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Retired Unitarian Universalist minister Randy Becker has written a mystery novel, “It’s Always the Little Things,” and “The Venice Stories,” a collection of short stories set in Venezia. He and his wife, Elissa, enjoy extended visits with daughters and grandchildren in Washington, D.C., and Oakland, California. “The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath and the New Moon Festival,” by Marcia Falk, has been brought back into print by CCAR Press in honor of the book’s 20th anniversary. The collection, which raises questions about theology, gender and language, includes new essays by scholars in the U.S. and Israel. A book launch for the reprint will be held on Oct. 19 at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. CCAR Press, a division of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, is the primary publisher of the Reform movement. Stephen Herman has practiced forensic and adult psychiatry for more than 40 years. He writes, “I continue to love what I do. Although still based in the New York metro area, last year I married an extraordinary woman who lives near Phoenix. Along with her have come two grown daughters, a son-in-law and two grandsons. I will be moving out there later this year. I have already started a practice there and am very busy. Living in Arizona will be challenging, as I don’t carry a gun and typically stop functioning when the temperature is above 85 (and let’s not discuss politics). I look exactly the same as I did in college (alternative fact).” A new book by Ron Kronish, P’99, “The Other Peace Process,” was published in August. The book shares lessons and stories from Ron’s 25-year career in interreligious dialogue. He is the proud sabba (Hebrew for “grandpa”) of five grandchildren and this year celebrated 48 years of marriage to Amy. “Brooklyn Wars,” Triss Stein’s fourth mystery about Brooklyn neighborhoods and their past, was released in August. The novel is rooted in the history and politics of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Oregon journalist Alan Waldman, who has published more than 2,000 articles on a range of topics in more than 60 magazines, has written “89 Smart, Foreign TV Series,” a book about English-language TV shows from countries other than the U.S.

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