Posted by Arie Monas
Read what the staff of the Jewish Book Council has been reading for the month of July!
I’m reading two books this month. The first one is All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen. I picked this book because it is quite controversial. I absolutely loved it and I highly recommend it. It is truly enlightening because I am learning more about the Hasidic sects.
The second book I read this month is Jewish Ireland: A Social History by Ray Rivlin. I chose to read this book because I was in Ireland a few weeks ago and I went to the Jewish museum in Dublin and it got me thinking about the Jews in Ireland. I recommend this book to people who like history.
The book The Last Flight of Poxl West by Daniel Torday an interesting novel that can start a conversation. It is an unusual take on the Holocaust story. I recommend the book to everyone.
Find Jewish Book Council’s book club kit for The Last Flight of Poxl West here.
The final book in a three part series, Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, allows teenagers to be more than one-dimensional characters – complicated, frustrating and loveable, Isla and the Happily Ever After shows teens as they really are.
The Innocents by Francesca Segal is a very intriguing look at the Jewish community in London. It also makes me want to read the original book that this is based off of, The Age of Innocence. I recommend it to anyone who read the Age of Innocence.
CarolThe Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook by Fania Lewando and The
Covenant Kitchen by Jeff and Jodie Morgan are very original cookbooks. The Vilna cookbook was originally published in Vilna in 1938. It was a very advanced for its time and it had color illustrations. It’s not a vegetarian cookbook but it emphasizes on fresh produce. It’s the ancestor of fresh produce cuisine. I recommend it to anyone interested in contemporary cooking.
Upon learning the sad news of E. L. Doctorow’s death, this month I’m rereading E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime. Set in New York, Ragtime is peppered with historical figures, giving them new dimension and seamlessly connecting them with fictional components of Doctorow’s plot. Particularly of note, for a Jewish audience, are the appearances of Harry Houdini, Sigmund Freud, and Emma Goldman (you can find reading lists for all three on Jewish Book Council’s website) as well as the fictional story of Tateh, which pulls back the curtain on New York City tenements and specifically the life of a Jewish Eastern European immigrant trying to make ends meet and provide for his daughter. If you haven’t already read this classic, it should definitely make its way to the top of your to-read list!
I never realized the danger involved in that profession. I recommend The War Reporter by Martin Fletcher to anyone.
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- Daniel Torday: The Sensualist