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[Book Review] Chicken Dreaming Corn by Roy Hoffman

By Roy Hoffman Set in turn of the century Mobile, Alabama, Morris Kleinman is a shop owner living among a tapestry of immigrants from across Europe and South America as well as people of color. Kleinman and his wife raise their family in the living quarters above their storefront while contending with war, the Great […]

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[Book Review] Rebel Daughter by Lori Banov Kaufmann

By Lori Banov Kaufmann Esther is the daughter of a priest in first century Jerusalem. Her beloved city is occupied by Romans and tensions are increasing. Tensions are increasing between Esther and her family, as she comes of age and enters the marriage market. Esther finds herself less than impressed with the silversmith her parents […]

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[Book Review] Devil’s Ivy by Gal Rodnitsky

By Gal Rodnitsky Devil’s Ivy focuses on a middle-aged Israeli, Amy, who is seeking a new direction in her life after suffering a break-up. She decides to seek guidance in a therapy group led by Yigal. Amy encounters five other participants trying to find their way back to the world after significant relationships in their […]

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[Book Review] Hidden Heroes: One Woman’s Story of Resistance and Rescue in the Soviet Union by Pamela Braun Cohen

By Pamela Braun Cohen A fascinating, detailed account of the grassroots movement seeking to assist Russian Jews to escape the former Soviet Union (USSR) over the course of three decades. The movement also sought to ensure freedoms for Jews remaining in the former USSR to maintain their Jewish identity. Pamela Braun Cohen worked tirelessly to […]

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[Book Review] The Pomegranate by S. J. Schwaidelson

By S. J. Schwaidelson Batsheva Hagiz is the daughter of Jewish merchant in the 12th century. A spirited young woman, well educated and skilled in swordplay. Betrothed to a young man, named Akiva, living in the Holy Land, she is kidnapped from the caravan traveling to her wedding. Her captors make a gift of her […]

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[Book Review] The Girl with the Silver Star by Rachel Zolotov

By Rachel Zolotov After bombs started dropping in Minsk, Raisa and her husband, Abraham, decide they need to escape in order to keep their daughters safe. As they were seeking a train out of the city, Abraham is conscripted into the Russian Army, leaving Raisa to manage on her own with their two young girls. […]

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[Book Review] URGE to ROME: My Quest to Become Sexy, Sultry & Migraine-Free by Kyra Robinov

By Kyra Robinov When her husband’s work in food opens up the opportunity for their family to spend a year living abroad, they make the decision to spend a year in Rome. Kyra Robinov’s latest memoir recounts their year of new experiences, challenges, and personal growth as she and her husband, along with their two […]

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[Book Review] A Contrary Journey with Velvel Zbarzher, Bard by Jill Culiner

By Jill Culiner In her latest work, Jill Culiner takes her reader on a journey through 19th century eastern Europe as she searches for a rebel and contrarian, Velvel Zbarzher. Zbarzher spoke in favor of Jewish Enlightenment at a time when communities were ruled by the Hasidic rebbes and Jewish law controlled all aspects of […]

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[Book Review] The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

By Sarah Penner Nella is an apothecary in 18th century London like her mother before her. But when a lover’s deception brings tragedy to her doorstep, Nella begins dispensing tinctures, powders, and the like to women desperate to be free of men in their lives. Each customer, and her intended victim, is recorded in the […]

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[Book Review] Under His Spell by Luv Lubker

By Luv Lubker Book one in The Rival Court series, Under His Spell is a historical romance novel following the love story of Prince Fritz of Prussia and Princess Vicky, eldest daughter of Queen Victoria. The young couple aspires to unite Germany into a peaceful kingdom but Fritz’s uncle Karl has other aspirations. This story […]

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