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Looking for a great Jewish read? Books on Jewish topics or by Jewish authors; fiction, nonfiction, poetry, history, liturgy, philosophy and books used for book groups.

Life,Love,Lox: Real-World Advice for the Modern Jewish Girl... hilarious book! Dating advice, recipes, Sex and the City meets Hebrew School! A Must Read! Great Chanukah gift! Terrific recipes too!

Life, Love, Lox: Real World Advice for the Modern Jewish Girl

A German Jewish Poet wrote this 70 years before the Holocaust, exactly what happened.

"Rather than focus on biblical sources, I decided to alert [UNESCO] to the fact that there has been a Jewish majority in Jerusalem since the 1850s, before the emergence of Zionism." According to whom? Karl Marx.

Life After Baghdad: Memoirs of an Arab-Jew in Israel, 1950-2000

Jewish Review of Books » The Language of Babylon

The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty  A friend recommended this book to me on a Thursday afternoon at school pickup. I finished it by th...

Top 12 Summer Reads of 2014

My Life in Middlemarch, by Rebecca Mead  This book is a perfect blend of literary analysis–of George Eliot’s Middlemarch–and memoir. Mead a...

Top 12 Summer Reads of 2014

Little Failure, by Gary Shteyngart Gary Shteyngart is just hilarious. This memoir is a smart trip into Shteyngart’s past as a new Russian k...

Top 12 Summer Reads of 2014

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories, by Marina Keegan  Keegan was killed in a car crash days after her graduation from Yale. Thi...

Top 12 Summer Reads of 2014

The Intern’s Handbook: A Thriller, by Shane Kuhn This book was so much fun I could barely stand it. Interns are invisible, right? Well, tha...

Top 12 Summer Reads of 2014

When It Happens To You, by Molly Ringwald  I didn’t want to read this one at first, because, really? Wasn’t it enough that you were the sta...

Top 12 Summer Reads of 2014

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, by Joshua Ferris This one is demanding and intellectually ambitious, but well worth your time. It’s the story of dentist Paul O’Rourke, who is bored with his life, dental practice, and his relationship to the world at large–until his online identity begins to be recreated by strangers.

Top 12 Summer Reads of 2014

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An intimate and provocative novel about three couples whose paths intersect in their New York City neighborhood, forcing them all to weigh t...

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New Jewish Wedding, Revised

New Jewish Wedding, Revised

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Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community by Dr. Ron Wolfson. $17.76. Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing (February 26, 2013). 288 pages

Probably my favorite Jewish historical fiction that I've read. Despite having grown up with an extensive Jewish education, this one had me looking up facts and being fascinated with what I learned.

The Fruit of Her Hands

Sherri Mandell, an American immigrant to Israel, offers this hauntingly beautiful memoir of a year of grief following the horrific murder of her 13-year-old son, Koby, found stoned to death by Palestinian terrorists near his home. This profoundly moving prose-poem laces together Jewish tradition, memory, love and faith as the writer-mother recounts her transformation from shock to grief and compassion.

The Blessing of a Broken Heart

Felice's Worlds by Henry Massie. All his life, Henry Massie had listened to his mother’s tales and wanted to share them. She was an escapee from a Polish shtetl wiped out by the Nazis, a high-school political activist in Lithuania, a university student in France who lost her first love tragically, a partisan for Arab-Jewish co-existence in Palestine who was caught in the first intifada in 1936, and a penniless arrival to America in 1937.

Warm, touching stories that evoke laughter and tears, as told by a rabbi who became a full-time stand-up comic (really).

Books, CDs and DVDs of Bob Alper: Rabbi, Stand-up Comic, Author