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Jun. 8th, 2016

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Israeli books: A.B. Yehoshua's The Extra features a child-free heroine


"On the surface the new novel is about feminism and the right of women to choose not to bear children. But an underlying theme is whether liberal nationalism is an oxymoron, whether the rights of the individual (the essence of liberalism) can be reconciled with the needs of the nation." -- from my New York Journal of Books review of The Extra by Abraham B. Yehoshua. For an excerpt from the novel see my examiner article.

May. 30th, 2016

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Jewish books: in Max's Diamonds family secrets stalk its ambitious protagonist


"Max’s Diamonds, Jay Greenfield’s debut novel published last week by New York publisher Chickadee Prince Books, is a guilty pleasure, a book I enjoyed and could barely put down for its suspenseful serpentine plot despite its pedestrian and occasionally heavy-handed prose." -- From my examiner article. Also see my New York Journal of Books review, which concludes "with Max's Diamonds readers are rewarded with a fun and absorbing read whose fortuitous May publication date makes it a felicitous beach or airplane book."

May. 11th, 2016

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My poetry book Glued To The Sky is now an audiobook


My poetry book Glued To The Sky is now also an audiobook. Glued To The Sky includes both narrative and lyric poems concerning group identity and gender issues in a wide variety of forms. Glued To The Sky was published by PulpBits in 2003. Sadly, PulpBits went out of business in 2007. An ebook version of Glued To The Sky in the pdf format can be downloaded at davidfcooper.com

May. 10th, 2016

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Books: Charles Bock and Jennifer S. Brown portray Manhattan in earlier eras


"At first glance two historical novels published last week have little in common. Where Charles Bock’s second novel Alice and Oliver is a starkly realistic and unflinching portrait of a marriage undergoing trial by health crisis in 1990s New York, Jennifer S. Brown’s debut novel Modern Girls, on the other hand, is a warm, heimisheh tale of two generations of women in a Jewish immigrant family on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the 1930s whose opportunities and choices were limited by their gender." -- from my 4/13/16 examiner article. Also see my reviews of the two books in New York Journal of Books .

Mar. 25th, 2016

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Jewish books: Fishman and Tsabari explore home and displacement in new fiction


In my examiner article I write:

"Two fiction books published this month explore what home means for two distinct waves of recent immigrants. Boris Fishman continues to relate the experiences of Russian speaking Jews who immigrated to America in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s in his second novel Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo, and Canadian-Israeli writer Ayelet Tsabari explores the lives of young Israelis at home and abroad in her debut book of short stories The Best Place on Earth: Stories, which won the Jewish Book Council’s $100, 000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature in 2015 for the 2013 Canadian edition."

Also see my New York Journal of Books reviews of the two books:

Mar. 24th, 2016

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Israeli books: Youval Shimoni's experimental post-modern fiction classic A Room

In my New York Journal of Books review of Youval Shimoni's A Room I write: "A Room is strongly recommended to readers of post-modern and experimental fiction who enjoy stream of consciousness narratives and who are willing to delve deeper than a thin plot’s surface level."

See my examiner article for additional excerpts from the novel.

Dec. 31st, 2015

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Jewish books: Gyorgy Spiro's Captivity portrays First Century Roman Jewry

My review of Captivity by György Spiró appears in New York Journal of Books. Additional remarks about the novel and its historical background are found in my examiner article.

Nov. 5th, 2015

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91 year old William Gass' prose is still gorgeous in Eyes: Novellas and Stories

Eyes by William Gass book cover

My review of William Gass' new book of short fiction appears in New York Journal of Books. For a longer excerpt from the book and additional biographical info about Gass see my examiner.com article.


a book review by David Cooper: Eyes: Novellas and Storie...
Eyes: Novellas and Stories by William H. Gaas book review. Click to read the full review of Eyes: Novellas and Stories in New York Journal of Books. Review written ...


91 year old William Gass' prose is still gorgeous in Eye...
“The brown paper wall bore tears and peels and spots made by drops of who knew what — expectorations past.


Aug. 16th, 2015

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Big 5 personality test (I'm more extroverted in verse than in critical prose)

It's been a while since I posted anything other than book reviews here, but drwex posted his result of a personality test based on his writing, so I'll post mine. You can take the same test here: https://watson-pi-demo.mybluemix.net/

I did the test four times, first with excerpts from my narrative and dramatic poems, second with excerpts from my lyrical and some narrative and dramatic poems, third with my most recent New York Journal of Books book reviews, and fourth with my addenda to those book reviews published in examiner.com Results are behind the cut:

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Aug. 4th, 2015

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Israeli books: Ronit Matalon's autobiographic novel The Sound of Our Steps

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"A fictional and more literary tale of an Egyptian Jewish family’s diminished circumstances after immigrating to Israel is The Sound of Our Steps by Ronit Matalon, a novel published today in Dalya Bilu’s English translation by Metropolitan Books. In my New York Journal of Books review I praise it as a 'beautifully written and skillfully translated book that rewards rereading.'” -- from my examiner article Israeli Books: Ronit Matalon's autobiographic novel The Sound of Our Steps
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