Tag Archives: Jewish

The Boy in the Shadows, by Carl-Johan Vallgren


Translated from Swedish, this is a complex thriller with many interwoven plots. It takes place mostly in Stockholm, so the large number of Swedish place names and names of Swedish characters give it an additional complexity similar to reading a … Continue reading

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Day After Night, by Anita Diamant


Thank you to my long time friend Elizabeth for recommending The Red Tent many years ago. It is Anita’s best known book and an excellent read about the stories of Sarah and Hagar. I went to the library for The … Continue reading

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The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende


I highly recommend this book. I read the first couple chapters and thought, “This is a BOOK!” Her prose is so lovely, so well constructed. I have loved her other books, such as “Daughter of Fortune,” also set in San … Continue reading

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The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz


This story is told in the first person by a 14-year old girl through her journal, written in 1911. It starts out slowly as she is working on a farm. Her mother has passed away and she is doing all … Continue reading

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Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel


I checked out this book during Holocaust Remembrance Month. The first book Night is an account of Elie’s village in Transylvania being emptied of its Jews, his separation from his mother and little sister after they were transported by train, … Continue reading

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Novels about people who love books


Seemingly by chance, I have been reading a succession of books about people who love books. The first one was suggested by a co-worker when we found we both liked Umberto Eco (author of┬áThe Name of the Rose). This book … Continue reading

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The Sacrifice of Tamar, by Naomi Ragan


This was a book I read until exhaustion each night for about the last week. Tamar is a member of an ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Orchard Park, New York. Everything seems perfect to her. She is attractive, pious, has married … Continue reading

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