Post­ed by Nao­mi Firestone-Teeter

It seems like every time I work through the books on my desk a new stack mag­i­cal­ly appears…

As you can see from the high­lights (from the stack) below, two of our favorite Jew­ish series (Jew­ish Encoun­ters (Schock­en Books/​Nextbook Press) and Jew­ish Lives (Yale Uni­ver­si­ty Press)) con­tin­ue to grow as they con­tin­ue to address inter­est­ing fig­ures and top­ics in Jew­ish his­to­ry in 2012. And, while you wait for the lat­est in fic­tion and Jew­ish series, check out the Visu­al Art books below – they make won­der­ful Chanukah gifts!

The Steins Col­lect: Matisse, Picas­so, and the Parisian Avant-Garde, Janet Bish­op, et al. (June 2011, Yale Uni­ver­si­ty Press)

Find out more about the Steins by watch­ing these videos

Gay Block: About Love: Pho­tographs and Films 1973 – 2011, Anne Wilkes Tuck­er (Sep­tem­ber 2011, Radius Books)
View sam­ple pho­tographs from the book here

50 Jew­ish Artists You Should Know, Edward van Voolen (Octo­ber 2011, Pre­se­tel Pub­lish­ing)
The lat­est addi­tion to the You Should Know series

The Street Sweep­er, Elliot Perl­man (Jan­u­ary 2012, River­head Books) 
Watch an inter­view with Perl­man on his lat­est book

Walther Rathenau: Weimar’s Fall­en States­man, Shu­lamit Volkov (Jan­u­ary 2012, Yale Uni­ver­si­ty Press)
Served as For­eign Min­istry of Ger­many dur­ing the Weimar Repub­lic before he was assas­si­nat­ed in June 1922

When Gen­er­al Grant Expelled the Jews, Jonathan Sar­na (March 2012, Schock­en Books/​Nextbook Press)
Check out these events through­out the spring to hear Sar­na dis­cuss his lat­est work

Orig­i­nal­ly from Lan­cast­er, Penn­syl­va­nia, Nao­mi is the CEO 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.