JBC Network Authors 2012-2013
Jewish Book Council created JBC Network to enable writers to present their Jewish interest books to as broad a readership as possible. Jewish book fairs and year-round book programs are a major force in the Jewish community. Below is a preview of some of the most interesting new authors to hit the Jewish literary scene for the 2012-2013 season. (The book summaries have been compiled from material provided by the respective publishers.)
The Other Talmud: The Yerushalmi
ÂŠ Liza Margulies
Jewish Lights Publishing, 2012. $24.99 ISBN: 978-1580234634 The Other Talmud opens up the world of the Jerusalem Talmud for beginners in a fun, entertaining fashion. This Talmud offers new forms of prayer and observance based in the Land of Israel.
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Center Street, 2012. $14.99 ISBN: 978-1599954097 In this explosive debut novel, Neil Abramson explores the beauty and redemptive power of human-animal relationships, the importance of faith, and the true meaning of communication in all of its diverse forms.
Seekers of Meaning: Baby Boomers, Judaism, and the Pursuit of Healthy Aging
Union for Reform Judaism Press, 2011. $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-8074-1226-8 Using key texts from the Torah, Rabbi Richard Address shows that the foundation of a happy and healthy life is the meaning we seek in the community of others and in our most fundamental relationship with God.
© Dan Kim
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Scribner, 2012. $15.00 ISBN: 978-1439181881 A book-length manifesto for the post-Pollan reader, An Everlasting Meal demonstrates that in order to eat affordably, responsibly, and well, we need to know how to cook.
Sandi Krawchenko Altner
Franklin and Gallagher, 2012. $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-46978-322-2 An epic romance set at the turn of the twentieth century, Ravenscraig reveals the secrets and lies that tie two families together. Rupert Willows hides his past and schemes his way to wealth and power, while Zev Zigman, a devout Jew, mounts a desperate struggle to leave Czarist Russia and put down roots in Canada.
Louisiana State University Press, 2010. $18.95 ISBN: 978-0-8071-3617-1 In Stations West, four generations of Jewish immigrants in the territory of Oklahoma struggle to create a home amid betrayals, nature’s vagaries, and burgeoning statehood. Dramatic and lyrical, Allison Amend’s first novel, steeped in the history and lore of the Oklahoma Territory, tells an unforgettable multigenerational—and very American—story of Jewish pioneers, their adopted family, and the challenges they face.
Rav Hisda's Daughter: A Novel of Love, the Talmud, and Sorcery
Grand Central Publishing, 2012. $24.99 ISBN: 9781455507214 For more than thirty years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But the family is now on the brink of tremendous change, and when Richard abandons his wife, it’s up to the next generation—with obsessions, loves, and foibles of their own—to take control.
Plume Books, 2012. $16.00 ISBN: 978-0452298095 Set in third-century Babylonia and based on actual Talmud texts, Rav Hisda's Daughter brings the world of the Talmud, especially its rabbis and their families, to life—from a woman's perspective.
Carol Ardman & Loren Fishman
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An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace
Yoga for Back Pain
No One Is Here Except All of Us
W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. $19.95 ISBN: 978-0393343120 Let internationally renowned rehabilitation specialist Loren Fishman, MD, be your personal instructor for a healthier back. A valuable resource for yoga students and instructors alike, Yoga for Back Pain will help you determine how to start your own yoga practice or alter your existing practice in order to achieve lasting comfort and strength.
Riverhead Books, 2012. $24.99 ISBN: 978-1-59448-794-1 A luminous, magical debut by a thrilling new literary talent: the story of an isolated Romanian village which tries to save itself from World War II by starting the world over again from scratch, and the girl who is determined to tell its story.
Whatever is Contained Must Be Released
Flags Over the Warsaw Ghetto: The Untold Story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
The Feminist Press, 2012. $29.95 ISBN: 9781558617681 Noted artist Helène Aylon made the audacious move from the old world streets of Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn to the free-for-all of San Francisco in the ‘70s to create art. In this memoir she combines religion, art, and feminism to tell the story of her completely unique life.
Gefen Publishing House, 2011. $29.95 ISBN: 9789652295279 The generally accepted account of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is incomplete; the truth begins with the existence of not one, but two resistance organizations in the ghetto. Two young men, Mordechai Anielewicz of the Jewish Fighting Organization (ZOB), and Pawel Frenkel of the Jewish Military Organization (ZZW), rose to lead separate resistance organizations in the ghetto, which did not unite despite the desperate battle they were facing.
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Moshe Dayan: Israel's Controversial Hero
My Mother's Spice Cupboard: A Journey from Baghdad to Bombay to Bondi
Louisiana State University Press, 2012. $17.95 ISBN: 978-0807144640 In this debut poetry collection, Elana Bell brings her heritage as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors to consider the difficult question of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Yale University Press, 2012. $25.00 ISBN: 978-0300149418 In this interpretive biography, Mordechai Bar-On, Dayan’s chief of staff during the Sinai War and eminent historian of Israel, offers an intimate view of Dayan’s private life, public career, and political controversies, set against a highly perceptive and original analysis of Israel’s political environment from pre-Mandate Palestine through the 1980s.
Hybrid Publishers, 2012. $24.95 ISBN: 9781921665554 My Mother's Spice Cupboard is the story of the author's Sephardic Jewish family's journey from Iraq to India to Australia, intertwined with the history of the Baghdadi Jews of Bombay.
Hershel Becker A Year to Remember
Love Peace: Blueprints for Lasting Relationships CreateSpace, 2011. $18.90 ISBN: 978-1466282070 Love Peace provides conversation starters using materials that follow the weekly Torah portion. It is an easy-to-use resource to help build meaningful, loving relationships.
Lee Bender & Jerome Verlin
Peter Beinart Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z
Pavilion Press, 2012. $16.90 ISBN: 1414507275 Point-by-point from A-to-Z, Pressing Israel exposes and analyzes the imbalanced-againstIsrael terms in which the mainstream Western media covers embattled Israel’s struggle against states and groups that seek to destroy it.
The Crisis of Zionism
Henry Holt, 2012. $26.00 ISBN: 9780805094121 In the United States, the refusal of major Jewish organizations to defend Democracy in the Jewish State is alienating many young liberal Jews from Zionism itself. In the next generation, the liberal Zionist dream—the dream of a state that safeguards the Jewish people and cherishes democratic ideals—may die.
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Half the House: My Life In and Out of Jerusalem
Sunstone Press, 2011. $19.95 ISBN: 978-0-86534-805-9 Half the House chronicles seven decades of life in the twentieth century, beginning with Rachel Berghash’s Orthodox Jewish upbringing in Jerusalem during World War II, time as an Israeli soldier, marriage to an American, and a quest that results in an embrace of the spirit of Judaism.
© Lauren Koch
Soul Mate Publishing, 2012. $4.99 ISBN: 978161935075-5 A Jewish food addict’s road to physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery as she searches for her beshert under the watchful eye of the nation.
Perfect is Overrated
St. Martin's Griffin, 2012. $14.99 ISBN: 978-1250001764 A freshly-divorced former assistant district attorney gets over her postpartum depression by solving the murders of the mommies from her daughter's pre-school class. It's funny, I promise.
© Noah Kalina
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Women from the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us
HarperCollins, 2012. $24.99 ISBN: 9780061969614 Women from the Ankle Down tells the story of shoes in the twentieth century. Part social history, part fashion history, and part popculture celebration, this book opens in the rural village of Bonito, Italy, and ends in New York City.
The Bar Mitzvah and The Beast: One Family's Cross-Country Ride of Passage by Bike
In the Sands of Sinai: A Physician's Account of the Yom Kippur War CreateSpace, 2011. $12.00 ISBN: 978-1466385443 The story of a war that tested a physician and his nation. In unvarnished details, the author describes his perspective of a war that shaped his own life and his nation's identity.
Mountaineers Press, 2012. $16.95 ISBN: 9781594856723 The story of a family's 3,800 mile bike ride taken because thirteen-year-old Yonah BiersAriel refused to have a bar mitzvah. Religious identity, energy sustainability, and an extreme family vacation feature prominently in this funny and poignant memoir.
Honor Killing 36
Livingston Press, 2012. $22.00 ISBN: 978-1-60489-091-4 The world depends on 36 anonymous righteous people, according to an ancient Jewish legend. If this legend were literally true and the Righteous were being murdered one by one, could a detective and a computer programmer save them?
Self, 2012. $15.00 ISBN: 0-9648809-1-4 A Mossad agent, sent into the West Bank to seduce the aging unmarried sister of a wanted terrorist cell leader in the hope of capturing his headquarters, is successful in his mission, but then is mysteriously murdered. Life and death intersect when a thirty-eight-year-old single American woman seeks a Jewish sperm donor.
The People of Forever are Not Afraid
Hogarth, 2012. $24.00 ISBN: 978-0-307-95595-1 A breathtaking debut novel about young women in the Israeli Defense Forces from a rising star in fiction, Shani Boianjiu, who was named a “5 Under 35” 2011 Award winner by the National Book Foundation.
My Charmed Life: Rocky Romances, Precious Family Connections and Searching for a Band of Gold
The Sweet Relief of Missing Children: A Novel
© Brendan Bullock
NAL Trade, 2012. $15.00 ISBN: 978-0451236937 Even as a young girl, Beth Bernstein was fascinated by jewelry and how it could evoke memories that would tell the rich history of her life. Bernstein’s story connects her past and present by connecting her most memorable events, one gem at a time, offering pearls of wisdom and fire-y keepsakes along the way.
Very Near to You: Human Readings of the Torah
Gefen Publishing House, 2012. $30.00 ISBN: 9789652295644 A new interpretation of the weekly Torah reading, written from a world view deeply committed to Judaism which places the responsibility of interpretation and identity on each one of us. The Torah is not in Heaven but in the heart and mouth of you and me, to study it and to live by it.
W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. $15.95 ISBN: 978-0393340754 The Sweet Relief of Missing Children is a suspenseful novel about the power of running and the desire for reinvention. It explores the terror and transcendence of our most central experiences: childhood, parenthood, sex, love.
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Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant
© Claire Zeggane
Manual For Living: Connection, A User's Guide to the Meaning of Life
Spirit Scope Publishing, 2011. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1937215002 Award-winning author and two-time cancer survivor Seth Chernoff guides us a through a series of questions, asking why we think and do what we do in relationship to our own life, others in our immediate environment, and humanity at large.
Riverhead Books, 2012. $26.95 ISBN: 978-1-59448-739-2 In this moving personal story, an Americanborn (and Catholic-raised) reporter for The International Herald Tribune travels to Spain to uncover the long-buried secret of her family’s past: that they were Jews forced to convert to Christianity during the Inquisition.
© Alan Chapelski
What a Plant Knows
Texas Tech University Press, 2011. $26.95 ISBN: 978-0896726833 Is he crazy, is he holy? Adam Friedman wears no cape and has no superpowers—or has he?
