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James Ross: Fragile Branches: Travels through the Jewish Diaspora

Nonfiction, 229 pp. 2000)

Journalist Ross introduces six isolated communities in India, Peru, Brazil, Israel, and Uganda that embrace Judaism despite enormous obstacles.  Offering new perspectives, encouraging reexamination of relationships with tradition, and reminding us of the richness and diversity of Jewish life, the book also poses the ever-perplexing question of who, exactly, is a Jew.