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Book Cover of the Week: The Secret of Chabad

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

Veteran Chabad emissary to Yorba Linda and sitting president of the Rabbinical Council of Orange County and Long Beach, California Rabbi David Eliezrie offers an intriguing insight into one of the most successful and influential movements of contemporary Judaism:

The Secret of Chabad: Inside the World's Most Successful Jewish Movement illuminates the key elements of Chabad Lubavitch's modern phenomenon. Drawing on interviews with shluchim and lead figures the world over, historical trajectories and events, and the author's personal experience, this book has caught the attention and admiration of prominent (non-Lubavitch) Jewish voices like Dennis Prager and Alan Dershowitz. The Secret of Chabad comes out September 2015 from The Toby Press; we're already fascinated by the book cover alone!

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Book Cover of the Week: Piece of Mind

Thursday, August 20, 2015 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

Whenever W. W. Norton & Co. picks up a work of fiction, you know it's going to be good—especially when they give it a book cover like this one:

Piece of Mind: A Novel tells the story of Lucy, a twenty-seven-year-old challenged by the ins and outs of daily life and human relationships since suffering a brain injury in early childhood. Forced out into the world—and into her brother's college living space in New York City—upon the unexpected death of her father, Lucy must learn who she is and find strength she never knew she possessed. Norton recommends this February 2016 novel for readers who love The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time or wish to discover "one of the most endearing and heroic characters of contemporary fiction."

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Book Cover of the Week: Enchanted Islands

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

It's been a great couple weeks for historical fiction, from Janis Cooke Newman's list of Top 5 Historical Novels for summer 2015 (and the release of her own historical fiction novel, A Master Plan for Rescue) to Alice Hoffman's newest book, The Marriage of Opposites—you can read the entire first chapter here!—and now the release of the book cover for Allison Amend's forthcoming work of historical fiction, Enchanted Islands:

The novel takes place in the Galapagos, exploring the world of military intelligence and espionage before World War II. It's due out in May 2016. So far that's all we know!

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Book Cover of the Week: The Days of Awe

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

Summer definitely ain't over yet: August is bringing in a hearty new crop of books to read before the kids get back from camp—including Days of Awe: A Novel by Lauren Fox, released yesterday from Knopf! And look at the beautiful book cover they snuck on there while no one was looking:

You can see the book cover we thought we were working with here. Also neat! The novel follows a divorced mother struggling with her pre-teen daughter and mourning the loss of her best friend, Josie, killed in a car accident a year ago—the moment Isabel's entire life fell apart.

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Book Cover of the Week: The Golem and the Jinni, Indonesian Edition

Thursday, July 23, 2015 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

In case you needed an excuse to reread Helene Wecker's stunning 2013 novel, the book cover for the Indonesian edition of The Golem and the Jinni was released last week:

"The black silhouette is a punch-out, so it's like the entire city is inside the Golem's head. (Which seems apropos, given her abilities.) Love that font, too," the author posted last Tuesday—and we agree! A breathtaking work of historical fiction infused with Jewish and Syrian mystical lore, The Golem and the Jinni is one of the all-time most popular titles among Jewish Book Council's readers: if you haven't already picked it up, be sure to add it to your summer reading list!

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Book Cover of the Week: Good on Paper

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

Mark your calendars for January 26, because Rachel Cantor's next book will be hitting the shelves!

Those who read Rachel's first novel, A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World: A Novel will recognize Rachel's signature penchant for tales of love, unconventional families, search of self, and the mysteries of language in Good on Paper, a story about a lost writer inexplicably invited by a renowned, Nobel Prize-winning scholar to translate his new manuscript—which may not be all that it seems. We're thrilled to see Rachel collaborating with Melville House once again on what promises to be a fantastic second novel!

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Book Cover of the Week: The Best Place on Earth

Friday, July 10, 2015 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

Excellent news! Ayelet Tsabari's debut collection of short stories, The Best Place on Earth—which won the 2015 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature—is coming to the United States! Originally published by HarperCollins Canada, the book will be available to American readers in March 2016. Random House released the book cover for the American edition this week:

A vast improvement on the original, don't you think? And yes, it is available for pre-order now!

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Book Cover of the Week: 101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | Permalink

Posted by Becca Kantor

If your eye is caught by the host of colorful pen-and-ink caricatures on the cover of Ricardo Covolo’s 101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die … just wait until you look inside.

Written (by hand!) as a diary tracing the history of music Johann Sebastian Bach to Chief Keef, the book is chock-full of portraits in Covolo’s distinctive, evocative style. This one will be treasured by music aficionados, art-lovers, and general readers alike.

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Book Cover of the Week: Thresholds

Friday, March 13, 2015 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

Jewish Book Council is delighted to be working once again with Rabbi Sherre Hirsch, the first female rabbi of Sinai Temple Los Angeles and a frequent contributor and speaker on spiritual life and musings. We thought you'd like a sneak peak at the book cover for her forthcoming book, Thresholds:

Focusing on the "hallways" of life rather than the rooms of our homes, Rabbi Hirsch seeks to mentor readers in facing the transitions they might not even be aware they have or are about to come across.

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Book Cover of the Week: Shekhina

Friday, February 27, 2015 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

We're deeply saddened to learn of Leonard Nimoy's passing this morning. Beyond his iconic, beloved, and influential role as Star Trek's Mr. Spock, Nimoy was a conscious artist, poet, and writer.

He was also keenly invested in his Jewish identity, which his brought into all of his works.


Live long and prosper, Leonard.

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