This encyclopedic guide to modern Jewish culture offers a feast of learning. Focusing on the Ashkenazi-Western culture, it provides over 1100 entries by an international group of scholars. The format of the work resembles that of the Oxford Companions: clear double-columned pages yield a treasure trove of easy-to-read information and analysis. There are surveys on many pressing modern-day topics, among them feminism, art, and psychoanalysis. Readers will also enjoy the insightful biographical essays on such stellar contemporaries as Woody Allen and David Mamet. We have here a compulsively readable reference work. Highly recommended for most libraries.--Paul Kaplan, Highland Park P.L., Ill.