Scientific American, 2012. $23.00 ISBN: 9780374288730 Engaging and wonderfully informative, Chamovitz’s What a Plant Knows will make you look at the flowers and trees around you with new appreciation and understanding.
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Scribner, 2012. $25.00 ISBN: 9781416572893 From the seasoned New York Times reporter whose beat is “ideas and trends,” a fascinating, revelatory, and timely book about middle age, from the nineteenth century, when the concept of “middle age” was born, to the present.
The Fish That Ate the Whale
The Forgetting River: A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity, and the Inquisition
In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age
© Jeremy Medoff
It Books, 2012. $16.99 ISBN: 978-0061961410 With honesty and heart-rending emotion, actress and filmmaker Dyan Cannon tells the story of her topsy-turvy relationship with Hollywood legend Cary Grant. Cannon’s captivating narrative takes the reader behind the scenes of Hollywood’s Golden Age, inside America’s high court of glamour and notoriety in which Cary Grant was king.
W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. $25.95 ISBN: 978-0-393-08160-2 “Jews in India?” is the question that intrigues Jonathan Feinstein when he attends a graduation party with his wife Lali. He learns that Jews have been in Cochin for over two thousand years, and his wife’s surname, Chacko, derived from Jacob could mean her ancestors were Jews who converted—a fact that delights him and changes the course of his marriage.
© Fred Conrad
© Poppy Ruiz
© Daphney Duke
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2012. $27.00 ISBN: 978-0-374-29927-9 A legendary tale, both true and astonishing, about America's Banana King, Samuel Zemurray, a little known antihero, the son of a Jewish Russian farmer. He started with nothing but a pile of rotten bananas, overthrew two governments in Central America, created the basic CIA template, bested and took over United Fruit, and went to war with Huey Long.
The Mother of Jerusalem Is Crying
Lico Publishing, 2012. $49.95 ISBN: 978-09667361-4-4 A sweeping historical novel that tells the interwoven stories of three families—Christian, Jewish, and Muslim. Many of the characters do not survive the enveloping violence but the message of this book is hopeful.
The Poetry of Kabbalah: Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition
© Dale Langdon
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Yale University Press, 2012. $30.00 ISBN: 978-0-300-169-16-4 This luminous collection gathers together for the first time in English a body of poetry that emerges directly from the sublime and often startling world of Jewish mysticism.
Journal of the Plague Year
Skyhorse Publishing, 2012. $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-62087-200-0 The March 10, 2008 disclosure that Governor Eliot Spitzer was a regular patron of prostitutes shocked New Yorkers and admirers around the world. Ironically, Lloyd Constantine's disillusionment with Spitzer had begun to disappear fifteen hours earlier, when Spitzer had confessed to him what the rest of the world would soon learn.
Do Dogs Dream? Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know
W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. $23.95 ISBN: 978-0-393-07348-5 Stanley Coren brings decades of scientific research on dogs to bear in his unprecedented foray into the inner lives of our canine companions, dispelling many common myths in the process. Coren answers the questions dog owners have most frequently asked during his nearly fifty-year career as a dog researcher, combining the authority of an expert with the delivery of a guest at a cocktail party.
Israel: The Will to Prevail
Schocken Books, 2012. $24.95 ISBN: 978-0-8052-4259-1 A mesmerizing, heartbreaking graphic novel of immigrant life on New York’s Lower East Side at the turn of the twentieth century, as seen through the eyes of twin sisters whose lives take radically and tragically different paths.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. $26.00 ISBN: 978-0230341760 A leading Israeli politician envisions a controversial path to victory for a democratic Israel at peace with its neighboring partners.
Judgment Before Nuremberg: The Holocaust in the Ukraine and the First Nazi War Crimes Trial
Pegasus Books, 2012. $27.95 ISBN: 978-1-60598-290-8 Judgment Before Nuremberg is about the dawn of the Holocaust—the extermination of Jews in Ukraine by gunfire—and the first trial of Nazis for the their crimes, held in Ukraine two years before the trials in Nuremberg.
Oceanview Publishing, 2012. $25.95 ISBN: 978-1-60809-038-9 Ash Levine, the top detective in the LAPD's elite Felony Special Squad, investigates a murder that throws him into the world of Los Angeles's Russian Mafia, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, and Middle Eastern archaeologists.
The Real Name of God: Embracing the Full Essence of the Divine
Inner Traditions, 2012. $19.95 ISBN: 978-59477-473-7 The revolutionary discovery of the Name of God; a journey on pathways of mind and spirit that brings each one of us into deep, personal, and loving relationship with God, and closer to a world of Oneness.
Pavilion Press, 2012. $16.90 ISBN: 1-4145-0729-1 What's Legal explores possible interpretations of Islamic shariah and American law with ramifications for local and global communities. It makes sense of the wildly opposing explanations.
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City of Slaughter
Pictures of the Past
Loose Diamonds …and other things I've lost (and found) along the way
© Jonathan Becker
Studio House Literary, 2011. $14.95 ISBN: 9780615483122 When an Impressionist painting he had donated decades earlier to the Art Institute of Chicago is challenged as a Nazi theft, the heart-grabbing story of philanthropist Taylor Woodmere unfolds. From a world torn by war, a love story emerges that endures through years of separation.
© Alison Wachstein
© Juliana Sohn
William Morrow, 2012. $13.99 ISBN: 9780061958786 The different stages of a woman’s life are revealed through writing about food, friendship, domesticity, divorce, child rearing, jealousy, and love—all peppered with Amy Ephron’s characteristic charm and humor.
© Elena Seibert
Daniel & Daniel Publishers, 2012. $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-56474-514-9 From the Russian pogroms to New York City's Garment District, City of Slaughter is the sweeping tale of two Jewish orphans who come to embody the immigrant experience. Set against Tammany Hall politics and gangland crime, this is a story of a young woman torn by family, faith, and her drive to become an American.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
Explaining Life: The Wisdom of Modern Jewish Poetry, 1960-2010
Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. $24.95 ISBN: 978-0-307-95870-9 These eight new stories from the celebrated novelist and short-story writer Nathan Englander display a gifted young author grappling with the great questions of modern life, with a command of language and imagination that places him at the very forefront of contemporary American fiction.
Anchorhouse, 2012. $27.99 ISBN: 978-1-4685-0914-4 This is a unique anthology in that it contains the best American-Jewish, Israeli, and Yiddish poetry written in the last fifty years in one volume. The 100 poems—categorized by themes of love, loss, war, alienation, family relationships, and renewal—reflect the way Jewish life is lived now, has been lived in the past, and might be lived in the future.
The Lion Is In
Blue Rider Press, 2012. $24.95 ISBN: 9780399158483 Three women, each on the run for a different reason, just need a place to sleep after crashing their car. They aren’t expecting to meet a lion. The Lion Is In—the latest funny, heartfelt, and honest novel from bestselling author and hit screenwriter Delia Ephron (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You’ve Got Mail)—is all about the big, wild, noble things locked inside all of our lives, waiting to break out.
The Gilboa Iris
Gefen Publishing House, 2012. $19.95 ISBN: 978-965-229-574-3 Dara Harow, daughter of a rocket physicist for the US Department of Defense, sends her parents into a tailspin of dual-loyalty anxiety when she plans to wed Roni Ben-Ari, an Israeli officer in an elite counter-terrorist unit. When the Harows are targeted by a terror cell in hot pursuit of technology not yet found in any country's arsenal, Dara finds herself at the center of a hierarchy of terror that threatens her life and the lives of those she loves.
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© Ben Lazar
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
Simon & Schuster, 2012. $15.00 ISBN: 9781439187012 In this arresting New York Times bestselling memoir about growing up in—and ultimately escaping from—a strict Hasidic community, Deborah Feldman reveals what life is like trapped within a religious sect that values silence and suffering over individual freedoms.
Edith Rogovin Frankel
© Marvi Lacar
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Fulcourt Press, 2012. $17.95 ISBN: 978-0-9853221-0-6 This hilarious and painful novel of redemption follows the journey of Ira Overman, veteran of multiple botched careers and a singularly botched marriage, as he makes one last attempt to rise above the guilt, weakness, and self-hatred that have been hard-wired into his soul since birth.
Old Lives and New: Soviet Immigrants in Israel and America
William Morrow, 2012. $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-205984-0 When Ruth Wasserman returns home to the South for the summer after her freshman year at college, a near tragedy pushes her to uncover family truths and take a good look at the woman she wants to become.
Hamilton, 2012. $33.99 ISBN: 978-0-7618-5784-6 Interviewed when they first left the Soviet Union in the 1970s and then twenty-five years later, the stories of these immigrants to Israel and America provide an understanding of what it meant to be a Jew in the Soviet Union and what it is to carve out a new life for yourself and your family far from home.
Franklin Foer & Marc Tracy
Ignorance: How it Drives Science
Oxford University Press, 2012. $21.95 ISBN: 9780199828074 Biologist Stuart Firestein demonstrates that approaching science through well considered ignorance—what we don't know—makes it much more accessible than thinking about science as an insurmountable and growing mountain of facts.
© Len Small
© Diana Reiss
Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame Twelve, 2012. $16.99 ISBN: 9781455516131 A collection of essays by two of today's preeminent writers on significant Jewish figures in sports, told with humor, heart, and an eye toward the ever elusive question of Jewish identity.
The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible Algonquin Books, 2012. $24.95 ISBN: 978-1-61620-040-4 The true-life detective story of a thousandyear-old Hebrew Bible, the Aleppo Codex. How did one of the world’s most precious manuscripts travel from a Syrian grotto to Jerusalem, and what happened to almost 200 pages that vanished along the way?
Ben G. Frank
Holy War in Judaism: The Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea Oxford University Press, 2012. $39.95 ISBN: 9780199860302 Holy War in Judaism is the first book to consider how the concept of ''holy war'' disappeared from Jewish thought for almost 2000 years, only to reemerge with renewed vigor in modern times.
The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti and Beyond
Globe Pequot Press, 2011. $17.95 ISBN: 978-0-7627-7033-5 The Scattered Tribe is an odyssey—a roadmap of travel and adventure—to discover exotic Jewish communities around the globe, including, Russia, Siberia, Tahiti, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Cuba, Morocco, Algeria and beyond.
A Small Town Near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust
Oxford University Press, 2012. $34.95 ISBN: 978-0-19-960330-5 The Silesian town of Bedzin lies a mere twenty-five miles from Auschwitz; through the linked ghettos of Bedzin and its neighboring town Sosnowiec, some 85,000 Jews were sent to the gas chambers. Fulbrook shows how the Holocaust was facilitated by the actions of ordinary civilian functionaries who later claimed ignorance and innocence; and she depicts the struggles for survival and heroic attempts at resistance by Jews in this area.
