Pho­to by Jess Bai­ley on Unsplash

This Hanukkah, we have eight book rec­om­men­da­tions for eight days of latkes, love, and literature!

The Only Daugh­ter by A. B. Yehoshua, trans­lat­ed by Stu­art Schoffman

The Only Daugh­ter tells the sto­ry of twelve-year-old Rachele Luz­zat­to, an Ital­ian Jew­ish girl who must simul­ta­ne­ous­ly nav­i­gate the Christ­mas hol­i­days and her father’s sud­den health prob­lems.” ‑Isado­ra Kianovsky

Shab­bat: Recipes and Rit­u­als from My Table to Yours by Adeena Sussman

Shab­bat is large­ly made up of recipes from Sussman’s own Shab­bat table, inter­spersed with fla­vors and dish­es that grace the Shab­bat tables of those clos­est to her.” ‑Han­nah Kressel

How the Tal­mud Can Change Your Life: Sur­pris­ing­ly Mod­ern Advice from a Very Old Book by Liel Leibovitz

Telling the sto­ry of rab­binic Judaism through the few dom­i­nant per­son­al­i­ties of each era of rab­binic his­to­ry, Lei­bovitz takes his read­ers through the devel­op­ment of the Mish­nah and Tal­mud, high­light­ing impor­tant themes like friend­ship, com­mu­ni­ty, and love, which appear in each time peri­od.” ‑Marc Katz

The Post­card by Anne Berest, trans­lat­ed by Tina Kover

Mix­ing fact and fic­tion, Berest writes a sear­ing account that, in places, is dif­fi­cult to read because of its unspar­ing details about depor­ta­tion and the equal­ly har­row­ing expe­ri­ences of Myriam’s sur­vival.” ‑Mar­tin Green

Amos Oz: The Lega­cy of a Writer in Israel and Beyond by Ranen Omer-Sherman

Any seri­ous admir­er of Amos Oz’s extra­or­di­nary body of work will find much to pon­der and enjoy in this thought-pro­­vok­ing anthol­o­gy.” ‑Bob Goldfarb

Kan­ti­ka by Eliz­a­beth Graver

The sto­ry of Kan­ti­ka, based on the life of Graver’s grand­moth­er, opens in Con­stan­tino­ple in 1907 and spans five decades, mak­ing stops in Barcelona and Havana but ulti­mate­ly end­ing in New York City in 1950.” ‑Nina B. Lichtenstein

I Must Be Dream­ing by Roz Chast

Demon­strat­ing her capac­i­ty for seri­ous intro­spec­tion, and weav­ing togeth­er car­toons, sketch­es, and pho­tos, this mem­oir com­bines her fine­ly tuned sense of absur­di­ty with the chal­lenges of cop­ing with her elder­ly par­ents in their final years.” ‑Ranen Omer-Sherman

My Last Inno­cent Year by Daisy Alpert Florin

The year is 1998. The pres­i­dent is under inves­ti­ga­tion for sex­u­al mis­con­duct. Themes of gen­der, pow­er, and sex dom­i­nate the nation­al con­ver­sa­tion. And on col­lege cam­pus­es, women are agi­tat­ing for jus­tice and respect. This is the land­scape in which we meet Isabel Rosen, a senior at Wilder Col­lege, an elite lib­er­al arts school in New Eng­land.” ‑Chloe Cheimets

Bonus rec­om­men­da­tion! 

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

Simona is the Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s man­ag­ing edi­tor of dig­i­tal con­tent and mar­ket­ing. 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, Dig­ging through the Fat, and oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. She holds an MFA in fic­tion from The New School.