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Your IQ on Israel high? Get Noa Tishby’s book. Read and savor. And understand, better and more fully.

Noa Tishby, an Israeli-American actress, producer, activist and one of Israel’s most prominent stars, needs no introduction. Yet we must share hot news about her new book, Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth (Simon & Schuster, $27.99), released on April 6, 2021. Tishby has written the first female-authored history of the country, dispelling myths and misconceptions about her homeland.

Who would know better? Tishby was born and raised in Tel Aviv, served for two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a singer in a military band and, as a producer, made history with the sale of In Treatment to HBO, the first Israeli television show to become an American series.

Israel is hot. We promised Tisby and the powers that be at S&S we wouldn’t reveal everything, but some highlights from the book include: Israel addresses:

  • Why understanding the history of Israel is crucial to dispelling false narratives about the country and to shaping the nation’s future, and the future of the Middle East.
  • How Israel is a multicultural, noisy, and democratic melting pot that promotes and protects gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and religious pluralism in a region dominated by monarchs and theocratic governments hostile to those liberal values. Israel is such a vibrant democracy it is almost ungovernable, as is about to be displayed yet again, in the upcoming elections on March 23, 2021 and the mess which will most likely ensue.
  • The origins and historical implications of the modern Zionist movement: how it was created as a movement for Jewish liberation, self-determination, and self-governance in a Jewish, but not an exclusively Jewish, state.
  •  The Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement’s anti-Semitic roots and how they have been building barriers to peace and dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians, not bridges. Tishby also exposes the fact that some of BDS’ most influential funders are linked to supporters of Islamist terror organizations, which are now sponsoring your innocent-looking BDS on Campus campaigns.
  • Why the decades-long conflict in the region is not an Israeli-Palestinian conflict; it is an Israeli–Arab world conflict that has been going on for almost a century, since long before the State of Israel was created. Recent developments such as The Abraham Accord are a welcomed regional change which may shift the balance of power for the better.
  • How Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, has been controlling Gaza since 2006 and has built a sophisticated and well-funded network of underground attack tunnels in order to execute terrorist attacks on civilians inside Israel’s borders.

Enough? Nope. Get the book. Read and savor. And understand, better and more fully.

The Barbizon Hotel’s saga is finally told: Are you listening Liza? Ali? Even Grace and Sylvia from beyond?

Grace Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Sylvia Plath, Ali McGraw, Joan Didion, Meg Wolitzer . . . New York’s most famous residential hotel—The Barbizon—lured the rich, the drunk, the suicidal. From Paulina Bren comes the first history of and the remarkable women who lived there. Mademoiselle magazine boarded its summer interns there, as did Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School its students and the Ford Modeling Agency its young models. Before the hotel’s residents were household names, they were young women arriving at the Barbizon with a suitcase and a dream.

Built in 1927 at the height of the Roaring Twenties, the Barbizon was intended as a safe haven for the “Modern Woman” seeking a career in the arts. It became the place to stay for any ambitious young woman hoping for fame and fortune. Plath fictionalized her time there in The Bell Jar, and, over the years, its almost 700 tiny rooms with matching floral curtains and bedspreads even housed Titanic survivor Molly Brown.

book coverNot everyone who passed through the Barbizon’s doors were unsinkable and destined for success—for some it was a story of dashed hopes—but until 1981, when men were finally let in, the Barbizon offered its residents a room of their own and a life without family obligations or expectations. It gave women a chance to remake themselves however they pleased; it was the hotel that set them free. No place had existed like it before or has since.

Taking readers from when the Barbizon was built on New York City’s Upper East Side to 2007 when it was converted into luxury condominiums,  The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free (Simon & Schuster, $27), is at once a star-studded romp through New York City over the decades, and a sharp social history of women’s ambition in the 20th century.

Until now, no book has chronicled its secrets and there are very few resources or records from the Barbizon. Bren is an expert researcher and gifted storyteller who has pieced together this hidden chapter in American history using never previously referenced archival material and new interviews she conducted with the Barbizon’s former residents. She brings a forgotten period in New York City and a rich cultural history of the young working woman to life.

Walter Isaacson tackles, quite brilliantly, the genius of Jennifer Doudna, one of the prime inventors of CRISPR, a system that can edit DNA

We’ve always loved the works of Walter Isaacson. Leonardo da Vinci. Einstein. Steve Jobs. He has established himself as the biographer of creativity, innovation and genius. Einstein was the genius of the revolution in physics, and Steve Jobs was the genius of the revolution in digital technology.

