Here All Along by Sarah Hurwitz

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Here All Along (Spiegel & Grau, $28) is a little literary gem. The author, Sarah Hurwitz, is a lawyer-turned-speechwriter who landed in the Obama White House and penned most of First Lady Michelle Obama’s speeches. Toward the end of the administration, after breaking up with a boyfriend, Hurwitz was looking for ways to fill her evenings and a friend suggested a class on Judaism at the Jewish community center. She went, and thus began a several-year plunge into a religion she had only been exposed to through Hebrew school and her Bat Mitzvah. Hurwitz spent thousands of hours studying ancient texts, querying rabbis and scholars, and debating with herself about the contradictions and paradoxes of Judaism as she explored how to apply its ethical teachings day-to-day. Hurwitz is a fluid, eloquent writer whose humility, honesty, and humor infuse each page, whether she is discussing conflicting interpretations of Jewish ritual and prayer or her own (often hilarious) adventures as she rediscovers the meaning and place of Judaism in her life. By the way, you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy and learn from this wonderful book.

Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life--in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) By Sarah Hurwitz Cover Image
$31.00
ISBN: 9780525510710
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Published: Random House - September 3rd, 2019

Tough Love by Susan Rice

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Tough Love (Simon & Schuster, $30) is Susan Rice’s fi rst book—and what a book it is. Fearless in her approach to life and work, Rice is equally fearless in telling her story. She recounts with candor and self-reflection the seminal moments from her childhood in Washington through her celebrated diplomatic career, which included appointments as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and National Security Advisor in the Obama Administration. Memoirs are hard to write, but Rice has the courage to venture where many others will not, describing in vivid terms the agony she felt as a child caught in the crucible of family tensions as she navigated her parents’ contentious divorce. She reckons with her own mistakes and limitations personally and professionally. And she doesn’t gloss over the tarnishing that comes when one has to operate in the cauldron of 21st-century politics—especially the fall-out of the Benghazi crisis, which cost her professionally and left deep emotional scars on her family. Tough Love is her story, in her words, unfiltered and unvarnished. Exactly what a great memoir ought to be.

Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For By Susan Rice Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781501189975
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 8th, 2019

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

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The Hunting Party (William Morrow, $26.99), by the young British author Lucy Foley, is the perfect mystery for the winter holiday season. A group of friends from Oxford, now in their 30s, schedule their annual New Year’s reunion at a luxurious hunting lodge in a remote part of Scotland. As soon as they arrive, a monster storm descends, leaving them snow-bound with no way to get out. On the second day, one of them—the reader doesn’t know who—is found dead, apparently murdered. Who did it? Foley alternates from character to character to tell the story, pin-balling her readers from one plausible theory to the next. As the narrative evolves, long-held secrets and simmering grudges emerge, adding to the suspense. As for the culprit? Is it one of the Oxford group? Or maybe one of two lodge employees who take care of the place? Or the strange couple who happen to be the only other people staying there at the same time? Get your cup of tea, light a fire, and sit down with this engaging, entertaining who-dunnit. And check the weather before you book a room in a Scottish hunting lodge in winter.
 

The Hunting Party: A Novel By Lucy Foley Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062868909
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Published: William Morrow - February 12th, 2019

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