Dirty Wars and Polished Silver by Lynda Schuster

Dirty Wars and Polished Silver by Lynda Schuster

The Life and Times of a War Correspondent Turned Ambassatrix Growing up in 1970s Detroit, Lynda Schuster felt certain life was happening elsewhere. And as soon as she graduated from high school, she set out to find it. Dirty Wars and Polished Silver is Schuster’s story of her life abroad as a foreign correspondent in war-torn countries, and, later, as the wife of a U.S. Ambassador. It chronicles her time…

Reason to Believe: Rational Explanations of Orthodox Jewish Faith by Chaim Jachter

Reason to Believe: Rational Explanations of Orthodox Jewish Faith by Chaim Jachter

Reason to Believe is veritable tour de force in defense of Orthodox Jewish faith. The author, a veteran teacher of Judaic Studies, an internationally known rabbi and dayan, faces the tough questions and perennial doubts head-on and offers compelling evidence in favor of Orthodoxy from science, philosophy, history, and Jewish tradition. A valuable and timely resource for those who seek answers, Reason to Believe will also anchor and amplify the…

The Netanyahu Years by Ben Caspit

The Netanyahu Years by Ben Caspit

Ora Cummings, translator Benjamin Netanyahu is currently serving his fourth term in office as Prime Minister of Israel, the longest serving Prime Minister in the country’s history. Now Israeli journalist Ben Caspit puts Netanyahu’s life under a magnifying glass, focusing on his last two terms in office. via Jewish Book Council

Bed-Stuy Is Burning by Brian Platzer

Bed-Stuy Is Burning by Brian Platzer

Do the Right Thing meets The Bonfire of the Vanities, in this “thrilling debut novel about marriage, gentrification, parenthood, race, and the dangerous bargains we make with ourselves” (Ann Packer, New York Times bestselling author) set over the course of one cataclysmic day when riots erupt in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood. Aaron, a disgraced rabbi turned Wall Street banker, and Amelia, his journalist girlfriend, live with their newborn in…

Covenant & Conversation Numbers: The Wilderness Years by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Covenant & Conversation Numbers: The Wilderness Years by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

This collection makes Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ brilliant essays on the weekly Torah portion available in book form for the first time. Rabbi Sacks fuses Jewish tradition, Western philosophy and literature to present a highly developed understanding of the human condition under God’s sovereignty. via Jewish Book Council

All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan

All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan

Jessica Cohen, translator When Liat meets Hilmi on a blustery autumn afternoon in Greenwich Village, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Charismatic and handsome, Hilmi is a talented young artist from Palestine. Liat, an aspiring translation student, plans to return to Israel the following summer. Despite knowing that their love can be only temporary, that it can exist only away from their conflicted homeland, Liat lets herself be enraptured…

A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert

A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert

Early on a grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS. This new novel from the award-winning author of the Booker Prize short-listed The Dark Room tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process. Penned in with his fellow Jews, under threat of deportation, Ephraim anxiously awaits word of his…

Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast

Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast

For native Brooklynite Roz Chast, adjusting to life in the suburbs (where people own trees!?) was surreal. But she recognized that for her kids, the reverse was true. On trips into town, they would marvel at the strange world of Manhattan: its gum-wad-dotted sidewalks, honey-combed streets, and “those West Side Story-things” (fire escapes). Their wonder inspired Going into Town, part playful guide, part New York stories, and part love letter…

A Crime in the Family by Sacha Batthyány

A Crime in the Family by Sacha Batthyány

Translator Anthea Bell One night in March of 1945, on the Austrian-Hungarian border, a local countess hosted a party in her mansion, where guests and local Nazi leaders mingled. The war was almost over and the German aristocrats and SS officers dancing and drinking knew it was lost. Around midnight, some of the guests were asked to “take care” of 180 Jewish enslaved laborers at the train station; they made…

The Heart of Torah, Volume 1 by Rabbi Shai Held

The Heart of Torah, Volume 1 by Rabbi Shai Held

Essays on the Weekly Torah Portion: Genesis and Exodus Foreword by Rabbi Yitz Greenberg Held probes the portions in bold, original, and provocative ways. He mines Talmud and midrashim, great writers of world literature, and astute commentators of other religious backgrounds to ponder fundamental questions about God, human nature, and what it means to be a religious person in the modern world. Along the way, he illuminates the centrality of…