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Best-selling novelist Jackie Collins dies at 77

(JTA) — Jackie Collins, whose steamy novels sold more than 500 million copies, has died following a six-year battle with breast cancer that she never divulged to the public.

Collins, the daughter of a Jewish father and an Anglican mother, died Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 77.

Her best-selling novels, mostly depicting the lives of women in Hollywood, have been sold in 40 countries throughout the world. Her 1983...

Oliver Sacks, neurologist and ‘Awakenings’ author, dies at 82

(JTA) — Dr. Oliver Sacks, a noted neurologist and the best-selling author of “Awakenings,” has died.

Sacks died Sunday of cancer at his home in New York City, according to The New York Times. He was 82.

He gained prominence from his work as a clinical neurologist, as well as from the books he wrote based on his patients’ cases.

“Awakenings,” which was published in 1973, was about a group...

Novel about Nazi-Jewish affair roils romance literature world


(JTA) — German thinker Theodor Adorno famously stated that it’s barbaric to write poetry after Auschwitz — but he said nothing about romance novels.

For author Kate Breslin, the Holocaust apparently provided just the right amount of narrative tension for her new book, “For Such a Time,” inspired by the Book of Esther.

The novel, which chronicles the blossoming affections between Hadassah Benjamin, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Jewish...

Scott Cowen’s ‘Invevitable City’ is released in paperback

Scott Cowen’s “The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America” will be released today in paperback form at all area bookstores.

Cowen, who was the subject of an exclusive CCJN interview in 2014, served as the 14th president of Tulane University from 1998 until his retirement last summer. He is the recipient of numerous national awards and was appointed by President Barack Obama to...

REVIEW: Bronston’s ‘Walking New Orleans’ a welcome companion


Walking New Orleans by Barri Bronston (Wilderness Press, 2015) 238 pgs. Photographs by Donna Goldenberg and Barri Bronston. $18.95.

With an emphasis on being environmentally sensitive and as a means of promoting healthy living alternatives, “Walking New Orleans” by Wilderness Press is the latest in a series of books designed to encourage walking tours of various selected cities.

Former Times-Picayune reporter and current Tulane University assistant director...