Philip K. Jason

Philip K. Jason

A University of Maryland Ph.D., Phil retired to Naples, Florida, in 2001 after a 36-year college teaching career, most of it at the U.S. Naval Academy. Now a freelance book reviewer, Phil’s “Florida Writers” column appears in the various local issues of Florida Weekly. He also writes for Fort Myers Magazine, Southern Literary Review, Jewish Book World, and other print and electronic publications. His 20 books include The Critical Response to Anais Nin; Acts and Shadows: The Vietnam War in American Literary Culture; and Don’t Wave Goodbye: The Children’s Flight from Nazi Persecution to American Freedom. A former officer of the Naples Press Club, Phil chaired the club’s annual Authors and Books Festival for eight years.


68 entries by Philip K. Jason

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Citizen 865

By Debbie Cenziper

Citizen 865

A Pulitzer-worthy investigation of escaped war criminals.

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Mark Twain’s Literary Resources

This astonishing portrait proves the iconic author was a committed bookworm.

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Man of My Time: A Novel

By Dalia Sofer

Man of My Time: A Novel

A dazzling tale of a person — and a country — in despair.

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Disengagement: A Novel

By Daniella Levy

Disengagement: A Novel

An Israeli microcosm of the polarization that infects politics across the globe.

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The Jewish American Paradox

By Robert Mnookin

The Jewish American Paradox

Who gets to decide what it means to be a Jew?

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The Interpreter: A Novel

By A.J. Sidransky

The Interpreter: A Novel

An unrepentant Nazi harbors key information about the whereabouts of a Holocaust survivor’s long-lost love.

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Bearing Witness

Andrea Simon’s Bashert marks an important addition to the Holocaust canon.

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999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz

Aided by solid research, the author bears compassionate witness to unspeakable horror.

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Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler’s Hidden Soldiers in America

A Pulitzer-worthy investigation of escaped war criminals.

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The Deserter: A Novel

By Nelson DeMille & Alex DeMille

The Deserter: A Novel

Only avid fans will get through this overly long, dialogue-heavy thriller.

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Old Bones: A Novel

By Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Old Bones: A Novel

An historical thriller about skeletons in the snow — and the closet.

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The Ventriloquists: A Novel

By E.R. Ramzipoor

The Ventriloquists: A Novel

A zany crew pulls a fast one on the Third Reich in this surprising tale based on actual events.

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The German Midwife: A Novel

By Mandy Robotham

The German Midwife: A Novel

This story, narrated from behind Axis lines, captures the enduring strength of women.

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Paris, 7 A.M.: A Novel

By Liza Wieland

Paris, 7 A.M.: A Novel

A riveting re-imagining of poet Elizabeth Bishop’s WWII-era sojourn in France.

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Mark Twain’s Literary Resources: A Reconstruction of His Library and Reading

This astonishing portrait proves the iconic author was a committed bookworm.

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You Can Stop Humming Now

By Daniela Lamas

You Can Stop Humming Now

The physician-author's tremendous writing skill elevates this winning work.

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A Wonderful Stroke of Luck: A Novel

The shadow of 9/11 looms over the lives of an otherwise privileged generation.

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The Secret of Clouds: A Novel

By Alyson Richman

The Secret of Clouds: A Novel

An exquisite story about how teachers and pupils enhance one another’s lives.

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The Wartime Sisters: A Novel

By Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Wartime Sisters: A Novel

Women bond — and sometimes break apart — in WWII-era New England.

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The Jewish American Paradox: Embracing Choice in a Changing World

Who gets to decide what it means to be a Jew?

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Promised Land: A Novel of Israel

A complex, brilliant family saga that explores the early decades of the Jewish state.

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Returning

By Yael Shahar

Returning

This dazzling epic about memory, and collective memory, integrates fiction with memoir in deeply original and ambitious ways.

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The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion

Recounting the ways the ancient faith redefined itself in the 18th- and 19th-century United States.

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Patient Care: Death and Life in the Emergency Room

This insider account of the ER provides high drama, fascinating detail, and unexpected humor.

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Jimmy Buffett

By Ryan White

Jimmy Buffett

Chronicling the once-obscure singer’s unlikely rise to mayor of Margaritaville.

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You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death, and in Between

The physician-author's tremendous writing skill elevates this winning work.

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Sadness Is a White Bird: A Novel

By Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Sadness Is a White Bird: A Novel

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict comes to life in this devastating tale of friendship and tragedy.

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Cut You Down: A Wakeland Novel

This thrilling second installment of the detective series will leave readers wanting more.

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The Hapsburg Variation: A Cold War Thriller

A CIA agent's mettle is tested in this tale of post-WWII intrigue.

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The Ruined House: A Novel

By Ruby Namdar; translated by Hillel Halkin

The Ruined House: A Novel

This breathtaking tale of a prominent professor's undoing is expertly woven with biblical passages.

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The Cuban Affair: A Novel

By Nelson DeMille

The Cuban Affair: A Novel

Razor-sharp storytelling from a seasoned pro.

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Forest Dark: A Novel

By Nicole Krauss

Forest Dark: A Novel

This ambitious meditation on spiritual transcendence and self-reflection hits all the right notes.

