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If You Could See Me: Life,Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Sanity

November 26, 2018

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Richmond author shares personal and universal stories in new book Erin Mahone Motivational Press, 2017 Reviewed by Amy Zelenka Did you ever feel like you were living in that famous idiom: the inmates are running the asylum? Well, Erin Mahone, in her new book, If You Could See Me: Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of [...]

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The Lost Family: A Novel

November 26, 2018

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Tragedy impacts generations Jenna Blum Harper Collins Publishing | New York, New York Reviewed by Lynn Woods In The Lost Family, author Jenna Blum explores how tragic grief and loss can impact a family for generations. Years have passed since Peter Rashkin, chef and restaurant owner of Masha’s in New York City, suffered torture and [...]

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The Spy Who Played Baseball

November 26, 2018

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Perfect for baseball and history fans Carrie Jones Kar-Ben Publishing | Minneapolis, MN Reviewed by Sam Levin I had the opportunity to read a great book called, The Spy Who Played Baseball. It is about how Moe Berg played baseball and was a spy. Nobody expected Moe to become famous. When Moe was seven years [...]

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Jenna Blum | The Lost Family: A Novel

November 14, 2018

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Tragedy Impacts Generations Jenna Blum | The Lost Family: A Novel Harper Collins Publishing New York, New York In The Lost Family, author Jenna Blum explores how tragic grief and loss can impact a family for generations. Years have passed since Peter Rashkin, chef and restaurant owner of Masha’s in New York City, suffered torture [...]

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Unconditional Love: A Guide for Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today.

November 6, 2018

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This one’s for every grandparent Unconditional Love: A Guide for Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today. Jane Isay Harper, March 6, 2018 Reviewed by Alene Jo Kaufman It’s hard to read a book when one’s head is continually nodding up and down, but that’s what happened while reading Jane Isay’s Unconditional Love: A Guide for Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being [...]

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The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity

November 6, 2018

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An unfortunate topic The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity Sally Kohn Workman Publishing, 2018 Wendy Juren Auerbach To be honest, the copy of The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity by Sally Kohn languished on my pile of books to read longer than I anticipated. The reason, as I discovered later in Kohn’s book—it is easier [...]

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This Is The Year I Put My Financial Life In Order

November 6, 2018

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Memoir meets financial guide This Is The Year I Put My Financial Life In Order John Schwartz Penguin Random House LLC, 2018 Money is often an overwhelming and stressful topic. While some people love discussing financial matters, others cringe at the thought of discussing subjects such as retirement plans and monthly budgeting. John Schwartz’s This is the Year I Put [...]

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Sadie’s Snowy Tu B’Shevat

November 6, 2018

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Can be read alone Sadie’s Snowy Tu B’Shevat Jamie Korngold Kar-Ben Publishing I like this book very much because although I could read it by myself, I read it with my mom. Like Sadie, I love Tu B’Shevat, and while I know that it’s winter here, in Israel for my grandfather and grandmother, it’s summer. I also like planting trees [...]

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Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World.

October 22, 2018

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Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World. Avi Jorisch Gefen Publishing House LTD In the summer of 2014, along with the rest of the world, I was watching closely as Israel launched  Operation Protective Edge to protect her citizens from Hamas-led rocket attacks coming from Gaza. With guidance from AIPAC, I lobbied my [...]

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Gone To Dust

October 22, 2018

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Gone To Dust, A Novel Matt Goldman Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC If the litmus test for a compelling murder mystery is not being able to put a book down, Matt Goldman’s first novel, Gone To Dust, is quite the success and already a New York Times Best Seller. Aided by a Hurricane Florence addled weekend [...]

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