Search Results: "Hillel Levin"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A low-key but fascinating view of life behind bars that deserves a wide audience, if only as a deterrent to crime."
Set a thief to catch a thief—or, in this instance, a drug dealer to ferret out a murderer's secrets. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Generally, however, this is a clearly written, often colorful, accessible, and useful work of regional studies."
A timely, comprehensive, and often interesting argument that the most pressing issue the Middle East faces is not land and borders but rather the supply and distribution of the region's water. Read full book review >

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THE MAN FROM THE OTHER SIDE by Uri Orlev
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1991

"Subtle, beautifully crafted, altogether compelling. (Fiction. 10+)"
When Israeli author Orlev, who drew on his own ghetto experiences in The Island on Bird Street (1984; Batchelder Award), met a certain Polish journalist, they found that both had been boys in Warsaw during WW II; Orlev kept ``Marek's'' extensive confidences secret (including his discovery in 1942 that his father—executed in 1934 as a Communist—was Jewish) until his death in 1987. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"Everyone here spins good yarns, rendered in lovely prose, but the book's hefty size pads a pretty skimpy adventure."
Long-winded, thoughtfully meandering tale of the repercussions of a WWI spy ring on a Palestine village. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 2002

"Genuinely intriguing, and difficult to dismiss."
A skeptical Israeli gradually becomes convinced that an obscure ethnic group living on the Indian-Burmese border descends from one of the biblical lost tribes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TO THIS DAY by S.Y. Agnon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"In Halkin's beautifully fluid translation (he has also supplied a perceptive introduction), we see Agnon's piquant illustration of a disorientation that feels quite contemporary."
The last of Agnon's six novels to be translated from Hebrew into English, this 1951 work describes the travails of a young Jew in Berlin during the Great War. Agnon (1888-1970) won the Nobel in 1966. Read full book review >

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LYDIA, QUEEN OF PALESTINE by Uri Orlev
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"An afterword notes that the real Lydia still lives on an Israeli kibbutz with her rabbi husband. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The author of The Man from the Other Side (1991, Batchelder Award) tells the story of another real-life Middle European who survived WW II. Read full book review >

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TELLING SILENCES by Hillel Halkin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 14, 2013

"Riveting, revealing stories of patient denial."
A superb collection of real-life medical mysteries. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 1996

"Despite an occasional lack of discipline in Levine's telling (including abrupt, inexplicable switches of tense from past to present and back again), Sugihara's story is ultimately a fascinating addition to Holocaust literature and a valuable historical footnote."
Levine (coathor, The Death of an American Jewish Community, 1992; Sociology and Religion/Boston Univ.) seeks to discover a seemingly ordinary man, the extraordinary thing he did, and the lessons to be learned. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION

"An edifying portal into the perseverance of Jewish culture in the face of attempts to destroy it."
A debut history that details the plight of a family of Jews who fled from Ukraine to Uzbekistan while pursuing their faith. Read full book review >

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THE FORBIDDEN LAND by Betty Levin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"This exciting read can stand on its own but will also appeal to readers of the first book and of Lois Lowry's Giver and companions. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Willow, the second-person narrator in Thorn (2005), determines to leave the village of the People of the Singing Seals before the male elders give her to one of the "Uncles" (all elder males are uncles) in their desperate hope to produce healthy babies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 29, 1995

"Depressing, at times tedious, yet nonetheless compelling, this book bears well the inevitable comparison to one of Hopper's signature tableaus. (100 drawings and photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
This sprawling study of his career and marriage sets the great painter of modern bleakness in an important new light but fails to fully illuminate his psyche. Read full book review >