Mr. Samson is not one of those superhero teachers that people make movies about. Neither is he an oblivious foil to the antics of a classroom of hilarious teenagers. Rather, Mr. Samson, who was once Yuba County Teacher of the Year, has turned to alcohol to deaden the pain caused by his school’s insistence that he focus on raising student test scores instead of engendering a love for literature. As Mr. Samson sinks deeper into a well of whiskey, a student throws him a rope and lifts him out. Mr. Samson regains his teaching mojo and puts himself on a collision course with the school’s vice-principal. While he’s confident enough to take on the school admin, he’s absolutely petrified by another development: a spark between him and his student rescuer. Think Lolita enrolls in Dead Poet’s Society.
Published October, 2016
The Bar Mitzvah and the Beast
The memoir of an extraordinary bike ride across the United States taken when Yonah Biers-Ariel refused to have a Bar Mitzvah. This alternative rite of passage proved to be life changing for everyone in the family.
Published on April 1, 2012
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The Triumph of Eve & Other Subversive Bible Tales
The genesis of these 12 retellings of biblical stories comes from a close reading of the original Hebrew. Usually Biers-Ariel reveals the original intent of the story. The child-friendly story of Noah and the Ark filled with pairs of cuddly mammals and rainbows is returned to a story of genocide and a revelation of the dark nature of our species. Sometimes Biers-Ariel takes a detour from the original text to reveal an alternative; hence, Eve as heroine rather than villain. All stories are told with Biers-Ariel’s typical humor.
Published on March 30, 2007
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Solomon and the Trees
An original tale that explains how it came that Jews plant trees on Tu B’shvat. Nominated as best book of 2000 by Jewish Librarian Association.
Published on October 1, 2000
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Spirit in Nature: Teaching Judaism and Ecology on the Trail
A Jewish trail guide for naturalists, camp counselors, Jewish educators.
Published on April 1, 2000
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The Seven Species: Stories and Recipes Inspired by the Foods of the Bible
Half of these seven midrashim (stories) are original; half are retellings of classic midrashim. Question: How much is one-half of seven? Read the book to find out.
Published on November 1, 2002
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