"[McGerr's] study, scholarly and intuitive in equal measure, demonstrates that what may appear to be an inert status symbol, is actually a highly charged, and exquisitely wrought, political document." —Renaissance Quarterly
"Gerald Sorin tells Fast's story
in this engaging and fluidly written biography. He draws connections
among Fast's Jewishness, his writings, and that most curious part of his
long embrace of the Communist Party. In so doing, Sorin illuminates a
complex part of American Jewish life in the twentieth century. ... Sorin
is a brilliant biographer who proves to be both sympathetic and critical
of his subject. This is Gerald Sorin's second
National Jewish Book Award. He won in the category of history for his Irving Howe: A Life of Passionate Dissent, in 2003"
—Jewish Book World
"Anne Frank Unbound ... tell[s] us a great deal about the myriad uses to which one individual story has been and can be put. ... In addition to these ethical and political questions, the essays engage productively with the aesthetic choices made by writers, visual artists, filmmakers, performance artists, and comedians, who recast Anne Frank in a variety of media and situations. ... If Anne Frank Unbound is any indication, the diary will certainly continue ... to raise a set of persistent ethical, political, and aesthetic questions that have been with us since its first publication." —Women's Review of Books
May is Short Story Month! We're celebrating this occasion by offering reading selections from some of our recently published short story collections. Check them out and see if you agree with the Short Story Month founders that "we are on the verge of the second golden age of the short story."
Sightings Stories B. J. Hollars
B. J. Hollars’s debut short story collection offers ten thematically linked tales, all of which are out to subvert conventional notions of the midwestern coming-of-age story. The stories feature an assemblage of Bigfoot believers, Civil War reenactors, misidentified Eskimos, and grief-stricken clowns, among other outcasts incapable of finding a place in their worlds.
New Stories from the Midwest 2012 Introduction by Guest Editor John McNally Edited by Jason Lee Brown and Shanie Latham
New Stories from the Midwest presents a collection of stories that celebrate an American region too often ignored in discussions about distinctive regional literature. This collection features short fiction by Charles Baxter, Dan Chaon, Christopher Mohar, Rebecca Makkai, Lee Martin, and others.
Happy Earth Day! We're celebrating our planet by giving away two environmentally friendly books by Scott Russell Sanders: A Conservationist Manifesto and Earth Works. In his Manifesto, Sanders advocates that conservation is not simply a personal virtue but a public one. He continues his exploration of this idea and how we can care for each other and the world in Earth Works, a collection of 30 of his finest essays.
To enter the contest, send an email to email@example.com with your name and mailing address. Entries will be accepted through 4/26/13 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Winners will be notified by email and books will ship via USPS.
Learn more about Scott Russell Sanders's writing and his views on conservation in his recent interview with Dr. Bob Leonard on KNIA's In Depth radio show.
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. To commemorate this occasion, we offer the following reading selections to further your understanding of the history of the Holocaust:
Anne Frank Unbound Media, Imagination, Memory Edited by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Jeffrey Shandler
"Principally the work of senior international scholars in history, literature, Hebraic and Judaic studies, and performance and film studies, and of museum curators, this volume is a major contribution to scholarship regarding Anne Frank's diary and its cultural influence. ... Highly recommended." —Choice
Available June 2013 Père Marie-Benoît and Jewish Rescue How a French Priest Together with Jewish Friends Saved Thousands during the Holocaust Susan Zuccotti
"Who better to rescue from obscurity an Oskar Schindler–like hero than historian Zuccotti? ... This account of the life of Capuchin priest Père Marie-Benoît and his successful efforts to save thousands of Jews offers the perfect amount of detail and context. Relying on archival sources and her own interviews with Marie-Benoît and those he helped to save, Zuccotti’s portrait of the 'Father of the Jews' is as historically important as it is entertaining." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Available June 2013 Resurgent Antisemitism Global Perspectives Edited by Alvin H. Rosenfeld
Dating back millennia, antisemitism has been called "the longest hatred." By exploring the sources, goals, and consequences of today's antisemitism and its relationship to the past, this original research contributes to an understanding that could help diminish its appeal and mitigate its harmful effects.
Available in paperback June 2013 The End of the Holocaust Alvin H. Rosenfeld
"The End of the Holocaust is a model of critical intelligence, restrained in its judgments, never shrill or accusatory in its disagreements, always illuminating in its insights into the motives and achievements of the major Holocaust writers Rosenfeld discusses." —Forward
Available July 2013 The House at Ujazdowskie 16 Jewish Families in Warsaw after the Holocaust Karen Auerbach
In a turn-of-the-century, once elegant building in the center of Warsaw, ten Jewish families atypically began reconstructing their lives after the Holocaust, creating new communities as they sought to distance themselves from the memory of a painful past.