RaveJewish Book CouncilBenjamin Moser is the first Sontag biographer to have had full access to her journals. He draws upon them with tact, empathy, and truly extraordinary insight, weaving her life together with her work ... One of the great pleasures of this authoritative work is Moser’s confident, clever, erudite voice. He writes with a deep understanding of literature and intellectual history, and with considerable sympathy for his subject ... In short, Moser’s Sontag is a landmark achievement.
RaveJewish Book Council\"... [Englander\'s] best novel to date ... kaddish.com is a more intimate novel than either of Englander\'s other two ... When he writes about a yeshiva, or the Nachla\'ot neighborhood of Jerusalem, [Englander] has an especially keen eye and ear. He has always had an instinct for the telling detail, and it\'s a continual delight for the reader, as his fans—especially of his short stories—will attest. kaddish.com has many virtues: the brisk pace of the story, the appealing supporting characters, the ongoing suspense. Chief among them, though, is Englander’s abiding sympathy for people and the mistakes they make, and his understanding of the aching need for forgiveness.\
RaveThe ForwardEternal Life, a novel both adventurous and wise ... is no allegory—it’s a love story, or many love stories, with the same conflicts and joys and heartbreaks that are part of any life ... Dara Horn captures the sights, smells, and sounds of Jerusalem under Roman occupation as vividly as she portrays Manhattan in our present moment of blockchain speculation and genetic research. She is also intellectually provocative ... Eternal Life is enlivened by witty, mordant depictions of everyday life ... Dara Horn brings immense imagination to her gripping story—an ambitious, satisfying, and moving meditation on what we ultimately live for.