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In the prologue to “Seltzertopia: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Drink,” author Barry Joseph reveals the question he asked himself when presented with the prospect of writing a history of seltzer. “How could there be enough for a whole book?”

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Part love triangle, part war story, “Promised Land: A Novel of Israel” by Martin Fletcher spans the decades from Israel’s independence to 1967. While true historical figures — from David Ben-Gurion to Ariel Sharon — serve as characters, the story focuses primarily on a fictional family.

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It was a little chaotic getting all three members of the band Distant Cousins on the phone the day before Thanksgiving, but they made it work, even as one of them, Duvid Swirsky, talked on his car’s speakerphone with the antic chatter of two 6-year-old boys in the background. 

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Rebecca Traister, writer at large for New York magazine and contributing editor at Elle, recently published her third book, “Good and Mad,” an examination of what happens not only when women get angry, but when they deploy that anger to galvanize social change. Women’s anger, Traister writes…

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Beth Ricanati’s memoir, “Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs,” tells the story of one woman’s search for health and spiritual tranquility.

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Even before its official release this month, Norman Eisen’s “The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House” ranked No. 1 on Amazon’s list of new Jewish biographies.

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What would you do if you were alone in a room with Adolf Eichmann? What kind of conversation would you have? These questions come to mind watching “Operation Finale,” which details the 1960 capture of Eichmann, who was living undercover in Buenos Aires. The film stars Oscar Isaac as Mossad a…

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Not long ago, in an antiques shop, I found a February 1937 issue of “National Geographic” that featured Berlin. It portrayed a city thriving under Nazi rule, with photos of streets festooned with swastika flags, Hitler’s birthday parade and children smiling in front of swastika-draped buildings.

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Imagine it’s your first day of college and, as you walk toward your dorm, students smile at you, greet you fondly, hug you and welcome you back, even though you’ve never been here before. Sounds like a Twilight Zone episode, right?

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For book lovers, the summer is the perfect time to sit back and relax — after applying sunscreen, of course — and read beneath the sun.

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On Monday, the Arizona Jewish Historical Society held the public opening for “Israel at 70: The Diverse Faces of Israel,” a solo exhibit of photography by Joel Zolondek, a Jewish News contributor. Marty Haberer, CEO of Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, and Vicki Cabot, a former Jewish Ne…

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Honest cooking and sincere storytelling rely on similar ingredients: tradition, love, humor and spice, among others. These components are found throughout “Candies from Heaven,” the newly translated memoir of leading Israeli culinary journalist and TV personality Gil Hovav.

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I began reading Nicole Krauss’ new novel, “Forest Dark,” with interest, most especially because the hardback copy I picked up from the library had a blurb on the front cover from the author of one of my favorite books.

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After four years at Steele Indian School Park in downtown Phoenix, the Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest is moving to the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in Scottsdale.

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Raise your right hand (put your smartphone down first) and repeat after me: “I am ready for a digital detox.”

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The Arizona Jewish Historical Society’s Summer Music series holds its second concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 13, with “Klezmania” at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix.

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During the summer, children like to forget anything that reminds them of school. But keeping your children intellectually engaged can prevent the so-called “summer slide” when they head back into the classroom.

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The Arizona Jewish Historical Society’s Summer Music series makes its debut 2-4 p.m., Sunday, July 16, with “A Tour of Jewish Europe Through Classical Music Starring Chris and Johnny Rice” at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix, in the Lewkowitz Sanctuary.

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Chandler’s Downtown Public Library is presenting its free annual documentary film series, “Get Reel,” this summer from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesdays through July 12. The films will be screened in the Copper Room on the second floor of the Downtown Library located at 22 S. Delaware St.

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