Author: Michael Bar-Zohar
Publisher: Magal Books
Author: Michael Curtis
Publisher: Balfour Books
Authors: Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs
Publisher: Barricade Books Inc.
Author: Cipora Hurwitz
The writing style of Forbidden Strawberries, the memoir of Cipora Hurwitz, a Polish
Jew forced to grow up during the Holocaust, is stark, matter-of-fact,
and not necessarily elegant, but because of this simplicity and
especially because of Hurwitz's vivid recollections, it is powerfully
If you never read anything about the Holocaust, Henry Orenstein's commemorative edition of I Shall Live: Surviving the Holocaust Against All Odds is a must read and the perfect one with which to start. (The first edition was published nearly a quarter of a century ago).
Author: Yehuda Avner
Publishers: The Toby Press:
ISBN: 13: 9781592642786
Rarely am I overly excited about reading someone's 703-page memoirs. Nonetheless, Yehuda Avner's The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership proved to be the exception. Once started, I couldn't put it down and in fact I will even go so far in recommending this book as required reading for every journalist covering the Middle East, as well as the so-called “experts” and pundits that very often naively swallow Arab misrepresentations without questioning its veracity and without knowing a great deal about Mid-East history
Part memoir and part travelogue, Jason Alster with his Leaving Home, Going Home, Returning Home: A Hebrew American's Sojourn in the Land of Israel reminisces about his experiences when he made aliyah to Israel in 1984 at the age of twenty-eight, and where he lived until returning to the USA in 2007
It is a refreshing account of those events in Bible history. Villaneuva is a good writer. She handles dialog and thought very well and integrates all the elements of good story-telling into her art
Author: Ginger Garrett
Publisher: David C. Cook
I thoroughly enjoyed the novel aspect of Ginger Garrett’s exploration into the mind of Jewish historical figure, Queen Esther. The queen’s story, as told through a series of diary entries, is one of intrigue, romance, adventure, and faith
Author: Valerie Farber
Publisher: Falcon Books
American born author Valerie Farber, who now makes her home in Hashmonaim Israel, has penned an absorbing novel that you can easily get lost in. She has accomplished this feat not just by weaving her City of Refuge: A Biblical Novel of the Ancient Past expertly, but also by constructing a time and place in such a way that we believe every detail of the landscape is real
Author: Greg Dawson
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Rarely am I able to read a
book in one sitting, however Greg Dawson’s Hiding in the
Spotlight was the exception.
In Hiding in the Spotlight Dawson narrates the story of his mother, Zhanna Arshanskaya, who was a Holocaust survivor and an extraordinary pianist.
Author: Kim Ablon Whitney
Publisher: Alfred Knopf
The Other Half of Life: A Novel Based on the True Story of the MS St. Louis is the Titanic of the Holocaust.
Author: Shulamit Lapid
Translated from the Hebrew by Philip Simpson
ISBN: 13 978 1 59264 230 4
Publisher: Toby Press
Thanks to Philip Simpson's excellent translation, I was able to easily read Shulamit Lapid's Valley of Strength, the fascinating saga of Rosh Pina.
Author: Paul R. Finch
Paul R.Finch’s controversial The Passover Papers: Controversy, Myth, Fairy Tales, and Nonsense is likely to either dazzle you or offend you depending on your beliefs and perhaps even your religion.
Author: Michael Karpin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
It is difficult to conceive just how Tightrope: Six Centuries of a Jewish Dynasty was written. It is just over four hundred pages in size including very extensive footnotes, yet it is huge in its accomplishment. And this is exactly what Israeli television and news reporter Michael Karpin was able to pull off when he wrote about an Ashkenazi family, the Backenroths, dating back to 1350.
Author: Dave Clarke
Author Dave Clarke spins a fascinating tale of a grieving daughter’s accidental discovery of a previously unknown and fabulously valuable Chagall painting, found among the huge collection of old books left by the young woman’s recently deceased mother.
Author: Jon Entine
ISBN: 10: 0-446-58063-5: 13:978-0-446-58063-2
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
A fascinating narrative
Author: Marek Halter
Translated by Michael Bernard
ISBN 13: 978-1-59264-158-1
ISBN 10: 1-59264-158-X
Historical fiction has never been so exciting under the expert penmanship of Marek Halter where believable stories unfold at a quick and exhilarating pace. He takes you right into the action of the Wind of the Khazars from the first page on and does not let you down until the last word.