Posted by Nat Bernstein
I always have an eye out for good books for young Jewish readers — stories that break the mold of what we consider “Jewish children’s literature” and introduce interesting ideas along with evocative imagery that appeals to the artistic sensibilities of kids and adults alike. Combine those qualities with my love for all things Leonard Nimoy, and you can see why I’m excited for Richard Michelson and Edel Rodriguez’s new illustrated biography:
Accessible to readers of all religious or Trekkie affiliations, Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy delivers strong Jewish content without overpowering the universal story of first-generation achievement in the United States. Exploring Nimoy’s childhood in Boston’s West End, Fascinating depicts the assiduous actor’s decision to take on his iconic half-Vulcan role in light of the alienation his parents experienced as American immigrants from Iziaslav — reflected in the cover illustration of Mr. Spock’s profile superimposed with the face of young Leonard.
Intrigued? Richard Michelson will share more about the book as a Visiting Scribe here on The ProsenPeople over the first week of Elul — the week after next!
Nat Bernstein is the former Manager of Digital Content & Media, JBC Network Coordinator, and Contributing Editor at the Jewish Book Council and a graduate of Hampshire College.