You’ll find a truly diverse selection. Remember that both children and adults may borrow books from the Lampert Library. It’s always here for you.
Here they are in alphabetical order by author. J means that the book is for younger readers; YA indicates a book for middle school and up. Some of these make great reads for adults, too.
Brown, The Lake on Fire: Chaya and Asher move from Ukraine to Wisconsin. Unhappy with their life and futures on the collective farm, they flee to Chicago. This new novel has been compared to Henry Roth’s Call It Sleep.
Englander Dinner at the Center of the Earth: multiple locations and characters swirl around this novel that visits the conundrum of Israeli-Palestinian relations.
Fletcher, Promised Land:This compelling story of two Jewish brothers caught in wartime conflict (WWII and Israeli wars) is the first of a planned trilogy.
Frank, Anne Frank’s Diary: the graphic adaptation: Created by the team that collaborated on the animated Waltz with Bashir, this new version of the famous diary uses the original text of the diary (greatly reduced) to create a work that is sure to resonate with a new generation of readers. Authorized by the Anne Frank House. (YA)
Lesser, Jerome Robbins: a life in dance: This brief biography celebrates the life of the choreographer of some of America’s most iconic musicals. Robbins, whom Sondheim called “the only genius I’ve ever met,” was born 100 years ago along with his collaborator and friend Leonard Bernstein.
Riemer, The Day I Met Father Isaac at the Supermarket: lessons on how to live from Jewish Tradition: Rabbi Riemer relates stories from the Bible to the contemporary world with both wisdom and humor.
Silverman, Casting Lots: creating a family in a beautiful, broken world: Silverman, a rabbi and sister of comedian Sarah Silverman, chronicles how she and her husband created a family after adding two Ethiopian adoptees to their established family of three daughters.
Weisman, The Chosen Wars: how Judaism became an American religion: With reform in the American air in the 19th century, Judaism followed along.
Weismann, (((Semitism))):being Jewish in America in the age of Trump: After being targeted by the alt-right, New York Times journalist Jonathan Weisman wrote this deeply personal and chilling account of resurgent anti-semitism .
Yolen, Meet Me at the Well: the girls and women of the Bible: Women are often given short shrift in the Bible. Here Award winning authors Yolen and Goldin look at 14 women, expand their stories, and interpret them through poetry and midrash. (J)