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All That I Am
Inside the Jewish Bakery
The Bookie’s Son
Harper, 2012. $25.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-207756-1 All That I Am is the prizewinning international bestseller about five extraordinary Jews—based on real people and real events— who tried to alert the world to what Hitler was doing.
Camino Books, 2011. $24.95 ISBN: 978-1-933822-23-5 A loving evocation of the bakeries that dotted Jewish neighborhoods in the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, along with the recipes that burn so bright in memory—wonder cake, black and white cookies, dense and crusty corn rye, authentic New York water bagels—and much, much more.
Harry J. Getzov
(sixoneseven) press, 2012. $14.00 ISBN: 978-0-9848245-0-2 The story takes place in a Jewish world that no longer exists: The Bronx, 1960. All twelveyear-old Ricky Davis wants to do is play stickball with his friends and flirt with the building super’s daughter while preparing for his bar mitzvah; but when his father crosses gangster Nathan Glucksman and goes into hiding, Ricky has to take over his father’s bookie business and along with his mother and grandmother figure out a way to pay back his debt—before the gangsters make good on their threats.
Meredith Goldstein gOLD: The Extraordinary Side of Aging Revealed Through Inspiring Conversations
Open Road Integrated Media, 2011. $24.00 ISBN: 978-1-4532-2027-6 The moving tales of a father and son, their search for identity and love during the epic events of their times: for one, the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and for the other, the Civil Rights Movement. Their stories are of ordinary men caught in the grip of calamity, inspired to extraordinary acts in the name of love and in the face of great cruelty from man and nature alike.
© Aram Boghosian
One More River
Greenpoint Press, 2011. $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-9832370-1-3 A precious treasure lies hidden within our senior citizen population waiting to be revealed. gOLD opens the door to the revelation and suggests that it is time to change the way we think about aging and about our elder citizens.
Plume, 2012. $15.00 ISBN: 9780452298057 In this anticipated debut novel, Bee Evans and Matt Fee are tying the knot. Plans are in motion for a lavish wedding in Chesapeake Bay and Bee insists on sharing this once-ina-lifetime moment with all her family and friends... including The Singles—those who are arriving solo and second-guessing their own relationship status.
Einstein's Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion
Losing My Sister
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012. $24.95 ISBN: 978-1421405544 Why is Albert Einstein in a class by himself among famous Jews? Steven Gimbel examines the ways in which religion, politics, history, and philosophy influence and are influenced by advances in science.
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John F. Blair, 2012. $21.95 ISBN: 9780895875839 Losing My Sister is a poignant and uplifting memoir about two inseparable sisters in a Jewish family in Rock Hill, South Carolina. As adults, author Judy and older sister Brenda lost each other through conflict, but came back together—allowing their relationship to shine like the marvelous thing it was—just before Brenda’s death.
© Amihai Gotlieb
Rise: A Novel of Contemporary Israel
Atida Press, 2011. $14.99 ISBN: 9789657557013 After living in Boston for thirty years, photo-essayist Lilah Kedem returns to her native Israel and finds a country far different than the one she had known. When extremists strike too close to home, Lilah joins both the hunt for the perpetrators and the movement of Jews and Arabs intent on a society based on a vision of social justice and tolerance.
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These Days Are Ours
Moses: A Stranger Among Us
© Matthew Polis
Grand Central Publishing, 2012. $13.99 ISBN: 978-1-4555-0029-1 A recent college graduate with her whole life ahead of her navigates post-9/11 New York, secretly hoping for more terrorist attacks to get her out of having to live up to her impossibly high potential.
The World Without You
Wipf and Stock, 2012. $19.00 ISBN: 978-1610974073 Moses: A Stranger Among Us is a reexamination of Moses through progressive Jewish lenses, written for a contemporary interfaith readership. Rabbi Maurice Harris leads us to look beyond familiar portrayals of Moses, so that we can discover the lesser-known Moses who provides us with surprisingly fresh ethical and spiritual guidance.
Pantheon Books, 2012. $25.95 ISBN: 978-0-375-42436-6 From the author of the widely acclaimed novel Matrimony (a New York Times Notable Book)—a moving, deeply engaging new novel about love, loss, and the aftermath of a family tragedy.
© Andrea Hillebrand
I Suck At Girls
Rachel Harkham & Doni Zasloff Thomas
The Whipping Club
T.S. Poetry Press, 2012. $14.95 ISBN: 978-0-9845531-7-4 "Echoing the painful lessons of the Jewish Holocaust, Henry’s tale reveals what happens when good people remain silent. A powerful saga of love and survival." —Kirkus Review (starred review)
Hazan Family Favorites: Beloved Italian Recipes
Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2012. $29.95 ISBN: 9781584799047 Giuliano Hazan, son of the doyenne of Italian cuisine Marcella Hazan, shares recipes that have been passed down through the generations. Included are reminiscences of Shabbat dinners at his grandparents’ house, favorite meals his mother prepared, and the meals he shares with his wife and daughters at home.
© Christine Acebo
It Books, 2012. $16.99 ISBN: 9780062113375 From the #1 New York Times bestseller author of Sh*t My Dad Says, Justin Halpern, comes I Suck at Girls, a laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching collection of personal stories about relationships with the opposite sex, from a first kiss to getting engaged and all the awkward moments in between.
© Marion Ettlinger
That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook and Rockin' Mama Doni Celebration
Behrman House, 2012. $19.95 ISBN: 978-0087441-548-3 A lively holiday cookbook for the Jewish American family that features a rockin’ good time, thanks to fun activities, funky Jewish music (on an enclosed CD from performer Mama Doni), and lots of laughs. With recipes to please both adults and kids, all you need to add are family and friends for a perfect celebration—whether it’s Passover, Hanukkah, or the 4th of July.
W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. $26.95 ISBN: 978-0-393-07647-9 Disgust originated to prevent us from eating poisonous food, but this simple safety mechanism has since evolved into a uniquely human emotion that dictates how we treat others, shapes our cultural norms, and even underlies our political ideologies.
The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture
Cambridge University Press, 2012. $29.99 ISBN: 978-0521176675 “A paradigm-shifting work of immense significance, arguing that the Hebrew Bible be seen as a work of philosophy and interpreted as such—alongside, though very different from, the Greek classics—and thus as a book of universal significance in relation to the great questions about the human condition.” – Jonathan Sacks, Lord Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth
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Pnina Jacobson & Judy Kempler
One Egg Is a Fortune: Memories and Recipes to Share
© Marion Ettlinger
May We Be Forgiven
Viking, 2012. $26.95 ISBN: 9780670025480 May We Be Forgiven is an unnerving, funny tale of unexpected intimacies and of how one deeply fractured family might begin to put itself back together.
One Egg is a Fortune, 2011. $45.00 ISBN: 9780987157706 One Egg is a Fortune is a cookbook full of heart, featuring recipes, stories, and biographies from fifty prominent Jewish people from around the world. This 2012 Gourmand World Cookbook Award winner will help raise much needed funds for Jewish elder care.
© Brian Pellinen
© Jessica Abell
The House of Velvet and Glass
Livingston Press, 2010. $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-60489-067-9 A finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize in Jewish Literature, this warm and exuberantly comic debut tells the story of the Molochniks, Russian-Jewish immigrants in suburban Connecticut. Daughters wed, houses flood, cultures clash…and the past has a way of emerging at the most inconvenient moments (and in the strangest ways).
Voice, 2012. $25.99 ISBN: 9781401340919 From the author of the bestseller The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, comes a fascinating novel about the after-effects of the sinking of the Titanic in the years just before World War I, as the Allston family tries to cope with the loss of a mother and sister.
The Last Testament: A Memoir by God
Joshua: A Brooklyn Tale
The Things We Cherished
Simon & Schuster, 2012. $15.00 ISBN: 9781451640199 From David “DJ” Javerbaum, former Executive Producer of The Daily Show and 11-time Emmy winner, is a new collaboration with God, the Almighty, called The Last Testament. It's God’s memoir, and it’s a real telleth-all.
Abbott Press, 2011. $28.99 ISBN: 978-1-4582-0074-7 A gripping saga about racisim, anti-Semitism, forbidden love, betrayal, and redemption, told through a trio of people unknowingly connected by family secrets.
Scribner, 2012. $26.00 ISBN: 9781451605914 The ultimate novel of family dysfunction from New York Times-bestselling author Susan Isaacs, combining her trademark sass and wit, her distinctive characters, with reflections on faith, family, and inheritance that both entertain and enlighten.
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Anchor, 2012. $15.95 ISBN: 978-0307742421 The Things We Cherished tells the story of Charlotte Gold and Jack Harrington, two fiercely independent attorneys who find themselves falling for one another while working to defend the brother of a Holocaust hero against allegations of World War II–era war crimes.
FAL Enterprises, 2011. $15.99 ISBN: 9780983751526 The fictional account of the sixteen years on the run of real-life FBI Most Wanted murderer Whitey Bulger. Set against an international backdrop of intrigue, loyalty and love, this cat-and-mouse game with an ending of nearly unbearable suspense will fascinate both male and female readers.
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Oxford Messed Up
The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau
Two Rings: A Story of Love and War
PublicAffairs, 2012. $24.00 ISBN: 9781610391221 “A deeply affecting addition to Holocaust literature” (Kirkus Reviews), Two Rings is a truly unique memoir. At the heart of this chronicle of a teenage girl’s wartime survival is something utterly unexpected: a love story that blazes briefly in one of the darkest corners of occupied Poland.
Friendkeeping: Simple Tips for the Care and Feeding of Modern Friendship
Riverhead Books, 2012. $25.95 ISBN: 9781594488061 From the beloved and bestselling memoirist comes a funny and affecting look at making the most of our friendships in an age of isolation.
Crown, 2012. $28.00 ISBN: 978-0-307-88799-3 The riveting true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War, following the battlefield odyssey of a U.S. Army officer and his infantry unit as they fought from the invasion of Italy to the liberation of Dachau.
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Grant Place Press, 2011. $14.95 ISBN: 978-0-615-51659-2 Gloria Zimmerman, a chutzpadik Jewish girl from Chicago with OCD is a most unusual modern day Maccabee who defeats the Oxford establishment. Who knew that life in one Oxford dorm, with a shared bathroom, would become the catalyst for exploring the sweetness of freshly baked sufganiyot, Van Morrison's Tupelo Honey, and falling in love?
© Sarah Shatz
© Michael Carroll
Andrea Kayne Kaufman
Elza of Prague
Aspen Reader, 2012. $14.00 ISBN: 978-1468147261 Written in the style of Bernard Malamud, the ten stories in this collection are distinctive in scope and genre, and cover a wide range of human drama from a Jewish perspective. Some are tragic, some are funny, most are uplifting; they leave you thinking, feeling, and sometimes crying.
Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams
W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. $16.95 ISBN: 978-0393342369 Winner of a National Jewish Book Award, this colorful account of the transformation of one of Europe's foremost Jewish cities is told through the stories of its geniuses and villains.
Lisa Alcalay Klug
Hot Mamalah: The Ultimate Guide for Every Woman of the Tribe
The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen Potboiler
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012. $25.95 ISBN: 978-0-399-15903-9 Internationally bestselling author Jesse Kellerman returns with Potboiler, a piercing and hilarious commentary on the modern blockbuster thriller.
Lévana Kirschenbaum, 2012. $39.95 ISBN: 978-1-4675-0704-2 Lévana's passion for delicious wholesome foods will inspire you to change the way you cook and eat today, and enjoy every bite, whether or not you keep a kosher home. Besides all the anecdotes and countless variations on fabulous recipes included in the book, and a gigantic general index, the book includes extensive gluten-free and Passover indexes.
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2012. $16.99 ISBN: 9781449421069 The much-anticipated companion to the bestselling National Jewish Book Award Finalist Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe, Hot Mamalah celebrates Jewish women and their strengths, idiosyncrasies, challenges, and triumphs. This unprecedented “ABCs of She” is a pop-culture smorgasbord of humorous essays, witty recipes, and 300 savory images, keeping you laughing from cocktails to dessert.
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Shelter from the Texas Heat
A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich
© Meredith Zinner
We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy
Peach Twig Press, 2011. $17.95 ISBN: 9780615538617 Award-winning author and journalist Bobbi Kornblit spins a multigenerational tale about holding onto secrets and the power of friendship to release them, in the tradition of "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." Shelter from the Texas Heat is set in Dallas and Austin from the ’60s to the present, with universal themes of racial and religious prejudice and spousal abuse—tempered with humor and a sprinkling of Yiddish.
Sarah Crichton Books, 2012. $27.00 ISBN: 978-0-374-28723-8 In January 2007, Vanity Fair published an essay by Christopher Hitchens called “Why Women Aren’t Funny.” It was incendiary, much-discussed, and—as proven by Yael Kohen’s fascinating oral history—totally wrongheaded. In We Killed, Yael Kohen presents more than fifty years of iconic comediennes, unmediated and unfiltered.
W. W. Norton & Company, 2011. $25.95 ISBN: 978-0393062656 When the historian Tacitus wrote a little book about the ancient Germans in 98 CE, at the height of the Roman Empire, he could not have foreseen that the Nazis would extol it as "a bible," nor that Heinrich Himmler, the engineer of the Holocaust, would vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. A Most Dangerous Book traces the wide-ranging influence of Tacitus’s Germania over a five-hundred-year span and its mutation from moth-bitten manuscript to ideological cornerstone.
Richard Krevolin Broken Fragments: Jewish Experiences of Alzheimer's Disease through Diagnosis, Adaptation, and Moving On
These Things Happen
Unbridled, 2012. $24.95 ISBN: 978-1-60953-089-1 A teenage boy who has moved from his mother's home for a school term to live with his father and his male partner finds himself at the heart of an act of violence that causes everyone to reexamine their assumptions, attitudes, and their core beliefs about themselves.
URJ Press, 2012. $16.95 ISBN: pending Broken Fragments includes the stories and teachings of Jewish clergy, physicians, social workers, and families of people with Alzheimer’s disease, weaving rich Jewish texts through each chapter’s narrative.
Be the Hero of Your Story: Understand Your Story, Rewrite it, and Change Your Life Power Story Publishing, 2012. $19.95 ISBN: 978-0-615-61025-2 Hollywood script doctor Prof. Richard Krevolin guides you through the process of identifying the stories and scripts impacting your life.
The Secret Lives of Wives
Magic Words: The Tale of a Jewish Boy-Interpreter, the World's Most Estimable Magician, a Murderous Harlot, and America's Greatest Indian Chief
Gotham, 2012. $18.00 ISBN: 978-1-4104-4352-6 The Secret Lives of Wives is a prescriptive and inspirational guide to having it both ways—marital commitment and personal adventures in uncharted territory.
Pegasus Books, 2012. $25.95 ISBN: 978-1-60598-369-1 In this historical novel, two cousins—an interpreter who can speak any language and a magician who can deceive anyone's eyes —embark on a forty-year adventure in which they defend the American Indian, perform astounding feats of illusion, and meet colorful characters in a fight for love and freedom.
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The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family
Chelsea Green, 2012. $17.95 ISBN: 9781603582919 It is time for a new, relevant feminist agenda that calls for policy changes that will improve the lives of women and strengthen families. The work of creating gender equality is not over: the U.S. has yet to fully act on the values of equal opportunity and participation, regardless of gender or race.
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Jeanne Marie Laskas
Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past
Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work
© Scott Goldsmith
Brandeis University Press, 2012. $29.95 ISBN: 978-1611682311 Modern Jews are struggling through a "memory problem," in which we know how valuable the Jewish past has been to Jewish meaning and identity, but we are losing our grip on how to relate to it. Yehuda Kurtzer offers creative readings of classical Jewish texts and draws on the richness of contemporary thought to offer a new strategy for how Jews can and should think about the past.
Broadstone Books, 2011. $18.50 ISBN: 978-0-9802117-5-7 And God Said... is the author's dialogue/ argument with God. This retelling of the Book of Genesis joins the open conversation of modern midrash and accomplishes the poetic tasks of keeping our tradition fresh.
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012. $25.95 ISBN: 978-0399159008 From coal miners to cowboys, Hidden America is an eye-opening look at the unseen people who make our lives run every day—the people who do the work, and the cultures surrounding them—from award-winning journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas.
Miles and Jonathan Levin
© Rachel Holland
Keep Fighting, Stop Struggling: The Miles Levin Story
© Ariel Kushner Haber
And God Said. . . A Brief History of Creation
The Book of Job
Schocken Books, 2012. $24.00 ISBN: 978-0-8052-4292-8 From one of our most trusted spiritual advisers, a thoughtful, illuminating guide to the Book of Job, and what it can teach us about living in a troubled world.
Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders University of Wisconsin Press, 2012. $26.95 ISBN: 978-0299287306 In 2008, Joy (formerly Jay) Ladin made headlines worldwide when, after years of teaching at an Orthodox Jewish university as a man, she returned as a woman. In Through the Door of Life, Ladin takes readers on a distinctly Jewish journey through the transition process—a process not just of changing genders, but of creating a new self, and new relationships to family, Judaism, the young Orthodox women she teaches, and God.
Bookstand Publishing, 2011. $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-61863-004-9 Keep Fighting, Stop Struggling is a Jewish teenager's first person account of seeing beyond the harshest hardships imposed by destiny. A story of triumph; with death as his opponent, this is nothing less than a boy's race to manhood.
Say Nice Things About Detroit
W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. $25.95 ISBN: 978-0393082999 Seeking a second chance at life, David Halpert moves back to his hometown, where he is forced to answer a simple question: if you want to go home again, what do you do if home is Detroit?
URJ Press, 2012. $39.95 ISBN: 978-0-8074-1145-2 Yoga Shalom is a unique worship experience that brings together body, mind, and spirit for an extraordinary prayer service. Combining the two powerful spiritual disciplines of Jewish worship and yoga practice, Yoga Shalom leads to deeper understandings of both.
Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer's, My Mother, and Me
Skyhorse Publishing, 2012. $14.95 ISBN: 978-1616086398 What do you do when your outspoken, passionate, and quick-witted mother starts fading into a forgetful, fearful woman? In this powerful graphic memoir, Sarah Leavitt reveals how Alzheimer’s disease transformed her mother, Midge—and her family—forever.
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Most of Me: Surviving My Medical Meltdown
© Jean Lightman
© Michael Schwartz
Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success
Harper, 2012. $25.99 ISBN: 9780061824746 Parents, educators, and the media wring their hands about the plight of America’s children and teens—soaring rates of emotional problems, limited coping skills, disengagement from learning—and yet there are ways to reverse these disheartening trends. Psychologist Madeline Levine brings together cutting-edge research and thirty years of clinical experience to explode once and for all the myth that good grades, high test scores, and college acceptances should define the parenting endgame.
Greystone Books, 2012. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-55365-632-6 At age forty-three, Robyn Michele Levy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and, eight months later, breast cancer. This brutally honest yet hilarious memoir offers a unique glimpse into a creative mind, an ailing body, and the restorative power of humor and fantasy.
Pantheon Books, 2012. $24.95 ISBN: 978-0-307-37999-3 “As I remember, I had just woken up from a nap when I decided to create the universe.” So begins Alan Lightman’s playful and profound new novel, Mr g, the story of Creation as told by God.
© Rose Lichter Marck
A Sense of Direction: Pilgrimage for the Restless and the Hopeful
Riverhead Books, 2012. $25.95 ISBN: 978-1-59448-725-5 A Sense of Direction follows author Gideon Lewis-Kraus on three pilgrimages—including a trip to Uman to visit the grave of Rabbi Nachman—in which he explores the ongoing conflict between our desires and our obligations.
Europa Editions, 2012. $15.00 ISBN: 9781609450618 A young woman with a quiet suburban life reads Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island and decides to reinvent her life according to the adventure book's "core values."
Seven-7 Publishing, 2011. $13.82 ISBN: 978-0-9839058-0-6 Based on actual events about the rebirth of Israel, Rebirth draws you into 1948, into a world of intrigue, espionage and anti-Semitism. Witness how ancient prophecies were fulfilled against impossible odds as Jews built a nation and defied skeptics.
M. G. Lord
The Essential Guide to Jewish Prayer and Practices
Alpha Books, 2012. $16.95 ISBN: 9781615641383 The Essential Guide to Jewish Prayer and Practices is an accessible primer on Jewish tradition for the twenty-first century reader. Jews of every denomination, as well as people of other faiths, will find practical tips in these pages to help you take your own spiritual journey to the next level.
Pavilion Press, 2012. $16.90 ISBN: 1-4145-0723-2 The descendants of Moses's biblical enemies battle for control of a mystical remnant from Creation called "Black Fire," which has the power to inscribe the Torah Master Scroll created by God as the blueprint for the universe. If they can gain the cooperation of the current caretaker of "Black Fire" and locate the Master Scroll, the foundations of creation and the future of mankind may be forever changed.
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The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted By Her Beauty to Notice
Bloomsbury, 2012. $23.00 ISBN: 9780802716699 With The Accidental Feminist, author M. G. Lord reveals an expected dimension to this remarkable Jewish woman: her seditious, under-the-radar challenges to traditional women’s roles. In “her winning new book,” Jonathan Kirsch wrote in the Jewish Journal, Lord “raises Taylor from the realm of parody,” seeking “to install her in the pantheon of groundbreaking feminist heroines.”
