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H o fm a n n , P a u l .
The burning bush. Trans, from Danish by David Hohnen.
New York, Muhlenberg, 1961. 325 p.
The story of Moses from young manhood through his acceptance of
the leadership of the Israelites.
H um a n a , C h a r l e s .
Blood and water. New York, Random, 1961. 270 p.
Pierre Cotten, a non-Jewish engineer, was hired as an expert on a
dam project in Israel. Here he was challenged by the fierce factionalism
of the Israelites. This had repercussions on his marriage to Esther, a
young Israeli co-worker on the project.
H u r s t , F a n n i e .
God must be sad. New York, Doubleday, 1961. 284
p .
The problems that arose when Felix and Morris Ratoff, orthodox
Jews, hired an Irish practical nurse, Anne Regan, to care for their
ailing mother and how this closely knit family was affected by the
intermarriage of one of the brothers to Anne.
J e n k in s , G w y n .
King David. New York, Doubleday, 1961. 379
p .
Biblical novel about David from shepherd to King of Israel.
K a h n , S h o l o m
J., ed. A whole loaf: stories from Israel. Trans, from Hebrew
by the editor, I.M. Lask and others. New York, Vanguard, 1962. 344 p.
Treasury of fifteen short stories by leading modern Hebrew writers
that mirror the experience and traditions of modern Israel.
K a s t l e , H e r b e r t D .
The world they wanted. New York, St. Martin’s Press,
1961. 373 p.
A new suburban development in Westchester County offered hope to
the families: Rand, Lerner and Bialdi; however, trading the city for
exurbia didn’t solve any of their problems.
L e v in , D a n .
Son of Judah. New York, Appleton, 1961. 435 p.
Set in the Roman world of the first century, the novel develops the
rise of a great Jewish messianic movement through a young Alexandrian
Jew, Yehudah ben Yehudah.
M a lam u d , B e r n a r d .
A new life. New York, Farrar, 1961. 367 p.
Seymour Levin, a reformed alcoholic, leaves New York for the Pacific
Northwest to teach at Cascadia College, where he hopes to forget his
past and start a new life. Instead he becomes involved in an affair with
another professor’s wife.
M e i e r , M a u r ic e .
Refuge. Trans, by John W. Kurtz. New York, Norton,
1962. 241 p.
The fate of a German Jewish family as told by its sole survivor.
N a t h a n , R o b e r t .
A star in the wind. New York, Knopf, 1962. 302 p.
Against the turbulent post-war world of Rome and the Israeli War of
Independence, the story is told of Joseph Victor, an American journal-
ist, in search of himself. With the help of Priscilla Greene, a Boston
girl he met in Rome, and Anna Muhlman, a Hungarian Jewess he met
in Israel, he reidentifies himself as a person and a Jew.
O s t e rm a n , M a r j o r i e
K. Damned if you do—damned if you don’t. New York,
Chilton, 1962. 397 p.
Saga of the Simons, a German-Jewish family, the first of whom, Meyer
Simon, came to America just before the Civil War. Isidore who developed
the family dry goods store to a large department store chain was domi-
nated by his mother, who strongly opposed his affection for Barbara
Lipper, the latter representing the new immigrants, the impoverished
orthodox Jews from Poland and Russia.
P o r t e r , K a t h e r i n e A n n e .
Ship of fools. Boston, Atlantic-Little, 1962. 497 p.
A second class vessel, “Vera,” travelling from Mexico to Germany in
1931 has a variety of passengers, including Herr Loewenthal, a Jew,
and Herr Freytag, married to a Jewess. Overtones of anti-Semitism are
heard from some of the German passengers and the Captain who is
shocked that Herr Freytag is at his table.