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JBC Bookshelf: Fall Reads - Nonfiction

Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

I think this might be a record: two JBC Bookshelf posts within two weeks. Not all of these books will be published in the fall (it's ok August, we're letting you slip in), but they're all worth checking out over the next several months. The titles below reflect on various topics across Jewish life, culture, and history and celebrate Judaism in America, past, present, and what's to come...

Living Jewishly: A Snapshot of a Generation, Stefanie Pervos Bergman, ed. (August 2012, Academic Studies Press)
This anthology, published in partnership with Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, features a few past Visiting Scribes: Matthue Roth, Abby Sher, Stacey Ballis. These writers, plus many more thoughtful voices, engage in such questions as: "Are we moving beyond denominational borders?", "Does being a Jewish young professional today mean never measuring up?", "Live, love, learn...but in what order?"

In History's Grip: Philip Roth's Newark Trilogy, Michael Kimmage (August 2012, Stanford University Press)
In History's Grip concentrates on the literature of Philip Roth, and in particular on American Pastoral, I Married a Communist, and The Human Stain. Read JBC reviews of Roth titles here.

Jews in America, Stephen D. Corrsin, Amanda Siegel, and Kenneth Benson (November 2012, D Giles Limited in associated with the New York Public Library)
This gorgeous new book is based on the extensive collection of the NYPL and features an introduction from Jonathan D. Sarna, as well as 110 color and 10 b&w images of rare books, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, and more. 

Singer's Typewriter and Mine: Reflections on Jewish Culture, Ilan Stavans (November 2012, University of Nebraska Press)
What's not to love about this one? Stavans interweaves his own experience with other Jewish writers and thinkers, with specific essays focusing on: Isaac Bashevis Singer, translation and God's language, storytelling as midrash, Yiddish and Sepharidc literatures, the connection between humor and terror, the creators of the King James Bible, plus more.