New Books for Your Reading List – August 23, 2022

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My reading list this week includes two advanced reader copies (ARCs) of books due out this fall.

The first is a new release by Roberta Silman, Summer Lightning. I started on this one over the weekend and I’m having a hard time putting down! It’s amazing.

The second is by Deborah Levison. Her new release, A Nest of Snakes is due out this fall. This is my second work for review by Levison. I really enjoyed The Crate so I am very excited to get started on this one.

And finally, yet another book that was all over Bookstagram around Hanukkah 2021. So, once again I’m a little late to the party. Or maybe I’m just getting a jump on my winter holiday really, really early. It’s all in how you look at it. Right? In this case, I’m planning to enjoy the audiobook.

Join the conversation! Tell me what’s on your reading list this week in the comments.


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Reading List

Summer Lightning by Roberta Silman
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A multi-generational novel set between 1927 and 1966 about a family navigating the dangers of the mid-20th century: the Depression, the Second World War, McCarthyism, and Civil Rights. Engaging characters as they follow unexpected paths that lead them back to the turmoil in Europe, the captivating art scene in lower Manhattan, and the Black community on Long Island.

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A Nest of Snakes by Deborah Levison


A heart-wrenching story of abuse and complicity, A NEST OF SNAKES intricately unfolds the horrors experienced at an all-boys private school and the aftermath decades later through the eyes of a broken man seeking solace and justice. With exceptional dialogue and an utterly compelling and gripping cast of characters, Deborah Levison delicately handles trauma and pain while keeping the reader coiled in anticipation for the perpetrators to receive their punishment. A powerful read from a dazzlingly talented author.

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The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer
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Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt is a nice Jewish girl with a shameful secret: She loves Christmas. For a decade she’s hidden her career as a Christmas romance novelist from her family. Her talent has made her a best seller even as her chronic illness has always kept the kind of love she writes about out of reach.

But when her diversity-conscious publisher insists she write a Hanukkah romance, her well of inspiration suddenly runs dry. Hanukkah’s not magical. It’s not merry. It’s not Christmas. Desperate not to lose her contract, Rachel’s determined to find her muse at the Matzah Ball, a Jewish music celebration on the last night of Hanukkah, even if it means working with her summer camp archenemy – Jacob Greenberg.

Though Rachel and Jacob haven’t seen each other since they were kids, their grudge still glows brighter than a menorah. But as they spend more time together, Rachel finds herself drawn to Hanukkah – and Jacob – in a way she never expected. Maybe this holiday of lights will be the spark she needed to set her heart ablaze.

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Past Reading Lists

New Books for Your Reading List – August 2, 2022

Read Along with Me I am very much looking forward to the new books on my list this week. The first book on my list is one I picked up from the gift shop on a visit to the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, in New Orleans. The museum is dedicated to sharing the […]

New Books for Your Reading List – August 9, 2022

Read Along with Me I have some great books on my reading list this week. The first is a new release coming out on September 30th – The Book of Jewish Knowledge by The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. This 400+ page volume is a collection of all aspects of Judaism including major life events, Jewish […]

New Books for Your Reading List – August 16, 2022

Read Along with Me I have some great books on my reading list this week. The first is a new release coming out on October 4th – Departure Stories: Betty Crocker Made Matzoh Balls (and other lies) by Elisa Bernick. In her memoir, Bernick revisits her traumatic upbringing in Minnesota. In addition to exploring her […]

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