My Dear Hindalla, Remember Me. Letters from a Lost World May 1937-January 1940

By Marlene S. Englander Windjammer Adventure Publishing, Chagrin Falls. 2011. 172 pages. $34.95.

What was everyday life like in the late 1930s before World War II and the Holocaust? How did friendships endure? Meet Hinda Zarkey and Nochum Berman. Hinda is a teenager trying to adjust to her new life in the United States, while Nochum remains in Lithuania, hoping to come to America. Through his letters to her, their friendship unfolds – a friendship based on shared values and hope for the future. Their correspondence is a refuge from everyday troubles and challenges, as the comfortable life they once knew is unraveling. This book is a tribute to their friendship and a testament to the rich heritage of a world that is lost but not forgotten.


By Laurel Gans

E-book. 2011.

Former CJN intern Laurel Gans’s e-book tells the story of Kacey Barlow, a cocky college senior who loses her seat in the dental school her family has been attending for generations. Gans was inspired to write the novel while preparing for her own dental school interviews. The Mayfield High School graduate, a second-year dental student at The Ohio State University, said that although the book is fictional, many scenes are based on the real-life experiences of her and her twin sister.

The Torah Garden

By Philip Terman

Autumn House Press, Pittsburgh. 2011. 120 pages. $14.95.

In this collection of poems, Philip Terman explores the meaning of being a Jew in America, invoking personal and family history, prayer, religious exploration, and political invective. Terman, a Torah-educated Jew from Cleveland, explores the tension between a heritage rich with commandments and the ways in which that religious and cultural heritage impact life and identity in modern times.

Who Said Jews Aren’t Funny?

By Sandy Rozelman CreateSpace, Charleston, S.C. 2011. 227 pages. $14.99.

Solon resident Sandy Rozelman compiled 350 of the “best of the best” of Jewish humor that she amassed over 20 years into one book. Here are a few samples: “When the doctor called Mrs. Goldberg to tell her that her check came back, she replied, ‘So did my arthritis.’” And “A woman goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Chanukah cards. She says to the clerk, ‘May I have 50 Chanukah stamps, please?’ The clerk says, ‘What denomination?’ ‘Oh my God! Has it come to this? OK, then give me six Orthodox, 12 Conservative, and 32 Reform.’”

Pulp and Paper

By Josh Rolnick

University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, Iowa. 2011. 192 pages. $16.

“I glanced out the window as my train pulled into the station and saw the girl who killed my son.” So begins Akron native Josh Rolnick’s debut collection of eight stories accenting the unavoidable tragedies of life, while revealing the grace and dignity with which people learn to deal with them. The stories – four set in New Jersey and four in New York – demonstrate the interconnectedness of both the neighboring states and the residents who inhabit them.

Simple Actions for Jews to Help Green the Planet: Jews, Judaism and the Environment

By Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins Growth Associates Publishers and Booksellers, Princeton, N.J. 2011.

236 pages. $17.99.

The global environmen-tal crisis facing mankind is the focus of this user-friendly, how-to book written by Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins, former Park Synagogue head rabbi. Elkins employs principles of Jewish thought to explain the Jewish role in this struggle. Drawing upon the wisdom of biblical, Talmudic, Midrashic and other texts, as well as modern, reliable, scientific research, Elkins lists specific actions that individuals can perform to slow (and even reverse) the earth’s environmental deterioration.

Change your Menopause! Why one size does not fit all

By Dr. Wulf Utian

Utian Press, Beachwood. 2011. 219 pages. $14.50.

Often referred to as the “godfather of menopause, ” Wulf Utian, a repro-ductive endocrinologist and gynecologist and professor emeritus of reproductive biology and obstetrics and gyne-cology at Case Western Reserve University, draws upon his scientific knowledge and clinical experience as a physician with more than 40 years’ experience to provide the facts about menopause and how it represents the ideal opportunity to take control and enhance the quality of the second half of life. He presents a comprehensive and scientifically substantiated overview of body changes with menopause, where things can go wrong, how to diagnose them, and all the options for prevention and treatment of problems. The hormone dilemma is clarified. He also presents an overall philosophy on how to use menopause as a catalyst for a healthy and fulfilling life.

Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care, 9th Edition: A Handbook for Parents of Developing Children from Birth through Adolescence

By Benjamin Spock, M.D., updated and revised by Robert Needlman, M.D. Simon and Schuster. Pocket Books, New York. 2011. 1,152 pages. $8.99.

MetroHealth System pediatrician Dr. Robert Needlman has updated and expanded the late Dr. Spock’s timeless classic on baby and child care. The ninth edition speaks to any parent who is raising children in a rapidly changing world. The book provides reassuring advice on age-old topics, such as caring for a new baby, as well as accidents, illness and injuries. It also includes medical opinion on immunizations, obesity and nutrition, children’s learning and brain development, and coping with family stress.

From the Bookshelf features books written by Clevelanders or former Clevelanders. To submit a book for consideration, contact (put “Bookshelf” in the subject line), fax to 216-454-8200, or mail to 23880 Commerce Park, Suite 1, Beachwood, OH 44122.

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