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Mother’s Helper

Lucette Lagnado’s first memoir was dominated by her colorful father. In The Arrogant Years, she plumbs the heartbreaking life of her mother.

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Cut Short

In a memoir about her sister’s 1990 suicide, Jill Bialosky reckons with Judaism’s complicated—and still evolving—position on the taking of one’s own life

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Yoram Kaniuk Wins Sapir Prize For Literature

Billie Holiday kissed and hated the Tablet contributor

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Remembered

Raja Shehadeh’s new memoir joins a growing list of literary works on Palestinian life before Israel. But do they tell the whole story?

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Convert’s Tale

A new study assesses the 12th-century memoir attributed to ‘Herman the former Jew’

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Some People

In a spoken excerpt from her new memoir, Rachel Shukert recounts the final days of a European romance

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Stick in the Mud

Mud-bathing with mom, in the latest chapter of an illustrated memoir

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Higher Learning

A father tells his young son a tantalizing lie

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Return of the Nonexistent

Can a son’s failure to have a bar mitzvah be a mitzvah?

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Mothers’ Little Helpers

Guidebooks quell the anxieties of raising up a child

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Guess Who’s Coming to Seder

A Passover in Berlin stirs up questions of freedom and faith

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Managed Care

Rattled by a sudden lack of indifference

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Late Bloomer

A nonagenarian gives the memoir thing a go, revisiting his hard-knock Lancashire boyhood

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The Comfort Zone

In our apartment, I learned French and read Shakespeare. Outside of it, things got a bit more complicated.

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The Man Who Would Be King

Thirty years ago, Leslie Epstein raised hackles with his fictional take on the Lodz ghetto

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A Death in Books

A son faces the ghosts his father left behind

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Shadow Cities

For Andr

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Babylon and On

Naim Kattan’s memoir of his Iraqi boyhood tells a familiar tale: Jews were here. Now they are not.

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Laughing Out Loud

Adam Gopnik follows the yuks from Groucho to his 12-year-old son

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Family History

In The Lost, Daniel Mendelsohn excavates some unsettling truths about brotherhood, betrayal, and the Book of Genesis.

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Jonesin’ for a Booker

How to get yourself noticed

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Death Wish

A tour through my private Grand Guignol

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Total Recall

Has Elie Wiesel made a Faustian bargain with Oprah Winfrey?

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The Odd-Bod

In literary London, Elias Canetti was everybody’s favorite refugee

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Tough Times

Joseph Lelyveld reports out his childhood and gets peeved at Cynthia Ozick

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Out of the Picture

An attraction to artists and exiles

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Up Close and Personal?

When Walter Abish wrote about Germany sight unseen, critics tried to explain him. Does his memoir make him any easier to read?

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‘Strangely Independent of Place’

Augie March, who turns 50 this year, starts his journey in Chicago. Bellow avoided it altogether while creating this legendary character, but no matter where he went, the city dominated his imagination.

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