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An Unbroken Bond: The Untold Story of How the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald Families Faced the Tragedy of 9/11 And Beyond
Hitler’s Silver Box: A Novel
Emergence Press, 2012. $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-9839266-0-3 When Edie Lutnick’s younger brother was killed in the World Trade Center on September 11th, she never imagined she would become the voice of the 658 victims, a quarter of the nearly 3,000 men and women who perished that day, in Cantor Fitzgerald's office. This is the riveting story of how the families of 9/11 victims bonded together into a community and overcame unfathomable obstacles.
Paris: A Love Story
Two Harbors Press, 2011. $16.95 ISBN: 9781937293369 Hitler’s Silver Box is a historical thriller in which a worldwide Nazi resurgence is inevitable unless a young physician finds and destroys an old document hidden in a silver box that his Holocaust survivor uncle was forced to make in a Nazi concentration camp.
Simon & Schuster, 2012. $24.00 ISBN: 9781451691542 Kati Marton’s newest memoir is a candid exploration of many kinds of love, as well as a love letter to the city of Paris itself.
Hanna Perlstein Marcus
When We Argued All Night
Harper Perennial, 2012. $14.99 ISBN: 9780062120373 From bestselling and award-winning author Alice Mattison, a breathtaking new novel following two best friends from Brooklyn over the course of the twentieth century, and the way in which the world and their lives change.
Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed
Aili & Andres McConnon
Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation
Crown, 2012. $25.00 ISBN: 978-0-307-59064-0 Road to Valor is the inspiring, against-theodds story of Gino Bartali, the Italian cycling legend who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and his lesser-known role in saving more than 800 Jews in Germanoccupied Italy during World War II.
© Beowulf Sheehan
Other Press, 2012. $27.95 ISBN: 978-1-59051-496-2 Crossing the Borders of Time tells the story of the author’s mother, a German-Jewish refugee who never stopped yearning to find the Frenchman she had intended to marry before she had to flee Europe in 1942. Leslie Maitland’s dramatic non-fiction account culminates in the daring fulfillment of a vow of love made fifty years earlier on a pier in Marseille.
Self-published, 2011. $15.00 ISBN: 978-1466345034 When Hanna Perlstein and her mother, Sidonia, come to Springfield, Massachusetts from a displaced persons camp, they know no one in America, yet they build a life together revolving around Sidonia's incredible skill with a thread and needle to create beautiful garments, while keeping the secrets of her past to herself.
© Helen Tansey
© Matt Mendelsohn
Sidonia's Thread: The Secrets of a Mother and Daughter Sewing a New Life in America
© Nathan Sternfeld
I Am Forbidden: A Novel
Emeralds Never Fade
Glyd-Evans Press, 2011. $25.95 ISBN: 978-0-9832596-2-6 A poignant story of two men whose lives are forever altered by a period of history that should never be forgotten. Leo Bergner, a Jewish pupil, escapes Germany while his piano teacher, Bruno Franzmann, is called to serve the Fatherland.
Hogarth, 2012. $25.00 ISBN: 978-0-307-98473-9 A family is torn apart by fierce belief and private longing in this unprecedented journey deep inside the most insular Hasidic sect, the Satmar. Sweeping from the Central European countryside just before World War II to Paris to contemporary Williamsburg, Brooklyn, brings to life four generations of one Satmar family.
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I Couldn’t Love You More
Unbroken Spirit: A Heroic Story of Faith, Courage and Survival
The Year of the Gadfly
© Diana Levine
Grand Central Publishing, 2012. $13.99 ISBN: 978-0-446-58462-3 Eliot Gordon, a 38-year-old working mother, has two seconds to choose which of her children she will save in a harrowing beach accident. How Eliot survives this unfathomable choice—and what she loses in the process—is a gripping story that will resonate with anyone who has ever loved a child.
Gefen Publishing House, 2012. $29.95 ISBN: 9789652295637 At age twenty-two, Yosef Mendelevich participated in an attempt to hijack a plane to the West—an act designed to raise awareness about the desperate plight of Soviet Jews. This is the story of one man’s resistance against tyranny, and his daily struggle to retain his Jewishness and his humanity in a system built to extinguish both.
© Deb Durant
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012, $15.00 ISBN: 978-0374109264 In millennial California, riddled with disillusion, two girlhood friends find each other at midlife. How they recall their friendship alters the fate of the famous cult philosopher father of one of them, their bind and nemesis, altering their sense of possibility and the burden of choice.
Up All Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio
Ecco, 2012. $26.99 ISBN: 9780061845246 From America’s premiere female rock ‘n roll disc jockey—recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—comes the story of her fourdecade rise to success in the male-dominated music industry, the rock stars she’s met along the way, and her secret battle with a deadly illness, never revealed to her listeners until now.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. $24.00 ISBN: 978-0-547-54859-3 The Year of the Gadfly is a literary mystery and coming of age tale about Iris Dupont, a troubled teenager whose only confidante is the chain-smoking specter of Edward R. Murrow. The book follows Iris as she investigates one of her school's few Jewish teachers, a misfit fleeing the tragedies of his own childhood.
Rebooting in Beverly Hills
Bancroft Press, 2012. $22.95 ISBN: 978-1-61088-046-6 Rebooting in Beverly Hills is a hilarious memoir and commentary about the dating world today. Roughly divided between fix-ups, pick-ups, internet dating and matchmaking, Marcy Miller wittily presents her search for love with great stories, helpful advice and Beverly Hills fun and glamour.
Elise Frances Miller
unReal Education: Beyond Report Cards
AuthorHouse, 2012. $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-4685-5504-2 A powerful exposé on our school system and a true story, nineteen years in the making, of how one boy's academic struggles let to his success, in spite of his unREAL Education.
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A Time to Cast Away Stones
Sand Hill Review Press, 2012. $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-937818-03-6 Janet Magill, a shy, straight-arrow Berkeley freshman, is yanked by her parents from the antiwar movement and sent to Paris for safekeeping, where she runs headlong into the 1968 May Revolution and falls in love with a secretive Czech dissident.
Funny: The Book: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Comedy
Applause Theater & Cinema Books, 2012. $18.99 ISBN: 9781557838292 A wide-ranging survey of comedy as an art form, including its history, science, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, principles, practices and even theology. With chapters on the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, and the relationship between comedy and Jews.
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Dora Levy Mossanen
The Last Romanov
Don't Roll Your Eyes: Making Your In-Laws into Family
© Heather Mlodinow
Pantheon Books, 2012. $25.95 ISBN: 978-0-307-37821-7 Leonard Mlodinow gives us an "enlightening " (Booklist), startling and eye-opening examination of how the unconscious mind shapes our experience of the world and how, for instance, we often misperceive our relationships with family, friends, and business associates, misunderstand the reasons for our investment decisions, and misremember important events.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. $16.00 ISBN: 978-0230338999 Ruth Nemzoff, an expert in family dynamics, empowers family members across the generations to define and create lasting bonds between in-laws.
Isaac Namdar The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of the Gustav Klimt Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
© Ian Jones
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Sourcebooks Landmark, 2012. $14.99 ISBN: 9781402265945 The tumultuous years Darya spent in the grandeur of the Imperial family haunt her even now, as a wise and aging beauty ruled by her passions; she believes she is responsible for the murderous events that changed everything. If she can just bring back the innocent royal, the heir to the Russian throne, whose appearance would shift the foundation of her country, she might also piece together the broken parts of her own life.
Jerusalem: The Biography
Vintage Books, 2012. $20.00 ISBN: 978-0-307-28050-3 Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. Jerusalem won the National Jewish Book Award’s Jewish Book of the Year Award in 2011.
Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. $30.00 ISBN: 978-0-307-26564-7 This is a story of art and justice, about a famous Gustav Klimt masterpiece looted in World War II. It tells of the battle for restitution—not just of a painting, but of history.
In This Day and Age?!
CreatSpace, 2012. $19.99 ISBN: 9781453749210 Dr. Namdar's book is a very candid and personal account of two weeks in his life when he was outed and subsequently ex-communicated from his ancestral Sephardic community. The book examines the national debate on religion and gay rights in the context of one insular Jewish community.
Helen Nash Failure to Thrive
DC Books Canada, 2011. $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-897190-75-3 When Canadian reality TV producer Jonathan Farb finds out that he may be dying of a brain tumor on the same day that he catches his wife having an affair, he makes a pledge: to raise his five month-old son Elliot to manhood before his time is up. Farb's list of parenting goals range from instilling a religious identification (can a baby be Bar Mitzvahed?), to the importance of Education (The Birds & The Bees), and onto more pressing pursuits like amassing capital for his son's inheritance.
Helen Nash's New Kosher Cuisine: Healthy, Simple & Stylish
And the Bridge is Love
The Feminist Press, 2011. $12.95 ISBN: 9781558617704 In And the Bridge is Love, Faye Moskowitz looks at life as the child of Jewish immigrants during the Depression, as a writer finding her voice, always with thoughtful honesty, a poet's ear for language and a whole lot of humor.
The Overlook Press, 2012. $35.00 ISBN: 978-1-59020-863-2 This new, health-conscious cookbook from Helen Nash, author of Kosher Cuisine and Helen Nash’s Kosher Kitchen features over 200 recipes that are perfect for weekday dinners, holidays meals, and all kinds of entertaining. Nash includes imaginative fusion recipes that are as modern as they are nutritious alongside her old favorites and signature dishes, based on traditional Eastern European cuisine.
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Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family and a Way of Life
The Street Sweeper
Riverhead Books, 2012. $28.95 ISBN: 978-1-59448-847-4 From the civil rights struggle in the United States to the Nazi crimes against humanity in Europe, there are more stories than people passing one another every day on the bustling streets of every crowded city. Epic in scope, The Street Sweeper explores themes of memory, love, guilt, heroism, the extremes of racism and unexpected kindness, and spans the globe from New York to Chicago to Auschwitz.
Scribner, 2012. $15.00 ISBN: 9781416545132 Now in paperback, this rich and fascinating odyssey of diamond dealing and New York's historic Diamond District is part Jewish immigrant tale and part “affecting and informative tribute to the world of her fathers" (The Washington Post).
Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People
Oxford University Press, 2012. $24.95 ISBN: 9780195379617 In Legacy, medical geneticist Harry Ostrer traces the history of the scientific community's attempt to pinpoint a collective Jewish identity. Bringing together threads from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and India, this unique work situates Jews in the grander scheme of today’s golden era of genetic analysis—all at a time when assimilation is literally changing the face of world Jewry.
Queen of the Jews
Blair Books, 2012. $15.99 ISBN: 978-1470160937 Queen Salome Alexandra ruled Judea (modern-day Israel) in the first century BCE. Vividly evoking scenes of ancient Jerusalem, Judy Petsonk's novel brings to life the queen's stormy relationship with her husband, and her love for the people who called her ShalomZion: the peace of Zion.
