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Book Review for Tree of Souls The Mythology of Judaism by Howard Schwartz Book 3 Part 5.10

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General Information:

Name of Book: Tree of Souls

ISBN: 9780195086799

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Year it was published: 2004

Overall theme:

"With only one God, heaven would be a barren place, at least in mythic terms. Yet the actual Jewish view of heaven is quite different. There are seven heavens, filled with angels and other divine beings, such as the Messiah [Not jesus!], who is said to have a palace of his own in the highest heaven. The clestial Temple can be found there- the mirror image of the Temple in the earthly Jerusalem- as well as an abundance of heavenly palaces, one for each of the patriarchs and matriarchs and sages, where he or she teaches Torah to the attentive souls of the righteous and the angels..." (xliii)

"Drawing on the full range of Jewish sources, sacred and nonsacred, ten major categories of Jewish mythology can be identified: Myths of God, Myths of Creation...Each of these categories explores a mythic realm, and, in the process, reimagi…

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Book Blast: The Tapestry by Nancy Bilyeau

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The Tapestry (Joanna Stafford #3)
by Nancy BilyeauPaperback Publication Date: March 22, 2016
Touchstone/Simon & Schuster
Paperback; 416 Pages

Series: Joanna Stafford
Genre: Historical Mystery







"Fans of the Tudor era, you're in for a treat" --InStyle magazine

Henry VIII's Palace of Whitehall is the last place on earth Joanna Stafford wants to be. But a summons from the king cannot be refused.

After her priory was destroyed, Joanna, a young Dominican novice, vowed to live a quiet life, weaving tapestries and shunning dangerous conspiracies. That all changes when the king takes an interest in her tapestry talent.

With a ruthless monarch tiring of his fourth wife and amoral noblemen driven by hidden agendas, Joanna becomes entangled in court politics. Her close friend, Catherine Howard, is rumored to be the king's mistress, and Joanna is determined to protect her from becoming the king's next wife--and victim. All the while, Joanna tries to understand her feel…

G698 Book Review of Shylock is my name by Howard Jacobson

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Name of Book: Shylock Is My Name

Author: Howard Jacobson

ISBN: 978-0-8041-4132-1

Publisher: Hogarth Publishing

Type of book: Incest, Oedipal alert between father and daughters, based on a Shakespeare play Merchant of Venice, Shylock, modern times, anti-Judaism and its relation to others, reality shows, control, relationships

Year it was published: 2016

Summary:

Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson brings his singular brilliance to this modern re-imagining of one of Shakespeare’s most unforgettable characters: Shylock

Winter, a cemetery, Shylock. In this provocative and profound interpretation of “The Merchant of Venice,” Shylock is juxtaposed against his present-day counterpart in the character of art dealer and conflicted father Simon Strulovitch. With characteristic irony, Jacobson presents Shylock as a man of incisive wit and passion, concerned still with questions of identity, parenthood, anti-Semitism and revenge. While Strulovich struggles to reconcile himself to his daughter Beatr…

G703 Book Review of Moonlight Over Paris by Jennifer Robson

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Name of Book: Moonlight Over Paris

Author: Jennifer Robson

ISBN: 978-0-06-238982-4

Publisher: William Morrow

Type of book: Paris France, 1923-1925, history, friendship, family, finding self, romance, art, writing, daily life, class differences,

Year it was published: 2016

Summary:

USA Today and internationally bestselling author Jennifer Robson takes readers to 1920s Paris in an enthralling new historical novel that tells the riveting story of an English lady who trades in her staid aristocratic life for the mesmerizing salons and the heady world of the Lost Generation.

It’s the spring of 1924, and Lady Helena Montagu-Douglas-Parr has just arrived in France. On the mend after a near-fatal illness, she is ready to embrace the restless, heady allure of the City of Lights. Her parents have given her one year to live with her eccentric aunt in Paris and Helena means to make the most of her time. She’s quickly drawn into the world of the Lost Generation and its circle of American expatriates, an…

G695 Book Review of No One Writes Back by Jang Eun-Jin

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Name of Book:   No One Writes Back (Original title: Amudop'yonji haji ant'a)

Author: Jang Eun-Jin, translated by Jung Yewon

ISBN: 978-1-56478-960-0

Publisher: Dalkey Archive

Type of book: South Korea, travels, vagabond existence, communication, family issues, blind dog, friendships, relationships, letter writing, old fashioned phone calling, unresolved issues, 2009, quirky characters, fascinating hotels.

Year it was published: 2009 (translated in 2013)

Summary:

Communication–or the lack thereof–is the subject of this sly update of the picaresque. No One Writes Back is the story of a young man who leaves home with only his blind dog, an MP3 player, and a book, traveling aimlessly for three years, from motel to motel, meeting people on the road. Rather than learn the names of his fellow travelers–or invent nicknames for them–he assigns them numbers. There’s 239, for example, who once dreamed of being a poet, but who now only reads her poems to a friend in a coma; there’s 109, who ride…

G685 Book Review of Pavane for a dead princess by Park Min-Gyu

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Name of Book: Juguen Wangnyeoreul Wihan PavanePavane for a Dead Princess

Author: Park Min-Gyu (Translated by Amber Hyun Jung Kim)

ISBN: 978 1 62897 066 1

Publisher: Dalkey Archive

Type of book: South Korea, 1985-1986, relationship, beauty, aestheticism, low wage jobs, wealth, poverty, love, modern music, art, work, philosophy of life without answers

Year it was published: 2014 (originally 2009)

Summary:

Following the relationship between a man with matinee-idol good looks and “the ugliest woman of the century,” Pavane for a Dead Princess examines how contemporary Korea’s obsession with beauty is its popular culture’s newest canker.

