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, J
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The chair. New York, McKay, 1969. 181 p.
The problems of a Jewish dentist and his wife, when it becomes known
they are liberals (against the Vietnam war, for fluoridation) are humo­
rously depicted in this novel which, taken in tandem with
monstrates that Mr. Lieber is now concentrating on light comedy with
a touch of the serious.
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, B
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Pictures of Fidelman. New York, Farrar, Straus & Giroux,
1969. 208 p.
In this collection, Bernard Malamud has put together six stories, three
new ones and three revised, about one of his favorite short story
characters, a neurotic Jew; also, an American Jew in Europe and a Jew
who must survive in a Christian environment.
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, S
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Happy families. New York, Scribner’s, 1968. 375 p.
The story of a divorced Jew, his search for his missing 17-year-old
daughter, and his awareness that the Family, as an establishment, stands
on shaky foundations.
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, A
r o n a
The luck of the Van Meers. New York, Doubleday, 1969.
311 p.
A chronicle of a Jewish family, both large and widely-scattered.
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, I
sa a c
Nine brothers. New York, Yiddish Kultur Farband (YKUF),
1968. 202 p.
A fine translation from the Yiddish of a novel which depicts, with
candor and naivete, Jewish immigrant life in America early in the
o s en fe ld
, M
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Pushcarts and dreams. New York, Yoseloff, 1969. 214 p.
Mr. Rosenfeld’s anthology of stories of Jewish life by Yiddish writers
—translated and edited by Mr. Rosenfeld—was published earlier non-
commercially in Philadelphia and is now made available to a larger-
more general—public. A valuable book which contains 23 stories by
ten Yiddish authors.
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, N
o r m a n
Under the boardwalk. Englewood Cliffs, N. J., Prentice-Hall,
1968. 144 p.
In fifteen brief chapters, Norman Rosten, better known as a poet,
recounts the adolescent strugglings of a Jewish boy in Coney Island three
decades ago.
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, P
h il ip
Portnoy’s complaint. New York, Random House, 1969. 274 p.
This has been the most controversial novel—Jewish as well as general—
in many years. It is the most sexually candid novel we have yet had in
“serious” literature and it concerns a 33-year-old Jew who hates his
Jewish mother, his Judaism and—himself.
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, E
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His celestial highness. New York, Abelard-Schuman, 1968.
222 p.
A collection of short stories, ranging from sketches to well-told tales,
set in many countries around the world, and dealing with Jews and non-
Jews alike.
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, A
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The adventures of Menahem-Mendl .New York, Putnam,
1969. 222 p.
One of Sholom Aleichem’s great comic characters is Menahem-Mendl,
the man who tries everything and never really succeeds.
His saga is told through his letters to his wife, Sheineh-Sheindl, and this
volume has much of the charm of the original Yiddish, here translated
by Tamara Kahana, Sholom Aleichem’s granddaughter.