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    Updated: 4/22


    New Reviews:

  • Humanistic Judaism by Sherwin T. Wine.

  • Jabotinsky: A Life by Hillel Halkin.

  • Ben Gurion, Father of Modern Israel by Anita Shapira.

  • Find Me by Laura Van Den Berg.

  • Living The Secular Life by Phil Zuckerman.

  • The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution by Jonathan Eig.


    Newer Listings:

  • This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids by Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo.

  • Rainbow in the Cloud: Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou.

  • Inside Madeline by Paula Bomer.

  • The Quotable Musician From Bach To Tupac by Sheila E. Anderson.

  • The Leonard Bernstein Letters edited by Nigel Simeone.

  • Daughter of the King Growing Up in Gangland by Sandra Lansky and William Stadiem.

  • Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues by MartinJ Blaser MD.

  • Visible City by Tovah Mirvis.

  • A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthough Ideas by Warren Berger.

  • The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison.

  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman..

  • Scent of Butterflies by Dora Levy Mossanen.

  • Alena by Rachel Pastan.

  • Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germary. by Yascha Mounnk.

  • The Rise of Abraham Cahan by Seth Lipsky.

  • Raw by Mark Haskell Smith.

  • The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls.

  • The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed his Mind and changed the history of Free Speech in America.. by Thomas Healy.

  • The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. by Andrew Sean Greer.

  • Treacherous Paradise by Henning Mankell

  • All That Is by Phillip Salter.

  • The Great Agnostic Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby.

  • The Hour of Peril by Daniel Stashhower.

  • Ghost Man by Roger Hobbs.

  • Power Systems by Noam Chomsky.

  • Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.

  • Winter of the World Book Two of the Century Trilogy by Ken Follett.

  • In Praise of Messy Lives by Katie Roiphe.

  • Chasing Venus The Race To Measure the Heavens By Andrea Wulf.

  • Free Will By Sam Harris.

  • The Orphan Master by Jean Zimmerman.

  • Unorthodox:The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman.

  • When General Grant Expelled the Jews by Jonathan D. Sarna.

  • Bringing up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman.

  • The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith.

  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.

  • Bad Boy of Music by George Antheil.

  • Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes.

  • Mudbound by Hillary Jordan.

  • Jews On Broadway An Historical survey of Performers, Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists, and Producers. By Stewart Lane.

  • When She Woke by Hillary Jordan.

  • The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta.

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

  • Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay.

  • La Seduction by by Elaine Sciolino.

  • The Greater Journey Americans in Paris by David McCullough.

  • The Forgotten Founding Father:Noah Webster's Obsessions and the Creation of an American Culture by Joshua Kendall.

  • Starting Out in the Evening by Brian Morton.

  • The Third Rail by Michael Harvey.

  • Crime Stories by Ferdinand Von Schirach.

  • Musical Stages an autobiography by Richard Rodgers.

  • A Fine Romance Jewish Songwriters, American Songs by David Lehman.

  • Comedy in a Minor Key by Hans Keilson.

  • Stealing Fatima by Frank X. Gaspar.

  • Sunset Park by Paul Auster.

  • Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.

  • What is Left The Daughter by Howard Norman.

  • The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern.

  • The Lady Matador's Hotel by Christina Garcia.

  • The Shallows:What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr.

  • The Secret life of the grown-up brain : the surprising talents of the middle-aged mind by Barbara Strauch.

  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

  • Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld.

  • Symphony in White by Adriana Lisboa.

  • The Harvard Psychedelic Club by Don Lattin.

  • Capitalism and the Jews by Jerry Z. Muller.

  • Blood and Faith:The Purging of Muslim Spain by Matthew Carr.

  • The Gin Closet by Leslie Jamison. ( March 7th)

  • The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow.( February 28th)

  • Making FreedomThe Extraordinary Life of Venture Smith by Chandler B. Smith and George A. Krimsky. ( February 2nd, 2010)

  • The Train to Lo Wu by Jess Row.( January 21st 2010)

  • In Cheap We Trust : The Story of a Misunderstood American Virtue by Lauren Weber. ( December 13th, 2009)

  • City of Strangers by Ian Mackenzie.( November 25th 2009)

  • The Healing of America:A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, And Fairer Health Care by T.R Reid.(October 27th 2009)

  • The Road to Woodstock by Michael Lang.

  • Pandora in the Congo by by Albert Sanchez Piñol.

  • Hound Dog by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

  • Appasionata by Eva Hoffman.

  • Doghead by Morten Ramsland.

  • LowBoy by John Wray.

  • Autism's false prophets : Bad science, risky medicine, and the search for a cure by Paul Offit MD.

  • Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde.( March 5th)

  • Unspoken by Mari Jungstedt.( February 11th)

  • Other Lives by Andre Brink.( February 9)

  • Marc Chagall by Jonathan Wilson. ( January 21st)

  • The Grift by Debra Ginsberg.( January 11th)

  • The Inner Circle by Mari Jungstedt. ( January 4, 2009)

  • Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel: The Gun that Changed Everything and The Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It. by Julia Keller. (December 11th)

  • My Father's Paradise by Ariel Sabar. ( November 11)

  • The Glimmer Palace by Beatrice Colin. ( October 17th 2008)

  • The Eye of the Leopard by Henning Mankell.( September 15th)

  • America, America by Ethan Canin. ( August 24th)

  • The Size of the World by Joan Silber. ( August 10th)

  • A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano by Katie Hafner. ( July 20th)

  • The Good Thief's Guide To Amsterdam by Chris Ewan. ( July 8th)

  • The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steve Galloway. ( June 25th)

