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Melanie Rehak on All-of-a-Kind Family
“It is the late 1970s, Manhattan, and I am an eight-year-old tucked into my bed, reading about Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie.”

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Ben Birnbaum on Truman Capote
“Once upon a time in America, when the Playboy “Interview” was a cultural laurel, Truman Capote used the occasion of his preferment to warn of a ‘Jewish literary mafia.'”

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Stephen Vider on Mitch Albom
“Why Albom insists on making his characters Christians, when he seems to have no better grounding in Christianity than a casual follower of Seventh Heaven, is up for debate, but the cynic in me suspects it’s mostly a matter of marketing.”

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Jessica Apple on raising children in Tel Aviv
“Maybe seeing a healer was a way of admitting to myself that since the war broke out and my husband went to reserve duty, leaving me alone with our two young sons, life had become difficult.”

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Paul La Farge on Irène Némirovsky
“Némirovsky’s death overshadows the life that preceded it, making it hard to think of her as anything but a tragic figure, a martyr, perhaps even a kind of Jewish saint. And yet, for most of her life Némirovsky wasn’t any of these things.”

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