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Jessica Weissman has commented on (12) products.

The Sabbath by Abraham Heschel
The Sabbath

Jessica Weissman, October 16, 2013

What is distinct about the Sabbath? It isn't all the rules about what you can and can't do. It isn't just a day of leisure. It is the sacred time, the palace in time that comes to us every week, the foretaste of eternity and the profound rest that truly makes up the Sabbath.

Heschel writes eloquently about what the Sabbath is, and how it takes us away from what he was already calling, in 1951, techological civilization. This is probably his most accessible book, and most compact statement of his theology. Read it to deepen your understanding of the Sabbath, and of Judaism as a religion of sacred time rather than sacred places or things (idols). Inspiring and beautiful. And the source of the phrase "Eternity utters a day".
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Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza by Ken Forkish
Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza

Jessica Weissman, January 2, 2013

Here's an artisan bread book that takes a new approach. Ken Forkish includes recipes with timings that are realistic for people with day jobs who can't stay home to tend developing dough. He has several non-perferment recipes that work, as well as preferment and levain recipes that are a notch or two less fussy than some.

I've had nothing but good results from his recipes and techniques.
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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Akata Witch

Jessica Weissman, January 19, 2012

Excellent take on the young witch/wizard trope. This one happens in Africa, with a mixture of African and African-American children who have to learn to control their powers and work together.

Lots of action, beautiful description, and swift-moving. The author does in under 300 pages what it took JS Rowling seven books to do.

One of the best books I've read in several years.
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Red Dust Road: An Autobiographical Journey
Red Dust Road: An Autobiographical Journey

Jessica Weissman, March 17, 2011

Jackie Kay is a fine poet and an engaging writer of prose. She told her story as a Black child adopted by two Scots communists in her first book of poetry. Now she has found both of her birth parents, and tells the story in prose. Not like any other birth parent reunion story I've read, cheerful and fascinating and full of Jackie Kay's good humor and serious emotion.
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The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell

Jessica Weissman, January 1, 2011

This is the best piece of fiction I read in 2010. The inaptly-named Feliks finds, in his early sixties, that pretty much everything he thought about his own early life is wrong, and that the political convictions by which he lived his life are also wrong. He actually changes his mind, coming of age very late.

This might sound dreary, but it is quite the opposite. The book is shot through with humor, and Feliks and the people he rediscovers make excellent company.
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