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Subject: Your Favorite Jewish Book and/or Jewish Character?
Date Posted: 3/26/2008 7:00 AM ET
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One of my all-time favorite books is Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York by Gail Parent. I reread it constantly - my ancient paperback copy is practically in shreds. I was going to replace my copy but there's something I love about my ratty, taped-up copy.

Move up the time line to the late 70s and early 80s and I swear parts of it (most of it, actually) could be my autobiography, although I never plotted or planned my own death.

I never saw the 1975 movie as I'm one of those people that is never happy with whatever movie is made from the book. Women's groups tend to trash the book as the main character is so over-the-top self-deprecating but that's part of Sheila's charm.

 

Date Posted: 3/26/2008 2:33 PM ET
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Hi Ellyn,

I love Chaim Potok's books.  I have several on my reminder list and hope to get them as soon as I have enough credits!  I read "Chosen" and "My Name is Asher Lev" many years ago.  I also want to read "Davita's Harp".

I'm also a fan of Leon Uris and have read "Exodus" and "QBVII".  Once again, many years ago.  I'm OLD!  I have a copy of "Trinity", but haven't read it yet.



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Subject: i like belva palin and cynthia freedman
Date Posted: 3/26/2008 3:00 PM ET
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i enjoy all of Belva Plain and Cynthia freedman books 

Subject: easy question . . . .
Date Posted: 3/26/2008 11:13 PM ET
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My favorite?   Hands down, it's Tevye, in Sholom Aleichem's stories.   (Tevye is THE stage role for an actor, as Auntie Mame is for an actress.)

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 7:06 PM ET
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Oooh, so hard to choose!!  Probably Rina Decker in Faye Kellerman's books for character, but I wouldn't know how to begin choosing just one favorite Jewish book!!



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Date Posted: 3/31/2008 10:35 AM ET
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I love Juliet Applebaum in the Mommy Track mysteries by Ayelet Waldman!

Subject: Favorite Jewish books
Date Posted: 4/21/2008 9:23 PM ET
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It's tough to choose, but I would pick _The Chosen_, _As a Driven Leaf_ by Milton Steinberg, set in 1st-2nd century Judea and dealing with Elisha ben Abuya, a historical character who isn't always likable but is very modern in his doubts and struggles, and _Lovesong_ by Julius Lester.
Date Posted: 4/22/2008 1:09 PM ET
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It's hard to pick a favorite - there are just too many to choose from!

I love Faye Kellerman's Rina Decker, and Peter, Cindy and Yaakov are also among my favorites.  I've read up to Street Dreams, and I can't wait to read her later books.

I also love Rabbi David Small from the Rabbi Small series by Harry Kemelmen.  I've only read a few of these books, and I plan on getting the whole collection.

My favorite character out of Belva Plain's Evergreen series is Anna Friedman.  Joseph, Paul and Ilse are also among my favorites.

I also loved Chavala Landau from No Time for Tears, and this book is a fantastic piece of historical fiction.

 

Date Posted: 4/22/2008 8:23 PM ET
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I'm not positive that he's Jewish, but I think of him as an immigrant to the USA from somewhere in East Europe.  He is H*Y*M*A*N   K*A*P*L*A*N, the hero of Leonard Q. Ross's The Education of Hyman Kaplan, and of The Return of Hyman Kaplan.    Mr. Kaplan is an irrepressible problem case of the American Night Preparatory School for Adults and an incomparable mangler of the English language.  If you haven't made the acquaintance of Mr. Kaplan, and Mr. Parkhill (Mr. Pockheel) the beleaguered English instructor, and Mr. Kaplan's classmates, you really should treat yourself to this delightful reading experience.   You'll have some laughs, so you can say it's a life-enhancing thing to do. 

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 10:09 PM ET
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I'm pretty sure Hyman Kaplan is Jewish, but I could be wrong.

Subject: a different Roth, NOT Phillip
Date Posted: 4/25/2008 9:49 PM ET
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I forgot to mention, earlier, a novel by Henry Roth, entitled Call It Sleep.  It's about the experiences of a family of three----father, mother, and young son-------from Eastern Europe who emigrate and come to the USA around the turn of the (20th) century.  Roth shows in an interesting way when the characters are speaking a very literate Yiddish within their living quarters, and when they are endeavoring to speak the peculiar language of their new home, outside their apartment  The book points up how those immigrants to America tried to continue their customs and habits of thought and behavior from the "Old Country" here in the "New World."   (If this subject particularly interests you, I recommend looking up a great old book called The Uprooted, by Oscar Handlin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian.)

Date Posted: 4/26/2008 12:38 AM ET
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That sounds like a real interesting book!  I'll definitely give it a try, and thanks for telling us about it.