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Joined September 2016

Find daily new reviews, essays, and reading recommendations at www.jewishbookcouncil.org
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All Our Wrong Todays | Elan Mastai
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Mmhm yep sounds about right #JewLit

TrishB Relatable...... 3y
REPollock Truth. 3y
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The Yid: A Novel | Paul Goldberg
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"I learned as a kid in Moscow in the 1960s that books have power, and writers who are willing to tell the truth run the risk of getting arrested." #JewLit

Read the full interview with 'The Yid' author Paul Goldberg, 2017 finalist for the $100,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature: http://bit.ly/2qyyzzK

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The Bed Moved: Stories | Rebecca Schiff
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"I was in third grade when I first decided to be a writer... It was the first time I noticed that I cared about sentences." #JewLit

Read the full interview with 'The Bed Moved' author Rebecca Schiff, finalist for the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature: http://bit.ly/2p4Nq3P

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"I want readers of my book to feel that something simple has been made needlessly complex, and to find this, for some reason, amusing." #JewLit

Read the full interview with 'Inherited Disorders' author Adam Ehrlich Sachs, finalist for the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature: http://bit.ly/2p1AXNq

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"The dream is for readers to they see the world a little more clearly, in a little more detail, and a little more generously, after closing every novel they read. So if they read me, I‘m just happy to know that‘s what they‘re doing when they do it." #JewLit

Read the full interview with Daniel Torday, finalist for the $100,000 Sami #RohrPrize for Jewish Literature: http://bit.ly/2py334O

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Although Hayim Greenberg assigned himself the task of articulating Jewish collective demands, no one was less parochial in his curiosity. Fluent in Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, German, and English, he exhibited the knack of reconciling universalism with particularism. #JewLit

Read the full review: http://bit.ly/2oMMEsi

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Two Worlds Exist | Yehoshua November
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Yehoshua November's poetry is flushed with moments of light piercing the veil of darkness covering what November would view as this lower of two worlds. #JewLit

Read the full review: http://bit.ly/2oDVckX

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The election of Donald Trump, Holocaust scholar Timothy Snyder cautions, has created a political challenge to our democratic form of government that's all too familiar. #JewLit

Read the full review: http://bit.ly/2q5PLfP

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Natasha: And Other Stories | David Bezmozgis
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"I worry about the fate of literature and cinema pretty much equally," David Bezmozgis shares with the @JewishBookCouncil in today's #interview on adapting his stories to film. "I‘d worry less if there was some other form emerging that did what great books and films do—which is allow a reader or viewer to feel a sense of communion with another human consciousness." #JewLit

Read the full interview: http://bit.ly/2pwNrBn

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Sonora | Hannah Lillith Assadi
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"I understood that my mother being from Israel and my father being Palestinian was something that made them feel lonely together, and that was why they never felt at home anywhere except for perhaps, against all odds, with each other." Hannah Lillith Assadi's SONORA is spellbinding from the start. #JewLit

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All Our Wrong Todays | Elan Mastai
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"Every person you meet introduces the accident of that person to you... There is no intimacy without consequence."

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For Two Thousand Years | Mihail Sebastian
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In commemoration of Yom HaShoah, the Jewish Day of Holocaust Remembrance, Jewish Book Council compiled a preview of six new works of nonfiction unearthing the neglected narratives of the Shoah. Find the list at http://bit.ly/2pt16cX #JewLit

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The Weight of Ink | Rachel Kadish
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Been there. #JewLit

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Holocaust memorials honor the past, but can they help us recover from it? #JewLit
Read the full review: http://bit.ly/2nRVAN0

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Looking for a new twist on #challah for #Shabbat? Tear into Uri Scheft's new #cookbook from Breads Bakery!
Find the book review here: http://bit.ly/2nnhI3Q

mjdowens A much needed cookbook. Thank you👏 3y
quirkyreader That crazy loaf is making me hungry. 3y
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#DidJewKnow: Screenwriter Carl Foreman conceived of #HighNoon as a thinly-veiled parable of the blacklist era, but found himself squeezed between powerful shifting forces in the #Hollywood of 1950s. #JewLit

Read the full review here: http://bit.ly/2kRaFMU

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A Horse Walks Into a Bar | David Grossman, Jessica Cohen
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Mark Twain‘s famous adage “Humor is tragedy plus time” has inspired the imaginations of many artists. Only rarely has it been turned inside out to such memorable effect as in David Grossman's new novel. #JewLit

Read the full review here: http://bit.ly/2kNu94U

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We Were the Lucky Ones | Georgia Hunter
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Like many authors, Georgia Hunter spent months laboring over the opening lines of her novel. With the book's release last week, she shared the scene she originally wrote and reluctantly scrapped after many rounds of edits—read it online at http://bit.ly/2kSXBZu! #JewLit

