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On Thursday, January 14, the Jewish Public Library will be hosting an online event "In League with the Future; Yiddish Stories for Children and their 'Grown Ups'" to celebrate Miriam Udel's new book Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Literature. Anna Fishman Gonshor, who will be giving the introduction during the event, writes: "The book features Yiddish stories translated into English. It is a wonderful book; it’s what I gave to all the kids in the family for Chanukah… I have a copy and read it with Amaryah, who chooses the story according to the art work at the beginning of each one. She says, 'Bubby, you know I can’t read yet. They don’t teach reading in kindergarten… but don’t worry, I will.' I am not worried. You will enjoy it yourself, I promise." Another promise is that Udel is a "wonderful speaker."
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If I had to choose one word to describe this novel, I’d say intriguing. If you want a break from current popular fluff as I did, pick up this novel, originally published in 1969; a month later, the beautiful, complicated, intense author committed suicide. Taubes was married to (and divorced) the famous philosopher Jacob Taubes, who were both Hungarian, born into the Freudian Viennese milieu, and unconventional in the extreme. The main characters of the novel are Sophie Blind (not a subtle reference) and Ezra, her husband, who stand in for Susan and Jacob. The novel floats from short dream sequences to stark reality, while the prose is clear and so original. The reader is observing the world from inside a very complex mind. Sophie has many lovers, and Ezra doesn’t care as long as he can control her. Their three children are fun, smart, and know their mother very well. I wonder what it must have been like to live in such an unusual family. David Rieff wrote a new introduction to the book; his parents Susan Sontag and Philip Rieff were close friends of the author's.
I had no idea The Silent Patient was a psychological thriller, but once I started reading it I couldn’t stop. A famous painter, Alicia, is married to a celebrated photographer, a man she loves wholeheartedly with incredible devotion. One night, Alicia shoots her husband Gabriel five times and then strangely does not utter a single solitary word. Of course, her refusal to acknowledge the brutal act of violence makes her case of great interest to the public. Her fame grows stronger and poor Alicia is sent to live in a secure institute for criminals. Enter into the story Theo Faber, a psychotherapist who is determined to find a way to work with Alicia. He is convinced that he can get her to speak, where others have failed, and that he will be the one to help Alicia face her demons about the night of the shooting and her motivation for killing her beloved. Theo’s determination to get Alicia to talk and unravel the mystery of the shooting reveals a dark side to his persona. Well-written with twists and turns everywhere, the truth is finally revealed and yes, it was an unanticipated surprise.
A wonderful, brightly coloured, large board book featuring the most popular Sesame Street characters. Simple, everyday frustrations combine with ways for children to identify different emotions, and how to deal with them. Another treasure from our friends at Sesame Street. For pre-schoolers.
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