Book Club

Learn more about JWA’s Book Club.

Carly Manes and the cover of her book What's An Abortion, Anyway?

Interview with Carly Manes, author of "What’s An Abortion, Anyway?"

Chanel Dubofsky

We spoke with Carly Manes about Jewish faith and abortion, the obstacles in getting the book into the world, and how Jewish communities can support the fight for reproductive justice.

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Interview with Riva Lehrer, Artist and Author of "Golem Girl"

Jen Richler

JWA talks to artist Riva Lehrer about her recent memoir, Golem Girl, and the way her disabled, queer, and Jewish identities intersect.

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Finally, a Positive, Feminist Jewish Take on Sex

Zia Saylor

This new book offers a sex-positive perspective often lacking in Jewish spaces.

Photo of Emily Barth Isler Holding Her Book, "After/Math"

How To Mark A New Year

Emily Barth Isler

Author Emily Barth Isler discusses what it means to her to have her debut novel, AfterMath, launch on Rosh Hashanah.

Lori Banov Kaufmann and book cover

Interview with Lori Banov Kaufmann, author of "Rebel Daughter"

Judith Rosenbaum

Author Lori Banov Kaufmann speaks with JWA about her new debut novel Rebel Daughter

Topics: Israel, Fiction
Marissa Miller and book cover

Marissa Miller Says Being Weird Is Good

Julia Métraux

JWA talks to Marissa Miller, author of new book Pretty Weird.

Topics: Memoirs
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In "Culture Warlords" Talia Lavin Unmasks Nazis and Sheds Light on the Dark Web

Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler

JWA reviews Talia Lavin's debut, Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy.

Topics: Anti-Semitism
Naamah Book Cover

Interview with Sarah Blake, Author of "Naamah"

Rebecca Long

Exclusively for JWA, author Sarah Blake discusses her novel Naamah.

Topics: Bible, Fiction
Jennifer Weiner / "Mrs. Everything" cover

An Interview with Jennifer Weiner, Author of "Mrs. Everything"

Dina Adelsky

Exclusively for JWA, Jennifer Weiner discusses her book Mrs. Everything.

Topics: Fiction
Elaine Weiss and book cover

An Interview with Elaine Weiss, Author of "The Woman’s Hour"

Betsy More

Exclusively for JWA, Elaine Weiss discusses her new book, The Woman's Hour, and the fight for women's suffrage in the United States.

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Jessica Kirzane on "Diary of a Lonely Girl"

Jessica Kirzane

Exclusively for JWA, Jessica Kirzane discusses her new translation of Yiddish author Miriam Karpilove's Diary of a Lonely Girl.

Topics: Fiction
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Review: Tirzah Firestone's "Wounds into Wisdom"

Rabbi Beth Lieberman

We review Tirzah Firestone's latest book, Wounds into Wisdom, and discuss intergenerational trauma.

Topics: Non-Fiction
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Rachel Zucker on Her Book "SoundMachine"

Rachel Zucker

Author Rachel Zucker reflects on her new book, SoundMachine.

Topics: Non-Fiction, Poetry
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Little Weirds, Lots of Tenderness

Babette Dunkelgrün

We review Jenny Slate's memoir, Little Weirds.

Topics: Comedy, Memoirs
Alice Hoffman and book cover

An Interview with Alice Hoffman about "The World That We Knew"

Karen Kashian

JWA interviews author Alice Hoffman about her new novel, The World That We Knew, one of our Book Club picks.

Topics: Fiction
Natasha Diaz and Book Cover

An Interview with Natasha Díaz about "Color Me In"

Mikki Pugh

JWA sat down with author Natasha Díaz to discuss her debut novel, Color Me In, one of our Book Club picks.

Topics: Fiction
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A Different Kind of Romantic Comedy

Miranda Cooper

Published nearly 40 years ago, Nora Ephron's first novel, Heartburn, still resonates.

Topics: Memoirs
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"Disobedience" and the History of Jewish Lesbian Obscenity

Sophie Hurwitz

Naomi Alderman's acclaimed novel Disobedience is the latest in a long line of Jewish works about women in love and owes much to predecessors like Gut fun Nekome.

If All The Seas Were Ink book cover and Ilana Kurshan headshot

An Interview with Ilana Kurshan about "If All The Seas Were Ink"

Dina Adelsky

JWA sat down with author Ilana Kurshan to discuss her award-winning memoir, If All The Seas Were Ink, one of our Book Club picks.

Topics: Memoirs
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Ken Krimstein on "The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt"

Ken Krimstein

Exclusively for JWA, author and artist Ken Krimstein discusses his graphic novel, The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt.

Ayelet Tsabari / The Best Place On Earth

Video Interview with Ayelet Tsabari

Judith Rosenbaum

Judith Rosenbaum interviews author Ayelet Tsabari about her book, The Best Place On Earth, one of JWA's Book Club picks.

Topics: Fiction
Forest Dark Book Cover

Review: Nicole Krauss's "Forest Dark"

Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler

Forest Dark is an exploration of what happens when the relationships, material objects, and geographic locations that have come to constitute an identity fall apart.

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Leah Kaminsky On Her Book "The Waiting Room"

Leah Kaminsky

Exclusively for JWA, Leah Kaminsky reflects on the inspiration for her book, The Waiting Room and contemplates the power of memory.

Topics: Fiction
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An Interview with Dara Horn about "Eternal Life"

Rebecca Long

JWA sat down with award-winning author Dara Horn to discuss her latest novel, Eternal Life, one of our Book Club picks. Eternal Life tells the story of Rachel, a woman who cannot die.

Topics: Fiction
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Angela Himsel On Her Book "A River Could Be A Tree"

Angela Himsel

Exclusively for JWA, Angela Himsel reflects on seeing her book A River Could Be A Tree in stores for the first time and meditates on the uncategorizable nature of books... and people.

Topics: Memoirs