Both celebrated and condemned for his attacks upon what he perceives as the humorlessness of contemporary Korean literature, author Park Min-gyu uses a myriad of references to Western music and art, and the addition of a ‘writer’s cut,’ to suggest various ways of looking at his country’s extreme aesthetic fetishization.

Characters:

Unfortunately I don't reca…

G689 Newspaper boys always deliver; a personal journey into pop and technological change of the last fifty years

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Title of the book:  Newspaper boys always deliver; a personal journey into pop and technological change of the last fifty years

Author: Joseph Gulesserian

Publisher: Self published

Publishing Date: 2015

ISBN: 9781507898628

Summary:

The days of our lives are like pages out of a newspaper, sprinkled with glory, tragedy and enigma, but when these pages are assembled together, they become the journal of our times and existence. It is this story that is told in how in just fifty years, Western culture has gone from culture to techno-culture-from the swinging sixties to rap, encyclopedia to Wikipedia, slide rule to supercomputer. We're too busy scrolling through social media to flip through the newspaper, and too invested in hashtags to ponder how people even spent their time before Twitter. As our attention spans are dwindling, we seem to know a little about a lot of subjects, but with no deep knowledge of any, perhaps due to the modern phenomena of "time poverty."

Like other memb…

G678 Book Review of A Good Family by Seo Hajin

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General Information:

Name of Book: Chakhan Gajok/A Good Family

ISBN: 978 1 62897 118 7

Publisher: Dalkey Archive

Year it was published: 2008 (translated in 2015)

Summary:

This collection of eight stories cynical and sympathetic by turns represents the author's attempt to document and understand the conflicts, resentments, hatreds, and anxieties of contemporary family life. The title story depicts a mother's busy day playing numerous roles ashamed, fearless, or humble depending on which member of her family she's tending to. In "The Privacy of My Father," a daughter tracks her father to Hong Kong in order to spy on what she thinks is an illicit affair. All in all, says Seo Hajin, family means deception--but these masks aren't so easily removed."

Author: Seo Hajin (Translated by Amy C Smith and Ally H Hwang)

About the Author:

Seo Hajin
She was born in 1961 in Youngcheon, North Kyungsang Province. She studied Korean literature at Kyunghee University in Seoul, Kore…

G665 Book Review of My Son's Girlfriend by Jung Mi-Kyung

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General Information:

Name of Book: My Son's Girlfriend/ Nae adul ui yonin

ISBN: 978 1 56478 910 5

Publisher: Dalkey Archive

Year it was published: 2013 (Original year 2008)

Summary:

At once an ironic portrayal of contemporary Korea and an intimate exploration of heartache, alienation, and nostalgia, this collection of seven short stories has earned the author widespread critical acclaim. With empathy and an overarching melancholy that is at times tinged with sarcasm, but always deeply meaningful, Jung explores the ambition and chaos of urban life, the lives of hte lost and damaged souls it creates, and the subtle shades of love found among them.

Author: Jung Mi-Kyung (Translated by Yu Young-Nan)

About the Author:

Yu Young-Nan
She lives in Seoul. She has translated numerous Korean novels into English, including Park Wan-suh's Who Ate Up all the Shinga? and Yom Sang-Seop's Three Generations.

Jung Mi-Kyung
She is one of the most distinguished writers of contemporary Korean literatur…

Book Review for Tree of Souls The Mythology of Judaism by Howard Schwartz Book 3 Part 4.10

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General Information:

Name of Book: Tree of Souls

ISBN: 9780195086799

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Year it was published: 2004

Overall theme:

"With only one God, heaven would be a barren place, at least in mythic terms. Yet the actual Jewish view of heaven is quite different. There are seven heavens, filled with angels and other divine beings, such as the Messiah [Not jesus!], who is said to have a palace of his own in the highest heaven. The clestial Temple can be found there- the mirror image of the Temple in the earthly Jerusalem- as well as an abundance of heavenly palaces, one for each of the patriarchs and matriarchs and sages, where he or she teaches Torah to the attentive souls of the righteous and the angels..." (xliii)

"Drawing on the full range of Jewish sources, sacred and nonsacred, ten major categories of Jewish mythology can be identified: Myths of God, Myths of Creation...Each of these categories explores a mythic realm, and, in the process, reimagi…

Interview with Judith Works, author of Coins in the Fountain

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What was the first book you remember reading? The first book I remember reading was The Wizard of Oz. Actually, my mother read it to me and I learned to read from following along. I loved all the books in the series. I loved them so much they finally fell apart from over use. What a marvelous story the Wizard is: a travel adventure with all sorts of amazing characters – who can resist a scarecrow, tin man, and a lion all of whom get the fix they desire, and Dorothy who finds that there is no place like home
What genres do you read?
I read a lot of non-fiction, particularly history, as well as literary fiction, popular fiction including women’s contemporary, mysteries, and thrillers. I don’t seem to relate to erotica, science fiction or fantasy.
Who are your favorite authors today? A recent non-fiction book is Hotel Florida by Amanda Vaill, about the Spanish Civil War was fascinating. All the Light We Cannot See, a novel set in World War II by Anthony Doerr is perfectly structured. Hemm…