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Book Cover of the Week: Bespotted

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

We loved seeing everyone's pictures of and with their canine friends for National Dog Day this week! Dog lovers and Disney fans alike will adore this new book from Counterpoint Press, out next week:

Bespotted: My Family's Love Affair with Thirty-Eight Dalmatians by memoirist Linda Grey Sexton is a beloved children's film come to life, the story of how a new litter of puppies impacted a New England family and inspired the Pulitzer-winning poetry collection by Anne Sexton (the author's mother), Live or Die.

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Book Cover of the Week: In the Spirit of Homebirth

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

Whether homebirthing is your steez or not, there's no denying the delight of this book cover:

In the Spirit of Homebirth: Modern Women, an Ancient Choice is a collection of stories across a panoply of cultures, socioeconomic classes, religions, and environments from women and their families who opted for this contemporary expression of an ancient tradition in childbearing.

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Book Cover of the Week: The Terrible Beauty of the Evil Man

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

Kodesh Press held a special Tu b'Av sale of some of their newest titles, including The Terrible Beauty of the Evil Man, a memoir by Finis Leavell Beauchamp of his decision to leave his family's Evangelical dynasty.

 

If the intensity of the book's watercolor cover isn't stirring enough, read its contents: The Terrible Beauty of the Evil Man opens with Beauchamp's childhood memories of being possessed by and exorcised of demons and ends with his transition from post-Evangelical agnosticism to committed Jewish faith.

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  • Book Cover of the Week: What We Brought Back

    Thursday, August 07, 2014 | Permalink

    Posted by Nat Bernstein

    As summer programs and, God willing, this summer's war between Israel and Hamas draw to a close, one has to wonder at the experiences of the Jewish teenagers, college students, and young professionals who traveled to and within Israel through Taglit Birthright, study abroad, or other opportunities over the past few weeks. Facebook flooded with updates and op-eds; Instagram housed a gallery of "bomb shelter selfies" with new friends; emails home detailed each day's travel log and security considerations. How will these young people reflect on their (first, for many) time in Israel?

    The image of the Old City inside a shaken souvenir snow globe seems rife with symbolism, especially now.

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  • Book Cover of the Week: Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | Permalink

    Posted by Nat Bernstein

    This week at the farmers market I marveled at the fresh currants currently in season: spherical crimson and blush-colored jewels on delicate, tiny green vines—as photographed for Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry: Recipes and Techniques for Year-Round Preserving by Cathy Barrow:

    Yes, the book is an excellent resource for any season, but there's something about canning summer fruits at the end of July, isn't there?

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  • Book Cover of the Week: The Language of Paradise

    Friday, July 25, 2014 | Permalink

    Posted by Nat Bernstein

    The microcosm encased within a glass terrarium on the book cover for Barbara Klein Moss's forthcoming novel The Language of Paradise evokes the poignant contradictions of the story it contains: nurtured wilderness, love and estrangement, caged Arcadia, Art, Science, and Theology...

    Caught in her husband's quest for the prelapsarian language in which Adam named all the creatures of the Earth, Sophy Hedge stands at the threshold of the Garden of Eden he has constructed inside a greenhouse, pregnant with their first child. Sophy must choose whether to remain in replicated paradise with her husband or escape to save her child and herself. The Language of Paradise is scheduled for release in April 2015 from W.W. Norton & Co.


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  • Book Cover of the Week: Nest

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Permalink

    Posted by Chava Lansky

    Nest by Esther Ehrlich tells the story of Naomi "Chirp" Orenstein, a young girl living on Cape Cod in the 1970s. When Chip's beloved mother falls ill she finds comfort in watching wild birds, observing their patterns to develop a "nest" of her own. The beautiful cover of this middle-grade novel is designed by extraordinary designer and illustrator Teagan White. Nest is due for release this September.

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    Book Cover of the Week: On Bittersweet Place

    Tuesday, July 08, 2014 | Permalink

    Posted by Chava Lansky

    The floating house on the cover of Ronna Wineberg's new novel, On Bitterwsweet Place shows the struggle and the lack of belonging that protagonist Lena Czernitski feels as a Russian Jewish immigrant in Chicago during the Jazz Age. The cover's backdrop is a photo of Bittersweet Place, a street on the Northwest side of Chicago, once home to the iconic Burdick Enamel Sign Company.

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    Book Cover of the Week: Tomorrow There Will be Apricots

    Tuesday, July 01, 2014 | Permalink

    Posted by Chava Lansky

    In Tomorrow There Will be Apricots Jessica Soffer tells the story of two women adrift in New York City: one an almost orphan and the second a widowed Iraqi Jewish immigrant, who together find solace and direction through the cooking of cardamom pistachio cookies, baklava, kubba, and more. The title is based on the Arabic adage which goes, "tomorrow, apricots may bloom," and Melissa Lofty's simple cover design juxtaposed with a colorfully patterned spine evokes the same sense of hope and serenity.

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    Book Cover of the Week: The Baroness

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | Permalink

    Posted by Chava Lansky

    Hannah Rothschild's 2012 book The Baroness is an expose of her great-aunt Nica, the "rebellious Rothschild," a woman who lived out her years hovering on the edge of society. The book cover illustration capturing Nica's particular je ne sais quoi is by San Francisco based artist couple Vivenne Flesher and Ward Shumaker.

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