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 "Laish" and "Somewhere Towards the End"

Book Review

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 great read.

 

"Somewhere 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.

 

"Brothers" 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 recommended.

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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. More about these authors.

You can contact the Frommers at: 

Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Web: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~frommer/travel.htm.

This Article is Copyright 1995 - 2012 by Harvey and Myrna Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.

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