The Bookshelf: JWA’s 2018-2019 Book List
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Joyce Antler’s history of the women’s liberation movement explores in depth, and through activists’ biographies, the impact of Jewish women on the movement and the influence of their Jewish identities on their feminism.
Alicia Jo Rabins’ second poetry collection, Fruit Geode, is an intimate account of becoming a mother in the early years of the millenium. Rabins investigates the passages of pregnancy, birth, and early infancy through a constellation of ancient and modern experience, and draws on her interwoven roles as educator, musician, and poet.
In this illustrated children’s book, Rabbi Sandy Sasso tells the inspiring story of Regina Jonas, the world’s first woman rabbi whose achievements were largely unknown until recently. In capturing Jonas’s determination to become a rabbi despite opposition to women in the profession, Sasso offers young readers a compelling portrait of a strong female role model.
Morris’s novel alternates between the past and the present as she tells the story of a Spanish Jew accompanying Columbus to the New World, and of his descendents who settle in the hills of New Mexico. Five hundred years later, this family history intersects with a Jewish family new to the area in a discovery of shared heritage.
This memoir by pioneering Israeli feminist Alice Shalvi traces her life from Germany to England to Israel, and her role in the Israeli women’s movement as an influential activist and educator. Shalvi interweaves personal memory with national and political history for women’s experience of, and impact on, modern Israeli culture.
In Himsel's memoir, she describes a religious journey that led her from a childhood spent in an evangelical sect of Christianity to an eventual conversion to Judaism.
Feminist writer Rebecca Traister explores women’s anger through historical moments—from the suffrage movement forward to the Trump era. She takes on how women’s anger is so often dismissed—but how it has made important social change.
The newest novel from award-winning author Dara Horn, Eternal Life tells the story of Rachel, a woman who cannot die. Following the character from the biblical era to the present, the novel humorously and poignantly examines what it means to live and love over time.
Go on a road trip with Abbi Jacobson, one half of the comedic duo on Broad City and the girlfriend we all wish we had! In this account of a cross-country trip, Jacobson’s trademark humor and BFF personality shine through her observations and (mis)adventures. She also shares her artistic talent in illustrations throughout the book.
Tsabari’s award-winning collection of eleven short stories features a range of largely Mizrahi Jewish characters in Israel, Canada, and beyond, as they search for a sense of identity and belonging in the world.
Kaminsky’s darkly comic novel follows a young Australian doctor living in Israel, as she navigates career, marriage, motherhood, and family history. The daughter of Holocaust survivors, facing the threat of terrorism in present-day Israel, she must make peace with her past in order to find her place in the world.
A groundbreaking history of how Jewish women maintained their identity and influenced social activism as they wrote themselves into American history.
Faith, tradition, and love collide in this acclaimed novel about Orthodox women finding love with each other, within a world that forbids it.
In this memoir, Kurshan recounts her daily study of Talmud over seven years, interweaving her own life changes and discoveries with the insight she gains as she delves into the timeless text.
New Yorker cartoonist Ken Krimstein’s riveting graphic novel takes on an unlikely subject: Hannah Arendt, a refugee from Nazi Germany and a brilliant, complicated woman who became one of the 20th century’s most important philosophers.
If you read nothing else by Nora Ephron, pick up Heartburn, her hilarious, poignant (and semi-autobiographical) novel about a deteriorating marriage. In this 1983 feminist classic, Ephron applies her barbed wit to recount her protagonist’s journey from betrayal to growth.
In Krauss’s latest novel, characters with very different pasts, but united by their search for meaning and change, converge in a Tel Aviv hotel.
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