Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
This fall brings not only a bounty of fiction, but a bounty of nonfiction, as well. This edition of “JBC Bookshelf” offers memoirs, a “biography,” and humor, taking us from Israel to Egypt to France (keeping with the “travel” trend). Many of the below titles will be reviewed in our fall or winter issue of Jewish Book World, so be on the look out for more about each of them. And, while we love bringing you fall book treats, we also have another (literary) treat in store for you…stay tuned…
The Mirador: Dreamed Memories of Irene Nemirovsky by her Daughter, Elisabeth Gille; Marina Harss, trans. (September 2011, NYRB Classics)
Have you read Irene Nemirovsky’s Suite Francaise?
The Arrogant Years: One Girl’s Search for Her Lost Youth, from Cairo to Brooklyn, Lucette Lagnado (September 2011, Ecco)
Lucette Lagnado won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for her Memoir The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World .
My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir, Meir Shalev; Evan Fallenberg, trans. (October 2011, Schocken)
Meir Shalev won the 2007 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction for A Pigeon and a Boy.
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.