Six Splendid Spring Reads
The variety and excellent quality of books from
publishers keeps on coming. From a slim volume of poems by a world
class poet to a chilling WWII military history, to a novel focused on
dramatic rescue efforts in the Warsaw Ghetto, to a collection of
brilliant short stories from a young writer, to a work by a Pulitzer
Prize Prize winning historian on the history of Islamic culture to a
collection of Einstein's private thoughts . . .there is more than enough
riveting reading for any springtime.
by Phillip Schultz (Harcourt, $23.00, 128 pages) carries a hefty price
for a small sized book, but it is well worth it. There are poems here
that tug at the heart, tickle the funnybone, make one think. An
impressive work by a very talented poet.
"Retribution" by Max Hastings (Knopf, $35.00, 615 pages) including 24
pages of illustrations and 10 maps) is a masterpiece. Focused on the
battle for Japan 1944-1945, this in depth scholarly but highly readable
work presents a broad and grand and piercing account of the horrific
battles waged. It is a "must place" on the bookshelves of all those
interested in WWII history.
Zookeeper's Wife" by naturalist Diane Ackerman (W.W. Norton, $24.95, 368
pages) is hypnotic reading focused on the life of Antonina Zabinski who
not only took care of animals in Warsaw's zoo during the second world
war but also her "guests" many of whom were smuggled in from the Ghetto.
More than 300 people were saved through her heroic efforts. This
compelling story reads like fiction, but it is based on actual people
and events. It is a thriller.
Crucible" by David Levering Lewis (Norton, $29.95, 473 pages) is an
especially relevant piece of scholarship for the world today. A
panoramic history of Islamic culture in early Europe (570-1215)
carefully organized and dramatically composed - "God's Crucible" is a
major contribution - filling in the blanks - for a time in history that
has too often been overlooked and not given enough attention.
"Unaccustomed Earth" by Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf,
$25.00, 333 pages) who was born in London and raised in Rhode Island and
lives in Brooklyn is a carefully crafted master work of eight stories
all filled with subtle nuances and skillful writing. HIGHLY NOTABLE
"Einstein on Politics" (Princeton University Press,
$29.95, 523 pages) is one of the most unusual and affecting books we
have come across in a long time dealing as it does with Albert
Einstein's private thoughts and pubic stands on nationalism, Zionism,
war and peace, and the Atomic Bomb. It is invaluable as a tool into the
world of this great man's political reveries and commentary. 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
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