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In Brooklyn’s Hipster Williamsburg Neighborhood, Hasidic Jews are the Real Counterculture

In their new book, “A Fortress in Brooklyn: Race, Real Estate, and the Making of Hasidic Williamsburg” (Yale University Press), Nathaniel Deutsch and Michael Casper unpack the history of Jewish Williamsburg and the collision of its pious Jewish community with the forces of commerce and urban development.

Book Review: “To All Who Call In Truth” by Michael Oren

It is a crime story that sheds light on the culture, politics and strife of America in the 1970s.

Sci-Fi Author Sarah Pinsker on “We Are Satellites”

In 2020, Pinsker became the second Jewish woman to ever receive a Nebula Award for Best Novel from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

New Book About Israel is the Much-Needed Schooling/Scolding for all Sides of the Conflict

Noa Tishby’s book is a practical, no-nonsense resource fit for diplomats, heads of state, and anyone riled up by misleading memes

Historical Novelist Renée Rosen on “The Social Graces”

Rosen’s latest work is a look at New York socialites at the turn of the twentieth century.

David Laskin Breaks New Ground in ‘What Sammy Knew’

The striking similarities between “What Sammy Knew” and today’s social movements are unmistakable.

The Stories of Overlooked Female Polish WWII Resistance Fighters

Director Steven Spielberg has optioned the book for a motion picture and signed Batalion to co-write the screenplay.

Satirical Comedic Author Dave Cowen on New ‘Biden-Harris’ Haggadah

"The Biden-Harris Haggadah: Thank G-d!” offers laughter for anyone who needs it at their upcoming seder.

New Passover-Themed Picture Books for Kids

A number of new picture books celebrating Passover have recently hit bookstores.

“Bubie’s in Bidud” (Grandma’s in Isolation) — A Delightful Children’s Book by Karen Guth

I have known Karen Guth for many years, both as a friend and as a fellow English teacher in Israel.

Neal Shusterman on Judaism, the Pandemic, and his Latest Book

“My rabbi once said that my stories always seem to have a lot of Talmudic thought in them.”

Connecting the Past to the Present

Stephanie Dray’s ambitious historical novel, “The Women of Chateau Lafayette” links three indomitable women over history.

Book Review: The Story of Esther Meets the Story of America

No other biblical text is richer with meaning for American Jews than the Book of Esther, as Rabbi Dr. Stuart W. Halpern points out.

Jake Cohen’s Debut Cookbook is a Love Letter to His Husband, Family and Judaism

Nice Jewish professional chef, Jake Cohen, always had a love for cooking. Rushing home every day as a teenager to watch “Barefoot Contessa,” the...

Melanie Chartoff Exposes Herself in Debut Memoir ‘Odd Woman Out’

Melanie Chartoff never intended on writing a book. With a multi-decade career as a voice-over, TV, film and stage actor, writing her life’s journey...

Top Children’s Books Feature a Passover Tale and 2 Coming-of-Age Debut Novels

A heartwarming and beautifully illustrated Passover tale and two poignant coming-of-age debut novels are this year’s gold medal winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards for the best in Jewish children’s literature.

Book Review: “I’m Not the Boss, I Just Work Here”

Sometimes, a book that is exactly what is needed right now appears. “I’m Not the Boss, I Just Work Here” is one of those books, providing much-needed relief to those suffering from depression and threatened with financial ruin due to COVID-19.

Eric Weiner Searches for Life Lessons in ‘Socrates Express’

When Eric Weiner chronicled his latest hunt for wisdom, the adventure had lasting impact. Despite his previous titles, The Geography of Bliss, The Geography...

Book Review: ‘Sergeant Salinger’

Charyn tells his tale with a wink and nod to the biography of the real J.D. Salinger.

Author Highlights the Horrors – and Hope – in the Spanish Inquisition in New Novel

In 2016, author Cambria Gordon, her husband and their youngest child left Los Angeles to take a yearlong sabbatical in Madrid.

Shechter Finds the Holiness Within the Mundane

This book sheds light on parts of the Jewish tradition that we had not sufficiently appreciated before.

New Book of Short Stories Reflects Contemporary Women’s Experiences

“The stories are written in a way that is relatable, honest and entertaining.” — Corie Adjmi

Book Review: ‘Sapiens: A Graphic History’

The latest manifestation of the “Sapiens” publishing enterprise is “Sapiens: A Graphic History”, a series that tells much of the same sweeping saga in comic-book format. 

A Middle-Grade Book on the 1492 Expulsion: An Interview with Gail Carson Levine

Famous for “Ella Enchanted,” author Gail Carson Levine discusses her latest book on the Spanish Inquisition.

Twenty of the Best 2020 (Non-Holiday) Jewish Books for Kids

Here’s a list of excellent 2020 books that we hope will not be overlooked due to shuttered schools, libraries and bookstores.

‘Tales of the Holy Mysticat’ Provides a Fresh Take on Jewish Mysticism

Adler employs both wit and wisdom in using the Mysticat to explore the inner meaning of Jewish wisdom.

‘Golem Girl’ Vividly Illustrates a Life Spent Overcoming Disabilities

Lehrer’s memoir deserves to be saluted as an all-too-rare example of a book that shows us what a remarkable human being can be glimpsed if we only peel away the clinical label of “disabled.”

Sisters, Secrets and Shivah in the Novel ‘Evening’

Nessa Rapoport tells her tales with utter clarity and dignity, and yet her prose also is charged with energy, emotion and sly humor.

Watching the Wall Between Church and State Crumble

A review of the book “The Religion Clauses: The Case for Separating Church and State.”

Novel’s Russian Jews Find Rough Going in Israel

The setting of “Jerusalem as a Second Language,” a new novel by Rochelle Distelheim (Aubade Publishing), harks back to a remarkable moment in history.

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