Jewish Interest Literature

2013 Summer Reading

Books of Jewish Interest for Adults
Suggested by Members of the WSJD Community

Members of our diverse WSJD community recommended the following books for your summer — and year-round — reading.  For your convenience, we have provided a link to amazon.com in case you wish to see reviews or summaries of the title you are considering.

Check your local library for these titles.  To locate your library’s catalog, click here. Reserve titles and have them sent to your local “pick up” library. However, if your library does not own these titles, check with a librarian about getting a copy of the book from another library system.

Happy reading!

Fiction

Anton, Maggie. Rashi’s Daughters: Book I: Joheved
Link to Amazon: Rashi’s Daughters: Book I: Joheved

Anton, Maggie. Rashi’s Daughters: Book II: Miriam
Link to Amazon: Rashi’s Daughters: Book II: Miriam

Anton, Maggie. Rashi’s Daughters: Book III: Rachel
Link to Amazon: Rashi’s Daughters: Book II: Rachel

Friedmann, Patty. Too Jewish
Link to Amazon: Too Jewish

Ragen, Naomi.  The Saturday Wife
Link to Amazon: The Saturday Wife

Non-Fiction

Diner, Hasia R., and Benderly, Beryl Lieff. Her Works Praise Her: A History of Jewish Women in America from Colonial Times to the Present
Link to Amazon: Her Works Praise Her

Fishkoff, Sue. The Rebbe’s Army
Link to Amazon: The Rebbe’s Army

Spiro, Ken. Crash Course in Jewish History: The Miracle and Meaning of Jewish History, from Abraham to Modern Israel
Link to Amazon: Crash Course in Jewish History

Tal, Alon. Pollution in a Promised Land: An Environmental History of Israel
Link to Amazon: Pollution in a Promised Land

Biography/Memoir

Bergman, Eugene. Survival Artist
Link to Amazon: Survival Artist

Feldman, Deborah.  Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
Link to Amazon: Unorthodox

Gruber, Ruth. Raquela
Link to Amazon: Raquela

Hakakian,Roya. Journey from the Land of No
Link to Amazon: Journey from the Land of No

Lagnado, Lucette.  The Arrogant Years
Link to Amazon: The Arrogant Years

Chiger, Krystyna, and Paisner, Daniel. The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust’s Shadow
Link to Amazon: The Girl in the Green Sweater

Sabar, Ariel. My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Family’s Past
Link to Amazon: My Father’s Paradise

Spirituality/Judaism

Aiken, Lisa.  The Hidden Beauty of the Shema
Link to Amazon: The Hidden Beauty of the Shema

Frankel, Ellen. The Five books of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah
Link to Amazon: The Five Books of Miriam

Jacobson, Rabbi Simon. Towards a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Link to Amazon: Towards a Meaningful Life

Jaffe, Azriela.  What Do You Mean, You Can’t Eat In My Home?
Link to Amazon: What Do You Mean, You Can’t Eat In My Home?

Jungreis, Rebbetzin Esther. The Committed Life: Principles for Good Living from Our Timeless Past
Link to Amazon: The Committed Life

Jungreis, Rebbetzin Esther. Life Is a Test
Link to Amazon: Life Is a Test

Kirzner, Rabbi Yitzchok and Aiken, Lisa. The Art of Jewish Prayer
Link to Amazon: The Art of Jewish Prayer

Kushner, Rabbi Harold S. The Lord Is My Shepherd

Schroeder, Gerald L. Genesis and the Big Bang: The Discovery Of Harmony Between Modern Science And The Bible
Link to Amazon: Genesis and the Big Bang

Schroeder, Gerald L. The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth
Link to Amazon: The Hidden Face of God

Schroeder, Gerald L. God According to God: A Scientist Discovers We’ve Been Wrong About God All Along
Link to Amazon: God According to God

Schroeder, Gerald L. The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom
Link to Amazon: The Science of God

Waldman, Rabbi Shmuel. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
Link to Amazon: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

More Book Lists

Significant Jewish Books
http://urj.org/learning/my/books/

Association of Jewish Libraries/Bibliography Bank
http://www.jewishlibraries.org/main/BookLists/BibliographyBank.aspx

Jewish Book Council
http://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/