How to Spell Chanukah: 18 Writers on 8 Nights of Lights

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Ring in the Holiday That Has a Special Place in Jewish Hearts...and Stomachs

Profound Questions! "Chanukah unearths a debate that's been going on for centuries. Yes, I'm talking about potato latkes: grated or mashed?" —Amy Klein

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Ring in the Holiday That Has a Special Place in Jewish Hearts...and Stomachs

Profound Questions! "Chanukah unearths a debate that's been going on for centuries. Yes, I'm talking about potato latkes: grated or mashed?" —Amy Klein

Telling Confessions! "Perhaps here is where I should mention that my 100 percent Jewish father was—and remains—obsessed with Christmas." —Jennifer Gilmore

Unlikely Revelations! "Shocker of all shockers, the first Jewish governor in the United States was elected in...Idaho! Swear." —Jill Kargman

Tender Recollections! "You are reminded of your real gifts: a family who you get to come home to." —Laura Dave
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  • ISBN-13: 9781565125384
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 11/2/2007
  • Pages: 255
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 7.32 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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Emily Franklin

Emily Franklin is the author of The Girls' Almanac and Liner Notes and numerous novels for young adults. She has edited three previous anthologies, including It's a Wonderful Lie: 26 Truths About Life in Your Twenties.

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Contents

Introduction: HanuChannuk Chanukah by Emily Franklin xi

The Blue Team by Joshua Braff 1

Creature Comfies by Joshua Neuman 7

Week at a Glance by Elisa Albert 21

Chanukah Your Hearts Out! by Steven Almond 39

The Guinea Pig by Jennifer Gilmore 43

The Only Dreidel in Idaho by Jill Kargman 61

Rock of Ages by Jonathan Tropper 77

Traditions Break by Eric Orner 95

Oak Street, 1981 by Peter Orner 119

Dolls of the World by Joanna Smith Rakoff 123

Chanukah Glutton by Tova Mirvis 151

My Peaceful and Glorious Brothers by Edward Schwarzschild 161

Oh, Lord. Oh, Lourdes. Alors! by Mameve Medwed 175

My Father's Menorah by Adam Langer 187

An Israeli Chanukah by Amy Klein 203

Presents! by Ben Schrank 215

The Light, the Sword, and the Nintendo DS by Karen E. Bender and Robert Athony Siegel 223

Eight Nights by Laura Dave 237
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