Read On Rosh Hashanah call, Trump tells American Jews “We love your country” and asks for their vote by Ron Kampeas (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

“We really appreciate you,” Trump said as he signed off the call, an annual pre-Rosh Hashanah presidential tradition. “We love your country also.”
Earlier, introducing his Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who brokered the historic deals with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain that were signed Tuesday
at the White House, Trump called him “an unbelievable leader for Israel.”
The comments echoed others
he has made in the past
that suggest that American Jews think of themselves as Israelis, including at
a White House Hanukkah party two years ago.

He doesn’t consider us Americans, and yet he expects our vote.
ReadReading: John Grisham 2 Vol. Boxed Set (The Firm, A Time to Kill) by John Grisham

Contains “The Firm” and “A Time to Kill”

Here’s an experiencial example of why Goodreads sucks. At least from the app, I couldn’t find standalone copies of either The Firm or A Time To Kill, just this boxed set and a few other boxed sets. Don’t get me wrong. Boxed sets are great, but it wasn’t what I was looking for. But I suppose I’m reading The Firm after A Time To Kill. The Firm is a book I really like, but I don’t think I appreciate a service like Goodreads, which theoretically has access to and control of the largest book database in the world and which we are all to one extent or another beholdent to, forcing the issue of my next read.
ReadFinished Reading: Last Man Standing by David Baldacci

When Web London’s FBI Hostage Rescue Team is ambushed in a dark alley, Web is the only survivor. As the FBI investigates, suspicion surrounding Web deepens.
Now, he needs help from an unlikely ally in his desperate search for the killer of his friends, and finds himself up against a force intent on finishing
the job that began in the alley.

Read Why Goodreads is bad for books by SARAH MANAVIS (New Statesman)

After years of complaints from users, Goodreads’ reign over the world of book talk might be coming to an end.

Sarah’s right. Goodreads sucks. I use it for two things: Tracking the number of books I’ve read in any given year, and the number of pages read in any given year. If I could figure out the pages part of the stats I’d quit using it. I think I can pull off number of books read in a year.

Right now I have an IFTTT webhook recipe pulling in the data from Goodreads, but the markup is so disgusting that I have to essentially save the post as draft and then update it in order to clean it up. I think I have 200-something drafts that need to be cleaned up right now. If anyone in the Indieweb community has come up with a way to track the stats part, I’ll drop Goodreads with a quickness.

ReadFinished Reading: Over the Edge (Alex Delaware #3) by Jonathan Kellerman

When the phone rings in the middle of the night, child psychologist Alex Delaware does not hesitate. Driving through the dream-lit San Fernando Valley,
Alex rushes to Jamey Cadmus, the patient he had failed five years before–and who now calls with a bizarre cry for help. But by the time Alex reaches Canyon
Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, Jamey is gone, surfacing a day later in the hands of the police, who believe Jamey is the infamous Lavender Slasher, a psychotic
serial killer. Wooed by a high-powered attorney to build a defense, Alex will get a chance to do what he couldn’t five years ago. And when he peers into
a family’s troubled history and Jamey’s brilliant, tormented mind, the psychologist puts himself at the heart of a high-profile case. Because Alex knows
that in a realm of money, loss, and madness, something terrible pushed Jamey over the edge–or else someone is getting away with murder.

Read Wake Up America, and Smell the Anti-Semitism by Eve Barlow (Tablet Magazine)

Americans of all races and political outlooks revile and attack Jews with unprecedented glee, while American Jews would rather talk about anything else

I agree with this article, except for the part where the right-wing anti-semitism is on the fringe. Trump didn’t praise Henry Ford’s great bloodlines from somebody’s basement. He hasn’t done or said any of his other anti-semitic shit from the basement either. And the reason Jews in the US don’t want to talk about anti-semitism is because every single Goddamn time we get “yeah maybe that’s bad but the other side is worse” from whoever we’re talking to and quite frankly it’s exhausting and we’d really appreciate it if everybody would quit making excuses for their side’s anti-semites and just recognize and acknowledge that the call is coming from inside the house and then help do something about it.
ReadFinished Reading: Priestess of Avalon (Avalon #4) by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Long-awaited final volume in the Avalon series by bestselling fantasy author, Marion Zimmer Bradley. As the Merlin of Britannia keeps his vigil atop the Tor of Avalon, Rian, the High Priestess of Avalon, dies giving birth to her fifth child. The girl, named Eilan with her mother’s dying breath, takes life. From the stars the Merlin draws forth her prophecy: ‘The child that was born at the Turning of Autumn, just as the night gave way to dawn, shall stand at the turning of the Age, the gateway between two worlds.’ A prophecy of greatness, but it seems that she is destined to walk a path unlike any trod by a Priestess of Avalon before! Published posthumously, this spellbinding historical romance is the concluding volume in the Avalon series from Marion Zimmer Bradley, the author of the worldwide bestseller, The Mists of Avalon, who died in 1999.

ReadFinished Reading: Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow

In this instant New York Times bestselling account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost.

In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move, and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family.

All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance they could not explain — until now. And a trail of clues revealed corruption and cover-ups from Hollywood to Washington and beyond.

This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. And it’s the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.

Both a spy thriller and a meticulous work of investigative journalism, Catch and Kill breaks devastating new stories about the rampant abuse of power and sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook our culture.

ReadFinished Reading: Blood Test (Alex Delaware #2) by Jonathan Kellerman

When the parents of deathly ill five-year-old Woody Swope vanish with their child, psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware and his friend, homicide detective Milo Sturgis, begin an investigation into their disappearance. Their search, however, leads them into an amoral underworld, where drugs, dreams, and sex are all for sale and where fantasies are fulfilled — even at the cost of a young boy’s life.

ReadFinished Reading: When the Bough Breaks (Alex Delaware #1) by Jonathan Kellerman

In the first Alex Delaware novel, Dr. Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry. Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific Palisades apartment. The police have no leads, but they do have one possible witness: seven-year-old Melody Quinn. It’s psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware’s job to try to unlock the terrible secret buried in Melody’s memory. But as the sinister shadows in the girl’s mind begin to take shape, Alex discovers that the mystery touches a shocking incident in his own past. This connection is only the beginning, a single link in a forty-year-old conspiracy. And behind it lies an unspeakable evil that Alex Delaware must expose before it claims another innocent victim: Melody Quinn.