Monday, July 27, 2009

Book Review: Temple Bombing by Melissa Fay Greene

Temple Bombing by Melissa Fay Greene caught my eye at Half-Price Books because it was in the multi-cultural literature section, and I generally love that genre. I have mixed feelings about the book, despite the 5 star reviews it received on

Greene is a detailed author telling the true story of the bombing of a Jewish temple. I loved the historical context of the bombing among southern race relations after desegregation. However, about halfway through the fascinating context gave way to minute details on the investigation and trial related to the bombing, and at this point the detail becomes paaaainfully boring. I couldn't finish the book. It's no the fault of the author - she did a brilliant job of painting a vivid picture of the Jews in the South and how they perceived themselves and their faith amidst the culture. It's just that the trial itself really isn't all that interesting.

3 out of 5 stars.

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