Adult Non-Fiction


In My Father's Court

In My Father's Court
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Like Isaac Bashevis Singer's fiction, this poignant memoir of his childhood in the household and rabbinical court of his father is full of spirits and demons, washerwomen and rabbis, beggars and rich men. This rememberance of Singer's pious father, his rational yet adoring mother, and the never-ending parade of humanity that marched through their home is a portrait of a magnificent writer's childhood self and of the world, now gone, that formed him.

Table of Contents:

The Sacrifice
Why the Geese Shrieked
A Broken Engagement
A Gruesome Question
The Washwoman
A Major din Torah
The family Tree
After the Wedding
To Warsaw
The Oath
The Purim Gift
The Suicide
To the Land of Israel
The Dispensation
The Secret
The Will
A Day of Pleasures
The Salesman
Reb Chayim Gorshkover
Reb Moishe Ba-ba-ba
Traitl
I Become a Collector
My Sister
The Miracle
Reb Asher the Dairyman
The Lawsuit
To the Wild Cows
The Divorce
Wolf the Coal Dealer
Descendants
The Satin Coat
A Boy Philosopher
Uncle Mendel
The Strong Ones
The Shot at Sarajevo
The Recruit
The Studio
Hunger
Vain Hopes
The Book
The Visa
The Journey
Bilgoray
The Family
Aunt Yentel
Old Jewishness
Winter in Bilgoray
New Friends
The New Winds

Lost in America

Lost in America
Singer, a Nobel Prize-winning author, reminisces about his leaving his friends in Poland in the 1930's, his coming to America to join his brother in New York, and his experiences in this strange new land.

Love and Exile

Love and Exile
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Love and Exile contains the three volumes of the Nobel Prize Winner's spiritual autobiography, covering his childhood in a rabbinical household in Poland, his young manhood in Warsaw and his beginning as a writer, and his emigration to New York before the outbreak of war, with the concomitant displacement of a Yiddish writer in a strange land.

More Stories from My Father's Court

More Stories from My Father's Court
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In My Father's Court is one of Isaac Bashevis Singer's most affecting autobiographical works. The stories in it, published serially in the Jewish Daily Forward, depict the beth din in his father's home on Krochmalna Street in Warsaw. A unique institution, the beth din was a combined court of law, synagogue, scholarly institution, and psychologist's office where people sought out the advice and counsel of a neighborhood rabbi.

The thirty-one stories gathered here, none previously published in English, show this world as it appeared to a young boy: In "A Guest in the Prayerhouse," a man who has converted to Judaism embarrasses the community with his extreme piety; in "She Will Surely Be Ashamed," a couple come for a divorce after forty years of marriage even though they are still in love; in the extraordinary "He Begs Forgiveness," a jeweler apologizes to his former fiancée for abandoning her twelve years before, igniting the imagination of the young Singer, who dreams of writing stories about dark, eternal love. From the earthy to the ethereal, these stories provide an intimate and powerful evocation of a world.

Table of Contents:

Chaim the Locksmith
The Shochet's Wife
A Guest in the Shtibl
A Chunk of Darkness
A Rabbi not Like My Father
Sounds that Interfere with Studying
Question or Advice?
Back from Abroad
She Surely will be Ashamed
He wants Forgiveness from Her
A Hasidic Rebbe on the Street
The Tinsmith and the Housemaid
What's the Purpose of Such a Life?
A Lawsuit and a Divorce
Nice Jews, but ...
The Gift
Freidele
Reb Zanvele
The Bride
Had He Been a Kohen
One Groom and Two Brides
An Unusual Wedding
Reb Layzer Gravitzer
Reb Yekl Safir
Father Becomes an "Anarchist"
My Father's Friend
A Forged IOU


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Young Man in Search of Love

Young Man in Search of Love
Creative non-fiction account of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s account of his young adult years in Warsaw, Poland. With a deft touch, he captures his coming-of-age during a time on the cusp of monumental change.
 
   
 
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