Category Archives: On My Night Stand

On My Night Stand | The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Yes, I know this is not a craft book or a work of literature, and there’s no Jewish content here. But I present these two books here in the interest of spring cleaning and renewal. I’d heard about Marie Kondo … Continue reading

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On My Night Stand | The Seven by Ellen Friedman

I attended a session at the Princeton Public Library three weeks ago about writing the memories of others. The speaker, professor and memoirist Ellen G. Friedman, shared her family’s story: seven of her family members escaped east into the Soviet … Continue reading

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On My Night Stand | A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry by Gregory Orr

Every now and then I like to indulge in a good craft book. I am a fan of Gregory Orr’s poetry and saw this book advertised in the latest issue of The Writer’s Chronicle. It’s targeted toward young poets—a population … Continue reading

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On My Night Stand | A World Erased by Noah Lederman

I continue to be a sucker for memoir, and Holocaust memoir in particular. But I’m looking to this book for how Lederman moves back and forth in time, from his present self to his seven-year-old self, points in between, and … Continue reading

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On My Night Stand | Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

This weekend I’m reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. More specifically, I’m re-reading it. It’s inspiring me to go back to a manuscript and revise it, to forget about the five novels gathering dust under the bed, and to move forward. … Continue reading

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On My Night Stand

This weekend I’m reading Elizabeth Rosner’s Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory (Counterpoint, 2017). I’m a big fan of memoir in general. Rosner addresses a return visit to Buchenwald with her father, who survived the camp … Continue reading

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New Friday Feature | On My Night Stand

Beginning Friday, February 9, The Whole Megillah introduces a new pre-Shabbos feature: On My Night Stand. This weekend I’m reading Albert Hepner’s memoir, Avrumele. I met Albert in the adjunct office of Mercer County Community College where I teach first-year … Continue reading

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