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Book Review: Simon’s Wife by L. M. Affrossman

By: L. M. Affrossman Simon’s Wife is a work of Jewish historical fiction, set in 70AD Jerusalem. following the destruction of the city and the second temple. Shelamzion bat Judah has been captured and is facing execution. But could an unlikely friendship with her Roman jailer change her fate? This book really held my attention […]

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Book Review: The Unforgiven King by L. M. Affrossman

By: L. M. Affrossman The Unforgiven King is a work of Jewish historical fiction, centered around King Herod. The story begins with Herod as a young man, follows his rise to the throne, and his cruelty. The story is told through an unnamed narrator, who provides the reader with in-depth context around Roman occupied Jerusalem, […]

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Book Review: Reflections from a Glass House

By: Carol Sveilich Reflections from a Glass House, A Memoir of Mid-Century Modern Mayhem is an intimate and detailed story of growing up in the Silicon Valley, in the 1960s. Sveilich shares her story in incredible detail, making her very easy to connect with. In many ways, this felt like sitting down with a friend, […]

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Book Review: Mighty Mary

By: Max Davine Mighty Mary is the story of an Indian elephant who was captured and transported to American to be trained as a performer. After disaster struck in Erwin, Tennessee, just after the turn of the century, her case would become one of the most famous surrounding animal cruelty. This story is the emotional […]

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Book Review: Black Hole Town

By: Henry Hinder Black Hole Town, a dark comedy novelette is the story of two friends, Scots, who decide to hit the road for the ultimate drug fueled roadtrip. An escape, if you will, from their every day lives of drugs, booze, gambling, and even women. Because everyone needs to get away from it all […]

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Book Review: The Girl Who Said Goodbye

By: Heather Allen The Girl Who Said Goodbye is the memoir of author, Heather Allen’s aunt, Siv Eng whose life was turned upside down by the violent take-over of the Khmer Rouge army, in Cambodia, in the 1970s. Siv Eng was studying pharmacology when she, her brother, sister-in-law, and aunt were rounded up and marched […]

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Book Review: Can’t Stop the Funk, A Cadillac Holland Mystery

By: H. Max Hiller Can’t Stop the Funk is book three of four in the Cadillac Holland Mystery series. This installment is set in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Someone is making offers to homeowners, seeking to buy up homes built by the Make it Right Foundation. But something about the offers […]

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Book Review: Floating in the Neversink

By: Andrea Simon In Floating in the Neversink, author Andrea Simon transports her readers to 1950s Brooklyn where we meet 9-year-old Amanda Gerber. Mandy, as she’s known to her friends and family, is faced with a summer away from her best friend, Francine as her family heads to her grandmother’s summer home in the Catskills. […]

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Book Review: A Place of Exodus

By: David Biespiel In A Place of Exodus, author David Biespiel shares the story of his experience growing up in a tightly knit Jewish community outside of Houston, Texas. But an argument with his rabbi causes him to move away from his idyllic childhood community. The book explores Biespiel’s journey as a self-proclaimed “retired” Jew […]

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Book Review: Red Winter

By: Kyra Kaptzan Robinov Nikolaevsk-on-Amur was a peaceful, frozen hamlet in Eastern Siberia, isolated from the rest of Russia and its political unrest. Until the winter of 1920, when Bolsheviks found their way into the town, arresting opposition party members, business owners, foreigners, and Jews. This idyllic village was suddenly turned into a war zone. […]

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