April 2022 Wrap Up

Welcome to my April Wrap-Up! I have already completed my reading goal of 75 titles for 2022.

This month, I’ve reviewed six of the titles I completed. All of them are wonderful books and I hope you’ll check them out. You’ll find all of my reading lists from the month along with my short story reflecting on my personal preparation for the Passover holiday. In observance of Autism Awareness Month, I included a list of books by Jewish authors and featuring Jewish characters about life on the spectrum. And finally, an update on my own writing.

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Book Reviews


[Book Review] Choosing Hope: The Heritage of Judaism by David Arnow

By David Arnow Dr. Arnow’s new release explores various sources of Jewish text and tradition that provide the primary sources for seeking hope in an ever changing world. The book considers nine sources including: Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), the Exodus, HaOlam HaBa (the World to Come), Israel, and Jewish Humor, among others. Dr. Arnow […]

[Book Review] One-Legged Mongoose: Secrets, Legacies, and Coming of Age in 1950s New York by Marc J. Straus

By Marc J. Straus Straus’s memoir opens in 1953 when, at the age of 10, his parents decide to take him out of public school and transfer him to Yeshiva, along with his younger brother. After enduring Anti-Semitism in public school, his community, and the Boy Scouts, Straus finds himself in a caring and nurturing […]


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[Book Review] Ten Years Gone by Jonathan Dunsky

By Jonathan Dunsky A survivor of the Shoah, Adam Lapid immigrated to Israel, working as a private detective. Tasked with a seemingly hopeless case, Lapid has a soft spot for a mother seeking her missing son. He finds himself attempting to untangle a web of secrets, lies, and deception that could put him in mortal […]

[Book Review] 365 Days of Gutsy Women by Rosemary Roenfanz

By Rosemary Roenfanz The history books are largely silent on the contributions of women. Generations of them who have made incredible contributions while receiving little to no recognition. That is until now. Roenfanz has created a well-researched collection of mini biographies, celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of women throughout history. Many of them largely ignored […]

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[Book Review] Lemons in the Fog by Chaya Rochel Zimmerman

By Chaya Rochel Zimmerman Meir Rosen is looking forward to a gap year experience, studying in a yeshiva, in Israel. But he finds himself experiencing some unusual symptoms leading to a surprising diagnosis. Meir faces uncertainty in seeking to recover his mental health while navigating his relationship with his family and cultural expectation of his […]

[Book Review] Atomic Anna by Rachel Barenbaum

By Rachel Barenbaum Atomic Anna is the story of three incredible women spanning three generations. The first is Anna Berkova, a nuclear scientist, working the Soviet Union in 1986 when Chernobyl melts down. It is at this moment she accidentally discovers her ability to time jump and is reunited with her estranged daughter, Molly. Molly […]

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My Writing This Month

[April Featured Short Story] The Kashering by Heidi Slowinski

Monthly Short Story Feature One of my writing goals for 2022 is to create more short stories. They’re a good creative exercise and sometimes lead to bigger ideas for novels. Or who knows, maybe an eventual collection of short stories in the form of a new book. My selection this month is more personal in […]

Jewish Voices on Autism

According to the CDC 1% of the world’s population, or about seventy-five million people has an autism spectrum disorder. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, I’ve compiled a list of books featuring Jewish writers and Jewish characters featuring people and characters impacted by autism. This is the fourth installment in my monthly series, celebrating the […]

April Update from Author Heidi Slowinski

April has been another really exciting month! I’d like to welcome all of my new subscribers. Thank you for your support. I hope you’ll continue to enjoy the content that brought you here. To all of you who have shared my posts with your own networks, thank you so much as well. My new Etsy […]

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