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Discovering My Connection to Einstein, and Why I Have Maimonides’ Nose

In his new memoir ‘Free Spirit,’ Joshua Safran turns to the library to understand the Jewish heritage his mother can’t explain

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When Life Wasn’t Going Well, I Knew One Person Wouldn’t Sugarcoat Things

In this excerpt from her new memoir ‘On My Knees,’ Periel Aschenbrand finds comfort in a visit from her blunt Israeli cousin

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Elements of Stille

Alexander Stille never stopped investigating his parents, as shown by his new memoir about his World War II heritage

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A Math Genius’s Sad Calculus

Benoit Mandelbrot, the father of fractal geometry, pens a disturbing new memoir on mathematics—and survival

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School of Arts and Sciences

In a haunting memoir, an Upper West Sider puts family secrets—including AIDS—under the microscope

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Memory Palaces

Three of the five memoirs up for a National Book Critics Circle award are by Jewish women, who somehow leave out the juiciest introspection

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California Dream

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.

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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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