Dec 2, 2013 — Ari Shavit's My Promised Land looks at Israel through the eyes of its citizens. It debuts at No. 8.
Nov 18, 2013 — Journalist Ari Shavit says Israel must find a way to reconcile its democratic values with the reality of everyday life there. His new book draws from interviews with hundreds of Israelis — both Jews and Arabs — as well as his military experience and Zionist family history.
Oct 3, 2013 — Richard Rodriguez's autobiographical essay collection, Darling, chronicles a complex personal history and attempts to reconcile the author's sexual, religious and cultural identities. Reviewer Cord Jefferson calls it an "eccentric mélange" — a true salvation while wandering the literary desert.
Jun 24, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Rosecrans Baldwin opines about France, Carissa Phelps goes from juvy to J.D., and Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy chart the history of rabies. In fiction, Shani Boianjiu draws from her time as an Israeli soldier, and Sheila Heti crafts a novel from her own life experiences.
Sep 18, 2012 — Shani Boianjiu was just 18 when she, like most Israelis, served a mandatory two years in the Israeli Defense Forces. She's drawn from her experiences as a teenage soldier in her debut novel, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid.
Sep 18, 2012 — Author Shani Boianjiu's debut novel draws on her own military experience to tell the story of three young women in the Israel Defense Forces. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the book has a refreshing frankness that's initially very appealing — but its episodic nature wears thin after a while.
Apr 3, 2012 — Journalist Peter Beinart supports Israel but thinks the Jewish settlements in the West Bank are compromising Israel's commitment to democracy. He has proposed a boycott of goods made in those Jewish settlements.
Dec 16, 2011 — These five outstanding novels take us to unfamiliar eras and exotic locales — ancient Israel, Elizabethan England, 1920s Paris — while confirming our common humanity.
Dec 11, 2011 — Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion is a mythic figure. In Ben-Gurion: A Political Life, Israeli President Shimon Peres talks about his mentor.
Nov 5, 2011 — When Jerusalem fell in 70 A.D., hundreds of Jews journeyed through the desert to a place called Masada. They called it home until the Romans came and a bloody battle left behind only a few survivors. Alice Hoffman tells her own version of the story in her new novel, The Dovekeepers.