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Award-winning author Sonia Taitz says Ezra Glinter's anthology of fiction from The Forward "is what you would call in Yiddish 'a real mechayeh.'" #JewLit

Read the full review here: http://bit.ly/2l8keHZ

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Stolen Beauty: A Novel | Laurie Lico Albanese
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Laurie Lico Albanese's historical fiction novel colors and enhances the true drama of the life of Adele Bloch-Bauer, known to the world as Gustav Klimt'a Lady in Gold. #JewLit

Read the full review here: http://bit.ly/2l0R7Fo

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The Story of Hebrew | Lewis Glinert
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Beckoned by the blue calligraphy on our #BookCoveroftheWeek? Dive into Lewis Glinert's 'The Story of Hebrew'—a linguistic history of the speech, preservation, and literature of #Hebrew (and its ongoing war with #Yiddish)—on The #ProsenPeople blog at http://bit.ly/2jHMuyQ! #JewLit

BookishClaire What a gorgeous cover 3y
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About the Night | Anat Talshir
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A tale of love lost, found, and fully realized against all odds and the backdrop of the waning days of Mandate Palestine through the next six decades. #JewLit

Read the full review here: http://bit.ly/2jvQdnO

Cinfhen Beautiful cover 3y
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Charlotte: A Novel | David Foenkinos
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Did you set new reading goals for 2017? So did we! Track how Jewish Book Council's staff is kicking off a new year of reading, starting with our January 2017 #JewLit staff picks: http://bit.ly/2j8BjE8

Dragon You know it's a good book when the blurb makes you cry. Adding Charlotte to my tbr. 3y
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Although she wasn't MOT, Mary Tyler Moore introduced some of the best Jewish moments in American television. Remembering her today with a piece from The #ProsenPeople archives by 'Seinfeldia' author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong: http://bit.ly/29xt3ro #JewLit

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"But ours is also a subculture that will always feel vulnerable to the powers that be; we will always believe that we are irrevocably outsiders. We often wonder when the government will, once again, need political scapegoats and choose us. As a consequence, we have very little faith in, or regard for, duly constituted authority. We also know that friends are often friends only to a point." #JewLit

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What books on the #Shoah can be recommended as both readable and reliable to readers of all backgrounds? Peter Hayes, Chair of the Academic Committee at the United States #Holocaust Memorial Museum, offers a curated #readinglist today on The #ProsenPeople, Jewish Book Council's blog of all things #JewLit!

Find the full list at http://bit.ly/2k5zkfN

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Aharon Appelfeld's new novel is a reminder that the past is never really gone; the darkness and the light, the bitter and the sweet, are tangibly close when we close our eyes. #JewLit

Read the full review: http://bit.ly/2iXtkrS

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Carry Me: A Novel | Peter Behrens
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Peter Behrens‘s newest novel weaves back and forth between 1918 and 1938, revolving around events of World War I and World War II. #JewLit

Read the full review here: http://bit.ly/2iQQIHc

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Marjorie Ingall signs copies of her book 'Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children' at the 2017 Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Conference after a great talk and Q&A! #JOFAbulous #JewLit

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Will you be at the 2017 JOFA Conference this weekend? Join JBC for a discussion with Tablet Magazine columnist Marjorie Ingall about her book 'Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children' Saturday night in New York City! #JewLit #JOFAbulous

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Today's Book Cover of the Week is an excellent companion to Michael Chabon's recent novel #Moonglow and Theodore Melfi‘s new film #HiddenFigures—which hits theaters tomorrow!

Find out more about Amy Shira Teitel's #nonfiction #debut 'Breaking the Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight before NASA' here: http://bit.ly/2hWolaj

#JewLit #bookcover #bookcoveroftheweek

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At the turn of the twentieth century, Jews comprised the largest ethnic group in #Harlem. By the 1920s, however, there were clear signs that the future of the #Jewish community there was bleak. #JewLit

Read the full review here: http://bit.ly/2iIBq8c

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My Own Words | Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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#RBG's first published book since her appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1993 tells the story of her life and career. #JewLit

Read the full review here: http://bit.ly/2iPQKgz

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Mister Monkey: A Novel | Francine Prose
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Undertones of #Chekhov, a bit of #Tolstoy, and a reference or two to #Shakespeare ripple through 'Mister Monkey' like the aspirations and fading hopes of the novel's characters. #JewLit

Read the full review here: http://bit.ly/2iAPOPg

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Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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Found out the hard way: TSA will search your bag for carrying "too many" books.

There's more in my carry-on.

