"Laish" and "Somewhere Towards
The writing is moving and the story is so well told, that
"Laish" by Aharon Appelfeld Schocken Books , $23.95, 240 pages) is a
book to be read and then read again. It is the story of a 15-year-old
orphan making his way with a caravan of Jews through pre World War II
Eastern Europe. Their goal - to reach the Holy Land. The journey, the
stuggles, the strange mix of personalities - all add up to a truly
Towards the End" by Diana Athill (Norton, $24. 95, 192 pages) is a small
book with a large subject matter - - growing old with all its
implications. Athill, now in her 91st year, writes with brevity and
boldness. She is one of the greatest of book editors and it shows in
this carefully planned and intelligently crafted treatise on being old.
edited by Andrew Blauner (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, $24.95, 273 pages) is a mix
and match of 26 stories and memories from such as Pete Hamill, Gregory
Orr and Tobias Wolff. It is a wonderful read dealing with the funny,
sad, complex, comforting, competitive relationships between brothers. I
can't wait for Andrew Blauner to come out with "Sisters." Highly
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About the Authors: Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband
team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional
scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories
It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in
America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in
Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.
They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining
as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United
States, Europe, and the Caribbean.
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