Hadassah Magazine's Guide to Jewish Literature – September/October 2019
A selection of books to entice any reader. Everything from novels to nonfiction, memoirs to mysteries, cookbooks to kids’ books.
. . . because no dream is without its caveats. Abi Segil, an American archaeologist, jumps at the chance to examine artifacts from a sunken ship discovered off the coast of Tel Aviv. Ever since she inherited a centuries old Sabbath candlestick holder, she has been yearning to find its counterpart. Could it be among the artifacts of the medieval wreckage? Five centuries earlier, in Seville, Sancia is forced to convert from her Jewish faith or leave Spain. When her Catholic friend gives her bronze Sabbath candlestick holders, she has no idea how his gift will reverberate through time.
From the moment I looked at my sister and saw she had been crying, I knew that something was terribly wrong. I felt numb and completely blindsided. Told from a loving daughter’s perspective, Triangle of My Heart explores three generations of interconnected relationships framed by AML leukemia, chemotherapy, and the subsequent turmoil it created.
Paperback, 237 pages, $18. Available on www.amazon.com.
Highly acclaimed book teaches creative ways to experience interactions between Jewish thought and the impact of new technologies on contemporary life. Demonstrates how smartphone photography and social media can reveal and share spirituality in everything we do. Since it speaks about Judaism in the language of today’s digital culture, you should buy this book for yourself as well as for your children and grandchildren.
Available on Amazon and other Internet booksellers.
The perfect present! Vibrant non-fiction through fantasy, these new and adapted stories by leading authors, storytellers and educators reveal the soulful essence of inclusive, mitzvah-centered living. Each tale is paired with a stimulating Study Guide for reflection, discussion and action. These forty-three fascinating new Jew stories are designed for reading and retelling across the generations!
Reclaiming Judaism Press. Quality paperback, 336 pp. $19.99. Available through all major booksellers.
9/15/2008, Julie lost her job at Lehman Brothers and her twin, Jack, in a car crash. Feeling responsible for his death, she can’t bear to see the pain in her father’s eyes. She escapes to her brother’s dream destination, Thailand, where a sexy Israeli, Avi, tries to make her let go of her guilt. Can he do it? Or will it take something more?
Available in print and e-book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and independent bookstores.
Finalist, 2018 National Jewish Book Awards in Debut Fiction, Goldberg Prize. A literary novel that explores love, war, mystery, magic, the Bayeux Tapestry, and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Available as paperback, e-book, or audiobook on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or select independent book stores, www.deborahgaal.com.
See the year through Jewish eyes! Now in its sixth year, THE JEWISH EYE wall calendar features unique paintings and thought-provoking captions by D. Yael Bernhard, inspired by Torah, Israel, Diaspora, and holidays. Grids include Hebrew and secular calendar for 5780 (September 2019 through September 2020); candle-lighting times; weekly Torah portion and Jewish holidays in Hebrew and English; and major secular holidays.
Raining Delusions: A Catskills Novelis a fictional, raw saga of life in the Borscht Belt Catskills, beginning in 1925 into the 90s; of bawdy, shameless sex, obscenities, conflict, Jewish humor, passion, grief, revenge, war, politics, compassion, sarcasm, depression, celebration and eccentric, larger-than-life Catskills characters. It’s a gripping, cyclone of an emotional roller coaster.
“Magnificent… a novel of epic proportions that tells of three strong women, a nun, a rabbi and a minister as they face the struggle for legitimacy and recognition…”—Rabbi Stephen L. Fuchs. A Catholic Sister wants to become a priest. One of the first women rabbis and one of the first women Presbyterian pastors must choose between their lovers and their careers. When the three attend a dinner to receive an award, each recalls fifty years of her life and journey to forge a path-breaking career and find her voice, and each makes the decision that will forever change her life.
In 1905, when Rebecca leaves her shtetl in Ukraine to join Samuel in Milwaukee and Ingrid leaves Norway to become the Picture Bride of Lars, a farmer in North Dakota, by mistake officials at Ellis Island send them to each other’s destination. Lost in alien cultures, they struggle to return to their fiancés. But the love that blossoms between Rebecca and Lars threatens their plans.
Is emigrating from one’s birth country and moving to a new one a mere “fight for a better life,” or an act of desperation? What did it mean to grow up Jewish in the Soviet Union? How did anti-Semitism change while the country was moving from tight government autocracy to the relative freedom of Glasnostand Perestroika? The novel takes the reader across Russia through four decades of the country’s history, from the spectacular but fleeting Siberian summers to the frigid dark winters of St. Petersburg.
This page-turner can be found on Amazon.com.
Eighteen-year-old Leigh is stuck between a rock and a hard place as she arrives at a Tel Aviv hospital, seeking information about her probable biological father, Dr. Sloan. Despite everyone’s advice, Leigh decides to face the challenges of the legal system in Israel. During her quest, Leigh is exposed to violent religious intolerance, faces life in a county where church and state are not separate, and meets the man who may be her first true love. A complex, suspenseful and engrossing tale of doubts, trust, budding romance, and two bullets.
332 pages; Amazon, B&N, iBook.
Award-winning novel of the rise of the Third Reich – a cautionary tale for today. Based on the true story of the assassin responsible for the 1922 murder of Germany’s highest-ranking Jew, Walther Rathenau, and his redemption. Suspenseful and a tender love story. “Haunting echoes of Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago . . . superb . . . compelling” – US Review of Books. “. . . enthralling . . . gripping from the very first line . . .” – Starred BlueInk Review.
Available from bookstores, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, e-book (Kindle, Nook, iBook).