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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 >
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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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My Name Is Asher Lev

Written by Chaim Potok


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3104-7 (1-4000-3104-4)

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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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 >
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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
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9541-4 (1-4000-9541-7)

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 House of Moses All-Stars
A Novel
Written by Charley Rosen


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-371-1 (1-60980-371-X)

A hilarious road novel about an all-Jewish basketball team traveling in a renovated hearse through Depression-era America in search of redemption and big money. The House of Moses All-Stars is considered by many to be one of the best basketball novels--a vivid and historically based account by basketball's most celebrated writer.

Depicting... Read more >
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Everyman

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27771-8 (0-307-27771-2)

Philip Roth's new novel is a candidly intimate yet universal story of loss, regret, and stoicism. The bestselling author of The Plot Against America now turns his attention from "one family's harrowing encounter with history" (New York Times) to one man's lifelong skirmish with mortality.

The fate of Roth's everyman is traced... Read more >

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The Plot Against America

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 27, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7949-0 (1-4000-7949-7)

Philip Roth asserts his enduring stature as our most ambitious and inventive writer with this stunning new novel, which re-imagines American history and traces its ominous impact on one Jewish family.

In 1940 Charles A. Lindbergh, heroic aviator and rabid isolationist, is elected President. Shortly thereafter, he negotiates a cordial "understanding"... Read more >

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Reading Myself and Others

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 29, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74907-3 (0-679-74907-1)

The interviews, essays, and articles collected here span a quarter century of Philip Roth's distinguished career and "reveal [a] preoccupation with the relationship between the written and the unwritten world." Here is Roth on himself and his work, including Portnoy's Complaint, Our Gang, and My Life as a Man; on the... Read more >

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Who We Are
On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer
Edited by Derek Rubin


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4239-3 (0-8052-4239-2)

This unprecedented collection brings together the major Jewish American writers of the past fifty years as they examine issues of identity and how they've made their work respond.

E. L. Doctorow questions the very notion of the Jewish American writer, insisting that all great writing is secular and universal. Allegra Goodman embraces... Read more >
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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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Emma Lazarus

Written by Esther Schor


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 5, 2006
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4216-4 (0-8052-4216-3)

Emma Lazarus’s most famous poem gave a voice to the Statue of Liberty, but her remarkable life has remained a mystery until now. She was a woman so far ahead of her time that we are still scrambling to catch up with her–a feminist, a Zionist, and an internationally famous Jewish... Read more >
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A Stranger on the Planet

Written by Adam Schwartz


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-61695-053-8 (1-61695-053-6)

In the summer of 1969, twelve-year-old Seth lives with his unstable mother, Ruth, and his brother and sister in a two-bedroom apartment in New Jersey. His father lives with his new wife in a ten-room house and has no interest in Seth and his siblings. Seth is dying to escape from... 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 >
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The Rabbi's Cat 2

Written by Joann Sfar
Translated by Alexis Siegel


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 1, 2008
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42507-3 (0-375-42507-1)

The preeminent work by one of France’s most celebrated young comics artists, The Rabbi’s Cat tells the wholly unique story of a rabbi, his daughter, and their talking cat–a philosopher brimming with scathing humor and surprising tenderness.

Rich with the colors, textures, and flavors of Algeria’s Jewish community, The Rabbi’s Cat... Read more >

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The Rabbi's Cat

Written by Joann Sfar


Format: Trade Paperback, 152 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: May 22, 2007
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71464-1 (0-375-71464-2)

The preeminent work by one of France’s most celebrated young comics artists, The Rabbi’s Cat tells the wholly unique story of a rabbi, his daughter, and their talking cat–a philosopher brimming with scathing humor and surprising tenderness.

In Algeria in the 1930s, a cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his... Read more >
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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 >
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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 >
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The Free Thinkers
Two Novellas
Written by Layle Silbert


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: July 10, 2001
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-075-7 (1-58322-075-5)

Layle Silbert’s stories trace struggles and joys of lives overlooked. In The Free Thinkers: Two Novellas, she gives these lost lives a new voice, recovering in exacting detail the world of newly arrived Eastern European Jews in turn-of-the-century-America. Silbert’s stories chronicle their arrival in Chicago and New York, and follow them... Read more >
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Yudl
And Other Stories
Written by Layle Silbert


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-440-4 (1-60980-440-6)

Set in 1920s Chicago, the short novel Yudl follows its eponymous protagonist, a middle-aged editor at a left-leaning newspaper called The Yiddish Courier. Yudl and his wife have decided to become landlords, purchasing a vacant lot and hiring an acquaintance–aptly named Mason–to oversee the construction of their future apartment building. However... Read more >
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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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Resurrecting Hebrew

Written by Ilan Stavans


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 16, 2008
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4231-7 (0-8052-4231-7)

Here is the stirring story of how Hebrew was rescued from the fate of a dead language to become the living tongue of a modern nation. Ilan Stavans’s quest begins with a dream featuring a beautiful woman speaking an unknown language. When the language turns out to be Hebrew, a friend... 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 >
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The Alphabet That Changed the World
How Genesis Preserves a Science of Consciousness in Geometry and Gesture
Written by Stan Tenen
Edited by Charles Stein


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: July 5, 2011
Price: $44.00
ISBN: 978-1-55643-723-6 (1-55643-723-4)

Rabbinic tradition asserts that every letter of every word of the Torah is a word in itself. Author Stan Tenen demonstrates that each letter is also a hand gesture, and it is at this level that Hebrew forms a natural universal language. All people, including children before they speak and people... Read more >

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Hands of My Father
A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love
Written by Myron Uhlberg


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 3, 2009
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-80688-5 (0-553-80688-2)

By turns heart-tugging and hilarious, Myron Uhlberg’s memoir tells the story of growing up as the hearing son of deaf parents—and his life in a world that he found unaccountably beautiful, even as he longed to escape it.

“Does sound have rhythm?” my father asked. “Does it rise and fall like the... Read more >
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