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[Book Review] Adele and Tom: The Portrait of a Marriage by Chella Courington

By Chella Courington Adele and Tom: The Portrait of a Marriage is a work of short fiction, exploring the nuances between two very different writers. Tom is an economist, orderly and exacting. Adele is a creative-type, struggling in her own way. Courington’s lyrical and poetic writing style had be engrosed from the first page. This […]

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[Book Review] Because It’s Israel: An Aliyah Odyssey by Arthur Miller

By Arthur Miller After thirty-five years of making annual trips to Eretz Israel, Arthur and his wife Ronnie, finally realize their life-long dream of making aliyah. Because It’s Israel is Miller’s first-hand account of their experience of adjusting to life in their new home. From purchasing real estate and a car to banking, to the […]

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[Book Review] River Queens: Saucy boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America by Alexander Watson

By Alexander Watson River Queens follows the story of two unlikely boat owners who purchase and restore a wooden yacht. They then embark on a journey, along with their dog, exploring the American heartland, traveling by river from Texas to Ohio. The story details their adventures of life on the river. Watson does a remarkable […]

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[Book Review] Private Good Luck by Sherwin Gluck

By Sherwin Gluck After two years of navigating red tape, four siblings found their way out of Hungary and into the United States in 1940. Shortly after arriving to freedom, the youngest brother finds himself in the army, fighting to defend his American dream. This is a heartfelt and emotional story of the Jewish experience […]

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[Book Review] Be Wild Be Free by Amber Fossey

By Amber Fossey So there’s a sloth, a bear, a koala, and a blob fish all woven with lovely, encouraging, and uplifting words for when life gets too, you know, “lifey”. This heartwarming picture book for grownups is perfect for a cozy snuggle up with a hot beverage when you just need a break from […]

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[ARC Review] The Foreign Girls by Sergio Olguin

By Sergio Olguin Veronica Rosenthal, a young journalist, decides to get away from it all, touring scenic northern Argentina. While relaxing off the beaten path, she encounters two foreign tourists. One girl from Italy, the other from Scandinavia. The trio become fast friends, deciding to travel together, spending time at the country house of Veronica’s […]

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[Book Review] Letters from Planet Corona by Chaya Passow

By Chaya Passow As Covid-19 spread throughout Israel, author Chaya Passow found herself living in a strange new world. In an effort to process this strange new planet we all seemed to have landed on, Passow wrote a series of letters over the course of months from Purim to the High Holidays. Passow offers very […]

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[Book Review] The Interpreter by AJ Sidransky

By AJ Sidransky American GI Kurt Berlin finds himself being recruited by the OSS to serve as a translator in war-torn Europe, during the interrogations of captured Nazis. Through his work, Berlin discovers the Nazi responsible for his own persecution before he fled Europe as a refugee. He finds himself facing a moral dilemma as […]

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[Book Review] Forget Russia by L. Bordetsky-Williams

By L. Bordetsky-Williams Anna is a second generation Russian-American Jew and a senior at UConn when she gets an opportunity to study in Moscow, in 1980. She finds herself navigating a Cold War culture she doesn’t fully understand. But an encounter with a young man at a Rosh Hashanah service leads to uncovering a lost […]

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[Book Review] Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

By Fredrik Backman One doesn’t expect going to an open house to view an apartment is going to be a life-changing event. But, for six prospective home buyers, it became just that when a would-be bank robber takes them hostage. Add a mystery man in the bathroom, a real estate agent, and a father-son police […]

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