February 21

Review roundup

Billy “the Hill” and the Jump Hook 9780803246874
The Autobiography of a Forgotten Basketball Legend
By Billy McGill and Eric Brach
Reviewed in City Weekly

“Now, almost 50 years since fading from the cultural consciousness, McGill recounts his fame-to-rags-to-(spoiler alert)-eventual-middle-class-life in Billy “The Hill” and the Jump Hook: The Autobiography of a Forgotten Basketball Legend. It’s a fascinating story.”
-Geoff Griffin

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EvansYoung Widower
A Memoir
By John W. Evans
Reviewed on Booklist Online

“While the haunting account of the day Katie died is especially riveting, it is the unfolding and cathartic grieving process that underpins and elevates this heartbreaking tale.”
-Margaret Flanagan

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A Lenape among the Quakers Marsh
The Life of Hannah Freeman
By Dawn G. Marsh
Reviewed on Me, You, and Books

“More innovatively, she also raises questions, encouraging readers to image what took place or how Hannah Freeman might have felt as the conditions of her life shifted. In the process, Marsh is able to make Hannah come alive for readers.”
-Marilyn Dell Brady

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Kaplan The New Reform Judaism
Challenges and Reflections
By Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan
Reviewed on Jewish Exponent

“Kaplan contends that as it stands now, it is essentially up to Reform Jews to decide these issues for themselves. That, he said, makes for a movement that is potentially in danger of implosion. He points to the bitter divisions that have developed within several liberal Christian denominations as a warning for what could happen to Reform Judaism.”
-Bryan Schwartzman

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