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Chaim Potok

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Chaim Potok was born in the Bronx in 1929. He graduated from Yeshiva University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, was ordained as a rabbi, and earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He also served as editor of the Jewish Publication Society of America. Potok’s first novel, The Chosen, published in 1967, received the Edward Lewis Wallant Memorial Book Award and was nominated for the National Book Award. He died in 2002.

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The Book of Lights

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: September 12, 1982
Price: $7.99

Gershon Loran, a quiet rabbinical student, is troubled by the dark reality around him. Abandoned by his parents and friends, he sees hope only in the study of the Kabbalah, a book of mysticism and visions, truth and light. But light means something very different to Gershon's friend Arthur who must... Read more >

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The Chosen

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $15.00

Selected for common reading at Northwestern College (Orange City, IA)

It is the now-classic story of two fathers and two sons and the pressures on all of them to pursue the religion they share in the way that is best suited to each. As the boys grow into young men, they discover... Read more >
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The Chosen

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: April 12, 1987
Price: $7.99

Selected for common reading at Northwestern College (Orange City, IA)

This best-seller and literary classic is one of Potok's most famous works. It tells of the odyssey from boyhood to manhood, of two Jewish boys and their fathers, amid the conflict between generations and religious traditions among Hasidic and Orthodox Jews in... Read more >
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Davita's Harp

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $14.95

For Davita Chandal, growing up in New York in the 1930s and 40s is an experience of indescribable joy--and unfathomable sadness. Her loving parents, both fervent radicals, fill her with the fiercely bright hope for a new, better world. But the deprivations of war and the Depression take their ruthless toll... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Davita's Harp

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 10, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Gates of November

Written by Chaim Potok, Leonid Slepak, Vladimir Slepak, Alexander Slepak and Maria Slepak


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 8, 1997
Price: $14.95

"REMARKABLE . . . A WONDERFUL STORY."—The Boston Globe

The father is a high-ranking Communist officer, a Jew who survived Stalin's purges. The son is a "refusenik," who risked his life and happiness to protest everything his father held dear. Now, Chaim Potok, beloved author of the award-winning novels The Chosen and... Read more >
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The Gates of November

Written by Chaim Potok, Leonid Slepak, Vladimir Slepak, Alexander Slepak and Maria Slepak


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 24, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Gift of Asher Lev

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 10, 1997
Price: $15.00

Twenty years have passed for Asher Lev. He is a world-renowned artist living in France, still uncertain of his artistic direction. When his beloved uncle dies suddenly, Asher and his family rush back to Brooklyn--and into a world that Asher thought he had left behind forever.

"Rivals anything Chaim Potok has ever... Read more >
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The Gift of Asher Lev

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 24, 2010
Price: $11.99

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I Am the Clay

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: December 4, 1993
Price: $6.99

As the Chinese and the army of the North sweep south during the Korean War, an old peasant farm and his wife flee their village across the bleak, bombed-out landscape. They come upon a boy in a ditch who is wounded and unconscious; the woman refuses to leave the boy behind... Read more >
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I Am the Clay

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: April 28, 2010
Price: $6.99

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In the Beginning

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 10, 1997
Price: $15.00

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In the Beginning

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 17, 2010
Price: $11.99

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My Name Is Asher Lev

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $15.00

Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Master of the Universe. Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels even when it leads him to blasphemy.In this... Read more >
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My Name Is Asher Lev

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: eBook
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 1, 2009
Price: $11.99

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Old Men at Midnight

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 30, 2002
Price: $14.95

From the celebrated author of The Chosen and My Name Is Asher Lev, a trilogy of related novellas about a woman whose life touches three very different men—stories that encompass some of the profoundest themes of the twentieth century.

Ilana Davita Dinn is the listener to whom three men relate their lives.

As... Read more >
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Old Men at Midnight

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: December 30, 2008
Price: $11.99

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The Promise

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $14.95

Reuven Malter lives in Brooklyn, he’s in love, and he’s studying to be a rabbi. He also keeps challenging the strict interpretations of his teachers, and if he keeps it up, his dream of becoming a rabbi may die.

One day, worried about a disturbed, unhappy boy named Michael, Reuven takes... Read more >
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The Promise

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 12, 2012
Price: $11.99

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