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FDR and the Jews by Richard Breitman
FDR and the Jews
by Richard Breitman
read in December, 2015
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Breitman and Lichtman have written an exhaustively researched and well-written book about a topic that has elicited much controversy within the Jewish community. They neither vilify FDR for America’s limited, sluggish efforts to take in Jewish refuge ...more
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Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
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The first of a trilogy of novels about the opium trade, Sea of Poppies depicts the interaction of different classes, castes, and nationalities in 1838, during the heyday of British colonialism in India. First, we learn something of the back story of ...more
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The Magician of Lublin by Isaac Bashevis Singer
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The Magician of Lublin reads well in translation from Yiddish and can be appreciated from several angles. We can see the story as representing, in the person of the eponymous Jewish magician, Yasha Mazur, the clash between traditional Jewish life in ...more
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The Bangkok Asset by John Burdett
The Bangkok Asset (Sonchai Jitpleecheep #6)
by John Burdett (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2015
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The author of many fine crime novels that take place in Thailand, most notably The Godfather of Kathmandu, Burdett is not one to repeat formula. In The Godfather of Kathmandu, Amerasian Bangkok cop Sonchai Jitpleecheep’s corrupt boss, Colonel Vikorn, ...more
The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann
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The Seven Good Years by Etgar Keret
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Palace of Treason by Jason  Matthews
Palace of Treason
by Jason Matthews
read in October, 2015
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Jason Matthews has produced an entertaining and at numerous points heartbeat-quickening sequel to Red Sparrow. This successor volume lacks its predecessor’s freshness of getting to know the characters and learning about human intelligence spycraft fr ...more
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Murder in Jerusalem by Batya Gur
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Gur’s final mystery novel, featuring Police Detective Michael Ohayon, takes us inside the busy national Israeli Broadcasting network facility in Jerusalem, where a series of puzzling murders unfolds. We meet a panoply of well-sketched out characters, ...more
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X by Sue Grafton
X (Kinsey Millhone, #24)
by Sue Grafton
read in September, 2015
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Closing in on the tail end of the alphabet, Sue Grafton is slogging along with X, the latest volume in the abecedarian Kinsey Millhone series. While X is serviceable and absorbing, it doesn’t offer much that is new or memorable—except maybe that Kins ...more
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The Hidden Man by Robin Blake
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An interesting but not especially compelling or exciting historical mystery (perhaps the other books in this series are superior), The Hidden Man takes place in an English provincial town in 1742. The Town Coroner, Titus Cragg, and his friend, the Sh ...more
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