David

A Replacement Life

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ISBN: 9780062287878
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Published: Harper - June 3rd, 2014

A young journalist whose family and friends are all Russian Jewish immigrants living in Brooklyn gets roped into a scheme of writing (made-up) stories to submit to the committee that is awarding restitution claims to Holocaust survivors.  This debut novel is funny, intelligent and wonderfully written, exploring the mysterious bonds of family and the often obscure line between fiction and reality.

David


Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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ISBN: 9781400034710
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Published: Vintage - October 7th, 2003

Garcia Marquez's recent death inspired me to go back and read what I had long remembered as my favorite of his novels.  It is just as delightful upon rereading - a novella that begins the morning of Santiago Nasar’s titular "Death", and then backs up and recounts the chain of events that has led up to it, inevitably.  Rich and imaginative Marquez narrative at its finest.

David


Natchez Burning

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ISBN: 9780062311078
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Published: William Morrow & Company - April 29th, 2014

Don't be put off by the heft of this book - it moves incredibly quickly and you can't put it down. The book begins in 1960s Mississippi, with a couple of civil rights murders that remain unsolved, and follows several of the people involved, and their descendants, as the stories of the families and the city unfold over 50 years.

David


Remember Me Like This

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ISBN: 9781400062126
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Published: Random House - May 13th, 2014

This book riveted me from its first chapter.  The writing is fluid and evocative, the subject is painful but compelling, and the characters are richly imagined and achingly real.  By the time the book was over I felt I intimately knew not just the family but the town - which is almost another character in the book -  and that they and I together had gone through an intense emotional experience.
 
David


Plato at the Googleplex

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ISBN: 9780307378194
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Published: Pantheon Books - March 4th, 2014

This book deals with the heavy-duty subject of Greek philosophy - specifically, Plato - yet manages to be incredibly readable, accessible and entertaining. Goldstein places Plato in a variety of modern day situations (a visit to Google, authors' book tour, cable talk show and others) and has him engage in dialogues with people around him. Her point is to show that the questions he wrestled with are still the important questions, and that this stuff still matters. And is cool.

David


The Spinning Heart

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ISBN: 9781586422240
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Published: Steerforth Press - February 25th, 2014

Squarely in the great Irish tradition of magnificent writing about hardship, rage, longing and fear, this debut novel is set in recession-smitten Ireland about five years ago.  Its 21 chapters are narrated by 21 different characters, each with a unique and piercing voice.  The writing is rhythmic, raw, often comic and always brilliant. The book won a slew of awards in Ireland and the UK, and is just published in the US.

David


The Unamericans

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ISBN: 9780393241136
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 3rd, 2014

An impressive debut collection of stories by a young writer. Many of the pieces have Jewish or Israel themes, but all the stories resonate with emotion and thoughtfulness. The characters are very real and accessible, and the plots remind me of Nathan Englander. A delightful read.


David


Looking for Palestine

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ISBN: 9781594487088
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 1st, 2013

Najla Said grew up as a Jew on Manhattan's Upper West Side - except she wasn't. Her father, Edward Said, was the preeminent Palestinian intellectual of his time and her living room was filled with people like Noam Chomsky and William Buckley. She's a performance artist, which clearly comes through in this memoir about a childhood of confused identity that finally, with her own adulthood and her father's death, leads to her forging her own views of the ideological conflict with which he was so deeply involved. (It also makes you want to go back and read, or re-read, Edward Said's Orientalism.)

David


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