We are now on the cusp of a third revolution in science—a revolution in biochemistry that is capable of curing diseases, fending off viruses, and improving the human species. The genius at the center of Isaacson’s upcoming book, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race (Simon & Schuster, $35), is American biochemist and Nobel prize winner Jennifer Doudna, who is considered one of the prime inventors of CRISPR, a system that can edit DNA. (CRISPR has been used in China to create “designer babies” that are immune from the AIDS virus and in the U.S. to cure patients of sickle cell anemia.)

The Code Breaker

Doudna is also a pioneer in discovering the structure of RNA, the molecule that powers CRISPR and also the revolutionary new COVID vaccines that were approved last month. As we roll up our sleeves to get the shots, this book explains how they work. Isaacson shares how the development of CRISPR and the race to create vaccines for coronavirus will hasten our transition to the next great innovation revolution. The past half-century has been a digital age, based on the microchip, computer and internet.

Now we are entering a life-science revolution: Children who study digital coding will be joined by those who study the code of life—and all the moral dilemmas this brings.

Another winner!

Cheese, Wine, Bread: Katie Quinn recipes for great food and answers to what we consume

Let us tell you about Katie Quinn:  She always considered herself a foodie, but it was a serious accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury that caused her to look at food—and ultimately her entire life—in a different way. As Katie voraciously consumed food to heal, her curiosity around food itself grew. She found herself wanting to know more about the role food plays in our identity, our interactions and our traditions and soon decided to turn on the camera and record some videos about its process (videos which later blossomed into her YouTube channel and new career path; YouTuber).

And, of course, there’s the book.  In Cheese, Wine, and Bread: Discovering the Magic of Fermentation in England, Italy, and France (Simon & Schuster, $29.99), Katie takes readers on an incredible tour to share stories, delicious recipes, and the science behind everyone’s three fermented favorites.  The book will be released April 27, 2021. FYI: harpercollins.com/products/cheese-wine-and-bread-katie-quinn?variant=32205005914146

Fermentation was the common link between cheese, wine and bread (aka “the trio of life’s essence”) and Katie  knew she had to learn more about these delicious foods. When she recovered, Katie spent months as an apprentice with some of Europe’s most acclaimed experts to study the art and science of the process.

Cheese, Wine, and Bread is a fascinating look at how each product is made—from harvest through fermentation. Part artisanal adventure, part travelogue, and part cookbook, Katie brings the stories and science of these foods to the table, explains the process of each craft and introduces readers to the people behind them.

Let’s take a look at some appetizing info . . .

  • In England, Katie becomes a cheesemonger at Neal’s Yard Dairy, London’s preeminent cheese shop—the beginning of a journey that takes her from a goat farm in rural Somerset to a nationwide search for innovating dairy gurus. Along the way, she uncovers the role of British women in cheesemaking, shares a recipe for Cheddar Brownies and contrasts British and continental cheese.
  • In Italy, she offers an inside look at Italian winemaking with the Comellis at their family-owned vineyard in Northeast Italy. Making her way around Italy, she witnesses the diversity of vintners, from small-scale vineyards to large-scale producers and explores the industry’s new frontier—natural wine.
  • In France, she meets the reigning queen of bread, Apollonia Poilâne of Paris’ famed Poilâne Bakery, apprentices at boulangeries in Paris learning the ins and outs of sourdough, and travels the country to uncover the history of grains and understand the present and future of French bread and global bread culture.

Some of the many recipes in the book include:

  • Pub Mac’n’Cheese
  • DIY Yogurt
  • Cheddar Brownies
  • Spaghetti all’Ubriaco (Drunken Pasta)
  • Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas and Rosemary)
  • Zucchini Carbonara
  • Tortellini in (Parmigiano Reggiano) Brodo
  • Ciambelline al Vino (Wine Cookies)
  • A Cake to Celebrate! (white wine and olive oil cake with red wine buttercream frosting and boozy mascarpone filling)
  • Arancini con Melanzane (Fried Rice Balls with Eggplant)
  • How to Make a Sourdough Starter
  • Susie Q’s Sour Cream Challah
  • Walnut and Raisin Rye Loaf

Part artisanal survey, part travelogue, and part cookbook, featuring watercolor illustrations and gorgeous photographs, Cheese, Wine, and Bread is an outstanding gastronomic tour for foodies, cooks, artisans and armchair travelers alike.

