Book Review Category

[Book Review] A Brilliant New Release from Roberta Silman

By Roberta Silman Roberta Silman’s latest novel Summer Lightning is historical fiction at it’s finest. A meet-cute between two young people at an air field, in 1927, begins a story about the immigrant experience in the United States. Belle and Isaac face many challenges, both interpersonal and socioeconomic, as they begin a new life, in […]

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[Book Review] A Humorous New Release from Sarah Lavane

By Sarah Lavane Sarah Lavane brings a conversational style to her memoir on the challenges of being a single woman in the world of Orthodox dating. Lavane’s story is very relatable, even for those dating outside the Orthodox community. Her experiences are at times funny and at times heartbreaking. Lavane gives a very honest take […]

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[Book Review] A Nest of Snakes by Deborah Levison

By Deborah Levison Brendan Cortland lives a life of solitude. His primary interaction with other people comes from online shopping, discussion boards, and weekly therapy appointments. Brendan struggles to manage symptoms of PTSD. But despite years of therapy, he has never shared the source of his underlying trauma. Until, at the age of 47, he […]

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[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 […]

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[Book Review] A New Memoir by Elisa Bernick

By Elisa Bernick Growing up in suburbia Minnesota among a predominantly Christian population, Elisa Bernick understood she was different. Her mother, Arlene, was far from fitting in with the other mothers of 60s and 70s midwestern life. Bernick’s talent for journalism shines in this well-presented memoir. What I found unique about this story was Bernick’s […]

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[Book Review] A New Veronica Rosenthal Mystery by Sergio Olguin

By Sergio Olguín (author), Miranda France (translator) Sergio Olguin brings us book three of his Veronica Rosenthal Mystery series. Currently available in Spanish, the English translation is currently scheduled for release on September 20, 2022. I was delighted to receive an advanced copy for review. Olguin sets the third installment in this series in Buenos […]

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Beautiful Books with Latin Jewish Voices – Celebrating Sephardic Literature

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month! In celebration, I’ve compiled a reading list of books featuring Latin Jewish voices. One of my goals this year was to honor the diversity within the Jewish tribe. Much of the Jewish representation we see are Eastern European Jews but our tribe is made up of many, unique and wonderful voices. […]

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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 […]

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[Book Review] A Nest of Snakes by Deborah Levison

By Deborah Levison Brendan Cortland lives a life of solitude. His primary interaction with other people comes from online shopping, discussion boards, and weekly therapy appointments. Brendan struggles to manage symptoms of PTSD. But despite years of therapy, he has never shared the source of his underlying trauma. Until, at the age of 47, he […]

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[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 […]

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