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The Messiah of Stockholm

Written by Cynthia Ozick


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1988
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75694-3 (0-394-75694-0)

A small group of Jews weave a web of intrigue and fantasy around a book reviewer's contention that he is the son of Borus Schultz, the legendary Polish writer killed by the Nazis before his magnum opus,  THE MESSIAH, could be brought to light. Read more >

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The Puttermesser Papers
A Novel
Written by Cynthia Ozick


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77739-7 (0-679-77739-3)

With dashing originality and in prose that sings like an entire choir of sirens, Cynthia Ozick relates the life and times of her most compelling fictional creation. Ruth Puttermesser lives in New York City. Her learning is monumental. Her love life is minimal (she prefers pouring through Plato to romping with... Read more >

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The Shawl

Written by Cynthia Ozick


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 1990
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72926-6 (0-679-72926-7)

Though “The Shawl” and “Rosa” are two of Ozick’s most admired works of fiction—both included in Best American Short Stories and awarded First Prize in the annual O. Henry Stories collection—this is their first appearance in one paperback volume. In “The Shawl,” Rosa Lublin watches a concentration camp guard murder her... Read more >

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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
ISBN: 978-0-449-24569-9 (0-449-24569-1)

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
ISBN: 978-0-449-91154-9 (0-449-91154-3)

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 >
Also available as a paperback.

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The Chosen

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: April 12, 1987
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-449-21344-5 (0-449-21344-7)

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 >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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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
ISBN: 978-0-449-91183-9 (0-449-91183-7)

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.

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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
ISBN: 978-0-449-91240-9 (0-449-91240-X)

"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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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
ISBN: 978-0-449-00115-8 (0-449-00115-6)

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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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
ISBN: 978-0-449-22138-9 (0-449-22138-5)

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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Old Men at Midnight

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 30, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-43998-7 (0-345-43998-8)

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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Barney's Version

Written by Mordecai Richler


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47688-3 (0-307-47688-X)

Barney Panofsky—Canadian expat, wily lover of women, writer, television producer, raconteur—is finally putting pen to paper so he can rebut the charges about him made in his rival’s autobiography. Whether it’s ranting about his bohemian misadventures during the 1950’s in Paris, his tumultuous three marriages, or his successful trashy TV company... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jewish Folktales

Written by Pinhas Sadeh


Format: Trade Paperback, 468 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 20, 1989
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-19574-4 (0-385-19574-5)

Translated by Hillel Halkin, this is a remarkably diverse and immensely entertaining gathering of Jewish legends and the first worldwide anthology of Jewish folktales. It draws from both traditional Eastern European literary sources and the vast body of oral material from the Middle East and North Africa. Read more >

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Transit

Written by Anna Seghers
Afterword by Heinrich Boll
Translated by Margot Bettauer Dembo
Introduction by Peter Conrad


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-625-2 (1-59017-625-1)

Anna Seghers’s Transit is an existential, political, literary thriller that explores the agonies of boredom, the vitality of storytelling, and the plight of the exile with extraordinary compassion and insight.

Having escaped from a Nazi concentration camp in Germany in 1937, and later a camp in Rouen, the nameless twenty-seven-year-old German... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Loves of Judith
A Novel
Written by Meir Shalev
Translated by Barbara Harshav


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4286-7 (0-8052-4286-4)

A woman with three loves and a son with three fathers: a universal story of passion and personal destiny by the award-winning author of A Pigeon and a Boy.

When the mysterious Judith arrives in a small agricultural village in Palestine in the 1930s, she attracts attention of three men: Moshe, a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner
A Family Memoir
Written by Meir Shalev
Translated by Evan Fallenberg


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4287-4 (0-8052-4287-2)

A lighthearted tale of family ties, over-the-top housekeeping, and the sport of storytelling in the village of Meir Shalev’s birth, where his unforgettable Grandma Tonia lived in a constant state of battle with the family’s biggest enemy in their adoptive land: dirt.

Meir Shalev’s grandmother Tonia, who came to Palestine by boat... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Pigeon and a Boy
A Novel
Written by Meir Shalev


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1214-3 (0-8052-1214-0)

From the internationally acclaimed Israeli writer Meir Shalev comes a mesmerizing novel of two love stories, separated by half a century but connected by one enchanting act of devotion.

During the 1948 War of Independence—a time when pigeons are still used to deliver battlefield messages—a gifted young pigeon handler is mortally wounded... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Schocken Book of Contemporary Jewish Fiction

Written by Ted Solotaroff and Nessa Rapoport


Format: Trade Paperback, 420 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 23, 1996
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1065-1 (0-8052-1065-2)

This anthology brings together some of the best stories written in the last thirty years by and about American Jews. Edited by Ted Solotaroff and Nessa Rapoport. Read more >

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The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature

Edited by Ilan Stavans


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 11, 2005
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4228-7 (0-8052-4228-7)

“If in approaching so vast and amorphous a bookshelf one should dare to venture any generalization, it is that the Sephardic cultural sensibility is in a perennial state of fluidity, continually redefining itself. Its purview spans the world. Nothing is foreign to it: as one door closes, another one opens. The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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I Never Saw Another Butterfly

Written by Hana Volavkova


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 15, 1994
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1015-6 (0-8052-1015-6)

This expanded edition of the classic collection of drawings and poems by children of the Terez'n Concentration Camp was published in conjunction with the opening of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. A total of 15,000 children under the age of 15 passed through Terez'n between the years... Read more >

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Boy 30529
A Memoir
Written by Felix Weinberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-300-2 (1-78168-300-X)

In 1939 twelve-year-old Felix Weinberg fell into the hands of the Nazis. Imprisoned for most of his teenage life, Felix survived five concentration camps, including Terezin, Auschwitz, and Birkenau, barely surviving the Death March from Blechhammer in 1945. After losing his mother and brother in the camps, he was liberated at Buchenwald and eventually reunited at... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Yiddish
A Nation of Words
Written by Miriam Weinstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 27, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44730-2 (0-345-44730-1)

Enjoying renewed interest with over 4 million speakers throughout the world today, Yiddish is an important language rich in history and lore. This is the first popular history of the Yiddish language—a language that transcends its function as a medium for communication and offers a window into Jewish culture and heritage... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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All Rivers Run to the Sea
Memoirs
Written by Elie Wiesel


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 22, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1028-6 (0-8052-1028-8)

From his early years with his loving Jewish family to the horrors of Auschwitz to his life as a Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Elie Wiesel tells his story. Passionate and poignant, All Rivers Run to the Sea is an unforgettable book of love and rage, doubt and faith, despair and trust, and... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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A Beggar in Jerusalem
A novel
Written by Elie Wiesel


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 27, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1052-1 (0-8052-1052-0)

This haunting novel takes place in the days following the Six-Day War. A Holocaust survivor visits the newly reunited city of Jerusalem. At the Western Wall, he encounters the beggars and madmen who congregate there every evening, and who force him to confront the ghosts of his past and his ties... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Fifth Son
A novel
Written by Elie Wiesel


Format: Trade Paperback, 228 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 7, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1083-5 (0-8052-1083-0)

Reuven Tamiroff, a Holocaust survivor, has never been able to speak about his past to his son, a young man who yearns to understand his father’s silence. As campuses burn amidst the unrest of the Sixties and his own generation rebels, the son is drawn to his father’s circle of wartime... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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