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JBC Bookshelf: Journeys

Thursday, March 01, 2012| Permalink
Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Each of the following books focus on a journey. They represent both physical and spiritual journeys and geographically span the globe. These books take us from the haunting images of concentration camps, to a family's bicycle adventure across the country, to Rabbi Nachman's gravesite in Uman, to Debra Spark's stories that blur the line between reality and fiction, the real and the surreal. As we approach Passover next month, and retell the biblical journey of the Jewish people from slavery, it's fitting that these contemporary works remind us to continue the journey to understand our own Jewishness, where we come from and where we're going, the importance of retelling the stories of the past, and to never stop asking questions.

Fragments: Architecture of the Holocaust: An Artist's Journey Through the Camps, Karl Koenig and Kathleen V. Jameson (January 2012, Fresco Fine Art Publications) 
Through a series of photographs of concentration camps, Karl explores narrative and visual dissonances in order to highlight the inexplicability of the Holocaust itself.

The Bar Mitzvah and the Beast: One Family's Cross-Country Ride of Passage by Bike, Matt Bier-Ariel (April 2012, The Mountaineers Books)
How many gallons of Gatorade does it take to make it cross-country? Apparently 99.

The Pretty Girl: Novella and Stories, Debra Spark (April 2012, Four Way Books)

Check back here the week of April 23rd for Debra's guest blog posts for the Visiting Scribe

A Sense of Direction: Pilgrimage for the Restless and the Hopeful, Gideon Lewis-Kraus (May 2012, Riverhead Books)
Find out what happens when Gideon travels with 40,000 Orthodox Jews to visit the gravesite of a Hasidic mystic in the Ukraine.

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