Herbert E. Shapiro

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The Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century

The focus throughout this illuminating and invaluable study is on secular modern Jewish writers from Central and Eastern Europe and their descendants. For all Jewish literature collections, and for informed general readers interested in modern Jewish secular literary culture.

Here We Are: My Friendship with Philip Roth

Like Roth, Taylor is a terrific raconteur, and readers are likely to be as entertained by his opinions as those of the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist. An eloquent and touching account that should appeal to all who appreciate the value of true friendship.

You Talkin’ to Me? The Unruly History of New York English

There are many terrific examples of New York speech throughout this text and White contextualizes them all extremely well. Highly recommended.

Dangerous Crooked Scoundrels: Insulting the President, from Washington to Trump

This authoritative handbook reveals how insults have always been a part of American politics
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Island Stories: An Unconventional History of Britain

With this well-documented and engaging, narrative, readers will gain a better understanding of the nuanced histories of this island nation.
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Bagels, Bumf, and Buses: A Day in the Life of the English Language

For anyone curious about where everyday English words “come from,” this accessible text will prove to be an enticing choice, as well as a useful guide for general readers seeking resources on English usage and popular linguistics.
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A Rosenberg by Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name Changing in America

Highly recommended for general readers as well as academic collections of Jewish studies, ethnic studies, and immigration studies.
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Not Bad for Delancey Street: The Rise of Billy Rose

Highly recommended for readers interested in Jewish American culture and New York show business in the mid-20th century.

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