Book Review Category

[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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[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 […]

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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 […]

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