Monday, April 20, 2009

All These Books!!

These are all Jewish books I recieved in the mail this week:
The Jewish Body by Melvin Konner
Maimonides by Sherwin B. Nuland
The Life of David by Robert Pinsky
How to Raise a Jewish Child by Anita Diamant

Thank you Schocken Books for all these books.

From various Jewish authors:
Pictures at an Exhibition by Sara Houghteling
Sonata For Miriam by Linda Olsson
The Jewel Trader of Pegu by Jeffrey Hantover
Matrimony by Joshua Henkin
The Last Testament by Sam Bourne

I don't know if the above books are from Jewish authors or not. But it is based on Jewish characters and a piece of Jewish history. I can tell you that Joshua Henkin is a Jewish author. One of the characters in Matrimony is Jewish.

This question has always been asked and no one seems to have the same answers.
What makes a Jewish book? the content, the author has to be Jewish? or Jewish history? Any one up for the great debate?S


Marie Cloutier said...

I don't think the author has to be Jewish- Markus Zuzak, author of The Book Thief, isn't, but his book won a Sydney Taylor Award. On the other hand I think the book should relate in some way to Jewish history or Jewish themes, or Jewish values. Since many "Jewish" values are universal values, almost anything can be a Jewish book.

Gary Morgenstein said...

Hi all,
I'm just entering the wonderful world of blogging to share the news about my newest novel "Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman," a romantic triangle about a Republican Jewish New Yorker (when was the last time you saw that kind of main character) who falls in love with a beautiful woman rabbi. There's also a strong storyline about rising anti-Semitism. So help, who a this blog should receive a review copy and where? Any help about getting the word out to the Jewish community would be soooo appreciated.

LorMil said...

Pictures at an just didn't live up to what I thought the story line would be.

Thanks for your offer, Susan. I did read The Madonnas of Leningrad, and thought it was a beautiful book.

Chag Sameach.

Jew Wishes/Lorri

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