The Book of Life Podcast: Grand Finale (at least for now)

From the post: In this twelfth anniversary episode of The Book of Life, we hear from listeners and past guests about some of their favorite interviews. If we missed YOUR favorite, check out the right-hand sidebar at bookoflifepodcast.com for past episodes or go to the Internet Archive at archive.org/details/@TBOL. During The Book of Life’s coming hiatus, I may post occasional interviews if I come across something just too interesting to…

Podcast: Pirkei Imahot & Graphic Novel Pirkei Avot

Pirkei Imahot: The Wisdom of Mothers, The Voices of Women by Lois Sussman Shenker and Rabbi Eve Posen

Via email, The Book of Life Podcast convened a virtual roundtable among the creators of two books related to The Ethics of the Fathers, aka the Pirkei Avot. We spoke with Jessica Deutsch, creator of The Illustrated Pirkei Avot: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics, and with Lois Shenker and Rabbi Eve Posen, co-authors of Pirkei Imahot: The Wisom of Mothers, The Voices of Women. Listen to the podcast here:…

Yaffa and Fatima, Shalom, Salaam by Fawzia Gilani-Williams and Chiara Fedele

Yaffa and Fatima, Shalom, Salaam by Fawzia Gilani-Williams and Chiara Fedele

Two neighbors one Jewish, one Muslim have always been best friends. When they both fall on hard times, can they find a way to help each other? In Fawzia Gilani’s retelling of this folktale which has both Jewish and Arab origins differences are not always causes for conflict and friendship can overcome any obstacle. From The Book of Life podcast Yaffa and Fatima, Shalom, Salaam by Muslim author Fawzia Gilani-Williams…

The Six-Day Hero by Tammar Stein

The Six-Day Hero by Tammar Stein

Motti knows that war is coming. Israel is only nineteen years old the same age as Motti’s brave older brother, Gideonand the tiny country is surrounded by enemies. It’s only a matter of time before Egypt, Jordan and Syria attack. When Motti’s best friend’s family flees the country and his brother goes off to fight, Motti realizes this war isn’t a game. His family is in danger, and Israel’s very…

Podcast: PJ Our Way

PJ Our Way

The newest episode of The Book of Life Podcast, hosted by librarian Heidi Rabinowitz, features an interview with the director of PJ Our Way, Catriella Freedman. PJ Our Way, an outgrowth of PJ Library, sends free Jewish books to middle grade readers. PJ Our Way is an initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that gives free chapter books to Jewish families with middle grade readers. It’s an outgrowth of PJ…

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved classic From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation. And she would go in comfort-she would live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She saved her money, and she invited her brother Jamie to go,…

Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat by Keith R. Fentonmiller

Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat by Keith R. Fentonmiller

The Mützenmacher family has been cursed to sell hats ever since their Greek ancestor stole Hermes’ teleportation hat in the fourth century. Kasper, however, doesn’t mind making hats, and he loves Berlin’s whiskey-fueled cabaret scene even more. But his carefree life of jazz and booze comes to a screeching halt when he must use the wishing hat to rescue his flapper girlfriend from the shadowy Klaus, a veil-wearing Nazi who…

Serendipity’s Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson

Serendipity's Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson

From Nazi Germany to a modern-day orphanage in the American South, three girls separated by decades and thousands of miles are about to give up when a single pair of shoes binds them all together. Dalya is the daughter of a cobbler in 1930s Berlin, and though she is only fifteen, she knows she will follow in her father’s footsteps. When she is forced into a concentration camp one violent…

Podcast: Call Me Ishmael & How Is This Book Different?

How Is This Book Different?

The newest episode of The Book of Life podcast, hosted by librarian Heidi Rabinowitz, features an interview with Steph Kent, co-founder of CallMeIshmael.com: a website where book lovers leave voicemails telling personal stories about their favorite books. CallMeIshmael.com, along with the Association of Jewish Libraries and the Jewish Book Council, is jointly sponsoring “How Is This Book Different?” YOU are invited to join in! Here’s how: 1. Call 774-325-0503 to…

New Podcast: Dreidels on the Brain by Joel Ben Izzy

New Podcast: Dreidels on the Brain by Joel Ben Izzy

The newest episode of The Book of Life podcast, hosted by librarian Heidi Rabinowitz, features an interview with storyteller Joel Ben Izzy about his middle grade novel Dreidels on the Brain. One lousy miracle. Is that too much to ask? Evidently so for Joel, as he tries to survive Hannukah, 1971 in the suburbs of the suburbs of Los Angeles (or, as he calls it, “The Land of Shriveled Dreams”).…