Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
Alikewise: Dating based on book tastes
We skimmed the profiles to find a few Jewy ones:
On Portnoy’s Complaint: “Hillarious, pointy and inteligent narrative. A master of stories and words.”
On The Chosen: “Recommended to me by my friend and former colleague Caroline de Graaf. A coming of age story about the pain of life and the fathers and friends who both cause it and offer relief. The heavy religious references (holocaust, Hasidism, Zionism) are important and interesting to learn, but this novel can also be read for the raw emotions and sensory reactions of religious and secular people alike.”
On The Yiddish Policemen’s Union: “This book ensured Chabon took the number one spot in my list of favorite authors (at least, those still writing). It was hilarious, well crafted, and one of the most really imaginative books I’d read in a long time.
I mean, it’s a noir detective novel taking place in an alternate history where Alaska is a temporary Jewish homeland, involves chasidic organized crime, and the murder of a former chess prodigy. What’s not to love?”
On A Tale of Love and Darkness: “I love the descriptions in this book. There are many which are completely mesmerizing like when he describes books as sexy or his descriptions of relatives and their abrupt way of speaking.”
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Naomi is the executive director of Jewish Book Council. She graduated from Emory University with degrees in English and Art History and, in addition, studied at University College London. Prior to her role as executive director, Naomi served as the founding editor of the JBC website and blog and managing editor of Jewish Book World. In addition, she has overseen JBC’s digital initiatives, and also developed the JBC’s Visiting Scribe series and Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation.