Books On My Reading List This Week – April 19, 2022

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Chag Pesach Sameach! I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful Passover season. It was so nice to be able to gather with friends and loved ones again after two years of virtual seders. And especially nice to see little ones excited to hunt for afikomen and welcome Elijah to join the celebration.

With the enjoyment of the holiday comes a lighter reading list this week. The first book on my list explores the topic of mental illness in the Orthodox Jewish community: Lemons in the Fog by Chaya Rochel Zimmerman. I’m also looking forward to continuing with Atomic Anna by Rachel Barenbaum. I made progress reading this last week and am looking forward to finishing it this week. And finally, I’m continuing my progress through Julia Quinn’s romance series with the fourth book, Romancing Mister Bridgerton.

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Books This Week

Lemons in the Fog by Chaya Rochel Zimmerman
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Meir Rosen is a mature, responsible bachur who’s excited to be in a post- high-school yeshivah in Eretz Yisrael—a year filled with Torah study, visits to the Kosel, and touring ancient sites. But periods of nervous high energy leave Meir anxious and afraid; his bouts of sleepiness and haziness make it hard to focus. After several months of uncertainty, Meir receives a shocking diagnosis. Can he regain his mental health and stability, despite his family’s fear and rejection? Lemons in the Fog is an eye-opening novel about overcoming challenges and building anew. This sensitively written account gives hope and support to anyone dealing with challenging ordeals-clearing the fog to a brighter future. “Lemons in the Fog is a powerful portrayal of mental illness in the Jewish Orthodox community. It depicts how a nineteen-year-old yeshivah student learns to navigate his diagnosis, his relationships with his family, and the stigma he faces, while adjusting to living a full life with a mental disorder. An important, hopeful story that raises much-needed awareness.” -Miriam Ament, Founder and President, No Shame on U

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Atomic Anna by Rachel Barenbaum

Three brilliant women.
Two life-changing mistakes.
One chance to reset the future.

In 1986, renowned nuclear scientist, Anna Berkova, is sleeping in her bed in the Soviet Union when Chernobyl’s reactor melts down. It’s the exact moment she tears through time—and it’s an accident. When she opens her eyes, she’s landed in 1992 only to discover Molly, her estranged daughter, shot in the chest. Molly, with her dying breath, begs Anna to go back in time and stop the disaster, to save Molly’s daughter Raisa, and put their family’s future on a better path.

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In ‘60s Philadelphia, Molly is coming of age as an adopted refusenik. Her family is full of secrets and a past they won’t share. She finds solace in comic books, drawing her own series, Atomic Anna, and she’s determined to make it as an artist. When she meets the volatile, charismatic Viktor, their romance sets her life on a very different course.

In the ‘80s, Raisa, is a lonely teen and math prodigy, until a quiet, handsome boy moves in across the street and an odd old woman shows up claiming to be her biological grandmother. As Raisa finds new issues of Atomic Anna in unexpected places, she notices each comic challenges her to solve equations leading to one impossible conclusion: time travel. And she finally understands what she has to do.

As these remarkable women work together to prevent the greatest nuclear disaster of the 20th century, they grapple with the power their discoveries hold. Just because you can change the past, does it mean you should?


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Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend’s brother for . . . well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret . . . and fears she doesn’t know him at all.

Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought of as nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can’t seem to publish an edition without mentioning him. But when Colin returns to London from a trip abroad, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same—especially Penelope Featherington! The girl who was always simply there is suddenly the girl haunting his dreams. When he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide . . . is she his biggest threat— or his promise of a happy ending?

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