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her grandfather’s strange outbursts and the power of her
family’s Jewish history.
CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK
M
a rc ia
a n d
L
o u i s
P
o s n e r
A
w a r d
,
presented by Sylvia Avner.
Just Enough Is Plenty: A Hanukkah Tale,
by Barbara Diamond
Goldin (Viking Kestrel)
Barbara Diamond Goldin’s first book,
Just Enough Is Plenty,
is a lovingly told Elijah tale, set in a Polish shtetl. Malka’s family
is poor, but not
so
poor. Mama can always provide enough to
welcome one more. On the first night of Hanukkah, when a
stranger, an old peddler, comes to their door, mama is able
to make just enough . . . and just enough is plenty. In return,
the peddler brightens their holiday with games, songs, and sto­
ries, especially his favorite stories of Elijah. The book is greatly
enhanced by Seymour Chwast’s vibrant paintings.
CONTEMPORARY JEWISH LIFE
M
u r ie l
a n d
P
h il
B
e rm a n
A
w a r d
,
presented by Dr. Mervin
Verbit.
Broken Alliance: The Turbulent Times Between Blacks and Jews in
America,
by Jonathan Kaufman (Charles Scribner’s Sons)
Broken Alliance
by Jonathan Kaufman is a timely book.
Kaufman’s account of the changing relationships between Jews
and Blacks in America is draped around several biographical
sketches which give his analysis historical concreteness and per­
sonal depth. His treatment not only describes the social trends,
but also perceptively conveys the tensions and ambiguities felt
on both sides.
Broken Alliance
can teach Jews and Blacks much
about themselves and about each other.
FICTION
W
il l iam
a n d
J
a n ic e
E
p s t e in
A
w a r d
,
presented by Dr. Joseph
Lowin.
The Immortal Bartfuss,
by Aharon Appelfeld (Weidenfeld &
Nicolson)
“I expect greatness of soul from people who underwent the
Holocaust,” says the “immortal” Bartfuss, a hero whose own
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