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What is Jewish Fiction?

I would like to thank Erika Dreifus for sharing this video.  It sounds like to me that there is a fine line. Still no one has the answer. Like always there could be 5 Jews and everyone has a different opinion.  It will never be answered. Which is fine by me.  To me I think it is your own experience, and your own interpetation.

For me Jewish fiction has to be:
1) The author must be JEWISH.
there are some authors that say their book is Jewish when they never experience being Jewish. Going one time to a passover seder doesn't cut it.
2) The Jewish experience and ideas
 Just because a person writes in a few Jewish names doesn't make a book Jewish.

What are your thoughts leave a comment.




Jewish Grand Strand Reads 2013 Part 2

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Jewish Grand Strand Reads event was held yesterday. With 30 people in attendance. We picked Mr. Fish to have the event. It is owned, by Ted and Lisa Hammerman. Lisa, is one of our long standing book club members of 38th Ave. Diva Readers. It is centrally located and across the street from our temple, Temple Emanu-El.  The presentation of the food was so pretty you don't want to eat it. I would rather look at it.  That would be a great way to lose weight. You know the joke SEAFOOD!!!  The food and service was excellent.  I ordered the Talapia blackened sandwich, with a cuke, and tomato salad.  You can't forget the hush puppies either.
We discussed the novel, Rav Hisda's Daughter by Maggie Anton. Our guest speaker was Rabbi Debbie Slavitt.  She is a wonderful speaker, and she draws everyone.  Her discussion, and questions made for interesting topics further to explore and ask more questions.


Rabbi Debbie Talked about the temple before the destruction of the second temple, a…

Jewish Grand Strand Reads 2013

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I have been organizing our Jewish Grand Strand Reads. The first year I did not know what I was doing.  We had a small group of people. Our book event was Dove Keepers by Alice Hoffman.

  This year, we chose Rav Hisda's Daughter by Maggie Anton.

I did not reach out to the Jewish synagogues or organizations for help because I did not know if there was a need. But, yesterday I got my answer. We had a total of 30 people show up, with a few cancellations.

There are some drawbacks though when it gets larger. But, I love the idea of the Jewish community of Myrtle Beach,  reading,  and discussing and sharing ideas. Especially around one book.  It is alot of work, but if you have the commitment, drive and willing to sweat a bit, and some sleepless nights.  It is worth it at the end.   But, you must have the passion and the love for the writing, the book, and the author.

 With the help of my friend Donna, I pursued my idea. I don't think I would have done it without her support. There …

Organizing Community Read

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I have been organizing our Jewish Grand Strand Reads. The first year I did not know what I was doing.  We had a small group of people. Our book event was Dove Keepers by Alice Hoffman.

  This year, we chose Rav Hisda's Daughter by Maggie Anton.

I did not reach out to the Jewish synagogues or organizations for help because I did not know if there was a need. But, yesterday I got my answer. We had a total of 30 people show up, with a few cancellations.

There are some drawbacks though when it gets larger. But, I love the idea of the Jewish community of Myrtle Beach,  reading,  and discussing and sharing ideas. Especially around one book.  It is alot of work, but if you have the commitment, drive and willing to sweat a bit, and some sleepless nights.  It is worth it at the end.   But, you must have the passion and the love for the writing, the book, and the author.

 With the help of my friend Donna, I pursued my idea. I don't think I would have done it without her support. There…

Who is Typhoid Mary???

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Fever
By Mary Beth Keane
Review copy from publisher




I bet you heard this many times references about Typhoid Mary. Is she a real person?  I bet you did not realize there was a person associated with the name, her name was Mary Mallon.

She was a 37 year old cook, in New York City. She was hired by the rich and famous to cook in their homes. In 1907. She was employed in the summer for a rich family in Oyster Bay, NY.  After being employed there for about 3 weeks the entire household became ill by Typhoid. How did everyone get sick? What was wrong with them?  No one in Oyster Bay gets Typhoid Fever.

The family which many of them did not recover.  Hired a sanitation engineer, by the name of George Soper.   He became suspicious, and questioned the staff that worked at the Warren summer home.  Realized there was one person they did not question. Her name was Mary Mallon.  He discovered that Mary was employed by several wealthy families in New York.

 George Soper hounded Mary for months. He…

One of the Best Books This Year: Looking For Me-Beth Hoffman

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Looking For Me
Beth Hoffman

Galley copy from Beth Hoffman



I can't rave enough about Looking For Me. I am not one of these book reviewers that can read a book in one sitting. For the first time I did.   By the time I was finished it was past nine o'clock. Where did the time fly, it was that good.  I got lost in the story. It was worth it. It is such a good "feel good" book.

I love historical fiction, so contemporary women's fiction usually is not my taste. But, I loved Beth Hoffman's last novel, Searching for CC Honeycutt.  I knew I had to read her next book. It is totally differently than her other book. 

My taste in books are, one it has to be original, and two grab me from the get go. Well, it did both.
But it was a surprise there were two main ingredients that I enjoyed as well, mysticism and it was magical, with antidotes sprinkled in for good measure.

I loved the stories and the old saying that her grandmother, and everyone that Teddi encounte…

The Secret Rescue by Cate Lineberry: A Part of History Not Revealed

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This is a different than my usual review I post on my book blog. Because I am a retired nurse, a feminist the history of nursing in the military fascinated me. As well as women on the home front, I dedicate this to you.

 I would also like to thank Cate Lineberry for her book, Secret Rescue.  Here is a article I found written by her about the history of military nurses in the Huffington Post.  I Think it is interesting to know a bit of history of military nurses before you dive into the book.




                                                                   The Secret Rescue
                                                                    By Cate Lineberry

 Thanks to Eleanor Roosevelt and a few others, women were not staying home keeping the oil burning. Instead women  were now needed in the work force because the men were overseas serving their country.  Women wore all hats while the men were fighting  overseas. They were wives, homemakers, mother's, and factory workers at th…