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The Thirteenth Hour – Rivka Basman Ben-Haim, translated from the Yiddish by Zelda Kahan Newman

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Yiddish/English
Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 94 pages
2016, ISBN: 978-1-936419-71-5 $15.95 + S&H

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Original Yiddish poems are presented with

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Memos from the Broken World – Jean Nordhaus

Jean Nordhaus - Memos from the Broken World

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 80 pages
2016, ISBN: 978-1-936419-56-2 $15.95 & S+H

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Taking her title from the kabbalist creation tale of the clay vessels that had to break so God’s light could scatter through the universe, Nordhaus mourns and celebrates a world that comes into being through continuous acts of breakage. She recalls a child who would eat nothing broken, a kewpie doll with a crack that “spidered across his plaster skull” with blackness trickling from “the hollow place inside,” conjures a spark of light that “splashed into the

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Leavened – Doris Ferleger

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Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 64 pages
2015, ISBN: 978-1-936419-47-0
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Come to the first supper in America with Momma and Poppa, two surviving aunts and two surviving uncles who speak in flawed English, who first think catsup is a disinfectant, who hunger for luck, salt, safety and family, who will proudly feed their children the sliced white bread of assimilation and the bread of memory. The bread of memory is leavened and triple braided with: Holocaust, shtetl and Sabbath light; the voices and points of view of immigrant parents, their children and grandchildren; disaster, miracles, and

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Tales of the Tetragrammaton – Paul Nemser

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Poetry / Prose-poems; Paper, Perfect Bound. 30 pages
2014, ISBN: 978-1-936419-43-2 $12.95

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With Tales of the Tetragrammaton, poet Paul Nemser reaches into his own childhood memories to explore the mystery at the heart of ordinary life. It is at once an evocation of a Jewish family’s life in suburban Portland, Oregon in the 1950’s, with its bowling alleys, formica countertops, and TVs, and a search for meaning and transcendence in the spirit of Jewish mysticism—as if Borges had become a writer for Sid Caesar, or Kafka were the

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A Palette of Leaves – Edythe Haendel Schwartz

A Palette of Leaves - Edythe Haendel Schwartz

A Palette of Leaves – Edythe Haendel Schwartz

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 72pp
$14.95 plus S&H
2012, ISBN 978-1-936419-14-2

Edythe Haendel Schwartz is the author of “Exposure,” Finishing Line Press, 2007, a nominee for the California Book Award. Her poem “A Natural Phenomenon,” won first prize in the 2012 Friends of Acadia Poetry competition, and her poem “Resist” was a winner in Persimmon Tree’s 2011 Western States Poetry Competition. In 2006 and 2008, Edythe was awarded grants for residencies at The Vermont Studio Center. Her poems appear widely in journals and anthologies, including Calyx, Cave Wall, California Quarterly, PMS, Poetica, Natural

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The Russian Writer’s Daughter – Lydia S. Rosner

The Russian Writer's Daughter - Lydia S. Rosner

The Russian Writer’s Daughter – Lydia S. Rosner

Memoir. Paper, Perfect Bound. 104pp.
$15.95 plus S&H
2012, ISBN 978-1-936419-10-4

The Russian Writer’s Daughter by Lydia S. Rosner is a collection of lively autobiographical stories about growing up in a Russian-American Jewish household in the stifling political atmosphere of the Red Scare. At the center of these memories is Lyduce’s father, whose complex personality mixes a passion for social justice, the desire to protect his family, and intellectual snobbery. In this revelatory memoir, international politics shadow a child’s gradual awakening to her father’s humanity. As she tells her family’s story, Rosner shows

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Breathing in the Dark – Howard Schwartz

Breathing In the Dark - Howard Schwartz

Breathing In the Dark – Howard Schwartz

Illustrations by Erica Kriss

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 92 pp.
$15.95 plus s&h
2011, ISBN 978-1936419-005

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$24.95 plus s&h.

Howard Schwartz is a contemporary master of the parable, the short lyric and the tale. In Breathing in the Dark, he has multiplied his dreams, his myths, and his stories into poems that grow quietly and firmly from the

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Harmless – Myra Sklarew

Harmless - Myra Sklarew

Harmless – Myra Sklarew

Paper, perfect bound, 92 pp
$15.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-898

Harmless, Myra Sklarew’s tenth collection of poetry, distills the experience of a life spent in the pursuit of truth. Trained as a biologist, Sklarew draws upon the discourses of science and the arts in equal measure. Also versed in history, Sklarew is haunted by the cruelties of the 20th century, even as she affirms the present moment and holds out the promise of renewal. This moving book has something important to say, and it says it in beautiful language marked by extraordinary musicality.


Sleeping in Lithuania
by Myra Sklarew

In Vilnius, Amatininku Pub
sends Morse code
into the dreams of sleepers
on the floors above.

And

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The Valise -Sophia Rivkin

The Valise -Sophia Rivkin

The Valise -Sophia Rivkin

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 38 pp.
$12.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-720

Rivkin’s keen and unblinking eye, great verbal energy, and wry wisdom confront her subjects with continuous, genuine surprise.


My Mother’s Lace Curtains
by Sophia Rivkin

My Mother grew with a pitchfork in her heart—
something planted by the Russian peasants.
Surrounded by enemies, she became an enemy,
fought daily battles with my father.

They fought over money.
Bread and knives flew in the kitchen
They didn’t sleep together. She slept with us,
two kids and a mother in one small bed.

They fought like cats and dogs,
but I know cats and dogs who live together

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Fables from the Jewish Tradition – Rabbi Manes Kogan

Fables from the Jewish Tradition - Rabbi Manes Kogan Illustrated by Marcelo Ferder

Fables from the Jewish Tradition – Rabbi Manes Kogan Illustrated by Marcelo Ferder

Illustrated by Marcelo Ferder

Jewish Fables. Paper, illustrated, perfect bound, 104 pp.
$19.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-669



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Fables from the Jewish Tradition reviewed

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