Books fraught with danger—curses, secrets, marvelous cures, diviners, demons—caused political intrigue and censorship
Edmund Levin plumbs trial transcripts to examine how one of Russia’s biggest court cases fed on the myth of Jewish malice
In David Grand’s atmospheric new novel set in pre-Hollywood Los Angeles, a man can’t outrun his dark New York past
In her latest novel, Alice Hoffman renders the brutal world of Lower East Side immigrants in the romantic hues her readers expect
Two new books explore the complex legacy and rich life of the great Jewish historian of conversos and Marranos
A new book in France aims to set the record straight about national awareness of the horrors of the Shoah
From Fiddler to Foer, shtetl portrayals are idealized. Jeffrey Shandler shows how they went from fact to fantasy.
The authors of a new history of the Grand Mufti Amin Al-Husaini’s ties to Nazis fail to carry their logic to its flawed conclusion
In Joshua Max Feldman’s entertaining debut novel ‘The Book of Jonah,’ Greed is Good meets Sept. 11
The great Yale literary scholar introduces new poetry by Peter Cole, in ‘The Invention of Influence’
Kaddish for the recently deceased poet with a history of bigotry, from a poet with a feeling for jazz
Scott Stossel’s ‘My Age of Anxiety’ does for crippling fears what Andrew Solomon’s ‘The Noonday Demon’ did for depression
What happens when our libraries are purged from our homes, replacing spines with screens?
By giving her characters perfect endings, the wildly popular writer may actually undermine them