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta shares the world’s best-kept secrets on how to ‘Stay Sharp’

I’m losing mind!
I can’t remember anything!
Sound familiar?
It does to me; those are two of my signature mottos.
Millions of Americans say brain health is the most important thing to them as they age. And yet, most people don’t know how to protect against decline. I don’t.
So I turn to Keep Sharp:  Build a Better Brain at Any Age (Simon & Schuster, $28), in which noted neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta shares the best-kept secrets of experts around the world for staying sharp, holding onto your memories and building resiliency.
Gupta has been one of the most trusted voices in medicine for two decades, and never more so than during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, keeping audiences informed of the latest developments and research. With Keep Sharp, Gupta approaches brain health with the same accessibility and science-driven advice Americans have come to know him for.Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age
With this engaging owner’s manual for keeping your brain in top working condition, Gupta debunks myths and answers questions about aging, like whether there is a “best” diet or exercise regimen for the brain, or whether it’s healthier to do crossword puzzles or to engage in more social interaction (spoiler: crosswords are not as impactful to brain health as many think).
Gupta also addresses brain disease, particularly Alzheimer’s, answering questions about the early signs and symptoms, and showing how to stay healthy while caring for a partner in cognitive decline. He casts an eye to the future, discussing the remarkable advances expected in the next ten to twenty years, including perhaps even successful therapy for Alzheimer’s disease.
For readers ready to start improving their brain health, Gupta provides a personalized twelve-week program featuring practical strategies to strengthen your brain every day.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is CNN’s multiple Emmy Award–winning chief medical correspondent and the host of the acclaimed podcast Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction, America’s go-to resource for expert advice on how to stay healthy and safe. The New York Times bestselling author of Chasing LifeCheating DeathMonday Mornings, and Keep Sharp, Dr. Gupta lives in Atlanta, where he works as an associate professor of neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine and continues to practice neurosurgery.

In ‘KG A to Z:bAn Uncensored Encyclopedia of Life, Basketball, and Everything in Between,’ Kevin Garrett looks back on his life and career with raw candor

U like unique, unfiltered memoirs?
U have it with Kevin Garnett, the NBA champion and 15-time all-star ahead of his induction into the Hall of Fame. He remains one of the most dominant players the game of basketball has ever seen.
He was also one of its most outspoken.
Throughout the course of his illustrious 21-year NBA career, he elevated trash talk to an art form and never shied away from sharing his thoughts on controversial subjects. In KG A to Z: An Uncensored Encyclopedia of Life, Basketball, and Everything in Between (Simon & Schuster, $28) he looks back on his life and career with the same raw candor. Garnett describes the adversity he faced growing up in South Carolina before ultimately relocating to Chicago, where he became one of the top prospects in the nation.
He details his headline-making decision to skip college and become the first player in two decades to enter the draft directly from high school, starting a trend that would be followed by future superstars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. He shares stories of playing with and against Bryant, James, Michael Jordan and other NBA greats, and he chronicles his professional ups and downs, including winning a championship with the Boston Celtics.
He also speaks his mind on a range of topics beyond basketball, such as fame, family, racism, spirituality, and music. Garnett’s draft decision wasn’t the only way he’d forever change the game. His ability to play on the perimeter as a big man foreshadowed the winning strategy now universally adopted by the league. He applies this same innovative spirit here, organizing the contents alphabetically as an encyclopedia.
If you thought Garnett was exciting, inspiring, and unfiltered on the court, just wait until you read what he has to say in these pages.

“We Had a Little Real Estate Problem” is a powerful tribute to a neglected legacy: Native American comedy

The reviews continue to rush in:
Judd Apatow raves that the book “is a game changer.”
Kliph Nesteroff coos it’s “the human encyclopedia of comedy.”
Steve Martin calls it “remarkable.”
The book? We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans & Comedy (Simon & Schuster, $27). 
The account begins in the late 1880s, when Native Americans were forced to tour in wild west shows as an alternative to prison. (One modern comedian said it was as “if a Guantanamo detainee suddenly had to appear on X-Factor.”)
While the book spans many years, Charlie Hill is the heart of it. The title comes from one of the most reliable jokes in Hill’s stand-up routine: “My people are from Wisconsin. We used to be from New York. We had a little real estate problem.”

