Is It Good for the Jews? More Stories from the Old Country by Adam Biro, Catherine Tihanyi

By Adam Biro, Catherine Tihanyi

“Jewish stories,” writes Adam Biro, “resemble each people’s stories.” but while there's no larger approach to comprehend the soul, background, millennial anguish, or, crucially, the thrill of the Jewish humans than via such tales—“There’s nothing,” writes Biro, “more revelatory of the Jewish being.”   With Is It sturdy for the Jews? Biro bargains a sequel to his acclaimed choice of tales Jews on a teach. via twenty-nine tales—some new, a few outdated, yet all finely wrought and wealthy in humor—Biro spins tales of characters dealing with the vicissitudes and reverses of way of life, whereas at the same time portray a poignant portrait of a global of unassimilated Jewish lifestyles that has mostly been misplaced to the years. From rabbis competing to work out who's the main humble, to the daddy who makes use of suicide threats to strain his young children into traveling, to 3 males berated by way of the Almighty himself for enjoying poker, Biro populates his tales with memorable characters and absurd—yet familiar—situations, all comparable with a dry wit and spry prose sort redolent of the lengthy culture of Jewish storytelling.   a suite at the same time of foibles and fables, adversity and affection, Is It reliable for the Jews? reminds us that if first and foremost used to be the be aware, then we will without doubt be forgiven for looking forward to a punch line to persist with this type of days.  

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A Wall of Light (P.S.) by Edeet Ravel

By Edeet Ravel

A strong and unforgettable tale of secrets and techniques, kin, love, and future set opposed to the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian clash. Following at the heels of the significantly acclaimed 10000 fans (finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award) and search for Me, A Wall of sunshine tells the tale of 3 generations of a Tel Aviv relatives. Meet Anna, whose passionate letters to a lover she left in the back of in Russia describe the stories of Israel's postwar immigrants; her grandson, Noah, who in his diary records his doubtful sexual identification and his idealism within the face of the annoying political weather; and at last, Anna's daughter, Sonya, who takes us via one momentous day in August, an afternoon on which she "kissed a scholar, pursued a lover, stumbled on her father, and left her brother."

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Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz

By Amos Oz

“Informed via every little thing, weighed down by way of not anything, this can be a stupendous paintings of art.” —The ScotsmanStrange issues are taking place in Tel Ilan, a century-old pioneer village. A disgruntled retired flesh presser complains to his daughter that he hears the sound of digging at evening. may well or not it's their tenant, that younger Arab? yet then the younger Arab hears the digging sounds too. the place has the mayor’s spouse long gone, vanished with out hint, her be aware asserting “Don’t fear approximately me”? round the village, the veneer of recent wealth—gourmet eating places, paintings galleries, a winery—barely conceals the scars of conflict and of prior generations: disused air raid shelters, rusting farm instruments, and vans left anyplace they stopped. Scenes from Village lifestyles is a memorable novel-in-stories by means of the inimitable Amos ounces: an excellent, unsettling glimpse of what is going on underneath the skin of daily life.Translated from the Hebrew through Nicholas de Lange

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Things Worth Remembering by Jackina Stark

By Jackina Stark

Kendy Laswell and her daughter, Maisey, used to do every thing together--until one fateful summer time whilst Maisey witnessed whatever she should not have, and their courting fractured. Now, Maisey is again domestic to get married and Kendy realizes this can be her final probability to reconnect along with her daughter. Will Kendy and Maisey be capable of reclaim the bond they as soon as shared?

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The Protector: Families of Honor, Book Two by Shelley Shepard Gray

By Shelley Shepard Gray

Everybody wishes a secure position to name domestic while her mom passes away, Ella's compelled to public sale off her family's farm. Her father died years in the past, and he or she may perhaps by no means deal with the fifty acres on her personal. yet after she strikes to city, she cannot deny the soreness she feels looking at the hot proprietor, unswerving Weaver, repairing her family's outdated farmhouse—everything Ella had as soon as dreamed of doing. What Ella does not recognize is that dependable secretly hopes she's going to occupy this condo back . . . as his spouse. He starts off inviting her over, to invite her opinion on alterations he desires to make. As their friendship blooms, Ella begins to ask yourself approximately Loyal's intentions, specifically while her ally, Dorothy, tricks that dependable isn't who he turns out. there is no means the golden boy in their close-knit Amish neighborhood may be attracted to Ella, lengthy the wallflower, hidden away taking good care of her ill mom and dad. should still she belief the fellow she's regularly yearned for, or the good friend who is constantly been by way of her aspect? while one among them threatens to disrupt the independence she's ultimately accomplished, Ella is confronted with a call. she will be able to defend her center and preserve issues the way in which they have continuously been. Or she will be able to pop out of her shell, chance every thing for the affection she's consistently sought after, and eventually have a spot to name domestic.

