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Hannah Merker, Book Reviewer

Book Review

Birds of Lake, Pond, and Marsh

by Hannah Merker

There is infinitely more to birding—an activity indulged in by those with avid avian interests—than mere identification and a checking off on one’s life list of sightings. Field guides are must-haves for the neophyte as well as the... Read More

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A Thousand Kisses

by Hannah Merker

What kept millions of Eastern European Jews from emigrating in the late 1930s, even in 1940 or 1941, while there was still a chance to save their lives? A Thousand Kisses: A Grandmother’s Holocaust Letters offers some insights and... Read More

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Apples from the Desert

by Hannah Merker

“They let him talk, blocking his stories from the path to their hearts,” writes the narrator in “Hayuta’s Engagement Party,” one of the 12 stories in this first English translation of Liebrecht’s jolting yet beautifully... Read More

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A Jewish Mother in Shangri-La

by Hannah Merker

“I thought that if I practiced Judaism according to my heart, my children would follow… ,” Rosenzweig notes in her journal-like search, written with far more profundity than the flip title suggests. Flip because the “Jewish... Read More

Book Review

The Jew Store

by Hannah Merker

An old Yiddish proverb tells us “alleh shlosser ken men efenen mit a goldenem shlissel”: all locks can be opened with a golden key. What a surprising adventure to read Stella Suberman’s intimate book that unlocks an aspect of... Read More

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