  • Hatred for Tulips by Richard Lourie. ( June 11th)

  • Trauma by Patrick McGrath. ( May 28th)

  • Go With Me by Castle Freeman Jr. ( April 15th)

  • Consequences by Penelope Livley. ( March 30th)

  • The Risk Of Infidelity Index by Christopher G. Moore. (March 27th)

  • Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill.( February 12)

  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen( January 27)

  • Copernicus' Secret by Jack Repcheck. ( January 8)

  • Lost Genius by Kevin Bazzana.( December 18th)

  • Vaccinated By Paul Offit, MD.( December 10th)

  • The Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman.( November 28th)

  • The Bad Girl by Marion Vargas Llosa.( November 21st)

  • Consumption by Kevin Patterson.( November 15th)

  • Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff. (October 11)

  • On Kingdom Mountain by Howard Frank Mosher. (October 2nd)

  • The Texicans by Nina Vida.( September 22)

  • The Man in the Sharkskin Suit My Family's Exdous from Old Cairo to the New World by Lucette Lagnado.(September 16th)

  • Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich by Robert Frank.( August 30)

  • Blood Trail by Gary J. Cook.(August 6)

  • Beat Your Ticket- Go to Court & Win by David W. Brown.( August 20th 2007)

  • The Book Of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber.(August 2)

  • Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky.( June 12)

  • Inheritance by Natalie Danford.( June 5)

  • Pound for Pound by F.X. Toole.( April 2)

  • Posh by Lucy Jackson. ( March 13)

  • Echo Park by Michael Connelly. ( February 27)

  • A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin.(February 14)

  • A Life Issac B.Singer by Florence Noiville. (January 28)

  • Welcome to the Homeland by Brian Mann.( January 1)

  • Moral Majority by Brooke Allen.( December 20)

  • Imperium by Robert Harris.( December 2)

  • The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox.(November 2)

  • I Feel Bad About My Neck by Norah Ephron. ( September 20)

  • What to Eat by Marion Nestle. ( August 1)

  • Chew On This By Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson. ( June 16)

  • Faith of the Founding Fathers by David L. Holmes.(June 13)

  • Sweet and Low by Rich Cohen. ( June 12)

  • Blood Fugues by Edgardo Vega Yunqué.(May 8)

  • The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal.(April 28)

  • Barney Ross by Douglas Century (March 15)

  • Maimonides by Sherwin B. Nuland (February 27)

  • Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary by Henry Hitchings (February 8)

  • The Quest for Immortality by S. Jay Olshansky and Bruce Carnes.(January 31)

  • The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr. ( January 17)

  • Imperial ambitions by Noam Chomsky.(January 10)

  • Stride Toward FreedomThe Montgomery Story by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.(December 29, 2005)

  • Successful Intelligence by Robert J. Sternberg. (December 18, 2005)

  • A Man Without A Country by Kurt Vonnegut. ( December 12. 2005)

  • Wolf Point by Edward Falco. (December 4, 2005)

  • The Secret Purposes by David Baddiel. (September 30th, 2005)

  • Divided Kingdom by Rupert Thompson.(September 26, 2005)

  • A Perfect Red by Amy Butler Greenfield.(August 18, 2005)

  • The Closers by Michael Connelly.(August 4, 2005)

  • The Angel of Forgetfulness by Steve Stern.(July 12, 2005)

  • 1776 by David McCullough.(July 6, 2005)

  • Soldiers and Slaves: American POWS Trapped by the Nazis Final Gamble by Roger Cohen.(July 5, 2005)

  • Hitler Youth by Michael Kater.(June 21, 2005)

  • Rules for Old Men Waiting by Peter Pouncey.(April 25th, 2005)

  • A Likeness by Sonia Overall.(March 13, 2005)

  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.(March 12, 2005)

  • Grace by Linn Ullmann.(March 7, 2005)

  • Seven Blessings by Ruchama King.(February 23, 2005)

  • The Plot Against America by Philip Roth. ( January 28, 2005)

  • Roads of the Heart by Christopher Tilghman. ( January 25, 2005)

  • A Black Englishman by Carolyn Slaughter.(January 4, 2005)

  • The Village Bride of Beverly Hills by Karita Daswani.(December 29, 2004)

  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. (December 27, 2004)

  • The Courage Consort by Michael Faber. (December 19, 2004)

  • Ulysses S. Grant by Josiah Bunting III (December 16, 2004).

  • American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush by Kevin Phillips.( October 18, 2004)

  • Sweet and Vicious by David Schickler.(October 3, 2004)

  • War and the American Presidency by Arthur Schlesinger Jr.(September 26, 2004)


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  • Find Me by Laura Van Den Berg. Farrar,Straus, and Giroux : 2015. Joy is immune to the "sickness" raging in the U.S. and has volunteered to live in a hospital researching its cure. No one leaves the hospital- it is a sci-fi  environment where the staff wear hazmat suits and patients are clothed in hospital scrubs. The U.S. is in a state of near anarchy. Joy, who was abandoned as an infant, seeks to escape the hospital and find her birth mother, who is a famous scientist. The novel focuses on the bizarre state of affairs in the U.S.- the economic system has decayed- there is constant news of the sickness abating and then raging again as an epidemic. This is a haunting futuristic novel depicting an eerie future scenario. The reader will be drawn to the author's storytelling gift. Her first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All The Water Leaves Us, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a finalist for Frank O'Connor Short Story Award . Her second collection of stories, The Isle of Youth, was an NPR Best Book in 2013. Find Me is her first novel. Her web site is lauravandenberg.com
  • Non-Fiction