31 Aug, 2018

On Rereading Books

2021-01-03T17:25:40-06:00August 31st, 2018|Tags: |

I just reread a book I had read in 2012 when it first came out: Susannah Conway's This I Know. It is one of the few books I've gifted several [...]

1 May, 2017

Jerusalem: Beit Nechemia

2021-01-03T17:26:12-06:00May 1st, 2017|Tags: , |

Today is Yom HaZikaron, the day Israel remembers its fallen soldiers. As the mother of two IDF soldiers (My daughter wrapped up her service last year; my son is still [...]

6 Aug, 2016

I’m Reading…

2021-01-03T17:26:31-06:00August 6th, 2016|Tags: , |

{August Break 8/6: I'm Reading...} I can never just read one book! My current bedtime reading is Yossi Klein Halevi's Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist. I loved his book Like [...]

2 Aug, 2015

Jerusalem Street Library

2021-01-03T17:27:14-06:00August 2nd, 2015|Tags: , |

While walking to my Ulpan (Hebrew school) in Jerusalem this morning, I passed by this street library set up in an old bus station. Of course I was immediately charmed [...]

2 Mar, 2015

On Not Reading a Book

2021-01-03T17:27:24-06:00March 2nd, 2015|Tags: , |

I didn't read the book for the December meeting of the Memoir Workshop I teach at StoryStudio Chicago. If the instructor doesn't read the assigned book, that's pretty bad, right? [...]

6 May, 2014

When a Book is Done

2021-01-03T17:28:30-06:00May 6th, 2014|Tags: , |

I just finished a book I really liked, one I had been meaning to read for a while, and I'm sad it's done. That's the hallmark of a good book, [...]

26 Mar, 2014

Cleaning Out Book Shelves

2021-01-03T17:28:34-06:00March 26th, 2014|Tags: |

On a recent Sunday, the mood struck me to finally weed out the three shelves in our big wall of books that are dedicated to my collection of memoirs. The shelves [...]

14 Feb, 2014

Leaving Russia

2021-01-03T17:28:41-06:00February 14th, 2014|Tags: , , |

With the Winter Olympics currently happening in Sochi, Russia, it fits that my review of Maxim Shrayer's memoir Leaving Russia just appeared in the Jewish Book World. Thanks to this book, I feel [...]

3 May, 2012

On Having to Read a Book

2021-09-24T17:25:52-05:00May 3rd, 2012|Tags: |

My daughter's stack of books she wants to read These days, I feel like my children, a middle schooler and two high schoolers: I have to read certain books [...]

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