Hadassah Magazine's Guide to Jewish Literature – July/August 2020
A selection of books to entice any reader. Everything from novels to nonfiction, memoirs to mysteries, cookbooks to kids’ books.
Interweaving mystery and historical research, The Paris Photo reveals wartime traumas rippling into the present. American soldier Ben Gordon assists a Parisian Jewish family just after Liberation in 1944. Decades later, Ben’s daughter finds a photograph of her late father in Paris with unknown women and a boy. Who were they? Why did her father never speak of them? She travels to France to learn, discovering much more than she anticipated. Named one of the “Best Books of 2019” by Kirkus Reviews, The Paris Photo richly depicts the human emotion that pervades our memories of the past.
When their marriage – and their Victorian home – go up in flames, a couple must face the charred remains of both. But did the fire rob them of their past or free them from it? The novel draws on the biblical tale of Lilith, Adam’s first wife, who is portrayed as a woman of fierce independence and unbridled sexuality. The protagonist sees his wife as his “Lilith” – until he unearths the tragic roots of her fervor. A love story like no other. “With prose that is insightful and slightly mystical, Golan questions the impossibility of happiness.”- Kirkus Reviews
After a series of events rocked her world, in the midst of juggling a successful career, marriage and motherhood, the author found herself being irresistibly drawn back to her nascent Judaism and becoming an ordained rabbi in her fifties. Now a beloved leader in her community, Rabbi Targan inspires us to imagine that it’s never too late to find your true calling and step into your power—no matter what your age.
Available in paperback or e-book on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com or IndieBound.org.
“The Spiral Shell is an evocative, probing, heartfelt memoir, as rich in character and detail as the best fiction…. Sandell Morse illuminates with wisdom and grace Eli Wiesel’s timeless injunction that, “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” —Alice Mcdermott, Author of Charming Billy and The Bigamist’s Daughter.
Hans Fröhlich, born into the small Jewish community of Rottweil in 1922, never dreamed of leaving Germany. The rise of Nazism changed all that. An older brother’s disability, a yellow bicycle, a little black address book, and a pile of German maps all played roles in Hans’ odyssey of courage, intelligence, misfortune, and luck, in becoming American Henry Froehlich, a visionary entrepreneur in the world of photography. Each book’s purchase supports Philadelphia’s Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center (HAMEC).
Softcover 60 pp, 8 ½ X 11” Available on lulu.com. $25 plus shipping.
Death and mourning are complicated life experiences that every one of us will go through. Jewish tradition offers a roadmap for navigating the challenges of the moment, from actionable steps to tools for thoughtful reflection. Collected here for the first time are twenty-three original essays from a range of contemporary Jewish thinkers, offering new and engaging perspectives on approaching the end of life.
Paperback, 135 pages. Available on Amazon.