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It charts Hill’s childhood in Wisconsin, his revelatory call to political comedy while watching Dick Gregory on TV in 1961, and his coming-up into the scene in Los Angeles with comedic legends like David Letterman. Hill got his big break from Richard Pryor and to this day is the only Native American stand-up to have appeared on The Tonight Show.
Mixed among stories about Charlie Hill, and other greats like Cherokee humorist Will Rogers, are stories from contemporary comedians on the road today including Jonny Roberts, a social worker from the Red Lake Nation who drives five hours to the closest comedy club to pursue his stand-up dreams and the 1491s, a sketch troupe whose satire is smashing stereotypes to critical acclaim.
Featuring dozens of original interviews and the exhaustive research that is Nesteroff’s trademark, We Had a Little Real Estate Problem is a powerful tribute to a neglected legacy.

“Dress Codes” is my fave book of the year (so far): It examines the death of the suit…bravo!

I am one of the people that refuses dress codes. I spent too many years having to bind myself in ties and suits, black ties for the Oscars and Tonys and Emmy and Grammys.

No more!

As I sit in my office and work on my next book, I can (and do) wear sweat pants and ripped T-shirts.

So what happens when our fashion rules come into conflict with changing social norms? Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History (Simon & Schuster, $30) answers this by exploring the laws of fashion throughout history to uncover the personal, social and political significance of clothing. Richard Thompson Ford, a Stanford law professor, takes a fascinating look at changes in fashion over centuries in order to see larger trends, arguing that fashion alone can transform the body itself into a form of political persuasion.

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People lose their jobs for wearing braided hair, long fingernails, large earrings, beards, and tattoos or refusing to wear a suit and tie or make-up and high heels. In some cities, wearing sagging pants is a crime. And even when there are no written rules, implicit dress codes still influence opportunities and social mobility. Silicon Valley CEOs wear t-shirts and flip flops, setting the tone for an entire industry: women wearing fashionable dresses or high heels face ridicule in the tech world and some venture capitalists refuse to invest in any company run by someone wearing a suit.

The tome explores and examines dress codes in areas such as race, religion, business and gender. Ford’s argues that formal dress codes target the least powerful—women, minorities, the poor—and he unpacks topics such as the Civil Rights Movement’s “radical chic” clothing, flapper feminism, Joan of Arc’s fashion, the death of the suit and how Christian Dior inspired the modern nun’s habit. This is how and why we dress the way we dress.

Did I read “the death of the suit”?


“Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote” is the authoritative account of one of the great episodes in the history of American democracy.

A new year that will bring change. We will kick out the scumbag misleading the country.

And we  will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.

Leading the parade is Ellen Carol DuBois’s Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote (Simon & Schuster, $28), a wonderful book that explores the full scope of the dramatic and inspiring suffrage movement—which brought half of the American population into the voting body, gave them fundamental political rights, and recognized their existence as individuals beyond the scope of family roles.

book coverRenowned historian  DuBois, a distinguished Professor Emeritus at UCLA, takes us through the very heart of American history with vivid portraits of the suffrage movement’s bold leaders and devoted activists. Profiled in the book are well-known foremothers like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, as well as lesser known figures like Carrie Chapman Catt and Alice Paul.

Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote is sure to become the authoritative account of one of the great episodes in the history of American democracy.

Joshua Hammer hatches a brilliant new book chronicling a globe-trotting smuggler

On May 3, 2010, an Irish national named Jeffrey Lendrum was apprehended at Britain’s Birmingham International Airport with a suspicious parcel strapped to his stomach. Inside were fourteen rare peregrine falcon eggs snatched from a remote cliffside in Wales.

So begins a tale almost too bizarre to believe, following the parallel lives of a globe-trotting smuggler who spent two decades capturing endangered raptors worth millions of dollars as race champions—and Detective Andy McWilliam of the United Kingdom’s National Wildlife Crime Unit, who’s hell bent on protecting the world’s birds of prey.book cover

From the volcanoes of Patagonia to Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park, and from the frigid tundra near the Arctic Circle to luxurious aviaries in the deserts of Dubai, The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird (Simon & Schuster, $26), tails a man who is reckless, arrogant, and gripped by a destructive compulsion to make the most beautiful creatures in nature his own.

It’s a story that’s part true-crime narrative, part epic adventure—and wholly unputdownable until the very last page. Another great book  that’s been hatched by Joshua Hammer, the best-selling author of The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu.