Jessica Bushore

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The Language of Thieves: My Family’s Obsession with a Secret Code the Nazis Tried To Eliminate

A puzzling family mystery uncovers a forgotten language and its ties to Nazi Germany in this probing literary history that will attract linguistics enthusiasts.

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Judaism for the World: Reflections on God, Life, and Love

This contemporary analysis of tenants of the Jewish faith will be welcomed by informed and ambitious readers of religion and Judaic studies.

The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China

This bold blend of personal and political history will reward enthusiastic readers for their time.
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The Queen of Paris

Utilizing first person for past scenes and third person for present scenes is generally off-putting and confounds the narrative. Readers of traditional biography may prefer Anne De Courcy’s Chanel’s Riviera, which also addresses Chanel’s wartime spying.
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Love, Death & Rare Books

A deep dive into the antiquarian book market, this is best suited for hard-core bibliophiles and literati.
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Chanel’s Riviera: Glamour, Decadence, and Survival in Peace and War, 1930–1944

More a regional history scrutinizing the intersection of wealth and war through the biography of a famous resident than a traditional treatment of Chanel’s life. Those seeking the latter may prefer Caroline Young’s Living with Coco Chanel.

Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning

An impeccably executed and unique genealogy that encourages us to examine the history that informs us of who we are.
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Sacred Ground: The Cemeteries of New Orleans

A focused visual celebration of New Orleans’s tomb architecture targeting well-informed readers or duotone photography aficionados.
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Fled

Inspired by the life of Mary Bryant (1765–94), Keneally’s solo debut (after the “Monsarrat Trilogy,” coauthored with her father, Thomas Keneally) is not the first to fictionalize Bryant’s story. However, this novel’s strength is chronicling the horrors convicts experienced during transport, the desperate environment awaiting them in Australia, and the daring navigation of an unknown coastline.

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