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November Reads Make for Nice Time Indoors

New books highly relevant and applicable to our times is there for the reading. All have important messages. All have gone through careful research and editing. All should be on your bookshelf.

“One Foot in the Black” by Kurt Kamm, MCM Publishing, $14.95, 249 pages) is a riveting read focused on the coming of age of a youthful wild land helicopter attack firefighter. The novel is a very relevant as a backstage look into the trials and triumphs of firefighters everywhere –especially with the fires sweeping across the USA in recent years causing devastation and loss.  HIGHLY READABLE

From Schocken Books comes “The Great Partnership” by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks ($28.95, 370 pages) and “The Book of Job” by Harold S. Kushner ($24.00, 202 pages). Both books have much to offer in the way of consciousness raising and new insights into old issues.

The Sacks book is an exploration in depth of how the possibility of science and religion contribute in their own ways to contributing to the making of a better world, A scholar, a learned man, the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of Great Britain, Sachs profoundly reasons about the “Great Partnership.”  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

The Kushner work is an insightful and in depth guide to the book of Job, one of the more fascinating biblical texts. He explicates the lessons it is able to teach us about living in our complex and at times very troubled world. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

“Tapping Into the Wire” by Peter Beilenson and Patrick McGuire (Johns Hopkins University Press, $24.95, 224 pages) is an investigative, explosive, far reaching look at the issues depicted on the acclaimed TV show “The Wire” and chilling relationship to real life  - how life so acutely mirrors art.  COMPLELLING.

From Doubleday Canada comes “A Nation Worth Ranting About” Rick Mercer ($29.95, 246 pages) and from M&S  on the shelves is “Next” by Gordon Pinsent with George Anthony ($32.99, 370 pages).

The Mercer book is a mother lode of political satire - -so essential for today. Delightful on target, at times giddy.  The Pinsent effort by one of Canada’s top actors that goes back to his debut in 1954 and continues - -is an engaging and illuminating memoir.

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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

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

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