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The Fifth Servant: A Novel by Kenneth J. Wishnia

By Kenneth J. Wishnia

Whoever saves a unmarried lifestyles saves the whole international . . . In 1592, because the Catholic Church and the Protestants conflict for keep an eye on of the soul of Europe, Prague is a comparatively secure harbor within the non secular typhoon. governed via Emperor Rudolph II, the town is a safe haven for Jews who stay in the gated partitions of its ghetto. yet their lives are jeopardized whilst a tender Christian lady is located together with her throat slashed in a Jewish store at the eve of Passover. Charged with blood libel, the shopkeeper and his relations are arrested. All that stands within the method of a rabid Christian mob is a smart Talmudic student, newly arrived from Poland, named Benyamin Ben-Akiva. Pleading the shopkeeper's innocence to the city's sheriff, Benyamin is given 3 days to carry the real killer to justice. however the seek should not effortless. Hampered through rabbinic legislations, and without allies or connections, Benyamin has in simple terms his wits, wisdom, and religion to steer him on his quest—a path that weaves from the city's teeming streets to the quiet of a shul, from the forbidden again rooms of a ghetto brothel to the emperor's lavish palace. The Talmud says many stuff in lifestyles depend upon mazl, good fortune. thankfully, Benyamin is blessed, for an not going staff of heroes will danger their very own lives to aid him detect the reality: Anya, a Christian butcher's daughter; the well known reformist rabbi Judah Loew; a smart natural healer referred to as Kassandra the Bohemian; or even the emperor himself. Who may such a lot take advantage of the girl's murder—and from having the full ghetto sealed off? Is the killer a Christian indebted to the girl's apothecary father? Or a messianic Jew bent at the destruction of his humans to precipitate the Messiah's coming? The determined look for solutions is advanced through the coming of a brand new Holy Inquisitor made up our minds to root out witchcraft and heresy, and reclaim the fractious Bohemian territory for Rome. With time operating out, Benyamin needs to dare the impossible—and devote the unthinkable—to store the Jews of Prague . . . and his personal existence. Infused with heritage and non secular perception, wealthy in surroundings and colour, The 5th Servant vividly re-creates sixteenth-century Prague—a bustling urban the place superstition, lack of know-how, and hatred conflict with interest, wisdom, and tolerance; an international during which blameless lives are swept away by way of political and spiritual struggles, and righteous women and men sacrifice every thing within the identify of justice and fact.

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Sharp Teeth: A Novel (P.S.) by Toby Barlow

By Toby Barlow

An historic race of lycanthropes has survived to the current day, and its numbers are starting to be. Bent on dominance, rival factions are starting up the down-and-out of L.A. into their ranks. stuck within the heart are Anthony, a kindhearted, lovesick dogcatcher, and the item of his affection: a feminine werewolf who has deserted her pack.

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Friendship Cake: A Novel by Lynne Hinton

By Lynne Hinton

“I could welcome a friendship with Lynne Hinton. i'd welcome a call for participation to take a seat at her desk, yet regularly i'd welcome her subsequent book.”
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Lynne Hinton’s cherished bestselling vintage, Friendship Cake, is a gorgeous, poignant, and humorous novel of 5 small-town girls pals that gives inspiring existence classes in religion, love, power, survival, and community—as good as a bunch of scrumptious Southern recipes! A heartwarming satisfaction comparable to Jan Karon’s New York instances bestselling Mitford books, Friendship Cake, within the phrases of Rita Mae Brown (Rubyfruit Jungle), “will provide you with lots to bite over. Delicious!”

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No Legal Grounds by James Scott Bell

By James Scott Bell

How a ways will a guy visit shield his kin? lawyer Sam Trask will cross farther than he ever dreamed, even in his worst nightmare. simply because his worst nightmare is ready to come back true... At age forty-seven, lawyer Sam Trask ultimately turns out to have his lifestyles so as. The darkish years of an excessive amount of ingesting and all-consuming ambition have given option to Christian religion. His marriage is powerful back. every thing turns out ultimately heading in the right direction. Then a voice from the earlier comes again to claim hi. without warning Sam faces a possibility extra actual than he ever imagined---danger from anyone who won't leisure until eventually Sam's lifestyles comes crashing down round him. determined, Sam seeks safety from the legislation he is served all his lifestyles. but if the threats are became on his relatives, and the legislation turns out powerless to guard them, Sam needs to reflect on a call that moves on the middle of his existence and faith---whether to take the legislation into his personal fingers.

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