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[Book Review] An Interesting Twist on the Familiar Story: The Book of V. by Anna Solomon

By Anna Solomon Anna Solomon takes inspiration from the familiar biblical story of Esther for her novel. But rather than focusing on the familiar Jewish heroine, Solomon focuses instead on characters based on the banished Persian Queen Vashti. The story shifts between two time periods, 1970s Washington DC and ancient Persia. Solomon manages to draw […]

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Books with LGBTQIA+ Jewish Voices

Wishing all who celebrate a very Happy Pride Month! This month, I’ve compiled a list of 18 books celebrating the LGBTQIA+ members of the Jewish community. Our tribe is a diverse one and every member deserves representation. Of all the articles, I’ve written like this, the LGBTQIA+ has the largest number of books. I encourage […]

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[Book Review] Kalmann by Joachim B. Schmidt

By Joachim B. Schmidt Set in a village in northern Iceland, Kalmann Odinsson, a neurodiverse hunter and fisherman, serves as the self-appointed sheriff of Raufarhöfn. Kalmann’s desire to find a wife are suddenly put on hold when he discovers a pool of blood frozen in the snow after well-known resident, Robert McKenzie, goes missing. He […]

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[Book Review] Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda

By Riku Onda Set over the course of one night, in Tokyo, Aki and Hiro are in a troubled relationship. As the two are reflecting on a hiking trip they took the year before where their guide fell to his death, each becomes increasingly suspicious the other may have had a hand in the guide’s […]

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[Book Review] The Choice: A Novel of Love, Faith and The Talmud by Maggie Anton

By Maggie Anton Maggie Anton’s new release was inspired by Chaim Potock’s classic writings. Anton re-imagines Potock’s characters as young adults, living in Brooklyn, in the 1950s. This time, the storyline tackles gender equality in Judaism as journalist, Hannah Eisin seeks instruction in the Talmud from Rabbi Nathan Mandel, a text considered forbidden to women. […]

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[Book Review] Tears Over Russia: A Search for Family and the Legacy of Ukraine’s Pogroms by Lisa Brahin

By Lisa Brahin Set in the early 20th century, Brahin provides an account of her grandmother, Channa’s accounts of escaping the perils Ukraine as pogroms across the country took the lives of hundreds of thousands of Jews. traveling first through Russia and then Romania, Channa’s family traveled over the course of three years in a […]

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May 2022 Wrap Up

Welcome to my May Wrap-Up! I have already completed my reading goal of 94 titles for 2022. This month, I’ve reviewed five 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 my short story […]

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[Book Review] Watch Out for Pirates: Tales from a travel writer’s life by Jules Brown

By Jules Brown In his third installment of his travel memoirs, Jules Brown regales his readers with anecdotes from his years of experiences. Taking inspiration from a travel diary he discovered, belonging to his grandfather, Brown incorporates a generational take in this book. This is my third book by Brown and I enjoy each one […]

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Celebrating Diversity – Books with Asian Jewish Voices

April is Asian American and Pacific Islander Month. In celebrating diversity within our Jewish tribe, I’ve compiled a list of books by Asian Jews and featuring Asian Jewish characters. Join the conversation by adding your suggestions for other titles to check out in the comments. This page contains affiliate links. This means for any purchases […]

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April 2022 Wrap Up

Welcome to my April Wrap-Up! I have already completed my reading goal of 75 titles for 2022. This month, I’ve reviewed six 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 my short story […]

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