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.