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The Song of Names

Written by Norman Lebrecht


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3489-5 (1-4000-3489-2)

Martin Simmonds’ father tells him, “Never trust a musician when he speaks about love.” The advice comes too late. Martin already loves Dovidl Rapoport, an eerily gifted Polish violin prodigy whose parents left him in the Simmonds’s care before they perished in the Holocaust. For a time the two boys are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Fine Romance
Jewish Songwriters, American Songs
Written by David Lehman


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4250-8 (0-8052-4250-3)

In A Fine Romance, David Lehman looks at the formation of the American songbook—the timeless numbers that became jazz standards, iconic love songs, and sound tracks to famous movies—and explores the extraordinary fact that this songbook was written almost exclusively by Jews.

An acclaimed poet, editor, and cultural critic, David Lehman hears... Read more >
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The Mirror Maker
Stories and Essays
Written by Primo Levi


Format: Trade Paperback, 188 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 19, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0989-1 (0-8052-0989-1)

With the publication of The Periodic Table on 1984, Primo Levi became one of America’s most beloved writers. This new collection of his stories and essays reveals the full imaginative range of this great Italian writer. Most of the stories are science fiction and fantasy, combining Levi’s love for science with... Read more >

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Crossing the Borders of Time
A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed
Written by Leslie Maitland


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-570-9 (1-59051-570-6)

Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter whose mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, where, as Jews, they spent four years as refugees, the last two under risk of Nazi deportation. In 1942 they made it onto the last boat to escape France before... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Talking to the Enemy
Stories
Written by Avner Mandelman


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: July 11, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-729-9 (1-58322-729-6)

American Library Association Sophie Brody Award
Kirkus Best Book of 2005
I.J. Siegel Award for Fiction.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has shaped the consciousness of a generation, but never before has it been brought to life in such vivid and telling prose. Part Tim O’Brien and part Bernard Malamud, Avner Mandelman’s Talking to the... Read more >
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The End of the Jews
A Novel
Written by Adam Mansbach


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: March 17, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52042-3 (0-385-52042-5)

Now in paperback
Each member of the mercurial clan in Adam Mansbach’s novel faces the impossible choice between the people they love and the art that sustains them. Tristan Brodsky, sprung from the asphalt of the depression-era Bronx, goes on to become one of the swaggering Jewish geniuses who remakes American culture... Read more >
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The Flame Alphabet

Written by Ben Marcus


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73997-1 (0-307-73997-X)

In The Flame Alphabet, the most maniacally gifted writer of our generation delivers a novel about how far we will go in order to protect our loved ones.

The sound of children's speech has become lethal. In the park, adults wither beneath the powerful screams of their offspring. For young parents Sam... Read more >
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I Am Forbidden
A Novel
Written by Anouk Markovits


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Hogarth
On Sale: May 8, 2012
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98473-9 (0-307-98473-7)

Sweeping from the Central European countryside just before World War II to Paris to contemporary Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I Am Forbidden brings to life four generations of one Satmar family.
Opening in 1939 Transylvania, five-year-old Josef witnesses the murder of his family by the Romanian Iron Guard and is rescued by a Gentile... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Outside World

Written by Tova Mirvis


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7528-7 (1-4000-7528-9)

Tzippy Goldman was born for marriage. She and her mother had always assumed she’d graduate high school, be set up with the right boy, and have a beautiful wedding with white lace and pareve vanilla cream frosting. But at twenty-two, Tzippy’s fast approaching spinsterhood. She dreams of escape; instead, she leaves... Read more >
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All Our Worldly Goods

Written by Irene Nemirovsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74329-9 (0-307-74329-2)

In haunting ways, this gorgeous novel prefigures Irène Némirovsky’s masterpiece Suite Française. Set in France between 1910 and 1940 and first published in France in 1947, five years after the author’s death, All Our Worldly Goods is a gripping story of war, family life and star-crossed lovers. Pierre and Agnes marry... Read more >

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Suite Francaise

Written by Irene Nemirovsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9627-5 (1-4000-9627-8)

Beginning in Paris on the eve of the Nazi occupation in 1940, Suite Française tells the remarkable story of men and women thrown together in circumstances beyond their control. As Parisians flee the city, human folly surfaces in every imaginable way: a wealthy mother searches for sweets in a town without... Read more >
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Suite Francaise

Written by Irene Nemirovsky
Translated by Sandra Smith


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4473-3 (1-4000-4473-1)

By the early 1940s, when Ukranian-born Irène Némirovsky began working on what would become Suite Française—the first two parts of a planned five-part novel—she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz: a month... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Wine of Solitude

Written by Irene Nemirovsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74548-4 (0-307-74548-1)

Introspective and poignant, The Wine of Solitude is the most autobiographical of all of the novels from the celebrated author of Suite Française.

Beginning in a fictionalized Kiev, The Wine of Solitude follows the Karol family through the Great War and the Russian Revolution, as the young Hélène grows from a dreamy... Read more >

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Lost in America
A Journey with My Father
Written by Sherwin B. Nuland


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72722-1 (0-375-72722-1)

“He walks with me through every day of my life, in that unsteady, faltering gait that so embarrassed me when I was a boy. Always, he is holding fast to the upper part of my right arm . . . As we make our way together, my father—I called him Daddy... Read more >
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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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Colors Passing Through Us

Written by Marge Piercy


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 21, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71005-6 (0-375-71005-1)

In Colors Passing Through Us, Marge Piercy is at the height of her powers, writing about what matters to her most: the lives of women, nature, Jewish ritual, love between men and women, and politics, sexual and otherwise. Feisty and funny as always, she turns a sharp eye on the world... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Moon Is Always Female

Written by Marge Piercy


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 12, 1980
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-73859-8 (0-394-73859-4)

Her seventh and most wide ranging collection. In the 1st of 2 sections, the poems move from the amusingly elegiac to the erotic, the classical to the funny. The 2nd section is a series of 15 poems for a calendar based on lunar rather than solar divisions Read more >
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My Mother's Body

Written by Marge Piercy


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 12, 1985
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72945-9 (0-394-72945-5)

My Mother's Body, Marge Piercy's tenth book of poetry, takes its title from one of her strongest and most moving poems, the climax of a powerful sequence of Poems to her mother. Rooted in an honest, harrowing, but ally ecstatic confrontation of the mother / daughter relationship in all its complexity... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What Are Big Girls Made Of?
Poems
Written by Marge Piercy


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 4, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76594-3 (0-679-76594-8)

Opening with a powerful cycle of elegies for her long-distant, half-brother, this major new collection by one of our bestselling poets then goes on to include both serious and funny poems about women and poems about the precarious balance of nature, ending with the beautiful, life-affirming "The Art of Blessing the... 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 >
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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 >
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