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The Jewish Women Writers Who Made Their Mark on Café Culture

Posted on September 24th, 2018
Shachar Pinsker is writing here as part of Jewish Book Council's Visiting Scribe series.

When I did research for my previous book Literary Passports: The Making of Modernist Hebrew Fiction in Europe, I asked myself: Where did Jewish writers and intellectuals who migrated to large cities at the turn of the 20th century live and work? Where did they find inspiration and a place to meet others? The answer I kept coming to repeatedly was the coffeehouse. I discovered that not only the allure of the café was very strong, but that it became a key site for the creation of modern Jewish culture, which is how I came to write my new book, A Rich Brew.

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Historic Mysteries in ‘Strangers in Budapest’

Posted on September 17th, 2018
By Stewart Kampel for Hadassah Magazine


Strangers in Budapest: A Novel By Jessica Keener


The year is 1995 and Hungarians are still adjusting to victory after the bitter revolt that freed them from Soviet dominance and the shackles of communism. Eager would-be capitalists are flocking to Budapest, the legendary city.


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Daniel Silva and the Art of the Beach Read

Posted on September 10th, 2018
By Alexander Aciman for Tablet Magazine 

Bookworm: The new bestselling spy thriller, ‘The Other Woman,’ excels at this one thing

Among the spy and detective fiction writers of today there is no distinction more dubious than “transcending the genre.” What does it mean for a work to transcend the genre? To have outgrown its form? To be better than it should be? It is with this backhanded honorific that the spy and detective genre is robbed of its greatest works, which can only be so excellent before they are inevitably claimed by the august of great literature. And this obscures just how much fun these books can be. 

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Posted on September 3rd, 2018
By Emily Burack for HeyAlma


If you never learned Hebrew beyond what you had to know for your bat mitzvah and the word of the day on Birthright (Sababa!), but you still want to read Israeli literature (because, obviously), this list is for you. You won’t find Israeli literary giants Amos Oz, Meir Shalev, David Grossman or A.B. Yehoshua below—plenty of recommendations tend to showcase these famous male voices. We are pivoting the spotlight to some insanely talented Israeli women:

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Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered: One Woman’s Year in the Heart of the Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish Quarters of Old Jerusalem

Posted on August 27th, 2018
Review by Gila Wertheimer for Jewish Book Council

Sarah Tuttle-Singer’s memoir about her year living in Jerusalem’s Old City is many things: maddening, moving, insightful, defiant, hopeful, lyrical—sometimes all at once. In some ways a lament for the rending of a once-whole city, this book recounts her admirable determination to know Jerusalem beyond its usual boundaries.


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