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Life in Chelm - Books (and Storytelling)
Rich and humorous for all ages and cultures
"As a writer, Binder creates vivid tales that can be read and reread. As a storyteller, his work is vibrant and alive in the moment."
The first novel ever serialized via email!
"In the spirit of Sholem Aleichem… These stories of identical twins, confused from birth, will charm with their simplicity and sincerity."
From the day they are born, these twins are trouble. You will delight at the lives of Abraham and Adam Schlemiel as they wreak havoc for their parents and the whole village of Chelm.
A novel for adults and young people ages 12 and up.
"Schlemiels in cyberspace… old-fashioned storytelling in a newfangled way" –The Providence Journal
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The latest book and audiobook in the "Life in Chelm" series
She runs the only restaurant. He's the wisest man in the village. A romance at their age?
"The Lethal Latkes is not a murder mystery. It concerns some awful-tasting latkes (potato pancakes) and what you might call another Hanukkah miracle: love.” – The New York Times
“Village stories that deftly lift a curtain on a world of friendly humor and touching details of Jewish life…. the jokes and human pathos are expertly balanced.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Wisdom is foolish, innocence is poignant, and the complex is simple.” – AudioFile Magazine
What is Chelm?
Some people say that Chelm is a village of fools.
Mark says that the people of Chelm are misunderstood. Very misunderstood!
Their stories will make you feel warm as you smile, laugh, and maybe understand a little bit more about what makes humans wonderful.
SERIES ORDER (more or less)
- The Brothers Schlemiel (2001)
- A Hanukkah Present (2001)
- Matzah Mishugas (2010)
- The Misadventures of Rabbi Kibbitz and Mrs. Chaipul (2019)
- The Council of Wise Women (TBA!)
These books can be read in any order. While most of the work is appropriate for children and families, The Brothers Schlemiel and The Misadventures are written for adults first and children third or fourth.