New Books for Your Reading List – September 20, 2022

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My reading list this week is very short again this week. With Rosh Hashannah fast approaching, my focus is elsewhere so I’m making room in my schedule.

The first book is one I discovered while researching a reading list posted earlier this week for Hispanic Heritage Month. The Book of Esther sounds like an intriguing reading.

The second was brought to my attention by someone I’m studying with. I haven’t read many graphic novels and don’t have much knowledge of Anime. Which to me, is all the more reason to give it a try.

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Book of Rachel by Esther David
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For years Rachel has been living alone in her house by the sea. Her husband is no more, her children have migrated to Israel as have the Bene Israel Jews who lived nearby.

In her loneliness what helps is the evenness of her routine. It rests on two pillars: the synagogue in her village and the preparation of traditional Bene Israel Jewish food. The synagogue, where she was married, is now in her care and, every Friday, at the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath, she opens its rusty lock to sweep and clean it, hoping it will become the scene of communal gatherings again. The ancient recipes she prepares—alternately simple and at times elaborate: fried fish, green coconut curry, chik cha halwa, kippur chi puri—provide a link to her children as she looks forward to their return home.

When developers come up with a plan to acquire the synagogue and its surrounding land with the consent of the synagogue committee, it threatens to take away not only what is to her an emblem of her faith but also the hope of the return of a rich past. And Rachel emerges as an unlikely opponent. In Book of Rachel Esther David weaves a heart-warming tale of a woman’s battle to live life on her own terms. Both a gripping story and a chronicle of a unique community, it is part of the oeuvre which spans such critically acclaimed works as The Walled City and Book of Esther. Book of Rachel continues the saga of the Bene Israel Jews in India, and adds to her reputation as a writer of grace and power.

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Beastars Vol I by Paru Itagaki


At a high school where the students are literally divided into predators and prey, friendships maintain the fragile peace. Who among them will become a Beastar—a hero destined to lead in a society naturally rife with mistrust?

One night at Cherryton Academy, an herbivore student is brutally murdered. Among the members of the Drama Club, the herbivores’ suspicions naturally turn to their carnivore classmates… The prime suspect? Gray wolf Legoshi. But he wouldn’t hurt a fly. Or would he? Will dwarf rabbit Haru bring out the beast in him? Or are his feelings for her…something else?

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Past Reading Lists

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 […]

New Books for Your Reading List – September 13, 2022

Read Along with Me 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 […]

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