The New Spice Box: Contemporary Jewish Writing
Published: September 2020© 2020
Imprint: New Jewish Press
Page Count: 264 Pages
Illustrations: 15 b&w illustrations
Dimensions: 6.20 x 9.10
264 Pages, 6.20 x 9.10 x 0.80 in, 15 b&w illustrations
The New Spice Box includes short fiction, personal essays, and poetry by Jewish writers from a broad range of cultural backgrounds. Fresh and relevant, profound and lasting, this anthology features works by acclaimed short story writers David Bezmozgis, Mireille Silcoff, and Ayelet Tsabari; groundbreaking memoirists Bernice Eisenstein and Alison Pick; and award-winning poets Isa Milman, Jacob Scheier, and Adam Sol.
The driving force behind The New Spice Box is the desire to uncover the twin touchstones of original expression and writerly craft, and to balance the representation of genres, styles, and authorial perspectives. Here, authors summon the past as they probe their cultural inheritance and move forward into the future. The New Spice Box shows that Jewish literary tradition, Jewish experience, and Jewish identity can be expressed in innumerable ways.
Part I: Voice
Bernice Eisenstein, "Yiddish Holds the World"
Daniel Goodwin, "Isaac"
Elaine Kalman Naves, "Silent Witness"
Naomi Guttman, "Lot’s Wife"
Norman Ravvin, "Glendale, North of Alhambra, East of Burbank"
Isa Milman, "Yiddish in North America"
Nancy Richler, "Life’s Promise"
Lauren Kirshner, "Marilyn Monroe Stuttered"
Jacquie Buncel, "In the Closet with My Relatives on the French Riviera"
Jessamyn Hope, "The Reverse"
Part II: Place
David Rakoff, "Arise, Ye Wretched of the Earth"
Isa Milman, "A Daughter Recognizes a Father Who Spoke"
Bob Bossin, "Sweet Lilies’ Advice"
Carol Lipszyc, "Feather Boy"
Ruth Panofsky, "Pearl"
Ruth Panofsky, "Immigrant"
Cary Fagan, "Nora By the Sea"
Daniel Goodwin, "Heritage"
Mireille Silcoff, "Shalom Israel!"
David Bezmozgis, "An Animal to the Memory"
Part III: Practice
Alison Pick, from Between Gods
Jacquie Buncel, "Children of Holocaust Survivors"
Renee Norman, "Lottery"
Renee Norman, "Prayers for the Almost Dead"
Ayelet Tsabari, "Brit Milah"
Adam Sol, "Simcha"
Adam Sol, "Taking Down the Sukkah"
Jason Camlot, "Distinctions"
Jason Camlot, "Etrog"
Jacob Scheier, "The Language of Our People"
Jacob Scheier, "My Mother Dies in Reverse"
Naomi Guttman, "Prayer"
Sigal Samuel, "Wor(l)d Salad: A Writer’s Love Letter to the Hebrew Language"
"The New Spice Box is a treasure. The texts that Ruth Panofsky has gathered show us contemporary Jewish writing at its most dynamic and exhilarating – haunted by the past, tangled up by languages, connected to the world."Josh Lambert, University of Massachusetts Amherst
"The New Spice Box is state of the art. It travels no tired ground; it presents a range of genres; and it brings writerly voice and place into sharp focus."Norman Ravvin, author of A House of Words: Jewish Writing, Identity, and Memory and The Girl Who Stole Everything
"This sparkling new collection of writing by Jewish authors illuminates diverse aspects of Jewish tradition and experience through its astute and wide-ranging selection of poetry, short fiction, and memoir. I have no doubt that The New Spice Box will be an important contribution to modern Jewish literature."Goldie Morgentaler, University of Lethbridge
"Though they come from a particular place and what appears to be a particular vantage point, these pieces by Jewish writers are as broad-minded and universal as a collection could be. They speak to universal themes and do so beautifully, often poignantly. What a fine collection this is for any sensitive and intelligent reader."Joseph Kertes, former dean of the School of Creative and Performing Arts at Humber College and author of Last Impressions
"The New Spice Box is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary Jewish literature. This anthology illuminates an exciting spectrum of Jewish writing, showcasing the diverse spaces, languages, histories, experiences, and literary forms of Jewishness."Emily Robins Sharpe, Keene State College
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