New Books for Your Reading List – September 13, 2022

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My reading list this week is very short! And by very short, I mean it’s one book. My week is a little full so I’m adjusting accordingly.

The book on my list is a newly released memoir by Sarah Lavane. In Unmatched, Lavane shares her journey as an “unmatached” single in the seemingly “matched” Orthodox Jewish community. I am very much looking forward to diving into this one as an “unmatched” Jewish woman, myself.

Since my reading list is so short this week, I wanted to highlight a couple of other titles I’ve previously reviewed on the Shidduch experience. Both are collections of short stories by Penina Shtauber. Her books #ShidduchCrisis and #ShalomBayis explore the experience of young Jewish men and women going through the Orthodox dating process and adjusting to married life. Both provide interesting perspective on the topic.

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Unmatched by Sarah Lavane
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With her sometimes funny, always intimate, uncensored memoir, Sarah Lavane puts a human face on the challenges of being “unmatched” in a “matched” Orthodox Jewish world. She takes us along on her journey. We learn how her background shaped her relationships and perceptions of God from a young age. She then delves into the ups and downs of dating, the tug-of-war she feels between men she may date and those who are off-limits, her heartfelt attempts (conventional and not) to change her fate and her poignant struggles with God through it all. Thoughtful and humorous, this page-turner draws the reader in.

Unmatched aims to bring solace and comfort to the “unmatched” as well as foster sensitivity and awareness to the “matched.” This memoir is a must-read for the currently “unmatched,” anyone who’s ever wondered, “Why isn’t so-and-so married?” and readers who enjoy memoirs that give insight into the human condition.

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Book Review #ShidduchCrisis by Penina Shtauber

By Penina Shtauber Shidduch dating is an Orthodox Jewish form of dating where singles are matched for the purpose of finding a spouse. It is an intense form of dating that occurs over a short period of time. #ShidduchCrisis is a collection of short stories told from the perspective of young Jewish singles in the […]

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[Book Review] #ShalomBayis by Penina Shtauber

By Penina Shtauber Shalom Bayis is the Jewish religious concept of peace and harmony between husband and wife in the home. #ShalomBayis is a collection of short stories about married couples trying to practice this concept with varying degrees of success and failure. This is the second book is Shtauber’s #ShidduchCrisis series. Shtauber is a […]

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Past Reading Lists

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 […]

New Books for Your Reading List – August 23, 2022

Read Along with Me 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 […]

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