Stars & Crosses
A traumatic past brought them together. Will it allow them a future?
After losing his job and his marriage, Chic Lucas — born Czesław Łukaszczyk — journeys to Poland, where his grandfather died in Auschwitz and his father came out scarred for life.
Exploring his family’s past, Chic becomes increasingly entangled in Poland’s rich and tragic history, with its dizzying blend of heroism and complicity.
Caught between Jewish friends demanding restitution, Polish farmers barely scraping by, skinheads, lawyers, and two beautiful women, Lucas must find a way to reconcile the irreconcilable and become a peacemaker.
Ed Codish: Selected Poems
Wisdom, dreams, sorrows, and joys are all revealed in this volume of masterful poems, defying category yet displaying a rigorous and deep knowledge of what poetry is about. We are invited on a journey full of surprises: The poet builds a ship in a dry desert wadi and waits for the rain. For long months, he sits at home incapacitated, seeing only the pigeons on his window sill. He travels to ancient China and dines with the great Chinese poets. He shares the painful breakup of his first family, his conflicts with living in Israel, his loves, his scathing social critiques — and he finds the love of his life. Through it all, he laughs at life and invites us to laugh with him. Using sound, syllable, and silence, he reinvents the contemporary existential dilemma. Welcome to Ed Codish’s rich tapestry of life.
Becoming a Soulful Parent: A path to the wisdom within
Combining insights from thousands of years of traditional Jewish wisdom and contemporary literature on spirituality with her own utterly relatable first-person storytelling, author Dasee Berkowitz helps readers embrace every moment with their families while leaning into the challenges of parenting with renewed perspective and enthusiasm.
Retreat: A love story
Magda was a pretty young war widow on her lunch break. Hans was a soldier on furlough, a Bavarian farm boy Magda found wandering lost in Berlin. After two weeks together, she sent him on his way—back to the nightmare of the Eastern Front.
Nine months later, Magda is trying to survive as her city is bombed to rubble, while Hans is somewhere in the Ukraine, slogging through snow and mud to find his way back to her, struggling to maintain his humanity despite the horrors he has survived and the brutality he has witnessed—and perpetrated.
Retreat is a story of the terrible costs of war, of love amid crushing defeat, of complicity—and redemption.
Nine-Tenths of the Law
Claudia H Long
Two sisters, their mother, and a Nazi thief.
In 1939, a beautiful enameled heirloom menorah was looted by the Nazis, grabbed from the hands of its young Jewish owner. Too beautiful to kill, Aurora herself was singled out by the SS for “special duties”.
Eighty years later, Aurora’s daughters Zara and Lilly discover the family menorah in a New York museum. Haunted by their mother’s buried memories, the sisters scheme to get it back—but their quest takes a dangerous turn when the menorah disappears, leaving a trail of murder and mayhem behind it.
Aurora’s memories, it turns out, are very much alive; and now her secrets can bind the sisters together or tear them apart.
The Best Assassination in the Nation
Benjamin Gold is damaged goods: discharged into a psych ward after the war, dumped by his rich wife, fired by the white-shoe law firm that normally didn’t hire Jews in the first place. Unemployable as a lawyer, he wound up drunk and anorectic, working as a private eye—and not exactly at the top of the profession.
After all that, Gold isn't expecting Judith Sorin, the beautiful daughter of his legal hero, to show up in his office. Especially not with a crazy theory that her father was assassinated by order of Cleveland's biggest tycoon, Clayton Forsythe.
Now Benjamin Gold has to navigate a web of lies and evasion, a corrupt legal establishment, disappearing witnesses, the FBI, surprisingly polite thugs, and the Forsythes—who just happen to be his former in-laws. A tall order for anyone, and Benny Goldstein has never been lucky...