Academy Chicago Publishers, 2012. $17.95 ISBN: 978-0-89733-636-9 Glass Hearts recounts one Orthodox Jewish family’s struggle to survive in rural Hungary during World War I. Serene Spirer, the novel’s narrator, is a quirky young girl whose perception is tempered by a mystical point of view that adds humor and poignancy to the story she has to tell.
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Four Way Books, 2012. $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-935536-12-3 Set against the tragic events of the Oklahoma City bombings, Breaking and Entering is a timely, gripping new novel about the deep divisions in America today. Challenging the stereotypes we hold about our fellow Americans, the novel follows Christian/Jewish couple Louise and Richard Shapiro, who find their core beliefs about life and love tested as they move from California to rural Michigan.
© Rebecca Webb
Breaking and Entering
Thomas Merton, 2012. $7.99 ISBN: 978-1466472624 A funny, gritty historical thriller set in the world of Jewish basketball players in the 1930s, based very loosely on actual characters and events. Packed with action, intrigue, comedy, and romance, Jewball is a fresh take on an often-overlooked corner of Jewish cultural history, written in an authentic 1930s noir style.
The Candidate: What It Takes to Win—and Hold—the White House
Oxford University Press, 2012. $27.95 ISBN: 978-0199922079 From Truman to 2012, Israel has been part of every presidential election. Popkin's analysis of successful candidates provides new insights about the ways that candidates deal with the moral, political and economic issues involving Eretz Israel and America.
The Devil's Madonna
Oceanview Publishing, 2012. $25.95 ISBN: 978-1-60809-049-5 Recently converted to Judaism and pregnant with her first child, Kali Miller probes her ninety-three-year-old grandmother for information about her roots. But her aloof, guilt-ridden grandmother fears that the revelation of a hidden painting and her own inadvertent role in one of the most horrendous episodes in history, will have devastating consequences for Kali, her unborn child, and perhaps even the world.
© Sarah Shatz
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Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2012. $24.00 ISBN: 978-0-374-14342-8 Fascinating and timely, Beautiful Souls explores in deeply thoughtful and interesting ways the psychology of resistance and how moral choices play a role in our lives.
You Saved Me, Too: What a Holocaust Survivor Taught Me About Living, Dying, Loving, Fighting and Swearing in Yiddish
Beyond Politics: Inspirational People of Israel
Mazo Publishers, 2011. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1936778-91-1 Part of Israel’s magic is the extraordinary mosaic of people who make up the population. Eighteen vibrant photoessays capture a variety of secular and religious Israelis of all backgrounds, from an Iraqi-born doctor with Save a Child's Heart to a Russian violinmaker to the first Ethiopian member of Knesset.
Globe Pequot Press, 2012. $24.95 ISBN: 978-0-7627-8038-9 An extraordinary and literary “love story” between a young Jewish mother and a much older Holocaust survivor that celebrates the unique and powerful bonds of friendship. This remarkable story explores human connection, the indelible past and what it means to be a good Jew.
Candlewick Press, 2012. $22.99 ISBN: 9780763629762 Through twenty-one meticulously researched accounts—some chronicled in book form for the first time—Doreen Rappaport illuminates the defiance of tens of thousands of Jews across eleven Nazi-occupied countries during World War II.
© Guy Immega
Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kid's "Go-To" Person about Sex
The Midwife of Venice
Gallery Books, 2012. $15.00 ISBN: 9781451657470 Hannah Levi must decide whether to help a wealthy count who implores her to attend to his wife who is in labor. A Papal edict forbids Jews from rendering medical treatment to Christians, but the payment he offers is enough to ransom her beloved husband, Isaac, who has been captured at sea.
Da Capo Press, 2012. $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-7382-1508-2 From nationally acclaimed educator and author of Sex and Sensibility: a guide to raising sexually healthy kids in a world saturated with sexual language and imagery.
The Inspired Life: Unleashing Your Mind's Capacity for Joy Viva Editions, 2011. $15.95 ISBN: 9781936740017 The stories, exercises, and meditations in The Inspired Life by Susyn Reeve with Joan Breiner guide readers to open their minds and hearts to the vast creative possibility alive in each moment. In the long Jewish tradition of hashra’ah, The Inspired Life invites everyone to live their inspired life vision as a reflection of their commitment to a more peaceful and loving world.
Pulp and Paper
University of Iowa Press, 2011. $16.00 ISBN: 978-1-60938-052-6 Award-winning short stories about hardship and common courage layered with Jewish themes of forgiveness and repentance, memory, and finding hope after despair. Pulp and Paper conjures the subtle, fragile moments when people are not yet whole, but no longer quite as broken.
Oy Vey! Isn’t a Strategy: 25 Solutions for Personal and Professional Success
Behrman House, 2012. $14.95 ISBN: 978-0-87441-661-9 Professional coach and corporate trainer Deborah Grayson Riegel brings you practical strategies you can use in work and in life to make both more successful and satisfying. Discover how to identify your ‘hot buttons,’ increase your trust in others, network effectively, and more in this witty, insightful book written in a friendly, readable style that includes a comforting dose of Jewish wisdom.
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© Nina Subin
© Heidi Elise Benson
Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals and Reagan's Rise to Power
The End of Men: And the Rise of Women
Riverhead Books, 2012. $27.95 ISBN: 9781594488047 A conversation-changing look at the upended state of gender roles and relations—women on top, men in the dust—that's emerging in an unprecedented historical moment.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012. $40.00 ISBN: 9780374257002 The dramatic story of how Ronald Reagan and J. Edgar Hoover colluded to suppress the inspired student movement at Berkeley in the sixties—told in full for the first time. Part history, part biography, and part police procedural, Subversives reads like a true-crime mystery as it provides a fresh look at the legacy of the sixties.
Am I a Jew? Lost Tribes, Lapsed Jews, and One Man’s Search for Himself
Hudson Street Press, 2012. $25.95 ISBN: 978-1-59463-095-8 Ross set out to answer the fundamental question: what makes someone Jewish? Is it practice? Culture? Spirituality? Parents? Or just ethnicity? In this thoughtful and accessible book based off the popular article in Harper’s Magazine, he answers the question for himself and along the way, illustrates how many ways there are to practice religion.
© Johnny Miller
Breaking Bread in Galilee: A Culinary Journey into the Promised Land
Dinner: A Love Story
HarperCollins, 2012. $27.99 ISBN: 9780062080905 Dinner is a love story about one woman, a family, and a ritual; Jenny Rosenstrach—and her husband, Andy—regularly, some might say pathologically, cook dinner for their family every night. Her book brings all the best elements of her popular website together with new recipes, photos and illustrations, and it has something for every kind of dinner diner.
The White Bridge
The Russian Writer's Daughter: Stories of Growing Up American
When General Grant Expelled the Jews
All Things That Matter Press, 2012. $16.99 ISBN: 978-0985006631 The White Bridge, sequel to Ghost Runners, is about racism in America and its deadly relationship with the Holocaust. The murder of her young friend brings a woman news reporter on a journey of vengeance and a crossing that must be undertaken for humanity's redemption, though it rocks the very fabric of the American dream.
© Joseph Wertheim
Hilayon Press, 2012. $18.00 ISBN: 978-965-7594-00-1 Breaking Bread in Galilee recounts a journey into Northern Israel's agricultural landscape, to discover foodways described in the Bible that are still being practiced today, but may be bound for extinction in our lifetime. In kitchens and in crop rows, the author discovers that dialogue over food effectively dispels mistrust and creates a powerful bridge across the Jewish-Arab divide.
Argo Navis, 2012. $9.99 ISBN: 9780786752850 In her debut short story collection “The False Bride,” award winning fiction and television writer Racelle Rosett, explores the role of ritual of faith in the lives of congregants in a Reform Jewish community in Hollywood.
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Mayapple Press, 2012. $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-936419-10-4 Intertwined stories about growing up in a Russia-American Jewish household, speaking only Russian until entering grade school although born in the US in the stifling political atmosphere of the Red Scare. At the center of these memories is the author's father, whose complex personality mixes a passion for social justice with a passion to protect his family, and intellectual snobbery.
Schocken Books/Nextbook Press, 2012. $24.95 ISBN: 9780805242799 "An excellent study [from the] gifted and resourceful historian Jonathan D. Sarna" (Washington Post) of General Ulysses S. Grant’s decision, in the middle of the Civil War, to order the expulsion of all Jews from the territory under his command, and the reverberations of that decision on Grant’s political career, on the nascent American Jewish community, and on the American political process.
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Fierce Joy: A Memoir
Contesting Histories: German and Jewish Americans and the Legacy of the Holocaust
Holy Eating: The Spiritual Secret to Eternal Weight Loss
Greenpoint Press, 2012. $20.00 ISBN: 978-0983237044 Fierce Joy is a medical mystery, a love story, and a spiritual adventure. It tells the story of a woman who discovered how to be sick without suffering, and transformed the loss of her place in the world of children’s TV and publishing into a quest for her soul—and her discovery of the world of Jewish wisdom.
iUniverse, 2012. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-4620-6344-4 Holy Eating, a powerful self-transformation program, translates biblical and kabbalistic wisdom into practical techniques for overcoming the universal struggle against overeating. This unique book will inspire and guide you on a dramatic journey with food that will elevate your spirit while helping you achieve lifelong weight transformation.
Texas Tech University Press, 2011. $34.95 ISBN: 978-0896726987 Starting with popular objections to America’s entry into World War I and ending with recent academic debates between Christopher Browning and Daniel Goldhagen over the legacy and meaning of the Holocaust, Schuldiner provides readers with a longer historical context and a deeper study of the Holocaust’s reception and place in American historiography.
Barry Schwartz Extreme Weather
Miracles & Fate on 78: A 9/11 Story of Inspiration
Self-published, 2011. $17.99 ISBN: 9780615534039 Of all the Cantor employees in the World Trade Center that day, only four survived and Ari believes that God was looking out for him that day. There were many large and small miracles and if there’s anything that Ari does know it is how that day ended up being a day of rebirth.
Blood in the Promised Land
Jewish Publication Society, 2012. $15.00 ISBN: 978-0-8276-1131-3 Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz presents ten epic debates from the biblical, rabbinic, and modern periods that illuminate the political, ethical and spiritual challenges of Judaism and Jewish history.
iUniverse, 2011. $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-4620-2611-1 Set at the height of World War II, and spotlighting significant touch points in Jewish history, Blood in the Promised Land chronicles the arduous yet inspiring journey of a Jewish physician forced to escape Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II and, later, to make a dramatic, life-altering decision that enables him to emerge as a powerful role model of Jewish courage and moral strength.
Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality
Judaism's Great Debates: Timeless Controversies from Abraham to Herzl
© Alicia Savage
Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. $17.00 ISBN: 978-0230115736 Flash floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, mudslides, thunderstorms, and wildfires—these devastating events are happening around the world at an alarming rate. As a Meteorologist on CNN and HLN, and Extreme Weather Expert on the DIY Network Bonnie Schneider reports on these natural disasters, explaining when they're likely to strike, and telling viewers how to respond when they do.
