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New Reviews June 23 2017

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New Reviews June 16, 2017

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New Reviews June 9, 2017

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New Reviews May 26, 2017

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What Would a Jewish Narnia Look Like?
If Judaism holds that God alone can save the world, is it even possible to write a truly Jewish fantasy quest?

Book Cover of the Week
New York Times bestselling author and poet Jill Bialosky claims that Poetry Can Save Your Life. We kinda have to agree.

Interview with Barbara Beitz
"I have read and researched a lot about the brave families who settled in the Southwest,” the author of The Sundown Kid shares. “What deeply touched me was the way different groups came together in support of one another, and I wanted to capture that sense of cooperation in a meaningful way."

The Biblical Inspirations Behind My Fantasy Fiction Series
Known to his readers by his pen name N. S. Dolkart, the Jewish author behind the Godserfs epic fantasy series points out that the Bible is a scary place to live.

New Books for Young Readers

New Reviews May 19, 2017

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Jewish Day School: Yes Or No?
While April Peveteaux is happy with her decision to send her children to a Jewish day school, she has concerns about depriving her kids of a more diverse experience.

Interview with Marjorie Ingall
"We are starting to see American Jewish women as executive producers of comedy shows once again. As more and more Jewish women are in charge of their own storytelling, the Jewish Mother figure will become more nuanced." Marjorie Ingall chats with the Jewish Book Council about Jewish parenting in the modern age and her new book, Mamaleh Knows Best.

Breaking Kosher: When Your Kids Make the Rules
How gluten-free cookbook author April Peveteaux adapted to her kids' kosher demands—without compromising her own dietary needs.

New Books for Young Readers

New Reviews May 12, 2017

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Behind the Lies of Holocaust Denial
“There are facts, there are opinions, and there are lies.” Watch Deborah E. Lipstadt deliver her TED Talk on Holocaust denial in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Amsterdam’s Jaw-Dropping 17th-Century Jewish Library
A fascinating literary discovery from Jewniverse!

Interview with Miriam Libicki
"We read Marvel comics when I was young, and I was aware pretty early on that comics were a Jewish medium,” graphic essayist and Toward a Hot Jew author Miriam Libicki shares. “Comic art managed to feel Jewish and have some Jewish sensibility to it."

New Books for Young Readers


New Reviews May 5, 2017

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Idra Novey Wins the $100,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature
Jewish Book Council announces the winners and finalists of the largest award of its kind. Read an interview with Idra Novey, author of Ways to Disappear and recipient of the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

Meet 2017 Sami Rohr Prize Choice Award Winner Daniel Torday
"The dream is for readers to see the world a little more clearly, in a little more detail, and a little more generously, after closing every novel they read. So if they read me, I’m just happy to know that’s what they’re doing when they do it."

Meet Sami Rohr Prize Fellow Paul Goldberg
"I learned as a kid in Moscow in the 1960s that books have power, and writers who are willing to tell the truth run the risk of getting arrested."

Meet Sami Rohr Prize Fellow Adam Ehrlich Sachs
"I want readers of my book to feel that something simple has been made needlessly complex, and to find this, for some reason, amusing."

Meet Sami Rohr Prize Finalist Rebecca Schiff
"I was in third grade when I first decided to be a writer. Our teacher had us hand in a new short story every two weeks. I also remember revising one of my stories after school in my parents' bedroom. It was the first time I noticed that I cared about sentences."

Interview with Yaakov Katz, Author of The Weapon Wizards
The Jerusalem Post editor-in-chief discusses his new book, The Weapon Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower.

New Reviews April 28, 2017

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Interview with David Bezmozgis
The National Jewish Book Award-winning author discusses adapting his short story "Natasha" to film, observing the differences within immigrant communities, and fearing for the future of literature and cinema.

Good Girls, Nasty Women: Gender and Jewish American History
Great news for those who couldn't make it Jewish Book Council’s Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation last month: a recording of the full discussion with Lynn Povich, Bonnie S. Anderson, and Rebecca Traister is now available for viewing online!

How Wives Pay for Their Husbands' Crimes
“She must have known,” is the first response Randy Susan Meyers hears from readers about her new novel, 'The Widow of Wall Street'—and she wants to know why.

Stories We Haven't Told: Six Neglected Holocaust Narratives to Preorder for Fall 2017
In commemoration of Yom HaShoah, the Jewish Day of Holocaust Remembrance, Jewish Book Council compiled a preview of six new works of nonfiction unearthing the neglected narratives of the Shoah.

New Reviews April 7, 2017

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JBC Bookshelf: 8 New Books for Passover 5777

Reading List: New Passover Books for Young Readers

How Joan Nathan Finds Jewish Recipes from Around the World
"In the world of the Internet," Joan Nathan supposes, "I could ask for likely stories from the Jewish group on Facebook that I started or send out a tweet searching for interesting recipes. But I do not."

What Is "Jewish Food"?
Joan Nathan shares three discoveries she made in compiling the recipes and stories of her new cookbook, King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking around the World.

You'll Want to See The Zookeeper's Wife Before Passover. Trust Us.
Niki Caro's adaption of Diane Ackerman's 2007 bestseller just in time for Passover—and the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

New Reviews March 31, 2017

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Discovering the Power of Jewish Books in Ottumwa, Iowa
"I’d like to tell you that the woman I left behind at synagogue on Yom Kippur in 1996 was reading Midrash or Talmud,” Debbie Bronstein Holinstat recalls. “I think it might have been a Danielle Steele novel."

How Does the "Justice System" Work for You?
Julia Dahl built her career in writing about crime as a journalist and novelist—but it took her twenty years to meet anyone who had been arrested.

The Father I Always Knew, the Survivor I Finally Know Better
Is there a survivor in your family? "I don't want to talk about it" isn't always a final answer.

Time. Space. Create.
Mourning the Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency, Julia Dahl bids farewell to Room 6 at the Point Way Inn.

The True Meaning of Nostalgia
Michael Chabon shares his Modern Jewish Literary Achievement remarks from the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards in The New Yorker.