In a haunting memoir, an Upper West Sider puts family secrets—including AIDS—under the microscope
Three of the five memoirs up for a National Book Critics Circle award are by Jewish women, who somehow leave out the juiciest introspection
A nice Jewish boy with an Ivy League degree tells his parents that he has moved to L.A. to make porn. An excerpt from the memoir American Gangbang.
Lucette Lagnado’s first memoir was dominated by her colorful father. In The Arrogant Years, she plumbs the heartbreaking life of her mother.
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
Billie Holiday kissed and hated the Tablet contributor
Raja Shehadeh’s new memoir joins a growing list of literary works on Palestinian life before Israel. But do they tell the whole story?
A new study assesses the 12th-century memoir attributed to ‘Herman the former Jew’
In a spoken excerpt from her new memoir, Rachel Shukert recounts the final days of a European romance
Mud-bathing with mom, in the latest chapter of an illustrated memoir
A father tells his young son a tantalizing lie
Can a son’s failure to have a bar mitzvah be a mitzvah?
Guidebooks quell the anxieties of raising up a child
A Passover in Berlin stirs up questions of freedom and faith
Rattled by a sudden lack of indifference
A nonagenarian gives the memoir thing a go, revisiting his hard-knock Lancashire boyhood
In our apartment, I learned French and read Shakespeare. Outside of it, things got a bit more complicated.
Thirty years ago, Leslie Epstein raised hackles with his fictional take on the Lodz ghetto
A son faces the ghosts his father left behind
Naim Kattan’s memoir of his Iraqi boyhood tells a familiar tale: Jews were here. Now they are not.
Adam Gopnik follows the yuks from Groucho to his 12-year-old son
In The Lost, Daniel Mendelsohn excavates some unsettling truths about brotherhood, betrayal, and the Book of Genesis.
How to get yourself noticed
A tour through my private Grand Guignol
Has Elie Wiesel made a Faustian bargain with Oprah Winfrey?
In literary London, Elias Canetti was everybody’s favorite refugee
Joseph Lelyveld reports out his childhood and gets peeved at Cynthia Ozick
An attraction to artists and exiles
When Walter Abish wrote about Germany sight unseen, critics tried to explain him. Does his memoir make him any easier to read?