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CONFRONTING RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE
Written by JONATHAN SACKS

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 02/07/2017

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-805-21268-6

In this powerful and timely book, one of the most admired and authoritative religious leaders of our time tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God. If religion is perceived as being part of the problem, Rabbi Sacks argues, then it must also form part of the solution. When religion becomes a zero-sum conceit—i.e., my religion is the only right path to God, therefore your religion is by definition wrong—and when individuals are motivated by what...

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THE SAD AND ABSURD STORY OF BIROBIDZHAN, RUSSIA'S JEWISH AUTONOMOUS REGION
Written by MASHA GESSEN

Format: Hardcover, 192 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 08/23/2016

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-24246-1

The previously untold story of the Jews in twentieth-century Russia that reveals the complex, strange, and heart-wrenching truth behind the familiar narrative that begins with pogroms and ends with emigration.

In 1929, the Soviet Union declared the area of Birobidzhan a homeland for Jews. It was championed by a group of intellectuals who envisioned a place of post-oppression Jewish culture, and by the early 1930s, tens of thousands of Jews had moved there from the shtetls. The state-building...

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Written by AGATA TUSZYNSKA

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/17/2016

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-41370-4

Family History of Fear has been in me for years. Along with this secret. From the instant I found out I was not who I thought I was.”

Every family has its own history. Many families carry a tragic past. Like the author’s mother, many Poles did not tell their children a complete story of their wartime exploits—of the underground Home Army, the tragedy of the Warsaw Uprising, the civil war against the Communists. Years had to pass before the stories of suffering and heroism could be...

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Written by JIM SHEPARD

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/03/2016

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87274-1

Winner of the PEN New England/L.L. Winship Award
Winner of the Sophie Brody Medal for Excellence in Jewish Literature
Finalist for the Jewish Book Award
Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence


Small and sullen, Aron is eight years old when his family moves from a rural Polish village to hectic Warsaw.  At first gradually and then ever more quickly, his family’s opportunities for a better life vanish as the occupying German government imposes harsh restrictions.  Officially confined...

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Written by HOWARD JACOBSON

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Hogarth

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-14132-1

Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson brings his singular brilliance to this modern re-imagining of one of Shakespeare’s most unforgettable characters: Shylock
 
Winter, a cemetery, Shylock. In this provocative and profound interpretation of “The Merchant of Venice,” Shylock is juxtaposed against his present-day counterpart in the character of art dealer and conflicted father Simon Strulovitch.  With characteristic irony, Jacobson presents Shylock as a man of incisive wit and passion,...

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CONFRONTING RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE
Written by JONATHAN SACKS

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 10/13/2015

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-805-24334-5

Winner of the 2015 National Jewish Book Award (Modern Jewish Thought and Experience, Dorot Foundation Award in Memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson)

In this powerful and timely book, one of the most admired and authoritative religious leaders of our time tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God. If religion is perceived as being part of the problem, Rabbi Sacks argues, then it must also form part of the solution. When religion becomes a zero-sum...

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Written by ELIE WIESEL
Translator MARION WIESEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 09/29/2015

Price: $12.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-21258-7

A profoundly and unexpectedly intimate, deeply affecting summing up of life so far, from one of the most cherished moral voices of our time.
 
Eighty-two years old, facing emergency heart surgery and his own mortality, Elie Wiesel reflects back on his life. Emotions, images, faces, and questions flash through his mind. His family before and during the unspeakable Event. The gifts of marriage, children, and grandchildren that followed. In his writing, in his teaching, in his public life, has he...

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A JOURNEY INTO THE WORDS AND WORLDS OF THE BIBLE
Written by AVIYA KUSHNER

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 09/08/2015

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-52082-9

For readers of Bruce Feiler’s Walking the Bible and Kathleen Norris’s The Cloister Walk comes a powerful exploration of the Bible in translation.

Aviya Kushner grew up in a Hebrew-speaking family, reading the Bible in the original Hebrew and debating its meaning over the dinner table. She knew much of it by heart—and was therefore surprised when, while getting her MFA at the University of Iowa, she took the novelist Marilynne Robinson’s class on the Old Testament and discovered she barely...

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A NOVEL
Written by H. G. ADLER
Translator PETER FILKINS

Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 09/08/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98315-9

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Compared by critics to Kafka, Joyce, and Musil, H. G. Adler is becoming recognized as one of the towering figures of twentieth-century fiction. Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti wrote that “Adler has restored hope to modern literature,” and the first two novels rediscovered after his death, Panorama and The Journey, were acclaimed as “modernist masterpieces” by The New Yorker. Now his magnum opus, The Wall, the final installment of...

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Written by TARIQ ALI

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 07/07/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68003-2

The Book of Saladin is the fictional memoir of Saladin, the Kurdish liberator of Jerusalem, as dictated to a Jewish scribe, Ibn Yakub. Saladin grants Ibn Yakub permission to talk to his wife and retainers so that he might present a full portrait in the Sultan’s memoirs. A series of interconnected stories follows, tales brimming over with warmth, earthy humor and passions in which ideals clash with realities and dreams are confounded by desires.

At the heart of the novel is an affecting love...

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Written by GORAN ROSENBERG
Translator SARAH DEATH

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 02/24/2015

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51607-2

This shattering memoir by a journalist about his father’s attempt to survive the aftermath of Auschwitz in a small industrial town in Sweden won the prestigious August Prize
On August 2, 1947 a young man gets off a train in a small Swedish town to begin his life anew. Having endured the ghetto of Lodz, the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the slave camps and transports during the final months of Nazi Germany, his final challenge is to survive the survival.

In this intelligent and deeply...

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THE TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY OF ISRAEL
Written by ARI SHAVIT

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-52171-0

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND THE ECONOMIST

Winner of the Natan Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

An authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel, by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today
 
Not since Thomas L. Friedman’s groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating...

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