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Only the Dead Know Brooklyn: A Novel

Does this New York vampire novel have enough bite to deliver?

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Jumping Over Shadows: A Memoir

By Annette Gendler

Jumping Over Shadows: A Memoir

An exquisitely written conversion story which expounds upon personal and collective identity.

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Conviction: A Novel

By Julia Dahl

Conviction: A Novel

A gripping, worthy addition to the Rebekah Roberts series

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Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way

Chronicling the once-obscure singer’s unlikely rise to mayor of Margaritaville.

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Big Law: A Novel

By Ron Liebman

Big Law: A Novel

Corruption reigns inside a high-powered legal establishment.

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Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories

By Blume Lempel; translated by Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub

Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories

These spare, skillful tales are both introspective and illuminating.

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The Education of Dixie Dupree

By Donna Everhart

The Education of Dixie Dupree

A harrowing story of domestic trauma with Southern Gothic flair.

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Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

A hilarious and insightful tour of the Sunshine State.

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Karolina’s Twins: A Novel

By Ronald H. Balson

Karolina’s Twins: A Novel

An emotionally rich Holocaust thriller about long-kept secrets.

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The English Teacher

By Yiftach Reicher Atir; translated by Philip Simpson

The English Teacher

This psychological thriller probes the damaging uncertainties of life undercover.

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Brighton: A Novel

By Michael Harvey

Brighton: A Novel

This taut thriller tackles the perils of going home again

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So Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During World War II

A lightly fictionalized, little-known tale of disaster at sea

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The Bowl with Gold Seams: A Novel

By Ellen Prentiss Campbell

The Bowl with Gold Seams: A Novel

This brilliant tale of loss and redemption spans four decades, from a WWII-era Japanese detention center to the DC suburbs of the 1980s

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And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East

"An unexpected, suspenseful page-turner."

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By Julian Borger

The Butcher’s Trail: How the Search for Balkan War Criminals Became the World’s Most Successful Manh

This well-researched, sobering chronicle "is a necessary and admirable achievement."

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The Undoing

By Averil Dean

The Undoing

A close-knit trio of friends comes undone in this dark, suspenseful tale set on Colorado’s slopes.

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Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane

A delightfully readable, masterfully researched biography about one of film's most notable names.

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The Sea Beach Line

By Ben Nadler

The Sea Beach Line

A young man with an uncertain future seeks answers about his past.

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Saving Sophie

By Ronald H. Balson

Saving Sophie

This fast-paced, globe-spanning thriller takes readers from Hawaii to Hebron.

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The Murderer’s Daughter

By Jonathan Kellerman

The Murderer’s Daughter

This taut new thriller features a memorable, series-worthy heroine.

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Vixen: A Nameless Detective Novel

Imagine “La Belle Dame sans Merci” reborn in San Francisco noir.

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Run You Down

By Julia Dahl

Run You Down

This page-turner of a mystery, set in an ultra-orthodox Jewish community, brings a mother and daughter together at last.

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Goebbels: A Biography

By Peter Longerich; translated by Alan Bance, Jeremy Noakes, and Lesley Sharpe

Goebbels: A Biography

A stunning, encyclopedic study of Hitler’s propaganda minister.

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Losing Faith

By Adam Mitzner

Losing Faith

This smart courtroom thriller manages to humanize the law.

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Leaving Berlin

By Joseph Kanon

Leaving Berlin

This taut page-turner captures the contradictions and complexities of the post-WWII German capital.

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The Glittering World

By Robert Levy

The Glittering World

Hauntingly inventive, this debut page-turner of a novel is as creative as it is creepy.

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The Reckoning: Death and Intrigue in the Promised Land

Recounting the hunt for an anti-British terrorist in the closing days of Mandate Palestine.

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One to Go

By Mike Pace

One to Go

Are dreams or demons driving the protagonist of this thriller?

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The Man Who Asked to Be Killed

By Gary Garth McCann

The Man Who Asked to Be Killed

Politics, a legal trust, and a dead governor’s sister intersect in this thriller set in the DC metro area.

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No Time to Die

Kira Peikoff

No Time to Die

A sharp biomedical thriller asks, what if old age and infirmity were not inevitable?

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Mirages: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1939-1947

By Anaïs Nin; edited by Paul Herron

Mirages: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1939-1947

A new, unexpurgated volume of the author's diaries.

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The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem: The Remarkable Life and Afterlife of the Man Who Created Tevye

A theatrical study of the Yiddish writer whose short stories were the source for “Fiddler on the Roof.”

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My Mother’s Wars

Lillian Faderman

My Mother’s Wars

In this work of creative nonfiction about the life of a Latvian Jewish immigrant and her experiences in early-20th-century New York City, the author turns voluminous research into flowing action and imagery.

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Henning Mankell, translated by Ebba Segerberg

The Shadow Girls

Caught up in personal and career concerns, the protagonist in this novel about a novelist learns to look beyond himself and see the true suffering of others.

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Andrew Gross

15 Seconds

Philip Jason reviews the thrill ride that is Andrew Gross' 15 Seconds.

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Roberto Ampuero

The Neruda Case

Artistic invention and South American history color this richly textured novel in which a chance meeting with the poet Pablo Neruda leads to a game of sleuthing.