Post­ed by Nao­mi Firestone-Teeter

It’s been a while since my last Book­shelf,” but things have final­ly calmed down (ha!) here with sum­mer, and I’ve had some time to com­pile our lat­est edi­tion. This one is a real hodgepodge…memoir, fic­tion, visu­al arts. But, what bet­ter time to immerse your­self in var­i­ous top­ics than sum­mer? Are these beach reads? Uhm…some may be…but not real­ly. That edi­tion will come soon. In the meantime…

And This is the Light, Lea Gold­berg; Bar­bara Har­shav, trans.; Nili Scharf Gold, intro. (Sep­tem­ber 2011, The Toby Press)
Also check out With This Night, Lea(h) Goldberg’s final col­lec­tion pub­lished in her lifetime…now for this first time in Eng­lish. This one was pub­lished in June by Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas Press.

Smug­gled: A Nov­el, Christi­na Shea (July 2011, Black Cat)
This is a good book club read…check out the read­ing guide from the pub­lish­er here.

The Syn­a­gogues of Britain and Ire­land: An Archi­tec­tur­al and Social His­to­ry (The Paul Mel­lon Cen­tre for Stud­ies in British Art), Shar­man Kadish (May 2011, Yale Uni­ver­si­ty Press)
This one is a real beau­ty and includes 200 images (120 b&w, 80 color).

Col­lect­ing Matisse and Mod­ern Mas­ters: The Cone Sis­ters of Bal­ti­more (Jew­ish Muse­um), Karen Lev­i­tov (May 2011, Yale Uni­ver­si­ty Press)
Pub­lished in con­junc­tion with the exhib­it at The Jew­ish Muse­um in NYC.

Abra­ham Joshua Hes­chel: Essen­tial Writ­ings  Susan­nah Hes­chel (May 2011, Orbis Books)
Selec­tions from the writ­ings of one of the lead­ing Jew­ish the­olo­gians and philoso­phers of the 20th cen­tu­ry, edit­ed by his daughter.

Lunar Sav­ings Time, Aleck Epstein; Bec­ka Mara McK­ay, trans. (May 2011, Clock­root Books)
Read an excerpt here.

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.