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And More Books
About Israel ...

NONFICTION

Jerusalem: City of Longing by Simon Goldhill
(Harvard University Press; $27.95): From the
observance of the three core religions to
everyday political tactics, urban life is explored
and given historical context.

A Dream of Zion: American Jews Reflect on
Why Israel Matters to Them edited by Rabbi
Jeffrey Salkin (Jewish Lights; $24.99): Essays
by a group of Jews, from yesterday and today,
express personal reasons for supporting Israel.
Writers include philanthropist Max Fisher,
Albert Einstein and singer Debbie Friedman.

What Israel Means to Me: By 80 Prominent
Writers, Performers, Scholars, Politicians,
and Journalists edited by Alan Dershowitz
(Wiley; $15.95): The late Rabbi Sherwin Wine,
of Michigan's Birmingham Temple, is one of
the contributors describing feelings about the
Jewish nation. His essay is in the company
of those written by entertainers Larry King,
Edwin Black and Uri Geller.

Lost Years: Bush, Sharon, and Failure in the
Middle East by Mark Matthews (Nation Books;
$29.95): An examination of American, Israeli
and Palestinian decisions points to the ways
peace negotiations have been derailed.

Will Israel Survive? by Mitchell Bard (Palgrave
Macmillan; $24.95): Issues such as Islamic fun-
damentalism, Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons
and a potential water shortage examined.

The Israelis: Ordinary People in an
Extraordinary Land by Donna Rosenthal (Free
Press; $16): An updated version of the 2005
bestseller describes Israel's different cultures
through the personal stories of its people.

.34 Days: Israel, Hezboilah, and the War in
Lebanon by Amos Harel & Avi Issacharoff
(Palgrave Macmillan; $27.95): The 2006 war is
recounted with an eye toward the future.

Terror in Black September: The First
Eyewitness Account of the Infamous 1970
Hijackings by David Raab (Palgrave Macmillan;
$24.95): Information from personal anecdotes
and historical documents dramatize the
author's survival in Jordan and the actions
that resulted in his release.

Churchill's Promised Land: Zionism and
Statecraft by Michael Makovsky (Yale
University Press; $35): Churchill's world out-

The pretty blond Alana Tal,
24, had a recurring role on TV's
Veronica Mars and was a regular
on Cane, a dramatic TV show that
began last fall and was effectively
killed by the writers strike. But she
has some movies in the pipeline.
Ayelet Zurer, 38, a patrician-
looking actress, has been an Israeli
film and TV star for two decades.
She was just cast as the co-star of
Angels and Demons, a big-budget
film prequel to The Da Vinci Code

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look is explained with regard to the effects of
his complex relationship with Zionism.

Brotherhood of Warriors by Aaron
Cohen (Ecco/Harper Collins; $25.95):
The author explains why he left an afflu-
ent lifestyle in Beverly Hills to become
a counterterrorist in the Israeli military.

Army Fatigues: Joining Israel's Army of
International Volunteers by Mark Werner
(Devora; $21.95): An American lawyer
describes his experiences serving on military
bases in Israel.

Shut Up, I'm Talking by Gregory Levey (Free
Press; $24): A Canadian tells about his work
as a speechwriter for Ariel Sharon and as a
representative of Israel.

Golda by Elinor Burkett (HarperCollins;
$27.95): The public and private sides of this
colorful leader are explored using documents
uncovered for the first time.

FICTION

Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell
(Random House; $25): American teacher goes
to Egypt during 1921 Cairo Peace Conference
and gets drawn into geopolitical intrigue.

Snapshots by Michal Govrin (Riverhead;
$26.95): After an architect dies in a car acci-
dent, her estranged husband makes dramatic
discoveries as he pieces together the life of
the woman he thought he knew.

Fine Art at the
Village of Rochester Hills

Saturday, May 17, 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday, May 18, Noon - 6 pm

Watch for our Summer Show August 2nd & 3rd

At the Village of Rochester Hills Shopping Center
NE corner of Walton & Adams, Rochester Hills, MI

Free Admission • Free Parking • Children's Activities
For More Information Call 248-689-8734
FineArtAtTheVillageTrcomcast.net

Light Fell by Evan Fallenberg (Soho; $22): A
man abandons his family to join a religious
farming community and seeks a reunion years
after a failed affair.

FOR YOUNG READERS

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea by Valerie Zenatti
(Bloomsbury; $16.95; ages 12 and Up): An
Israeli teen and a Palestinian teen communi-
cate by e-mail and confront a virtual courtship.

Keeping Israel Safe by Barbara Sofer (Kar-
Ben; $15.95; ages 8-13): Four young people
make decisions about military service and
provide a history of the Israeli army.

This Is Israel by Miroslav Sasek (Universe;
$17.95): Looking at illustrations to accompany
text, very young readers learn about the
Promised Land.

It's Israel's Birthday by Ellen Dietrick ( Kar-
Ben; $12.95; ages 2-6): Photos of children pre-
tending to be in Israel add to the text marking
the country's 60th year.

Be prepared for laughs when you see JET's production of

— Suzanne Chessler, special writer

coming out next
year. She had a key
role in the recent
Vantage Point, and
she co-stars in

Adam Resurrected,

a movie about the
Holocaust starring
Ayelet Zurer
Jeff Goldblum that
was filmed in Israel.
It will be released some time this
year.



Directed by: Mary Bremer

Playwright Richard Orloff's marvelously funny, skewed (but not untrue)
perspective on life, is expressed in a dozen sketches that will strike
a note of recognition and make us laugh at ourselves.

Ilet Your Tickets Tod.*

248.788.2900 • www.JetTheatre.org

Jewish Ensemble Theatre • 6600 West Maple Road • West Bloomfield

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