Amy Weiner Weiss, our crazy-cool Director of Festivals and Adult Art Programming here at the J, has compiled a fantastic list of the latest reads she thinks you’ll like.
All of these books are available to download on your Kindle or available to listen to through Audible. If you’re looking to enrich your mind during this odd little stay-at-home period, look no further! Take it away, Amy:
You guys: I read a lot of Jewish-interest books. (We receive over 200 titles each year through our membership with the Jewish Book Council Network.) I also read a lot about Jewish-interest books (to see what’s new, what’s trending, and how these new titles are reviewed). I can’t read them all, of course (who else would watch Denver Jewish Film Festival submissions?), but I’d love to highlight the titles that have latched onto my recent memory and whose characters, prose, and if-this-weren’t-true-it-would-have-to-be-fiction topics are too good not to share.
Personal recommendations (in no specific order):
Historical nonfiction: Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel by Matti Friedman
Memoir, interfaith, contemporary nonfiction: The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America by Mohammed Al Samawi
Historical nonfiction: Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox
Fiction, Family: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Contemporary Israeli fiction: Sadness is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher
Literary fiction: Eternal Life by Dara Horn
Historical nonfiction: Bad Rabbi And Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press by Eddy Portnoy
Contemporary Israeli fiction: kaddish.com by Nathan Englander
Contemporary Israeli fiction: Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Contemporary fiction, family: Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg
Literary fiction, a classic…: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
And a bonus title, thinking of Nicole Krauss (since this author is Krauss’s ex-husband and was also–fun fact–my one-time college professor for an honors seminar): Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer