Category Archives: Jewish Publication Society

August 18

News and Reviews

Books Crude Nation Raul Gallegos Book mentioned in the New York Times: “Gallegos provides crucial background for the country’s present situation, and also offers a solution for fixing the country’s economy and helping it re-enter the global energy industry.”   Perla Frédéric Brun Translated by Sarah Gendron and Jennifer Vanderheyden Review from Publishers Weekly: “…there is […]

August 04

News and Reviews

Books Glory Days Melissa Fraterrigo Starred review from Booklist: “If Willa Cather and Cormac McCarthy had a love child, she would be a writer such as Fraterrigo, whose imagery is equally evocative and unforgiving and whose characters are every bit as anguished and forlorn.”   Solomon D. Butcher John E. Carter Review essay in the Paris Review: […]

July 21

News and Reviews

Books Vice Capades Mark Stein Review in Inside Higher Ed: “There is something amusing, but also intriguing, about seeing examples from history of people working themselves up into a righteous frenzy of alarm and condemnation about, say, juggling, which was illegal in some of the early American colonies.”   Saving One’s Own Mordecai Paldiel Review essay […]

July 07

News and Reviews

Books   Outside the Bible Edited by Louis H. Feldman, James L. Kugel, and Lawrence H. Schiffman Praise from Jewish Review of Books: “The fruit of an extraordinary collaboration… Outside the Bible will replace classic earlier anthologies as the premier compendium of primary texts for scholars and teachers of the period.”   Project Eagle Robert S. Kim Recommendation from Reading […]

July 03

Publicist Picks: Breast Milk Sharing, Theme Parks, and other September Books

Tayler Lord and Anna Weir are publicists at UNP who share a cubicle and cannot stop talking about books (or caffeinated beverages, for that matter). Today they also share their thoughts about a few upcoming titles they’re particularly excited about as readers. The books in this discussion will be published in September. Tayler Lord: It’s officially Fall 2017! Even though it’s still […]

June 23

News and Reviews

Books The Cruft of Fiction David Letzler Praise from Heradas Review:  “It’s all very well illustrated and argued, and the sections covering the handful of novels discussed that I haven’t read, were often more interesting to me than the ones covering the novels that I have. I’ve always thought that good non-fiction books should introduce the […]

June 14

From the Desk of Joshua Jacobson: Singing through Ancient Text

The following contribution comes from Joshua Jacobson, author of Chanting the Hebrew Bible, Second, Expanded Edition: The Art of Cantillation (June 2017). I’ve been chanting Torah since I was a tweenager, in fact, long before the term “tweenager” was coined. Even before my bar mitzvah. And I had a bit of a chip on my shoulder, feeling […]

June 09

News and Reviews

Books Russia’s Dead End Andrei A. Kovalev   Review in Publishers Weekly: “Kovalev . . . unmasks the Russian body politic in all its Gogol-like grotesquery.” Cheated Jay M. Smith and Mary Willingham Book mentioned in the Chronicle of Higher Education.   The Heart in the Glass Jar William E. French Praise from The Historian:  “Each section offers […]

May 26

News and Reviews

Books American Journalists in the Great War Chris Dubbs Listed as “New and Noteworthy” in The New York Times Book Review. Rival Gardens Connie Wanek Praise from Rain Taxi Review: “It takes remarkable restraint to refine language so it is this transparent . . . Connie Wanek is achieving . . . a luminous vision.” Le Football […]

May 16

Reading List: Study with JPS

The Jewish Publication Society has been publishing thoughtful and thought-provoking books in Jewish literature and history for more than 125 years. This list highlights some of their Bible studies, commentaries, and other books helpful for devotion.   The Commentator’s Bible: Deuteronomy Edited, translated, and annotated by Michael Carasik “Anyone who is unfamiliar with medieval commentary, or […]