The vintage children’s book about a Jewish Tom Thumb still speaks to today’s kids
David Rakoff makes the case for an un-American approach to living
The Julia Roberts blockbuster—and the Elizabeth Gilbert memoir it’s based on—get the prayer part all wrong
A new look at the origins of Islam describes a tolerant world that may not have existed
Blogging Joshua Cohen’s ‘Witz’
Plus Blair stranded, books in Italy, and more in the news
Rather than ban books, let’s find alternatives
Jewish groups protesting a pro-Palestinian book are missing the point
Eavesdropping on a book-club meeting and lamenting the unloved life of a writer
A very Ladino Hanukkah, a very Latvian Hanukkah, and more
Jewgrass, children’s books, and more
Israel loses Amos Kenan, author, artist, activist, native son
Leader struggles for an annotated ‘Mein Kampf’
George Allen’s book of moral lessons
Parliamentarians read, ideologically
They had to look at an icky book about gays!
Plan to freeze prices
The rise and fall of Isaac Rosenfeld, Saul Bellow’s great rival
A new book examines the place of Sephardim in America
Adina Hoffman’s quasi-biography of Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali
Essay collection sheds light on the dark ages
Jonathan Freedland’s alter ego takes the thriller into new territory
In The Believers, Zoë Heller affectionately satirizes a family mired in ideology
A new anthology goes with the flow
Can religious women have their cake, and eat it too?
What a 1942 essay contest revealed about immigrants’ lives, in the Old World and the New
What’s behind evangelical support for Israel?
Jews dominated the once-booming ostrich feather business. A historian finds out why.
A politician who broke the mold (it’s not who you think)
The works that shaped my imagination