Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: The Periodic Table

The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi, translated by Raymond Rosenthal As someone who reads my fair share of memoirs, I am always struck by those memoirs which present a puzzle to their reader that has to be put together from … Continue reading

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Book Review: Grace & Guts

Grace & Guts:  Strategies For Living A Knock-Out Life, by Shannon Perry [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Adams PR Group.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] There is little in this book that is particularly … Continue reading

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Book Review: Talmud And Apocrypha

Talmud And Apocrypha, by R. Travers Herford It is one thing to say that a book like this is useful when it comes to understanding the development of the Mishnah and the Pharisees and their approach, but to accept this … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Taste Of Text

A Taste Of Text:  An Introduction To The Talmud And Midrash, by Ronald H. Isaacs I must freely admit in reviewing this book that I am not the book’s ideal audience, not by a long shot.  For one, this book … Continue reading

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Book Review: If Not Now, When?

If Not Now, When?, by Primo Levi This book is something in a bit of a disguise.  The author was an Italian Jew who survived the Holocaust through developing at least some privilege as a result of his chemical expertise, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Drowned And The Saved

The Drowned And The Saved, by Primo Levi, translated by Raymond Rosenthal This is a book whose existence is dependent on other books, but it is no worse for that.  As the author was the survivor of German concentration camps … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Mirror Maker: Stories And Essays

The Mirror Maker:  Stories And Essays, by Primo Levi, translated by Raymond Rosenthal Primo Levi spent a substantial portion of his life, before and after his retirement from his professional work as a chemist, in writing for both political and … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Tranquil Star

A Tranquil Star:  Unpublished Stories, by Primo Levi, translated by Ann Goldstein and Alessandra Bastagli When a noted author dies, one of the common responses of the publishing community to this is to combine the author’s unpublished stories or poems … Continue reading

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Book Review: Collected Poems

Collected Poems, by Primo Levi, translated by Ruth Feldman and Brian Swann This is a collection of poetry that is both dark and beautiful, spanning from the mid-40’s just after the poet was released from the German concentration camps where … Continue reading

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Book Review: Adventures In Middle Earth: Player’s Guide

Adventures In Middle Earth:  Player’s Guide, by Cubicle 7 As someone who greatly appreciates the universe of Middle Earth and is always looking to master new rulebooks for role playing games, both for playing purposes and to help keep my … Continue reading

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