How to Spell Chanukah

How to Spell Chanukah Cover

How to Spell Chanukah

18 Writers Celebrate 8 Nights of Lights

By Emily Franklin (Editor)

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Paperback, 9781565129344, 255pp.

Publication Date: September 11, 2012

Ring in the holiday with eighteen writers who extol, excoriate, and expand our understanding of this most merry of Jewish festivals as they offer up funny, irreverent, and, yes, even nostalgic takes on a holiday that holds a special place in Jewish hearts . . . and stomachs.Pieces by Jonathan Tropper, Jennifer Gilmore, Steve Almond, Joanna Smith Rakoff, Adam Langer, and others address pressing issues: what is the weight gain associated with eating 432 latkes in eight nights? Offer joyous gratitude: What a holiday No pestilence, no slavery, no locusts, no cattle disease, or atonement. Thank God. And afford tender truths: You are reminded of your real gifts: a family you get to come home to. Whether your family tradition included a Christmas tree or a Chanukah bush, whether the fights among your siblings rivaled the battles of the Maccabees, or even if you haven t a clue who the Maccabees were, this little book illustrates the joys, frustrations, and small miracles of the season.

About the Author
Emily Franklin is the author of"Liner Notes"and a story collection, "The Girls Almanac". She is also the author or coauthor of over a dozen young adult books including"The Half-Life of Planets"(nominated for YALSA s Best Book of the Year) and"Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom"(named to the 2013 Rainbow List). A former chef, she wrote the cookbook-memoir"Too Many Cooks: Kitchen Adventures with 1 Mom, 4 Kids, and 102 Recipes"to chronicle a year in the life of new foods, family meals, and heartache around the table.Her fiction and essays have appeared in the"Boston Globe", Monkeybicycle, the"Mississippi Review", "Post Road Magazine", Carve Magazine, and Word Riot, as well as on National Public Radio, among others. Her recipes have been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, and on many food websites. She lives with her husband, four kids, and one-hundred-sixty-pound dog outside of Boston.