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Two new memoirs grappling with form, content, and truth

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Book Launches at Alma

Thursday, March 14 from 18:00

Jennifer Lang, author of Places We Left Behind: a memoir-in-miniature, and Judy Lev, author of Our names do not appear: a memoir, will be in conversation with Joan Leegant.

About Places We Left Behind: a memoir-in-miniature

When American-born Jennifer falls in love with French-born Philippe during Israel’s First Intifada, she understands their differences: she’s a secular tourist, he’s an observant immigrant. Determined to make it work, they spend the next 20 years rooting and uprooting their growing family, each in search of a place where they can feel home and whole. In Places We Left Behind, Jennifer puts her marriage under a microscope, examining commitment and compromise, faith and family.

Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jennifer Lang lives in Tel Aviv, where she runs Israel Writers Studio. Her prize-winning essays appear in Baltimore Review, Under the Sun, Midway Journal, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and served as an Assistant Editor at Brevity. Her first book, Places We Left Behind: a memoir-in-miniature, will be followed by Landed: A yogi’s memoir in pieces & poses (10/15/2024) both with Vine Leaves Press. Places was a finalist in Multicultural Nonfiction in both American Book Annual Best Book Awards and in the IAN Book of the Year Awards 2023, as well as a finalist for adult nonfiction in the Wishing Shelf book awards.

Clevelander Judy Labensohn is a pioneer of teaching English language creative writing in Israel. Her essays, poems, and stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Hadassah Magazine and have been anthologized in college textbooks. She wrote a personal essay column in The Jerusalem Post from 1983-2003. Writing as Judy Lev, Our Names Do Not Appear is her first book. She lives in Haifa.

“Reaching across decades and spanning cultural distances between Cleveland and Jerusalem, Lev’s quest leads to an intimate re-imagining of her own experience of family trauma. A richly moving story of a woman’s growth to insight and compassion.” Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, author of The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious