Book review: A Greater Music by Bae Suah

October 20, 2016


“Bae’s prose alternates between detailed descriptions of everyday life and ruminative passages on music, ideas, and her character’s mental state. The late American poet William Matthews once described his taste in literature as a preference for prosy poetry and poetic prose. A Greater Music exemplifies the latter category; it requires and amply rewards rereading.” — […]

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Book review: Two She-Bears by Meir Shalev

September 21, 2016


“Is a proclivity to violence and vengeance a gender and/or regional trait? Are the minds of men more than women and/or rural folk more than city dwellers predisposed to violent acts of revenge? Or put another way, are violence and vengeance intrinsic components of the male psyche, and if so are men more likely to […]

Book review: Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

September 7, 2016


“ Leaving Lucy Pear is recommended to readers who enjoy historical fiction, a cast of well developed mainly female characters, and handsome prose.” — from my review in New York Journal of Books

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Book review: The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir by Susan Daitch

July 19, 2016


The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir by Susan Daitch Jul 19, 2016  ·  David Cooper‘s review bookshelves: international-settings, jewish, post-modern, historical-fiction, mysteries, cerebral-fiction “After reading The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir readers will want to start over again to see what details they may have missed the first time through, and yes, this richly crafted and handsomely […]

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Israeli books: A.B. Yehoshua’s The Extra features a child-free heroine

June 8, 2016


“On the surface the new novel is about feminism and the right of women to choose not to bear children. But an underlying theme is whether liberal nationalism is an oxymoron, whether the rights of the individual (the essence of liberalism) can be reconciled with the needs of the nation.” — from my New York […]

Jewish books: in Max’s Diamonds family secrets stalk its ambitious protagonist

May 30, 2016


“Max’s Diamonds, Jay Greenfield’s debut novel published last week by New York publisher Chickadee Prince Books, is a guilty pleasure, a book I enjoyed and could barely put down for its suspenseful serpentine plot despite its pedestrian and occasionally heavy-handed prose.” — From my examiner article (starting in the next paragraph). Also see my New […]

My poetry book Glued To The Sky is now an audiobook

May 11, 2016


My poetry book Glued To The Sky is now also an audiobook. Glued To The Sky includes both narrative and lyric poems concerning group identity and gender issues in a wide variety of forms. Glued To The Sky was published by PulpBits in 2003. Sadly, PulpBits went out of business in 2007. An ebook version of Glued […]

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