Great Jewish Literature

ShofarWith Rosh Hashanah and the High Holidays on the horizon, now is a great time to start reading some amazing Jewish literature. Some of these books touch upon the common themes of the diaspora, from family dysfunction to feeling like a stranger in a strange land. Check out these titles today using Overdrive and our curbside service in time to celebrate the start of the Jewish New Year. Shanah Tovah!

 

 

 

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael ChabonHe, She, and It by Marge PiercyThe Believers by Zoë HellerNaamah by Sarah Blake

 

Fiction

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

This Pulitzer Prize winning novel follows the lives of Czech artist Joe Kavalier and Brooklyn writer Sammy Clay before, during, and after World War II as the two navigate the comic industry and create Golden Age classics.

He, She, and It by Marge Piercy

Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction, this cyberpunk story examines gender roles, human identity and AI, political economy, environmentalism, and love through the romance between a human woman and the cyborg created to protect her community from corporate raiders.

The Believers by Zoë Heller

This epic depicts the family of a controversial lawyer in New York after a stroke renders him comatose. Each member of the Litvinoff family must confront the hypocrisies underlying their patriarch's political profile, and make difficult choices about their own values and ideological commitments.

Naamah by Sarah Blake

In a fresh and modern retelling of the The Great Flood, we examine the destruction of the world and the trials and tribulations that the family of Noah undergo through the eyes of Noah’s wife, Naamah.

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBrideThe Dairy Restaurant by Ben KatchorThe Jewish Joke: A Short History - With Punchlines by Devorah BaumMy Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew by Abigail Pogrebin

Non-Fiction

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. Her son explores his mother's past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage, in a poignant and powerful debut.

The Dairy Restaurant by Ben Katchor

An exploration of the once popular dairy restaurant, which once proliferated Jewish-American towns and now has experienced a near total collapse due to changing tastes and religious strictness.

The Jewish Joke: A Short History - With Punchlines by Devorah Baum

A beautiful riff on about what marks Jewish jokes apart from other jokes, why they are important to Jewish identity and how they work, the author looks at the history of Jewish joking and asks whether the Jewish joke has a future.

My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew by Abigail Pogrebin

Although she grew up following some holiday rituals, Pogrebin realized how little she knew about their foundational purpose and contemporary relevance; she wanted to understand what had kept these holidays alive and curiosity led her to embark on an entire year of intensive research.

The Jewish Cookbook by Leah KoeningJerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami TamimiThe Modern Jewish Baker: Challah, Babka, Bagels More by Shannon SarnaThe 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List by Alana Newhouse

Cookbooks

The Jewish Cookbook by Leah Koening

An inspiring celebration of the diversity and breadth of this venerable culinary tradition. A true fusion cuisine, Jewish food evolves constantly to reflect the changing geographies and ingredients of its cooks, and this book contains over 400 recipes from all over the world.

Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year: Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. In this book they explore the vibrant cuisine of their home city together, and present an authentic collection of recipes that reflects the city's melting pot of cultures.

The Modern Jewish Baker: Challah, Babka, Bagels and More by Shannon Sarna

Jewish baked goods have brought families together around the table for centuries and Sarna pays homage to those traditions while reinvigorating them with modern flavors and new ideas. One kosher dough at a time, she offers the basics for challah, babka, bagels, hamantaschen, rugelach, pita, and matzah.

The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List by Alana Newhouse

Tablet’s list of the 100 most Jewish foods is not about the most popular Jewish foods, or the tastiest, or even the most enduring. It’s a list of the most significant foods culturally and historically to the Jewish people, explored deeply with essays, recipes, stories, and context, leaving room for argument.

Posted by Assh on September 11, 2020