Between Gods: A Memoir by Alison Pick

Between Gods: A Memoir by Alison Pick

Profound, honest, and masterfully written—Between Gods forces us to reexamine our beliefs and the extent to which they define us. Growing up in a tight-knit Christian family, Alison Pick went to church regularly. But as a teenager, she discovered a remarkable family secret: her paternal grandparents fled from the Czech Republic at the start of WWII because they were Jewish. Tragically, other family members who hesitated to emigrate were sent…

High Holiday Porn: A Memoir by Eytan Bayme

High Holiday Porn: A Memoir by Eytan Bayme

Imagine a cross between Chelsea Handler and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer… but it’s all true. High Holiday Porn is the story of an Orthodox boy in the Bronx who discovers masturbation during Passover dinner as a child, gets caught with porn on Yom Kippur, fantasizes about marrying his grade school classmate (if only he could get up the nerve to speak to her), and finally figures out that the…

This Is Not a Love Story by Judy Brown

This Is Not a Love Story by Judy Brown

This most certainly is a love story. It’s also a coming-of-age story, a family’s story, and a story of struggling through the unknown. Judy Brown’s memoir instills her own voice and past in Menuchah. Menuchah is one of six children in an ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn family, and she tells her story with the earnestness, naivete, humor, and gentleness of a sheltered eight-year-old. Menuchah’s parents have committed the horrible sin of falling…

Sky Tinged Red: A Chronicle of Two and a Half Years in Auschwitz by Isaia Eiger

In April 1960 my great-grandfather Isaia Eiger was lying in a Minneapolis hospital bed, dying from colon cancer, and began telling stories about Auschwitz to my grandmother, who wrote them down in English. He told her about a Greek Jew he met in the camp named Zidkiyahu. He relayed the story of a brave woman who, standing naked in the anteroom to the gas chamber, rebuffed the advances of an…

The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew

Gentile reader, and you, Jews, come too. Follow Sue William Silverman, a one-woman cultural mash-up, on her exploration of identity among the mishmash of American idols and ideals that confuse most of us—or should. Pat Boone is our first stop. Now a Tea Party darling, Boone once shone as a squeaky-clean pop music icon of normality, an antidote for Silverman’s own confusing and dangerous home, where being a Jew in…