Voice, 2012. $25.99 ISBN: 9781401341817 Debut novelist Francesca Segal recasts Edith Wharton's iconic ﬁn de siècle novel The Age of Innocence into the modern-day, upper-crust Jewish community of North West London. Slyly humorous and deeply satisfying, The Innocents illuminates the conflict between responsibility and passion, security and exhilaration, tradition and independence.
Penguin, 2012. $26.00 ISBN: 978-1592407286 John Schwartz, whose grandfather, Joseph Schwartz, emigrated to the United States from Russia a century ago, tells a uniquely American story of this Joseph Schwartz of a new generation, facing challenges of his own in a much changed world.
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jbc network authors Robin Shulman
The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis
Eat the City: A Tale of the Fishers, Foragers, Butchers, Farmers, Poultry Minders, Sugar Refiners, Cane Cutters, Beekeepers, Winemakers, and Brewers Who Built New York
Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety
© Tyler Maroney
PublicAffairs, 2012. $34.99 ISBN: 978-1586489366 Long-time Senate staffer Ira Shapiro describes the achievements of the "Last Great Senate" of the 1960s and 1970s with a focus on 1976-1980. As approval ratings of the current Congress are in the single digits, Shapiro looks back to when the Senate worked in a bipartisan fashion to the nation's challenges.
Crown Books, 2012. $26.00 ISBN: 978-0-307-71905-8 This intelligent, gripping, and beautifully written book introduces New Yorkers—past and present—who grow vegetables, butcher meat, fish local waters, refine sugar, keep bees for honey, brew beer, and make wine.
The Cornerstone of Deception
Library Tales Publishing, 2011. $18.99 ISBN: 9780578074580 The Fix is a Jewish crime novel, based on the author's life.
The Third House, 2011. $22.00 ISBN: 978-1461052814 “ A riveting tale of archaeological intrigue” (Kirkus). The Cornerstone of Deception's historical elements are well researched, and Simani displays an additional gift for weaving an engrossing love story.
Simon & Schuster, 2012. $25.00 ISBN: 9781439177303 An uplifting, smart, and uproariously funny memoir of life with anxiety—America’s most common psychological complaint. Daniel Smith brilliantly articulates what it is like to live with anxiety, defanging the disorder with humor and traveling through its demonic layers to express both its painful internal coherence and its absurdities.
Lisa April Smith
2old2wait2young2giveup, 2011. $2.99 ISBN: B006GDK3NO In 1961, after Palm Beach socialite Jack Morgan commits suicide, his daughter Charlotte, a suddenly penniless twenty-threeyear-old has two goals: find a way to support herself and discover the reason for her father's suicide. The latter leads to Paris, before and after Nazi occupation, to a lackluster artist/ irresistible conman and a bewitching Jewish girl—the mother Charlotte doesn’t remember.
Larry Smith Yale University Press, 2012. $40.00 ISBN: 978-0-300-16235-6 The first full-scale biography of one of the most important—and enigmatic—leaders in Israeli history, Menachem Begin.
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The Wedding Beat
NAL, 2012. $14.00 ISBN: 9780451235794 The Wedding Beat is a comic novel, loosely based on the author’s real-life experience at The New York Times as a single, Jewish guy writing the Vows wedding column—“always the wedding columnist, never the groom.”
© Gillian Zoe Segal
Menachem Begin: A Life
Oy! Only Six? Why Not More? SixWord Memoirs on Jewish Life
SMITH Magazine, 2012. $10.95 ISBN: 978-0-9847350-1-3 The latest in the popular Six-Word Memoir book series from the online storytelling community SMITHmag.net. With contributions from machers like Larry David, Henry Winkler, Jonathan Safran Foer, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Maira Kalman and Mayor Ed Koch, Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life offers 360 stories of faith and family, duty and identity, celebration, and tsuris that will inform, delight, and inspire—six words at a time.
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Adin Steinsaltz & Meni Even-Israel
Koren Talmud Bavli
The Watchmaker’s Daughter
© Jane Berger
The Pretty Girl: Novella and Stories
Four Way Books, 2012. $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-935536-18-5 Gritty and elusive, the novella and six stories in Debra Spark’s The Pretty Girl revolve around artists, artistry, and the magical—sometimes malicious—deceptions they create. Spark’s stories twist and turn in mesmerizing ways, seeming to defy the laws of reality even as they deftly extend and reinvigorate those laws.
Koren Publishers Jerusalem, 2012. $29.95 ISBN: 978-965-301-5630 This is the first of a project 41 volume new edition in English of this core text of Judaism. Newly translated and lavishly illustrated, the Koren Talmud Bavli is now accessible to the broad audience of all Jews.
McWitty Press, 2012. $14.95 ISBN: 978-0-9755618-8-1 The Watchmaker’s Daughter is the spirited and touching story of a child of Holocaust survivors who seeks to heal both her parents and herself. She does so through adventure, achievement (including degrees from Oxford and Yale Law School), and a daring love affair which, surprisingly, brings closure to the family.
Elliot Talenfeld © Sondra Green
Where We Once Gathered: Lost Synagogues of Europe God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam Monkfish Book Publishing Company, 2012. $15.95 ISBN: 978-0983358923 God of Love is Mirabai Starr's passionate and personal exploration of the interconnected wisdom of the 3 Abrahamic faiths. She shares an overview of essential teachings, stories of saints and spiritual masters, prophetic calls for peace and justice and for the first time in print, deeply engaging narratives from her own spiritual experiences as a Jew who embraces multiple spiritual traditions.
Eifrig Publishing, 2012. $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-936172-48-1 Strongwater tells the story of European Jewish life before the Holocaust through this collection of original and vibrant watercolor paintings depicting synagogues that were eradicated before and during World War II. Where We Once Gathered preserves an important piece of Jewish cultural history. An ideal educational resource for children.
Through a Still Imperfect Lens: A True Story of Personal Growth and Relationship from a Psychospiritual Perspective Perach Press, 2011. $11.99 ISBN: 978-0-9722498-3-6 How do a law professor and his psychotherapist wife, both Jewish, walk away from their mainstream credentials to join a New-Age spiritual community? You won’t believe some of the things they learned there...and brought back to make us all the richer.
Michele Tamaren & Michael Wittner
© Sam Masinter
El Iluminado: A Graphic Novel
Basic Books, 2012. $23.99 ISBN: 978-0465032570 In the desert Southwest, a leading scholar of the Jews in America is caught in a murder wrapped in the past and the present in this graphic novel that is equal parts mystery, history, and hilarity.
Brown Books, 2012. $24.95 ISBN: 978-1-61254-0559 Hitler’s Priest is a gripping story about the journey of two families during the Holocaust, revolving around a young German architect invited by Josef Goebbels to become a Catholic priest in order to influence the Vatican.
ExtraOrdinary: An End of Life Story Without End
Pearlsong Press, 2012. $18.95 ISBN: 9781597190619 ExtraOrdinary is a spiritual memoir and love story about a man who became a healer and a teacher in his nineties, as his life was coming to completion. In this true-life tale of transformation, Herman Liss taught a teenage boy, family, friends, and caregivers that it is one's own heart that makes the ordinary extraordinary.
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One Last Thing Before I Go
Sapphire Ink Press, 2012. $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-938133-00-8 Jacob Goldman has long ago dismissed his own Jewish heritage as lackluster and irrelevant, and his route to spirituality has since been cobbled together through his affinity with the natural world, and through his marriage to Sheila, a full-blooded Native American with deep alliances to her tribe and her culture. Restless and unsatisfied, Jacob continues to wrestle with God’s place in his life when tragedy devastates his family while on vacation in Hawaii.
Dutton, 2012. $26.95 ISBN: 978-0-525-95236 Following his breakthrough success with the heartfelt and hilarious New York Times bestseller This is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper's latest novel is a moving and outrageously funny look at one family's attempt to conquer life's surprises.
© Chuck Berman
© Elizabeth Parker Tropper
Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine
Twelve Books, 2011. $26.99 ISBN: 9780446539470 After a health scare leaves him reeling, Eric Weiner—an atheist by default—sets out on a worldwide search for an experience of the Divine. With his trademark wit and warmth, Weiner leaves no stone unturned.
Jennifer Gardner Trulson
Where You Left Me
The Case for Children
Stephen Tobolowsky Gallery Books, 2012. $15.00 ISBN: 978-1-4516-2142-6 Where You Left Me tells an ordinary woman's extraordinary tale of unimaginable loss, resilience, friendship, faith, and healing in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. It is an unlikely love story, a quintessentially New York story—at once Trulson’s tribute to the city that gave her everything and proof that second chances are possible.
The Dangerous Animals Club
Simon & Schuster, 2012. $24.00 ISBN: 9781451633153 From celebrated character actor and uncommonly talented storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky, The Dangerous Animals Club is a series of stories told in a unique voice and a spiritual inquisitiveness that touch on life’s great mysteries, with a cast of characters that range from legendary film directors to physicists, ghosts, pygmy hippos, and hostage takers.
© Marion Ettlinger
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012. $27.00 ISBN: 9780374117559 “The award winning writer returns with a major, absorbing, atmospheric novel that takes on profound questions of Jewish history and identity. [By Blood] speaks volumes about the way we think about the Jewish past.”—Adam Kirsch, Tablet
The China Gambit
Vantage Point, 2012. $14.99 ISBN: 978-1936467259 In Allan Topol's fast-paced seventh novel of international intrigue, Craig Page, a former CIA agent, races against time to find out what happened to his daughter Francesca, a newspaper reporter. In his search with her editor Elizabeth, he uncovers a frightening plot involving Iran and China—with terrifying repercussions for the United States and Israel.
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Barricade Books, 2012. $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-56980-474-2 As the subject of demography, declining birthrates in the West (and the impact this phenomenon has on gender roles) has recently become a controversial topic; The Case for Children offers a compelling perspective on the family system today.
W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. $24.95 ISBN: 9780393077971 Helga's Diary is a strikingly immediate and exceptional firsthand account of the Holocaust. Helga's remarkable diary begins in 1939, during the first wave of the Nazi invasion and continues through Helga's time at the concentration camp of Terezin, where she continued to write with astonishing insight about her daily life.
jbc network authors Alex Witchel
Feeding Eden: The Trials and Triumphs of a Food Allergy Family
All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother’s Dementia. With Refreshments.
The Mom 100 Cookbook: One Hundred Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket
The Tattooed Rabbi
Hiding Places: A Mother, a Daughter, an Uncovered Life
© Fred R. Conrad
Sterling Publishing, 2012. $24.95 ISBN: 9781402781223 An engaging mother's memoir, Feeding Eden tells the story of how childhood food allergies—a prevalent and potentially deadly health issue—affect the lives of a family.
