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Film Shows How ‘Curious George’ Creators Escaped Nazis

We all think we know Curious George, the rambunctious primate who’s been entertaining children since his first book was published in 1941. He’s been in television shows, blockbuster movies and video games, shaping the lives of countless children. But a new documentary, Monkey Business, tells the story of the iconic children’s character on film for […]

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Bialik: Being a girl is more complicated now

Big Bang Theory star’s second book offers advice to teenage girls in need of guidance Mayim Bialik is one of the highest-paid actresses on television, but she is resolutely un-Hollywood. For the past seven years, she has played Amy Farrah Fowler, the socially awkward, cardigan-wearing neuroscientist in long-running sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Yet she […]

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In India, she was ‘untouchable.’ In New York City, she became an author.

Sujatha Gidla was only 2 years old when she first realized she’s different. One day, her parents had a fight. Her mother stormed out of the house and headed for the railway station. There, she bumped into a colleague, who was also with her daughter. “My mother was carrying me and she was carrying her […]

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Rabbi tells rationale for accepting Torah as divine

Reason to Believe: Rational Explanations of Orthodox Jewish Faith by Chaim Jachter, Menorah Books, New Milford, CT, © 2017,ISBN 978-1-940516-71-4, p. 234 plus appendices, $24.95 By Fred Reiss, Ed.D.  WINCHESTER, California – If believing is having faith in the evidence, then one might suspect that religion and reason share no common ground, but this is not the […]

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Got a Jewish novel in your drawer? Now might be the time to pull it out

Although it’s still tough to find an interested publisher, several new outfits offer increased opportunities — online and on shelves By Renee Ghert-Zand Author Sharon Hart-Green spent nearly a decade writing her debut novel, “Come Back For Me,” about the the lives of first and second generation WWII refugees and Holocaust survivors in Canada and […]

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Why Marilyn Monroe Is Still So Famous

Newsweek published this story under the headline “Marilyn: The 24-Year Itch” on November 10, 1986. In light of the 55th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, Newsweek is republishing the story. Marilyn. No one ever asks, Marilyn who? From the breathy, near-sighted Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to the screen-worn Reno divorcee in The Misfits, […]

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‘Fiddler’ actress keeps the story going with debut novel

Alexandra Silber’s ‘After Anatevka’ follows characters Hodel and Perchik in a journey that often mirrors her own By Cathryn J. Prince NEW YORK — For two years Alexandra Silber played Hodel in a London production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” But with the last performance, the last curtain call and the last round of applause, […]

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Humoring the headlines: August 3, 2017

By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO — After a contentious press conference about the President’s unveiling of immigration reforms, senior advisor Stephen Miller secretly ordered the removal of Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus” from the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and replaced it with a poem he authored. The Greater Colossus by Stephen Miller (aka: […]

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The author’s joke, alas, is on the reader

A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman (published in Hebrew by Hasifriya Hahadasha) By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson DOMEYROT, France —   I am proud to announce that I have completed my first vacation task, namely, to read the Hebrew version of David Grossman’s book, the English translation of which was awarded the prestigious Man Booker […]

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The 8 Jewish justices who made the US Supreme Court jump

Author David Dalin’s new book explores the inner lives of trailblazing Members of the Tribe who helped mold the nation’s highest court By Rich Tenorio Eight out of 113 justices to have wielded the gavel in the United States’ highest court can also lay claim to membership in another club — the Tribe — and […]

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U.S. realism and idealism in the Middle East

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Elliott Abrams’ Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Police after the Arab Spring (A Council on Foreign Relations Book, Cambridge University Press, 2017) is both a useful assessment of Arab Spring and what came next, and an insightful commentary on the nature of a world power and those who serve it. […]

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Three plots make ‘Karolina’s Twins’ exciting reading

Karolina’s Twins by Ronald H. Balson; © 2016 St. Martin’s Press; ISBN 9781250-089045; 306 pages; $15.99. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Author Balson skillfully weaves three plots together.  There’s the story of a Holocaust survivor and the twin girls she hopes are still alive; a court drama prompted by that elderly woman’s son […]

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Author Gaines recalls his mental illness treatment

One of These Things First by Steven Gaines; © 2016 Delphinium Books; ISBN 9781883-285715; 196 pages; $14.95. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – If you like a story well told, with perhaps a smidgen of name-dropping, you’ll be entertained by author/ columnist Steven Gaines’ recollections of his tumultuous adolescence. It was a period when […]

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A minyan of Jewish stories

Minyan: Ten Interwoven Stories by John J. Clayton; © 2016 Paragon House; ISBN 9781557-789204; 262 pages; $17.95 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Author John J. Clayton is a masterful story teller, whose universal plots are enriched by his familiarity with the Jewish idiom.  Whether he is writing about children acting out in protest […]

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