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Our new 2020 - 2021 selections: 

The Rabbi   by Noah Gordon
Reviewed by Russ Bogen     August 5, 2020

This best-selling novel follows the life and career of Rabbi Michael Kind as he journeys through America as a Reform rabbi. The reader watches him develop resilience, strength of  character and courage as he encounters the dynamics of congregational life.

The  Third Daughter  by Talia Carner
Reviewed by Candace Patton     September 2, 2020

Talia Carner illuminates a little-known piece of Jewish history: the sex trafficking of young women from Russia to South America in the late 19th Century. Fourteen-year- old Batya is forced to marry a wealthy stranger from abroad and enter a waking nightmare.

Mah Jongg Mondays  by Fern Bernstein           
Reviewed by Elizabeth Bakst     October 7, 2020

Fern, married and the mother of three boys, takes the reader into her middle-class suburban Long Island world where she decides to learn the Chinese game of Mah Jongg.  The novel describes the game of life along with the game of Mah Jongg.

Apeirogon  by Colum McCann
Reviewed by Mindi Weinstein    November 4,2020

An epic novel rooted in the real-life friendship between two fathers, Apeirogon reveals a world of conflict that colors the lives of Rami Elhanan, an Israeli, and Bassan Aranin, a Palestinian.  When the two men learn of each other’s stories of loss, they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace.

The Plot Against America: A Novel  by Philip Roth
Reviewed by Monica Wildonger   
December 2,2020

Philip Roth imagines an alternate history wherein Franklin D. Roosevelt loses the 1940 presidential election to the aviator Charles Lindbergh, a rabid isolationist.  The latter organizes a new government that embarks on a program of anti-Semitism.

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots
by Deborah Feldman
Reviewed by Judi Bayer    February 3, 2021          

A best-selling memoir of a young Jewish woman’s escape from the religious Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism. Feldman, who grew up under this code, grows into an independent-minded  woman who imagines a different way of life.

Cilka’s Journey: A Novel  by Heather Morris
Reviewed by Gail Margolis    March 3, 2021 

A riveting story of love and resilience, this sequel to Morris’s bestseller, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, centers itself around the sixteen year old Cilka, who is taken to Auschwitz in 1942.  Forcibly separated from the other prisoners, Cilka learns that power equals survival.

Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum
Reviewed by Sue Osin    April 7, 2021

In this revelatory history of one of Stalin’s greatest crimes, Applebaum reveals a great political atrocity. The starvation of the Ukrainian peasants was part of a larger Soviet policy against  the Ukrainian nation.

Pogram: Kishinev and the Tilt of History 
by Steven J. Zipperstein 
Reviewed by Sam Fraser    May 5, 2021

This book serves as a useful reminder to the reader that the pogram era was the moment when exile in Europe turned deadly. The methodical slaughter of forty-nine Jews on the streets of Kishinev in April, 1903, is a pivotal event in the history of modern anti-Semitism. 

Sat, June 12 2021 2 Tammuz 5781