Riverhead Books, 2012. $26.95 ISBN: 9781594487910 Desperate to hang on to her mother who is quickly disappearing into dementia, a daughter turns to the kitchen; as she recreates favorite dishes from a classic 1950s childhood, she learns to savor their loving, empowering, and forever-sustaining relationship.
Workman Publishing, 2012. $16.95 ISBN: 978-0761166030 Five solutions for each of the twenty dilemmas that everyone faces in the cooking-for-kids arena every day: one hundred lifesaving recipes and advice for dealing with the vegetable averse, fish-o-phobes, and last minute bake sale requests.
© Debbi Cooper
The Wayward Moon
Yotzeret Publishing, 2012. $14.95 ISBN: 978-159287-101-8 An odyssey through the ninth century Middle East at the height of the Islamic Empire, this unique story provides a rare glimpse into the heart and mind of a young Jewish woman on a journey of endurance and self-discovery.
Antenna Books, 2011. $19.95 ISBN: 978-1470058692 The debut of Rabbi Ben, a roving troubleshooter and sleuth-for-hire, in a fast-paced thriller set in Southern California. Ben seeks the source of mysterious millions circulating through Congregation Beit Joseph’s little-used cheder scholarship account, and the possibility that bodies were secretly buried in the temple’s reserved cemetery plots.
SUNY Press, 2012. $24.95 ISBN: 9781438442433 Psychologist Diane Wyshogrod’s long and careful investigation of her mother’s survival of the Shoah, her Christian rescuers, and her depiction of her own daily life in contemporary Israel make for compelling reading.
© Zack Zook
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© Andre Lamberston
Harper Perennial, 2012. $14.99 ISBN: 9780062090331 Flatscreen is a coming-of-age novel for our current times, exploring spiritual vacancy in contemporary Jewish suburbia.
Vagina: A New Biography
Ecco, 2012. $27.99 ISBN: 9780061989162 From one of our best selling and most respected cultural critics, Naomi Wolf, comes an astonishing work of cutting-edge science and cultural history: a radical exploration of the vagina as a gateway to—and medium of—female consciousness itself.
Jewish Ethics & Social Justice: A Guide for the 21st Century
Derusha, 2012. $14.95 ISBN: 978-1935104148 Jewish Ethics & Social Justice is a sweeping meditation on how we can make Judaism universally relevant again, exploring issues such as hunger, prison reform, worker rights, and more through a specifically Jewish ethical lens. Shmuly Yanklowitz guides readers through the core values of the Jewish tradition and towards a transformative, deeper examination of timeless issues of power, privilege, race, and wealth.
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children’s & ya
Love Is Never Past Tense…
Life Spark, 2011. $18.95 ISBN: 9780983746201 Janna Yeshanova has written her life story as a novel: a classic Russian tale of love, loss, betrayal and the eventual reunion of starcrossed lovers set against the unfolding of dramatic political intrigue.
Sarah Crichton Books, 2012. $TBD ISBN: 978-0-374-19271-6 Love Bomb is an inventive, darkly funny novel about love, marriage, stalkers, and the travails of suburban parenthood.
The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish Our Daughters Gotham Books, 2011. $26.95 ISBN: 978-1-592-40661-6 The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters profiles a smalltown Michigan bridal shop and some of the 100,000 brides who have made pilgrimage there since 1934.
Tefilat HaDerech: The Traveler's Prayer
EKS Publishing, 2012. $17.95 ISBN: 978-0-939144-68-6 Teﬁlat HaDerech takes young readers on a journey through Jewish history. Framing their travels is a new, age-appropriate translation of Teﬁlat HaDerech, a prayer traditionally recited during journeys.
© Christopher Barth
Scribner, 2011. $26.95 ISBN: 978-1-4516-6106-4 Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope is the story of United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, written in cooperation with Jeffrey Zaslow.
© Laura Turbow
© Ken Yanoviak
Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope
Jason Aronson, 2012. $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-7657-0887-8 In Surviving Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Cantor Matt Axelrod provides a practical, humorous guide for Jewish students and their families as they prepare for their “big day.” Breezy and friendly yet reassuring and focused, Axelrod easily cuts through the fear and stress that teens often feel in the months leading up to their bar or bat mitzvah.
© Eden Zaslow
Surviving Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah The Ultimate Insider's Guide
Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad
Scribner, 2012. $24.00 ISBN: 9781451606461 In the tradition of Dave Barry, Dan Gets a Minivan is a coming-of-middle-age tale by humorist Dan Zevin about a man's inevitable transition into mid-life, in the vehicle that dare not speak its name, fully loaded with a wife, kids, dog, and a GPS route out of the city and into the suburbs.
Walker Books for Young Readers, 2012. $9.99 ISBN: 9780802723321 This widely acclaimed coming-of-age novel explores abuse in the Chassidic community and ultimately offers compassion and hope. Author Judy Brown originally published this under the pseudonym Eishes Chayil ("woman of valor"), because of feared backlash from her community.
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jbc network authors Edward Einhorn
Playing Dreidel With Judah Maccabee
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
When the Hurricane Came
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011. $16.99 ISBN: 9781442421769 Mara Dyer doesn't know if she is crazy or haunted—all she knows is that everyone around her is dying. Part thriller, part paranormal, this debut novel will have readers on the edge of their seats.
Theater 61 Press, 2011. $14.95 ISBN: 978-0-9770197-4-8 A play in eight scenes about a modern boy who finds Judah Maccabee in an abandoned room, which exists both in his own temple and the ancient Temple in Jerusalem. A celebration of Hanukkah and its ancient origins, told with gentle humor.
Heidi Smith Hyde
CreateSpace, 2012. $7.99 ISBN: 978-1470082536 When The Hurricane Came opens as nineyear old Gertie and her family are forced to flee New Orleans in the face of the devastation from the oncoming storm. This contemporary Jewish American novel, written for children ages 8-11, follows Gertie and her family as she learns about displacement and loss, about tzedakah and giving, and about the healing powers of tikkun olam, helping to make the world a better place.
Jenny Meyerhoff Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue
The Count's Hanukkah Countdown
Kar-Ben Publishing, 2012. $17.95 ISBN: 9780761366256 In this tale of historical fiction set in colonial times, trying to be brave like Captain Henshaw, Emanuel stows away on a whaling ship on the last night of Hanukkah. When a storm overtakes the boat and knocks out the lighthouse, it is his father’s courage and the family menorah that brings the crew home safely.
Kar-Ben Publishing, 2012. $16.95 ISBN: 978-0761375562 At a gala Hanukkah party on Sesame Street, Grover and the Count welcome visiting Israeli Muppet friends Brosh and Avigail, tell the story of Hanukkah, feast on latkes, and learn that EIGHT is the perfect Hanukkah number.
Jacqueline Dembar Greene
Francine Hermelin Levite
Sami’s Sleepaway Summer
Scholastic, 2012. $5.99 ISBN: 978-0545362672 Every time Sami thinks about going to Jewish overnight camp she gets shpilkes—she is not a sleepaway camp kind of kid. But Sami never counted on delicious Shabbat dinners, fun new friends and a summer she'd never forget.
Speak Up, Tommy!
My Haggadah: Made It Myself
Kar-Ben Publishing, 2012. $17.95 ISBN: 978-0-7613-7497-8 Tommy’s classmates tease him about his Israeli accent and the way he speaks English. But his knowledge of Hebrew makes him a hero when a policeman and his dog come to visit Tommy’s school.
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Made it Myself Books, 2012. $24.95 ISBN: 978-0-9852426-0-2 My Haggadah: Made It Myself is an open-ended art, activity, and sticker book that allows children to personalize their own Haggadot through their words and images. While My Haggadah includes the basic elements of a traditional Haggadah, at its core it is a creative, playful,l and powerful conversation tool for parents/educators and children.
Jews of the Wild West: A Multicultural True Story
Paint Horse Press, 2012. $9.95 ISBN: 978-0-615-55388-7 Teenage Jewish brothers leave Germany in 1854 and settle in New Mexico. Their real life adventures are accentuated by vivid folk art style illustrations.
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Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris
The Apple Tree's Discovery
Marc Tyler Nobleman
Sheri Sinykin & Kristina Swarner
Sourcebooks, 2012. $12.99 ISBN: 978-1402266065 Accompanied by fun and engaging illustrations, Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris is a fresh take on weaving together real history and art with action, adventure, time-travel and family drama in an exciting new series for middle grade readers.
Ann Redisch Stampler
The Wooden Sword
Kar-Ben Publishing, 2012. $16.95 ISBN: 9780761351306 In this folktale, a little apple tree in a forest of oaks begs God for stars like those glimmering on the branches of the great oak trees beside her. As the seasons pass, she learns to appreciate her own gifts and realizes that it’s possible to find a star in each of us.
Albert Whitman, 2012. $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8075-9201-4 In this classic Jewish folktale from Afghanistan, a shah slips out of his palace disguised in servant's clothes to learn more about his people, only to be taken in by a poor Jewish shoemaker and his wife. The tasks the shah sets to test the poor man's optimistic faith that everything will turn out just as it should lead to a triumphant conclusion that showcases the shoemaker's resourcefulness and deeply held beliefs, and reflects mutual respect.
Elaine Wolf Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman
Charlesbridge, 2012. $17.95 ISBN: 978-1580892896 Only one person is oﬃcially credited as the creator of Batman: cartoonist Bob Kane. This is the first-ever book telling the true and tragic story of the man whose name should be there: writer Bill Finger.
Zayde Comes to Live
Peachtree Publishers, 2012. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-56145-631-4 When Rachel's beloved Jewish grandfather, Zayde, comes to spend his last days with her family, she worries what will happen after he dies, especially after friends tell her the Christian and Muslim beliefs about the afterlife. No one has the perfect answer, but soon Rachel finds a way to make peace with her grandfather’s passing, gathering all the moments she can, and honoring his life, one small memory at a time.
Sky Pony Press, 2012. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-61608-657-2 At Camp Takawanda for Girls in 1963, 14-year-old Amy Becker discovers the truth about what her mother lost on Kristallnacht, setting in motion a tragic event that changes Amy and her family forever. Camp, a haunting and sensitive mother-daughter story for mothers and daughters to share, is a compelling portrayal of Holocaust guilt and the collateral damage of family secrets.
Laurel Snyder Rachel’s Secret
Second Story Press, 2012. $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-926920-37-5 Inspired by actual events, Rachel's Secret is about a Jewish teen overwhelmed by anti-Jewish propaganda that preceded the deadly 1903 Kishinev pogrom. With her world changed forever, Rachel becomes friends with a Christian boy, and an unexpected bond between them deepens—one of the few signs of goodness and hope in a time of chaos and violence.
Good Night, Laila Tov
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2012. $17.99 ISBN: 978-0375868689 A lilting bedtime poem about the beauty of nature and the importance of the Jewish family. As we care for each other and the Earth, so they care for us.
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