Yoel Finkelman's new book, Strictly Kosher Reading: Popular Literature and the Condition of Contemporary Orthodoxy (Academic Studies Press), is a pleasure to read.
Politely and with a sharp eye, Finkelman dissects haredi fiction, popular histories and biographies (which are really hagiographies), along with kiruv literature, the Slifkin book ban and, deliciously, Agudath Israel of America's The Jewish Observer.
Finkelman outs kiruv author Rabbi Lawrence Keleman for Keleman's misrepresentations of Jewish texts and his outright lies – including the false claim that he is "professor of education." Keleman does not have a graduate degree and does not teach in a college.
He busts haredi myth after haredi myth without the anger that would pervade the writing of others (like me, for example).
Finkelman does all this as an academic, citing hundreds of sources and following the academic standards frauds like Keleman could never meet (and would not meet even if they could).
Strictly Kosher Reading is a very important book, but it's also pleasure to read. Buy it (or get your library to buy it) and enjoy.