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When General Grant Expelled the Jews by Jonathan D. Sarna

When General Grant Expelled the Jews by Jonathan D. Sarna

A riveting account of General Ulysses S. Grant’s decision, in the middle of the Civil War, to order the expulsion of all Jews from the territory under his command, and the reverberations of that decision on Grant’s political career, on the nascent American Jewish community, and on the American political process.

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Watch Charlie Rose Interview Shimon Peres

Watch Charlie Rose Interview Shimon Peres

On Friday, Charlie Rose’s show featured an interview with Shimon Peres, president of Israel and author of Ben-Gurion: A Political Life. Watch the full show here.

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Eight Days of Hanukkah Books from Pantheon and Schocken

It’s not too late to find some great Hanukkah gifts for your friends and family. From MetaMaus, an intimate look inside a modern classic, to a dramatic and revelatory biography of Israel’s founding father and first prime minister penned by Israel’s current president, we’ve got eight great books that we think you’re gonna love!

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Kafka Gets His Own Metamorphosis With New Jackets

If you haven’t yet delved into the existential masterpieces of Franz Kafka, there’s no better time than the present, thanks to a newly-cohesive jacket overhaul by our own Peter Mendelsund. The eye-catching new look is sure to liven up your bookshelf. The re-designed Kafka oeuvre was one of Vanity Fair’s 2011 holiday gift picks. Peter talks more about the design process at his blog.

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New Meir Shalev Now Onsale

New Meir Shalev Now Onsale

Israeli author Meir Shalev’s charming tale of family ties, over-the-top housekeeping, and the sport of storytelling in Nahalal, Israel is now onsale. My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir (Schocken Books/October 6, 2011/$25).
“The Israeli author remembers his family matriarch’s love-hate affair with both dirt and her electric ‘svieeperrrr.’” —O: The Oprah Magazine

“Shalev’s personal reflections of quirky uncles, family squabbles, the rich history of his Jewish heritage and the legacy of the omnipresent American vacuum touch the heart and tickle the funny bone. An unconventional and quite hilarious family scrapbook.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Tender, hilarious . . . quirky.” —Publishers Weekly

“Celebrates family, quirks and all.” —Booklist

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On Touring and Trash

On Touring and Trash

Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole share a note from the road, on their book tour for Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza.

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Sacred Trash, by Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole

Sacred Trash, by Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole

The highly engaging story of the recovery of the Cairo Geniza, which is arguably the greatest discovery of Jewish manuscripts ever made. In Sacred Trash, Hoffman and Cole lead us into the richly textured Jewish world revealed by these manuscripts, as they also present the fascinating life stories of the modern scholars who devoted themselves to unearthing and studying the Geniza documents. The Geniza’s treasures—concealed for centuries behind a wall in one of Cairo’s oldest synagogues—reveal an entire civilization, and include personal letters and landmark poems, wills and marriage contracts, medical prescriptions, Bible fragments, money orders, children’s primers, and magical amulets. Presenting a panoramic view of nine hundred years of vibrant Mediterranean Judaism, Hoffman and Cole bring readers into the heart of this little known trove, whose contents have rightly been dubbed “the Living Sea Scrolls.”

“[Sacred Trash is] . . . a wonderfully passionate and lively account of a civilization we could not have imagined existed and of the men and women whose enthusiasm and dedication brought it to light.” —The Wall Street Journal

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The Eichmann Trial Now On Sale

The Eichmann Trial Now On Sale

Deborah Lipstadt’s The Eichmann Trial, “a thoughtfully researched and clearly written account of the courtroom proceedings and of the debates spurred by the trial” (Wall Street Journal), is now on sale from Schocken Books. The 50th anniversary of this first-ever-televised courtroom trial is coming up on April 11, and Lipstadt is making stops around the country to discuss this watershed anniversary of a trial that is still very much in minds today. Don’t miss her NYC events with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on Tuesday, April 5 at the Puck Building (in conversation with Peter Alexander) and with the Center for Jewish History on Thursday, April 14 (in conversation with Gary Rosenblatt, co-sponsored by The Jewish Week and Nextbook). Watch Lipstadt discuss the Eichmann Trial, and don’t miss her on NPR Weekend All Things Considered with host Guy Raz (interview airing on 3/26 or 3/27).

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A Conversation With Altie Karper

A Conversation With Altie Karper

Our very own Schocken celebrity Altie Karper speaks with David Green for a piece in Haaretz about the history of Schocken Books, what it’s like to work at Random House, and the Jerusalem International Book Fair, which she’s attending as an editorial fellow.

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Get the Most Out of Your eReader with The eBook Insider

Get the Most Out of Your eReader with The eBook Insider

Finding what to read next can be a difficult task. With that in mind, the editors here at KnopfDoubleday created the eBook Insider. Download it for free at your usual ebook retailer to find plenty of great suggestions or visit digital.knopfdoubleday.com for more information.

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