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Singer gets a life

ISAAC B. SINGER A Life By Florence Noiville Translated by Catherine Temerson 208 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $23.00. Dismissed for years as the less-talented kid brother of Yiddish novelist I. J. Singer, whose sales and renown were second only to those of Sholem Asch, Isaac Bashevis Singer gradually emerged from obscurity and journalistic hackwork […]

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“Frumkiss” is required reading according to Zoomer Magazine

The Frumkiss Family Business gets its first recommendation in the September edition of Zoomer Magazine, Canada’s boomer lifestyle magazine. We’re thrilled at this early support for the book from Moses Znaimer’s publication that describes zoomers as “baby boomers with zip” and is aimed at Canadians over 45 “who embrace life with experience and confidence and […]

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First Kvetch review in the UK

Born to Kvetch was published in England for the first time a couple of weeks ago and has just received its first review in the Jewish Chronicle. Some academics have been complaining about Born to Kvetch. This is, after all, a book that has zero inhibition regarding vulgarity. It is, moreover, quite politically incorrect and […]

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“Just Say Nu” Review in the Washington Post

‘And why,’ you might ask, ‘do I need to pepper my conversations with words, phrases, entire sentences and paragraphs in a language that almost nobody really knows anymore?’ ” asks Michael Wex in the introduction to his guide to Yiddish, Just Say Nu. His answer, “Why not?” comes straight out of the Borscht Belt, as […]

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