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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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Book Cover of the Week: Nightbird

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

Jewish novelist Alice Hoffman turns her deft mastery of magical realism to Middle Grade fantasy with Nightbird, a tale of enchantments, mysterious family curses, and (of course) young love:

Lois Lowry (two-time Newbery Medal recipient and author of The Giver in case you live under a rock) likens this book to "reentering a wonderful dream that you vaguely remember," celebrating how "Alice Hoffman creates the most ordinary people and then turns their lives magical." Looking for a book to share with a preteen? I think you just found it.

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Book Cover of the Week: Immigrants Against the State

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

It's been a while since we featured a nonfiction title on The ProsenPeople's Book Cover of the Week series, so how's this for a break:

Kenyon Zimmer explores how the anarchist movement at the turn of the twentieth century enabled American immigrant communities—Italian and Jewish, in particular—to shed their nationalist loyalties without enforcing assimilation into "the Melting Pot"; instead embracing differences and diversity as they adapted to a new life in the United States.

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Book Cover of the Week: A literary birch tree forest

Wednesday, February 04, 2015 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

Given that I hail from a city named for trees, it's no surprise that Tu B'shvat is one of my favorite holidays—and it's today!

              

I've noticed a particularly lovely trend of birch trees on book covers, and the Jewish New Year for the Trees seems like a good time to point it out—especially since it seems to be a reliable indicator of an excellent read: Olga Grjasnowa's debut was perhaps my favorite novel of 2014, and Ramona Ausubel's eerie Holocaust allegory struck me to the core when I first came to the Jewish Book Council in 2012—the same year Reagan Arthur Books released the bebirched paperback edition of Eowyn Ivey's desolately whimsical adaptation of a magical Russian fable, set in 1920s Alaska:

A birch tree on a book cover is always a good sign.

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Book Cover of the Week: A Replacement Life, in Paperback

Friday, January 23, 2015 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

JBC Network author and National Jewish Book Award finalist Boris Fishman recently announced the release of a paperback edition of his acclaimed debut novel, A Replacement Life. HarperCollins decided to go with drastically different design for the new book cover:

If you find Boris's writing as intriguing as we do, you should definitely hear him speak about his process in crafting and publishing a book—and about his identity as a Jewish Russian author. And we have the perfect opportunity to do so: come here Boris in conversation with Yelena Akhtiorskaya, author of Panic in a Suitcase, and Gal Beckerman, winner of the 2012 Samir Rohr Prize for When They Come for Us We'll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry, on the literary Russian Jewish American experience as part of Unpacking the Book, a new Jewish Book Council author discussion series at the Jewish Museum, moderated by Wall Street Journal associate books editor Bari Weiss. Not to be missed!

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