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Rabbi David Cohen has some problems. His face is caving in due to bad jaw surgery. He hasn’t spoken to his wife or son in years. Also, he killed someone he shouldn’t have. I should really mention that he’s not a normal rabbi. He’s a hit man in disguise. Still, he’s good at what he does. He knows how to guide preteens to Bar Mitzvah manhood, counsel troubled members of his congregation, and shut down Kabbalah frauds—and maybe shake them down while he’s at it. Sound like the best premise for a novel you’ve ever heard? Well, it is. Gangster Nation is a delight. A mitzvah, even. The plot’s got every twist and turn you could want, the jokes are Woody Allen good, and the writing (if you can slow yourself down to admire it) is beautiful. I couldn’t recommend this book more. 
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781619027237
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 12th, 2017

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I’ve known Rachel Khong as a food writer for years. As part of the Lucky Peach masthead, she taught me about pho, barbecued-chicken pizza, and the perfect egg yolk. So can you blame me for expecting Goodbye, Vitamin to be the kind of book you need snacks to read? And it is, of course. The protagonist, Ruth, is always cooking. Food is the main way she takes care of her family, which seems to be falling apart. Her father has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, her brother won’t help out, her mother is angry at everyone, and Ruth’s fiancé seems to be backing out. This isn’t a happy setup. Yet, somehow, Goodbye, Vitamin becomes a happy book. It’s painful in the way of a Jami Attenberg novel – this is the real world, and the real world hurts – but it’s fundamentally a book about love. Love and food, that is. What more could you need?

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781250109163
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 11th, 2017

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We all know the summer-in-the-city clichés. Open fire hydrants, ice cream trucks, the sexy kind of sweat. There’s a bit of that in Another Brooklyn, sure, but the true heat in this book is emotional. Jacqueline Woodson writes friendship better than just about anyone. It only takes her a second to show how much her characters adore each other, how loyal to each other they are. Woodson is a poet as well as a prose writer, and she knows how to make a few words pack a punch. You’ll want to linger over each scene, and when the book is done, you’ll be tempted to go right back to the beginning. And why not? It’s the start of summer, and there’s something about Another Brooklyn that makes you feel like you’ve got all the time in the world.

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$22.99
ISBN: 9780062359988
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Published: Amistad Press - August 9th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780062359995
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Published: Amistad Press - May 30th, 2017

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