Complete August 2022 Wrap Up from Heidi Slowinski

Welcome to my August Wrap-Up! I have completed 117 titles for 2022.

This month, I’ve reviewed four 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 a list of books from Jewish voices on wellness and my latest short story.

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Book Reviews


[Book Review] A New Memoir by Sarah Birnbach

By Sarah Birnbach The Mourner’s Kaddish is a traditional Jewish prayer, written in Aramaic. At the loss of a parent, child, or spouse, it is traditional to recite the prayer for eleven months. After the loss of her father, Sarah Birnbach commits to reciting the Kaddish, twice daily, in synagogue, for eleven months. Birnbach describes […]

[Book Review] A New Memoir by Lara Gelya

By Lara Gelya Originally from Ukraine, Lara Gelya spent twenty years working at geological sites in the deserts of Uzbekistan. With the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 90s, she moved to the Austria, followed by Italy, before eventually making her way to the United States. This is a book you are not […]


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[Book Review] The Book of Jewish Knowledge

By The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, Editor in Chief: Rabbi Yanki Tauber The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute has undertaken a seven year project to produce a volume that belongs in every Jewish home. Separated into 160 sub-sections, covering topics including: ethics, life cycle events, Shabbat observance, Jewish thought and everything in between, this book is […]

[Book Review] Jewish Noir II by Kenneth Wishnia and Chantelle Aimée Osman

By Kenneth Wishnia and Chantelle Aimée Osman Jewish Noir II is a collection of twenty-four stories from a combination of Jewish and non-Jewish writers focusing on topics including the resurgence of anti-Semitism in the US, the influence of stereotypes about certain Jewish communities on anti-Semitic attitudes, Israel’s ongoing legacy of regional warfare, the Jewish role […]

July 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 […]

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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My Writing This Month

Judaism and Wellness 18 Great Books for You

Explore 18 books on wellness from a Jewish Point of View in celebration of National Wellness Month. Caring for your mental health is an important aspect of maintaining your overall well-being. August is the perfect month to start a new self-care routine. To get you started, I’ve assembled a list of 18 titles that focus […]

A New Short Story by Author Heidi Slowinski

August 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. Goodreads has recently done away with their creative […]

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