November 12, 2014

Book Review: "Phoning Home" by Jacob M. Appel

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Phoning Home, by Jacob M. Appel

Phoning Home
By Jacob M. Appel
The University of South Carolina Press
Reviewed by Jason Pettus

Jacob M. Appel's Phoning Home is the type of essay collection I really love, which made it a welcome sight when arriving in my mailbox earlier this year. A doctor, lawyer, and ethics professor based out of New York, as well as a veteran fiction writer (both of novels and short stories) and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, he puts all of these experiences to good use in this newest book, penning personal yet analytical non-fiction pieces on such varied subjects as his Jewish upbringing, the morality of playing pranks, and a lot more, combining the flair and style of a creative writer with the fastidiousness and attention to detail that you would expect from such an academe. Always entertaining while often also being quite thought-provoking, this is a book for those who like their literature smart, compelling, yet not too terribly dense, and it comes enthusiastically recommended today for a general audience, and especially those interested in Jewish-American history and the practical complications of theoretical ethical decisions.

Out of 10: 9.3

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Filed by Jason Pettus at 9:37 AM, November 12, 2014. Filed under: Literature | Literature:Nonfiction | Reviews |