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Sarah Laughed is the second collaboration between poet Judith Goldhaber and artist Gerson Goldhaber, a husband-and-wife team from Berkeley, California. Their first book, Sonnets from Aesop (Ribbonweed Press) won the Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY) as one of the ten best books published by an independent or university press in 2005. Judith Goldhaber is a poet, playwright, science writer, and journalist. Her poems have appeared in the National Poetry Review, The Garfield Lake Review, Prism, the Jewish Quarterly, Astropoetica, the Literary Review, and Byline. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for Poems on the Jewish Experience, the National Poetry Review s Annie Finch Prize, and the In the Beginning was the Word poetry contest (in two consecutive years). As a playwright, she has written the book and lyrics for two musicals based on the lives of great individuals in modern science. Her musical about Stephen Hawking, Falling Through a Hole in the Air, received a $5,000 grant from Paul Newman's "Newman's Own" Foundation. and won a prize in the Songs Judged as Poetry of the National Poetry Association. Her newest musical is about Einstein's "lost" daughter Lieserl. Gerson Goldhaber is professor of physics in the graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, and an artist who has worked in many media. His previous publications have been in the field of experimental particle physics and astrophysics. He is co-author of Experimental Foundations of Particle Physics (Cambridge University Press), and has written or co-authored over 250 papers reporting his research on elementary particles and cosmology. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Guggenheim fellow, and a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He was named California Scientist of the Year in 1977, and is a winner of the Panofsky Prize of the American Physical Society.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Ribbonweed Press; 1st edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976155419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976155416
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,984,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jenny Gumpertz on February 26, 2010
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This amazing book is a telling of Genesis not only from the Bible but also from Jewish folklore and literature, so it's full of fascinating surprises. The sonnets are thoughtful and graceful, and the colorful paintings are Chagal-like and soul-satisfying. To tell the truth, I couldn't put it down--I had to keep turning page after page. I had already read Fables from Aesop by the same authors and am so happy to have discovered both wonderful books.
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The collaborative team of Judith Goldhaber (text) and Gerson Goldhaber (illustrations) that produced the absolutely charming and delightful Sonnets from Aesop can be welcomed back with the same degree of cheering and hat-tossing for "Sarah Laughed: Sonnets from Genesis". At first sight, Genesis would not seem particularly fertile ground for the quirky Goldhabers, but Judith has allowed herself to stray most pleasingly from the straight and narrow Masoretic text now and again. For instance, following Jewish legends which made an admirable attempt to combine the two conflicting "Creation" accounts preserved in Genesis, Adam is presented as a man with two wives. Eve, whom we all know, was the second. The first was Lilith. In both Arabic and Hebrew, the name means "woman from the night". According to legend, Lilith and Adam didn't get along, so she ran away, and God was forced to replace her with Adam's rib. Judith Goldhaber cleverly eschews the obvious cliches. Instead she presents Eve as a wife possessed by such jealousy for the headstrong runaway that she asks the serpent to tell her truly, "Was Lilith fair? Did Adam adore her?" This is indeed a book that can be savored and enjoyed both for its innate charm and its striking insights into some of the familiar Old Testament stories.
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"Sarah Laughed" is a spectacularly delightful as well as significant little book. It presents the ancient Biblical stories in fresh, vivid, concise, and often humorous ways. The story of Cain and Abel amazes. The book has wonderful drawings starting with the cover. It is a fairly "quick read" and I consider it a perfect gift.
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This is a truly wonderful, bright and shining book. Judith's way with words and amazing ability with the complicated rhyme form make reading an experience in continual surprise and delight. I'm an agnostic, but the biblical stories still resonate, especially the way she tells them. There are also very poignant moments that I didn't expect at all. Then there are the illustrations, which have passion and color and meaning of their own. I don't often give 5 stars to a book or a movie, but this one is unique, deep, clever, and beautiful.
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