Posted by Nat Bernstein
Given that I hail from a city named for trees, it’s no surprise that Tu B’shvat is one of my favorite holidays — and it’s today!
I’ve noticed a particularly lovely trend of birch trees on book covers, and the Jewish New Year for the Trees seems like a good time to point it out — especially since it seems to be a reliable indicator of an excellent read: Olga Grjasnowa’s debut was perhaps my favorite novel of 2014, and Ramona Ausubel’s eerie Holocaust allegory struck me to the core when I first came to the Jewish Book Council in 2012 — the same year Reagan Arthur Books released the bebirched paperback edition of Eowyn Ivey’s desolately whimsical adaptation of a magical Russian fable, set in 1920s Alaska:
A birch tree on a book cover is always a good sign.
- Stuart Nadler: Praying Outdoors
- Sarah Wildman: Paperless Love: A Letter from Valy
- All the Trees of the Forest: Israel’s Woodlands from the Bible to the Present by Alon Tal
Nat Bernstein is the former Manager of Digital Content & Media, JBC Network Coordinator, and Contributing Editor at the Jewish Book Council and a graduate of Hampshire College.