Amos Oz “Scenes from Village Life”

November 7th, 2011

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A small, old village in Israel populated by an anxious, sad, and suspicious assortment of young and old is at the center of the new novel by Amos Oz — a novel told in stories — called “Scenes From Village Life.”

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The mayor’s wife has disappeared, leaving behind a note that says, “Don’t worry about me.” A retired lawmaker and his widowed daughter take in a tenant, then the old man starts hearing a most bizarre noise directly under the floorboard of his room.

And one villager gets a visit from a man claiming to be a relative, with an audacious proposal.

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Gilad Sharon “Sharon: The Life of a Leader”

November 3rd, 2011

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In Israel, soldier-politician Ariel Sharon is a legend. From his youthful military exploits in the 1948 War of Independence to his leadership during the Six-Day and Yom Kippur wars, to his transition to statesman and politician, Sharon has become an icon.

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In 2001 Sharon became Israel’s eleventh Prime Minister, but was felled by a stroke in early 2006 that has left him in a persistent vegetative state.

Now his youngest son, Gilad Sharon, gives us an unprecedented look inside his father’s life and career. In his book “Sharon: The Life of a Leader,” he draws from never before seen documents and diaries to pull back the curtain.

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Rich Cohen “Israel is Real”

September 13th, 2009

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What is Israel? It is a physical location, but it’s also a spiritual state of mind, a great metaphor, an inspiration that some even think is best left inside the head. Now Rich Cohen sets out to capture the history of Israel and Zionism, seen through a 21st century lens of cultural experience, in his book “Israel is Real.”

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Emily Benedek “Red Sea”

October 20th, 2007

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When journalist Emily Benedek was working on an article for Newsweek on counterterrorism, once of the sources she turned to was a senior Israeli counterterrorism expert.

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So much of what she learned from him could not be told in the Newsweek article, only in fiction. The result is her first novel, a troublingly-realistic thriller that begins with a series of plane crashes and races toward an ending that could be catastrophic. It’s called “Red Sea.”

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Uri Dan “Ariel Sharon: An Intimate Portrait”

November 16th, 2006

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Journalist and author Uri Dan first met Ariel Sharon in 1954, when Sharon was a young military commander. Over the years Dan became Sharon’s close companion and trusted adviser, giving him unique access to the man who would become one of Israel’s most commanding figures, in war and in peace.

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Now Dan has written a book that blends political history, biography, interviews, and correspondence to illuminate Sharon’s life. It’s called “Ariel Sharon: An Intimate Portrait.”

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