Yosl Rakover Talks To God by Zvi Kolitz (1946)

On Holocaust Memorial Day, this week’s Random Book of The Week is both a classic of Holocaust literature, and a curious literary phenomenon. Zvi Kolitz (1919-2002) was a Lithuanian Jew who left his homeland in the thirties to live in Italy and then Palestine, where he led recruiting efforts for the Zionist Revisionist movement and…

Ringing in the New Year Book Tag

Thank you very much to Bookish Underdog for tagging me for this! THE RULES: – Link to the person who tagged you – Link to the creator of the tag – Rae @ Bookmark Chronicles – Answer the questions below – Tag friends (or not if you don’t feel like it) THE QUESTIONS: 1. Best…

Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier

In Woman: An Intimate Geography, Natalie Angier takes us on a journey through the magic of the female body, exploring the science behind each of its wonderful parts and functions – ovaries (the ‘gray sacks of heirloom pearls’), the womb, breasts (here by accident, apparently), the clitoris, female chromosomes, hormones (oestrogen is a mysterious creature),…

Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth

Barry Unsworth’s 1992 Booker Prize-winning masterpiece is an epic tale centred on the mid-18th century journey of the Liverpool Merchant from Liverpool to Africa and the American colonies as part of the ‘triangular’ Atlantic slave trade, ‘the greatest commercial adventure the world had ever seen, changing the course of history, bringing death and degradation and…

A Calendar of Consolation, selected by Leonard Woolf (1967)

Happy New Year! After the surprising turmoil of 2016, I  spent some time today thinking about which coping mechanisms will help me face whatever 2017 may bring. A good deal of this revolved around listening repeatedly to the poet Jon Bon Jovi’s rousing message of hope, Keep the Faith, until I realized I needed to…