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