoir by Sarah Birnbach

By Sarah Birnbach The Mourner’s Kaddish is a traditional Jewish prayer, written in Aramaic. At the loss of a parent, child, or spouse, it is traditional to recite the prayer for eleven months. After the loss of her father, Sarah Birnbach commits to reciting the Kaddish, twice daily, in synagogue, for eleven months. Birnbach describes […]

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Latest Short Story Contest – Win a $25 Prize

Attention writers! This month’s short story contest theme is: A Short Story Inspired by Your Favorite Childhood Memory Entries must be received by midnight September 26th, cst. Selected stories will be featured during the month of October. Read on for further guidelines. Short Story Contest Guidelines Stories are to be 1,500 to 3,000 words. All […]

[Book Review] A New Memoir by Elisa Bernick

By Elisa Bernick Growing up in suburbia Minnesota among a predominantly Christian population, Elisa Bernick understood she was different. Her mother, Arlene, was far from fitting in with the other mothers of 60s and 70s midwestern life. Bernick’s talent for journalism shines in this well-presented memoir. What I found unique about this story was Bernick’s […]

[Book Review] A New Veronica Rosenthal Mystery by Sergio Olguin

By Sergio Olguín (author), Miranda France (translator) Sergio Olguin brings us book three of his Veronica Rosenthal Mystery series. Currently available in Spanish, the English translation is currently scheduled for release on September 20, 2022. I was delighted to receive an advanced copy for review. Olguin sets the third installment in this series in Buenos […]

New Books for Your Reading List – September 20, 2022

Read Along with Me My reading list this week is very short again this week. With Rosh Hashannah fast approaching, my focus is elsewhere so I’m making room in my schedule. The first book is one I discovered while researching a reading list posted earlier this week for Hispanic Heritage Month. The Book of Esther […]

Beautiful Books with Latin Jewish Voices – Celebrating Sephardic Literature

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month! In celebration, I’ve compiled a reading list of books featuring Latin Jewish voices. One of my goals this year was to honor the diversity within the Jewish tribe. Much of the Jewish representation we see are Eastern European Jews but our tribe is made up of many, unique and wonderful voices. […]

Latest Short Story Contest – Win a $25 Prize

Attention writers! This month’s short story contest theme is: A Short Story Inspired by Your Favorite Childhood Memory Entries must be received by midnight September 26th, cst. Selected stories will be featured during the month of October. Read on for further guidelines. Short Story Contest Guidelines Stories are to be 1,500 to 3,000 words. All […]

Complete August 2022 Wrap Up from Heidi Slowinski

Welcome to my August Wrap-Up! I have completed 117 titles for 2022. This month, I’ve reviewed four of the titles I completed. All of them are wonderful books and I hope you’ll check them out. You’ll find all of my reading lists from the month along with a list of books from Jewish voices on […]

New Books for Your Reading List – September 13, 2022

Read Along with Me My reading list this week is very short! And by very short, I mean it’s one book. My week is a little full so I’m adjusting accordingly. The book on my list is a newly released memoir by Sarah Lavane. In Unmatched, Lavane shares her journey as an “unmatached” single in […]


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[August Short Story Contest Winner] The Witch Doctor’s Blessing by Isaac Kal

Thank you to everyone who submitted work for the May Short Story Contest. The winning entry is: The Witch Doctor’s Blessing Isaac’s entry was in response to the writing prompt: A Short Story Inspired by Your Favorite Song. Born in 1958 , married and has 4 daughters. Isaac is an international businessman who lives in […]

Latest Short Story Contest – Win a $25 Prize

Attention writers! This month’s short story contest theme is: A Short Story Inspired by Your Favorite Childhood Memory Entries must be received by midnight September 26th, cst. Selected stories will be featured during the month of October. Read on for further guidelines. Short Story Contest Guidelines Stories are to be 1,500 to 3,000 words. All […]

[Book Review] A Nest of Snakes by Deborah Levison

By Deborah Levison Brendan Cortland lives a life of solitude. His primary interaction with other people comes from online shopping, discussion boards, and weekly therapy appointments. Brendan struggles to manage symptoms of PTSD. But despite years of therapy, he has never shared the source of his underlying trauma. Until, at the age of 47, he […]

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