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…

The Tincture of Time by Elizabeth L. Silver

The Tincture of Time by Elizabeth L. Silver

Growing up as the daughter of a dedicated surgeon, Elizabeth L. Silver felt an unquestioned faith in medicine. When her six-week-old daughter, Abby, was rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with sudden seizures, and scans revealed a serious brain bleed, her relationship to medicine began to change. The Tincture of Time is Silver’s gorgeous and haunting chronicle of Abby’s first year. It’s a year of unending tests, doctors’ opinions,…

Bone Soup and Flipped Bread: The Yemenite Jewish Kitchen by Sue Spertus Larkey

Bone Soup and Flipped Bread: The Yemenite Jewish Kitchen by Sue Spertus Larkey

With beautiful photographs, both modern and archival, this cookbook presents the history, little-known culinary heritage and food traditions of the over two-thousand-year-old Yemenite Jewish community, as well as the changes that followed immigration to Israel in the 1950’s. Notable is the strong impact of Yemenite cuisine on today s Israeli food scene. A chapter on the indispensable Yemenite larder is followed by three sections devoted to everyday recipes and recipes…

The Afterlife of Stars by Joseph Kertes

The Afterlife of Stars by Joseph Kertes

As Russian tanks roll through the cobblestone streets of Budapest and shots ring out, young Robert and Attila Beck, inseparable brothers, peer from the boot of a toppled statue of Stalin at the first grisly signs of revolution. The year is 1956. That October day, Russian soldiers will storm their family home, prompting the boys’ hurried escape from the city with their parents, grandmother, and two cousins. Not all will…