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The Netanyahus
The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family | Joshua Cohen
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A job interview goes awry for the exiled patriarch of Israel's First Family in this riotous novel from one of contemporary fiction's most brilliant and audacious writers. Corbin College, not quite upstate New York, winter 19591960: Ruben Blum, a Jewish historianbut not an historian of the Jewsis co-opted onto a hiring committee to review the application of an exiled Israeli scholar specializing in the Spanish Inquisition. When Benzion Netanyahu shows up for an interview, family unexpectedly in tow, Blum plays the reluctant host to guests who proceed to lay waste to his American complacencies. Mixing fiction with nonfiction, the campus novel with the lecture, The Netanyahus is a wildly inventive, genre-bending comedy of blending, identity, and politics that finds Joshua Cohen at the height of his powers.
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jlhammar
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I adored this campus novel. Well-crafted, entertaining and so very funny. Deserving of its Pulitzer win, in my opinion. And much if it takes place around the holidays (with the requisite family drama) so this was the perfect time of year to enjoy it.

I went with print, but my husband raved about the audiobook production so you may want to give that a try. Heartily recommend!

Aims42 This sounds very interesting! I don‘t know why I get “Royal Tenenbaums” vibe from the description, is it anything like that? Or Wes Anderson-esque? Doesn‘t matter really, it sounds good! 16h
Hooked_on_books I love the subtle! 😂 16h
Suet624 @Aims42 I always think of the Tenenbaums too when I see this book. 16h
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Aims42 @Suet624 Yay! Not the only one lol 🙌😁 16h
jlhammar @Aims42 @Suet624 Oh, how funny that you both thought Tenenbaums! I‘d say Anderson is more eccentric. Ruben Blum is more of an everyman character and some of the scenes in here are more chaotic/madcap (in the best way). I definitely think this could make a great movie though! 13h
Aims42 @jlhammar That‘s excellent praise! Will definitely check this one out 😃 13h
sarahbarnes This is on my TBR! 49m
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sisilia
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3⭐️ This started really well; it‘s funny and refreshing, but I didn‘t like it when the story has became heavy with slapstick comedy. It‘s the winner of Pulitzer price of fiction 🤷🏻‍♀️ I just don‘t get it. All the awards and prizes have been quite questionable of late, anyway.

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sisilia
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Slow progress….

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 4mo
Bookzombie Love this photo! 4mo
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sisilia
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Lol ! Love this! I think I‘ll be having a good time with this novel

UwannaPublishme 😁😁😁 4mo
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Pedrocamacho
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This book defies easy description. I definitely enjoyed it. Honestly, it was a pretty wild ride by the end.

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jlhammar
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Monday #bookmail. Quite the subtitle on this one! Winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. I was somewhat disappointed that it didn‘t go to The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, but it is always kind of fun to see lesser known titles get some prize love. I‘ve not read Joshua Cohen before. Look forward to giving him a try.

EvieBee LOL what a title! I love it! 7mo
sarahbarnes Yes! I thought the same thing when I heard it on NPR! 7mo
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UrsulaMonarch
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I did not understand my reaction to this book - I loved it at first and/but grew to almost hate it. I was intrigued by the time and setting at the start of the book, but I guess steadily lost interest as the Netanyahus themselves entered the story and things went off the rails (and got more slapstick). There's a lot of fun and humor early on with etymology and language.

UrsulaMonarch The afterword reminded me of in that it made me rethink the entire story with a bit of bafflement and wonder if I should have read the afterword first. 11mo
UrsulaMonarch But I would be happy to read MUCH more of Taffy Brodesser-Akner's thoughts on the book!!! https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/18/books/review/joshua-cohen-the-netanyahus.html 11mo
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AlizaApp
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Part comedic farce, part campus novel, this novel also somehow includes several essays about the Jewish diaspora and 20th century Zionism. A weird mix that might not have worked, but I enjoyed the whole thing.

rachelm Oo I have this on my shelf 12mo
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Woozy-Shooz
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A polemic more than a novel. Very broad farce meets Roth-like diaspora angst meets revisionist Zionist militant crankiness. Thin, kind of mean-spirited book.

Anna40 Oh no! Just bought it... does not sound good 1y
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