Josh Lambert (@joshnlambert), a Tablet Magazine contributing editor and comedy columnist, is the academic director of the Yiddish Book Center, Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author most recently of Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture.
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On the Bookshelf

Back-to-school edition

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Contrition Edition

Our On the Bookshelf columnist does penance for some sins of omission

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Holiday Books

High Holiday prayerbooks of every stripe

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Of arms and men

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Burning questions on the Cold War

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Jews of Madison Avenue, Jews of Broadway

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Strangers in strange lands

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On rootlessness and family trees

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Beach reads of all stripes

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Funnymen, radicals, and a merry widow

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Gambling, speculating, and other numbers games

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Sleuths, voyeurs, and fabulists

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On the Bookshelf

South Africa, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, and Top Chef‘s Spike Mendelsohn

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Propaganda old and new

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Summertime retreats and marital defeats

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Wunderkind edition

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On the Bookshelf

Muriel Spark, Liz Claiborne, Herman Wouk, and more

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Infidelities, legacies, comedies, and child prodigies

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Irène Némirovsky’s Paris

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New fiction from Israel

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Beyond Maxwell House: A haggadah roundup

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Translators, Nazi mutants, and Germanophilia

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Montefiore, Madoff, Mailer, and Maimonides

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Of radicals, tenured and untenured

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My Son, the Pornographer

By the 1960s, Playboy and its founder had become household names. But while Hugh Hefner was out making his brand synonymous with the good life, a team of Jewish editors made his magazine one of the liveliest, sexiest, and most progressive reads around.

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Freedom Riders and Lady Liberty

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Post-Soviet lit, Kafka’s heirs, and Dutch treats

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Distinguished poets and undistinguished cops

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Gurus, guides, and ideological glaucoma

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Graphic novels and vivid memoirs