Dragon What's Salt Houses about? The cover is interesting 🐉 3y
readingonarainyday Oops! 🙍🏻 3y
JSW Readers are dangerous. 3y
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OrangeMooseReads Oooh 'The Good Girls Revolt' is good. 3y
ReadingEnvy Ideas are dangerous? 3y
SusanInTiburon You're outside normal parameters. 3y
Angeles I would definitely search your bag and I am sad that TSA officials are not smart enough to confiscate a couple of "suspicious items" I Would!!!? 3y
MyNamesParadise Omg I'd be so pissed if they damaged my books and I would prob end up on some sort of list ☺️📚 3y
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A year and a half after the passing of “the reigning godfather of historical fiction,” a new collection of fifteen stories written, selected, revised, and ordered by E. L. Doctorow comes out January 2017!

Find out more about our #JewLit Book Cover of the Week here: http://bit.ly/2hEfJ8z

#bookcover #bookcoveroftheweek #eldocotorow #historicalfiction

LauraJ Looking forward to this release! 3y
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Yes, we know the difference between a menorah and chanukkiah, but this book is still a great #Hanukkah read! Find out more about our Book Cover of the Week: http://bit.ly/2gIlQHL

#JewLit #bookcover #bookcoveroftheweek

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'Irena's Children: A True Story of Courage' paints a critical picture of wartime Warsaw, the Nazi strategies to annihilate its residents, and the people who risked their lives and families to save their neighbors. #JewLit

Read the full review here: http://bit.ly/2gThqxZ

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A Master Plan for Rescue | Janis Cooke Newman
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How is the Jewish Book Council staff filling the final weeks of 2016? Reading, of course!
Find our December 2016 #JewLit staff picks at http://bit.ly/2hLcuwS

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"Though Ferrante insists on remaining private as a person, her work reveals startlingly intimate truths about women‘s lives. The same can be said for Blume Lempel." #JewLit

Two translators claim they've discovered #Yiddish literature's Elena Ferrante. Curious? Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2h1oAho

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From #RBG's early life growing up in Brooklyn to becoming the first Jewish woman appointed to a spot on the Supreme Court and beyond, Debbie Levy Illustrated and Elizabeth Baddeley' illustrated biography for young readers depicts the empowering life story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #JewLit

Read the full review here: http://bit.ly/2htkulB

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"A blinding haze hung in the air like carbon fumes. The earth was scorched, the waterways dried up, the white egrets disappeared. The roots of the mangrove trees, naked and greedy, waited for a drop of water. Creeping insects of all kinds eked out their slithery existence, leaving behind silver threads of slime on the desiccated waterbed.

Only the sea in its stoic indifference did not cease its endless song." #JewLit

JewishBookCouncil Blume Lemel's #Yiddish fiction stories astounded translators Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub. Read about their discovery of her work on the blog today: http://bit.ly/2hmB2Jg 3y
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The Yid: A Novel | Paul Goldberg
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"I want all my characters to go through hell. And I have no compassion." Paul Goldberg discusses the long path to publication for 'The Yid' with his agent, Josh Getzler, and editor, James Meader of Picador at the 2016 #JewLit Writers' Seminar.

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Ezra Glinter assembles the translators of the 42 previously untranslated #Yiddish stories published in Forverts found in 'Have I Got a Story for You' (plus Dara Horn, who penned the anthology's introduction). #JewLit

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Catching up on reviews, interviews, and upcoming #JewLit events on a Sunday night. What were your #weekendreads?

LauraBrook I'm slowly chipping away at Sixpence House. It's good, just slow-going. 3y
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The artwork for Steven Shankman's forthcoming memoir is perfection: a graphic blend of literal and abstract representation of the story that strikes an appealing balance of spare clutter, painted in just the right colors. #JewLit

Find out more about today's #bookcoveroftheweek at http://bit.ly/2gZQvlq

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Writing a memoir in your late twenties may be indulgent, but an artistically indulgent woman is a rebellious one, and Spiegelman uses her project to honor the women in her life whose lives are complex and compromised, resulting in a book that is stranger than fiction and difficult to put down. #JewLit

Read the full review: http://bit.ly/2gFSJGa

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GB84: A Novel | David Peace
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We don't often get to spend a whole lot of time on #backlist titles, but joining the @Melvillehouse #bookclub means gaining exposure to interesting and unusual literature from both the current year and a couple back!

LauraBrook I just put this duvet cover on my bed yesterday! 3y
LauraBrook @JewishBookCouncil You know it! 😊👍🏼 3y
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The Patriots: A Novel | Sana Krasikov
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Find an excerpt of Sana Krasikov's 'The Patriots' in Paper Brigade, JBC's beautiful new #litmag! Order your copy of the 200-page journal of essays, excerpts, interviews, and all things #JewLit at http://bit.ly/PaperBrigade and JOIN THE BRIGADE!

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