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THE CITY OF LIGHT by Theodore Bikel with Aimee Ginsburg Bikel, illustrated by Noah Phillips (Trade Hardcover Original; November 5, 2019; $16.95; ISBN 978-1942134619). The beloved late movie actor, folk singer, musician, composer, unionist, and political activist poignantly recounts moments from his childhood in Vienna, when he experienced and witnessed anti-Semitism as Nazi influence grew—and dreamed of a Jewish superhero, Judah Maccabee who could rescue the Jews. The book is based on a story commissioned by Moment Editor-in-Chief Nadine Epstein that was published in the magazine and read aloud on NPR’s Hanukkah Lights program in 2014.
Bob Mankoff, Cartoon and Humor Editor for Esquire and former New Yorker Cartoon Editor, collects his favorite Jewish cartoons in HAVE I GOT A CARTOON FOR YOU! The Moment Magazine Book of Jewish Cartoons (Trade Paperback Original; September 17, 2019; $19.95; ISBN 978-19421345968). Mankoff grew up Jewish in Queens, NY, went to the Borscht Belt as a kid where he saw performances by Jerry Lewis, Buddy Hackett and Rodney Dangerfield, among others. In this new collection, he presents his favorite Jewish cartoons and writes the introduction. The book features a foreword by the award-winning New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast.