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"Like another city, a city within a city, or a city on top of a city, layers upon layers, like a cream cake," Esti G. Haim writes of Haifa in her latest book, which takes place there. Haifa, the northern port city that slopes from Mount Carmel to the Mediterranean coast, is Israel's third largest and is known both for its dramatic topography, as described by Haim, and its diverse population.