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"This guide is a pleasure to read, the result of Lambert's wry and breezy style."—Jewish Book World
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"The usual truth is that reference books belong in libraries, but Josh Lambert's American Jewish Fiction is a notable exception. American readers—those Jewish, those not—should buy it and flip through the pages when looking for a good novel to buy."—JBooks.com
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"As they say, you can't tell the players without a scorecard. And this [American Jewish Fiction: A JPS Guide] is a fine way to keep the literary score."—Jewish Herald Voice
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"Lambert's evaluations and descriptions make the Jewish novel come alive."—15 Minutes Magazine
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  • Series: JPS Desk Reference
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society; 1 edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827608837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827608832
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,332,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 21, 2009
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Many years ago I wrote a Ph.D. dissertation on American- Jewish Literature. I thought at the time that I had largely 'covered' the subject. Josh Lambert's remarkable Guide shows me how wrong I was. He has explored the subject in a far deeper and more extensive way than I had, broadening my 'specialist's' understanding. But the singular quality of the work is not only in the 'information' it provides, and the sense it gives of how very rich American- Jewish Literature is, and how well it goes beyond the Bellow- Malamud - Roth perception of it. Each of the summaries made here is done with great intelligence and literary skill. Each is a highly readable little essay in itself. And each will give readers new knowledge and more answers about writers they may have heard vaguely about , but know nothing real about.
This work is in its quality a model piece of writing. I enjoyed it immensely and will continue to use it, to refer to back to it in the future.
I believe each and every person who cares a bit about American- Jewish Literature, about American Literature about Literature can be instructed and delighted by this work.
A small masterpiece of its kind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Fischer VINE VOICE on August 11, 2010
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A well-written survey that not only covers most of the field but also places each work in its historical and stylistic context as well as referencing other books one might want to pursue for further reading. I know at least one important American Jewish writer whose works were omitted entirely, and that is the novelist and biographer, Bernard Wolfe. Perhaps this is because Wolfe's concerns were not limited to Jewish-American life, but many of his characters were Jewish and he is a great stylist, strongly influenced by Joycean wordplay and the occasional stream of consciousness as well. Other omitted writers include Sol Yurick and Mordecai Richler. Mordecai Richler was specifically excluded as being Canadian, but is mentioned four times in the notes for further reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Goldman on February 2, 2009
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Useful and entertaining survey of the unique and important contributions of Jewish writers to the American experience. Erudite but not pretentious. I read it cover to cover in one sitting.
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