Amos Oz, Jews and Words: (from the Yale University Press site)

Novelist Amos Oz and historian Fania Oz-Salzberger roam the gamut of Jewish history to explain the integral relationship of Jews and words. Through a blend of storytelling and scholarship, conversation and argument, father and daughter tell the tales behind Judaism’s most enduring names, adages, disputes, texts, and quips.

Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness: A must read for one, who like LSW knew little of the Jews’ history in Eastern Europe during the first decades of the 20th. century other than the usual mishmash fed to Jewish kids growing up in the U.S. in the fifties and sixties, and even less of the reality of the Jews in Palestine, never mind the reality of the Palestinians (never mind being perhaps the operative phrase), before and after the establishment of Israel.


Looks Interesting, Worth a Read?

Delirium by Laura Restrepo. The link is to a NY Times article about the book.


A.M. Homes – short overview of author’s work included in a review of the author’s latest book, ‘May We Be Forgiven’. Published in the New York Review of Books and written by Edmund White.


Nuruddin Farah, read Pico Iyer’s article, Somalia: Diving into the Wreck on Farah’s ‘Crossbones’ to whet your appetite for the author’s work.


Marilynne Robinson
Witnesses to a Mystery
– a look at Robinson’s Home and Gilead by Claire Messud in the New York Review of Books.

A Note of the Miraculous – a look at Gilead by Joan Acocella in the New York Review of Books.

Atticus Lish Have not read it, but this review puts Atticus Lish’s book on the to-be-read list.


The Giant Slightness of Being
– Lydia Davis, ‘Can’t and Won’t’

Dalrymple’s ‘Return of a King’

A Triumph of Love
– ‘Lila’ by Marilynne Robinson

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
by Michael Lewis
. ‘Money Ball’ was interesting, not only in terms of content but how the content was displayed, how he wrote it up. Lewis’ others books deal with nteresting content.

The Crying of September 11 – Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon plus Sante on Pynchon’s ‘Against the Day’


Pamuk: Illustrated Istanbul:

Illustrated Istanbul is a magnificent volume of 450 black and white photographs of the city curated by Orhan Pamuk, an enriched edition of his memoir Istanbul: Memories and the City.

quote from Orhan Pamuk site


Khadivi A Good Country