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2019-2020 Bookshelf

Find your local library to check out any of our picks! Join our book club on Goodreads.

A Bend in the Stars

by Rachel Barenbaum

In this epic journey across WWI-era Russia, a young female doctor and her scientist brother race against Albert Einstein to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the universe.


by Sarah Blake

This retelling of the Great Flood from the perspective of Noah’s wife centers the experiences of the woman at the heart of this biblical story.

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

by Judy Blume

Fifty years later, Judy Blume’s beloved young adult novel about puberty, identity, and growing up is as relevant as ever.

Fleishman is in Trouble

by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

When Toby Fleishman and his wife of almost 15 years split up, he thinks he knows what to expect. Then one day, she disappears.

Color Me In

by Natasha Diaz

Growing up in New York City, 16-year-old Nevaeh Levitz struggles to confront her biracial identity: half Black, half Jewish.

Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma

by Tirzah Firestone

In her most recent book, Firestone discusses intergenerational trauma and epigenetics in the Jewish community.

I Want You To Know We're Still Here

by Esther Foer

Foer’s memoir traces her parents’ escape from the Holocaust and dives into family secrets.

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The World That We Knew

by Alice Hoffman

In 1940s Berlin, a mother must send her daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. In a book filled with adventure, romance, and magic, Hoffman explores the world of good and evil.

We Ate Wonder Bread

by Nicole Hollander

In this illustrated memoir, the creator of the daily comic strip, Sylvia, chronicles her life in Chicago.

Here All Along

by Sarah Hurwitz

After a decade as a political speechwriter for Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Barack Obama, Hurwitz applies her skills to write a book about Judaism.

Good Talk

by Mira Jacob

In this graphic memoir, Jacob illustrates the struggles of parenting and strives to answer her half-Jewish, half-Indian son’s questions.

Diary of a Lonely Girl, or the Battle Against Free Love

by Miriam Karpilove, translated by Jessica Kirzane

First published in di Varhayt in 1916, Karpilove’s feminist coming-of-age story set in the radical leftist immigrant community of early 20th-century New York takes on new life in this 2019 translation.

I Like to Watch

by Emily Nussbaum

In this collection of essays, Nussbaum, television critic for The New Yorker, writes about her passion for TV, beginning with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Little Weirds

by Jenny Slate

Slate calls this feminist essay collection an expression of her “truest voice.” In this book, readers will be treated to a tour of the actor’s inner world.

Becoming Eve

by Abby Stein

Raised in a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, Stein was born the first son in a dynastic rabbinical family. In this memoir, she tells her story of transitioning and leaving the ultra-Orthodox community.

Mrs. Everything

by Jennifer Weiner

Set in the 1950s and 60s, Weiner’s latest novel tells the story of two sisters who offer radically different answers to the question of how a woman should be in the world.

The Woman's Hour

by Elaine Weiss

How did American women win the vote? In her critically acclaimed book, Weiss brings readers to Nashville, Tennessee during the summer of 1920 for the dramatic fight over ratification of the 19th Amendment.


by Rachel Zucker

In this genre-bending book, Zucker explores the topics of marriage, motherhood, grief, and many other topics through poetry, memoir, and lyric essay.

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