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It’s that time of year again! The sun is set­ting ear­li­er, and we have more time than ever to curl up with a good book in the evenings. Not sure what to get the book lovers in your life? (Or per­haps what to gift your­self?) We have you cov­ered. From propul­sive thrillers, to gor­geous col­lec­tions of art, to tan­ta­liz­ing sto­ries of food, here are some per­fect sug­ges­tions for the read­ers in your life.

And why not treat them (or your­self!) to the lat­est issue of Paper Brigade? JBC’s annu­al lit­er­ary jour­nal fea­tures orig­i­nal fic­tion, stun­ning art­work, and fas­ci­nat­ing arti­cles. Grab your copy today along with our sig­na­ture Ask Me What I’m Read­ing” tote to car­ry your good­ies in. (Results guar­an­teed, so have a book rec ready.)

For all readers:

The sixth issue of Paper Brigade is chock-full of arti­cles, short sto­ries, poet­ry, art, and pho­tog­ra­phy — the per­fect Hanukkah and Jew­ish Book Month treat!

One Hun­dred Sat­ur­days: Stel­la Levi and the Search for a Lost World by Michael Frank with art­work by Maira Kalman

A pow­er­ful trib­ute to Jew­ish Rhodes cap­tured over con­ver­sa­tions between Stel­la Levi and writer Michael Frank. 

For the fan of mem­oir and biography:

Who By Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai by Mat­ti Friedman

This book tells two sto­ries togeth­er, eco­nom­i­cal­ly, yet in depth — the sto­ry of the Yom Kip­pur War and its influ­ence on Israeli musi­cal cul­ture, and the sto­ry of the rela­tion­ship that devel­oped between Leonard Cohen and the land of Israel.” ‑Beth Dwoskin

Lost & Found by Kathryn Schulz

Rather than a prac­ti­cal guide to love or grief, the mem­oir is a cel­e­bra­tion of the lan­guage and ideas that make these expe­ri­ences mean­ing­ful. With ongo­ing ref­er­ences to poet­ry, lit­er­a­ture, and aca­d­e­m­ic research, Schulz explores not how to” have these expe­ri­ences, but the dif­fer­ent ways to be” with them.” ‑Deb­o­rah Miller

To Repair a Bro­ken World: The Life of Hen­ri­et­ta Szold, Founder of Hadas­sah by Dvo­ra Hacohen

Szold was in her sev­en­ties when the rise of fas­cism in Europe pre­sent­ed her with her biggest chal­lenge ever: the Youth Aliyah, the res­cue of endan­gered Jew­ish chil­dren from Europe and the near East to set­tle them in Pales­tine.” ‑Bet­ti­na Berch

For the short sto­ry lover:

Loss of Mem­o­ry Is Only Tem­po­rary by Johan­na Kaplan

This expand­ed col­lec­tion emblem­izes Kaplan’s sly-yet-won­­drous art and her pow­er to dra­ma­tize what she terms the grief-pierced” emo­tion­al tones of the mod­ern Jew­ish expe­ri­ence.” ‑Don­ald Weber

Fear and Oth­er Sto­ries by Chana Blankshteyn; Ani­ta Norch, trans.

Blankshteyn’s char­ac­ters and scenes trans­port the read­er to a way of life on the cusp of trans­for­ma­tion — in both exhil­a­rat­ing (and just as fre­quent­ly fright­en­ing) ways. There is a dream­like qual­i­ty of her writ­ing that allows mun­dane and every­day set­tings to evoke dis­com­fort and admi­ra­tion in equal amounts.” ‑Jus­tine Orlovsky-Schnitzler

For the fic­tion reader:

Sig­nal Fires by Dani Shapiro

Can a sin­gle mis­take redi­rect the tra­jec­to­ry of an entire fam­i­ly? Such is the ques­tion haunt­ing Dani Shapiro’s new nov­el, Sig­nal Fires.” ‑Amy Spungen

Love by Maayan Eitan

Through vignettes, scraps of dia­logue, and picaresque impres­sions, Love takes read­ers inside the mind of a young call girl work­ing in a name­less Israeli city.” ‑Julie R. Enszer

Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr

Lisa Barr has includ­ed all kinds of intrigu­ing ele­ments in this enjoy­able read: Nazi-loot­ed art, old-school jour­nal­ism, fash­ion, decep­tion, and romance.” ‑Lind­sey Bodner

For the his­to­ry buff:

The Sas­soons: The Great Glob­al Mer­chants and the Mak­ing of an Empire by Joseph Sassoon

