Blog Archive: December 2014


A Review To Close Out "The Year of the Former Soviet Author"

Dec 30, 2014

By Erika Dreifus

In a recent piece for The Forward, Yevgeniya Traps declares 2014 to have been “the year of the former Soviet author.” Here at FTB, we’re closing out the year with a look back at an earlier book by one of the authors mentioned by Traps: Lara Vapnyar.

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AJE Around the Web

Dec 23, 2014

By Erika Dreifus

Presenting the latest installment of our blog feature: AJE Around the Web. In these posts, we curate for you some of the best items we’ve discovered lately that address American Jewish Experience. Have some time to spend in museums this week or next? The Council of American Jewish Museums has this nifty guide to current exhibitions to […]

When Diversity Begins At Home

Dec 16, 2014

By Erika Dreifus

“We need diverse books.” This worthy claim grows ever louder, sparking hashtags and crowdfunding campaigns. Let us leave aside for the moment the dispiriting observation that Jewish literature, broadly speaking, is too frequently under-emphasized in “diversity” discussions. What I want to focus on—with energy and enthusiasm—is the diversity within American Jewish literature itself, a rich variety of experience set on the page that becomes more apparent to me all the time.

Take the latest addition to our freelance review project: Julie R. Enszer’s piece on two novels by Judith Katz. I’ll admit that until just a few years ago, I’d read virtually no Jewish fiction that depicted experiences of LGBTQ characters, as these novels do.

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AJE Around the Web

Dec 13, 2014

By Erika Dreifus

Presenting the latest installment of our blog feature: AJE Around the Web. In these posts, we curate for you some of the best items we’ve discovered lately that address American Jewish Experience. What’s it like to be Jewish in Idaho? Judy Sobeloff shares her experience with The Forward. Taking place this week in Orlando: Hillel International’s […]

New Review of Another Classic: Chaim Potok’s THE CHOSEN

Dec 2, 2014

By Erika Dreifus

Like Rabbi Rebecca Einstein Schorr, I remember reading The Chosen for the first time as an adolescent. But I had forgotten so much about Chaim Potok’s 1967 novel before I read Rabbi Schorr’s new review, the latest addition to our ongoing freelance review project. I’m so grateful to have read her eloquent reflections on this […]