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Brothers together in Israeli restuarant

Hiney ma tov u’ma-nayim shevet achim gam yachad –Here is something good and nice, two brothers together in unity – Psalm 133 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO –2Brothers Restaurant in San Diego is unabashedly Israeli – a sign above the door proclaims it – and brothers Ofer and Amir Grissaro proudly tell visitors that […]

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In this memoir, pork is a gateway to assimilation

Treyf: My Quest for Identity in a Forbidden World by Elissa Altman; New American Library; 2016; ISBN 9780425-277812; 283 pages; $26. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – What is not kosher is treyf, literally meaning “torn” but generally meaning “forbidden” and one might anticipate that in Elissa Altman’s memoir, subtitled “My Quest for Identity […]

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Novel explores abandonment issues

Leave Me by Gayle Forman; Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; © 2016; ISBN 9781616-206178; 343 pages; $26.95. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO –Maribeth Klein seemingly does it all.  She has a prestigious job at a magazine.  She has two preschool twins, and a husband who loves her.  But when she has a heart attack, […]

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I-8 Jewish Travel: Desert View Tower

-69th and Final Installment in a Series- Exit 77 In-Ko-Pah Park Road, San Diego-Imperial County Line, California By Donald H. Harrison JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS, California — The dogs that greet visitors at the entrance to the venerable Desert View Tower are alive, if sleepy in the hot sun, but there are many other animals nearby […]

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I-8 Jewish Travel: Keeping Jacumba’s hopes alive

-68th in a Series– Exit 73, Jacumba Hot Springs, California By Donald H. Harrison JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS, California — At one point, Henry LaZare owned practically the entire town of Jacumba, including its water company and the storied Jacumba Hotel, where legend has it that such Hollywood stars as Clark Gable and Marlene Dietrich liked […]

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Human- interest writer plumbs real lives of athletes

The Game Isn’t Everything: The reality beyond the arena by Bruce Lowitt; Barstad Communications; © 2015; ISBN 978153-4981126;  285 pages, $14.95. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Bruce Lowitt is an all-around sportswriter who covered the big NFL games for the Associated Press, and, later in his career, regaled readers with stories about sports […]

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Convention’s roll call a lesson is U.S. history

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – One of the joys of convention watching on television is seeing the traditional roll call when, before announcing their votes, delegates from the U.S. States and Territories get to do a little bragging about where they are from. This year at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where […]

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‘Karolina’s Twins’ is three stories in one

Karolina’s Twins by Ronald H. Balson; St. Martin’s Press; © 2016; ISBN 9781250-098375; 308 pages; $25.99 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – This novel intertwines a Holocaust survival tale with the combination of a detective mystery and a court room drama.  Three stories in one. Lena Woodward, 89, engages attorney Catherine Lockhart and her […]

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Debut illustrator thrills as book sells at Comic-Con

Story by Donald H. Harrison; Photo by Shor M. Masori SAN DIEGO – In the guise of an anonymous sales lady tending a display of books at Comic-Con, Sara Ann Varon watched as people laughed while they thumbed through copies of Bacon and Sausage. Varon was the illustrator of the children’s book written by Gabriel Smith.  […]

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Deaf author at Comic-Con tells of break- through book

El Deafo by Cece Bell, color by David Lasky; Amulet Books; © 2014; ISBN 978141-9712173; 233 pages plus a note from the author;  price not listed. Story by Donald H. Harrison; Photos by Shor M. Masori SAN DIEGO — Written for elementary and middle school audiences, El Deafo tells the story of author Cece Bell […]

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Comic-Con speaker shares memories of her mammaries

The Story of My Tits by Jennifer Hayden; © 2015; Top Shelf Productions; ISBN 978160-3090544;  340 pages; $29.99 Story by Donald H. Harrison; Photo by Shor M. Masori SAN DIEGO –When she was a young teenager, Jennifer Hayden was frustrated that she had remained flat chested while many of her classmates had already bloomed.  But […]

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I-8 Jewish Travel: Gamblers and investors

-66th in a Series- Exit 61, Crestwood Road, Campo ~ Golden Acorn Casino By Donald H. Harrison CAMPO, California – The Golden Acorn Casino participates in a multimillion dollar progressive slot machine jackpot fed by the losing bets of players not only here, but also located in numerous other casinos served by International Gaming Technologies […]

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I-8 Jewish Travel: The Pacific Crest Trail

-65th in a Series- Exit 54, Kitchen Creek Road, Cleveland National Forest, California By Donald H. Harrison CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST, California – The Pacific Crest Trail intersects with Kitchen Creek Road about 30 miles from where the trail begins on the U.S.-Mexican border and about 2,620 miles from where it ends on the U.S-Canada border. […]

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Detective, romance story based on Salem Witch Trials

How to Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather; Alfred A. Knopf; © 2016; ISBN 978055-3539479; 358 pages including author’s notes; $17.99 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Adriana Mather is the author and Samantha Mather is the fictional protagonist of this mystery-romance-supernatural novel for young adults that draws upon the Salem Witch Trials for […]

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