The Sas­soons is more than a chron­i­cle of ances­try, how­ev­er. On the con­trary, it cov­ers the eco­nom­ic, polit­i­cal, tech­no­log­i­cal, and diplo­mat­ic fac­tors respon­si­ble for the rise and then the fall of the family’s for­tunes, the alien­ation of the third and fourth gen­er­a­tions from the reli­gious and eth­nic iden­ti­ty of its founders, and the younger gen­er­a­tions’ belief that com­merce was beneath them.” ‑Edward Shapiro

Come to This Court and Cry: How the Holo­caust Ends by Lin­da Kinstler

Kinstler’s book is an urgent inquiry into the com­plex­i­ties of mem­o­ry, his­to­ry, legal­i­ty, and respon­si­bil­i­ty for one of the great­est tragedies: the Holo­caust.” ‑Mar­tin Green

The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World by Jonathan Freedland

Holo­caust his­to­ry has long hon­ored its heroes. Now, with this new sto­ry of a com­plex, for­mer­ly hid­den hero, Rudolf Vrba can take his well-deserved place in pub­lic mem­o­ry.” ‑Lin­da F. Burghardt

For the foodie:

Kosher­soul: The Faith and Food Jour­ney of an African Amer­i­can Jew by Michael W. Twitty

Kosher­soul is Twitty’s joy- and pain-filled asser­tion that he and the many oth­ers liv­ing and cook­ing at the com­pli­cat­ed, vibrant inter­sec­tion of Black and Jew­ish are here and always have been.” ‑Rus­sell Janzen

Bene Appétit: The Cui­sine of Indi­an Jews by Esther David

Esther David, a nov­el­ist and Bene Israel Jew, trav­eled to all the com­mu­ni­ties in India in an effort to pre­serve their culi­nary tra­di­tions before they dis­ap­pear.” ‑Maron L. Waxman

Zabar’s: A Fam­i­ly Sto­ry, with Recipes by Lori Zabar

Lori Zabar, grand­daugh­ter of the founder and a his­to­ri­an and researcher, traces the family’s his­to­ry back to Ostropo­lia in Ukraine before fol­low­ing Zabar’s from its start as a fruit and veg­etable store in Brook­lyn to its com­mand­ing pres­ence on the Upper West Side of Man­hat­tan.” ‑Maron L. Waxman

For the poet:

Jer­sey Breaks: Becom­ing an Amer­i­can Poet by Robert Pinsky

Can­did, invig­o­rat­ing, per­son­al, and humane, Jer­sey Breaks sums up the expe­ri­ences of a ded­i­cat­ed pub­lic poet.” ‑Maron L. Waxman

The Book of Anna by Joy Ladin

At once an inter­ro­ga­tion of inno­cence and the degree to which trau­ma can be healed, the book also affirms the absolute cru­cial­i­ty of writ­ing: In this world made of words, when I say Let there be light,” light is.””-Stephanie Bar­bé Hammer 

Today in the Taxi by Sean Singer

Today in the Taxi is rad­i­cal­ly Jew­ish in that it does not build up” to rev­e­la­tion but the oth­er way around” — Singer’s poems reject tra­di­tion­al pow­er struc­tures and instead return back to the work­er and his streets.” ‑Alli­son Pitinii Davis

For the art lover:

Women Hold­ing Things by Maira Kalman

Women Hold­ing Things explores the things that women hold, not only objects but also emo­tions, ideas, space, and con­cepts — the things’ of the world that are often inef­fa­ble but pow­er­ful­ly present in the mind.” ‑Julie R. Enszer

Let There Be Light: The Real Sto­ry of Her Cre­ation by Liana Finck

Liana Finck’s invig­o­rat­ing­ly reimag­ined Book of Gen­e­sis is by turns hilar­i­ous, trag­ic, poet­ic, mys­te­ri­ous, and always rap­tur­ous­ly imag­i­na­tive.” ‑Ranen Omer-Sherman

Simona is the Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s dig­i­tal con­tent and mar­ket­ing man­ag­er. She grad­u­at­ed from Sarah Lawrence Col­lege with a con­cen­tra­tion in Eng­lish and His­to­ry and stud­ied abroad in India and Eng­land. Pri­or to the JBC she worked at Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Press. Her writ­ing has been fea­tured in LilithThe Nor­mal School, Barn­storm, Dig­ging through the Fat, and oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. She is an MFA can­di­date in fic­tion at The New School.