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“Thirteen Days in September” & “The Art of Adapting”

Book Reviews

Two books as different from each other as can be are the focus of this review. One deals with a fateful meeting among leaders that changed the course of history. The other is a novel about a recently separated woman and her challenges.

“Thirteen Days in September” by Lawrence Wright (Knopf, $27.95, 245 pages) is a masterpiece. Compelling, informative, as timely as today’s headlines, its focus is on the meeting at Camp David of President Carter, Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat.

Wright, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Looming Tower, is at the very top of his game in his newest effort as takes us day-by-day into the interplay of the three world leaders at that 1978 conference. The book includes a brief background history of Egyptian-Israeli relations that goes back to the Exodus The story of three powerful men representing three major religions gives the book texture and nuance. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“The Art of Adapting” by Cassandra Dunn (Touchstone, $25.00, 354 pages) mixes together four voices Lana, Matt, Byron and Abby in a dramatic story of how and why families look out for and help each other. Brother Matt has Asperger’s Syndrome but provides a very unexpected anchor for sister Lana, the newly separated mother of teenagers.

Dunn’s writing is moving, at times inspiring. “The Art of Adapting” is about coping, surviving and prevailing. There is much of all of us in this graceful book.  It is a NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT.           

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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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