Jewish Book Carnival

I am very pleased to play host for this months Jewish Book Carnival!  Enjoy your reading.



  • Heidi Estrin at The Book of Life podcast presents an audio interview with Sally Wiener Grotta, author of Jo Joe. It’s the story of a mixed-race Jewish woman with deep prejudices about the Pennsylvania town where she grew up, and to which she has now returned.



  • At the Best Chapter, Diana Bletter blogs about being a moving target in Israel during this war between Hamas and Israel.


  • (I also have an Israel related link, in the form of this coloring page, which I think sums up all our hopes.)


  • Lorri M Writings reviews The Collected Stories of Stefan Zweig, and found the stories to be a combined study on human behavior and Austrian life/mores.


  • Over on My Machberet, Erika Dreifus spotlights a Jewishly-inflected poetry collection by Rachel Mennies. Erika also shares news about The Hope: American Jewish Voices in Support of Israel, an anthology edited by Rabbi Menachem Creditor (Erika is a contributor to the anthology, the proceeds from which are being donated to The Lone Solider Center in memory of Michael Levin).


  • In July, Jill at Rhapsody in Books reviewed Ribbons for Their Hair  by Estelle Chasen.  This is a police procedural set in modern day Israel that goes back and forth in time to 1945 in the pre-Holocaust community of Salonika in Greece.


  •  On Bagels, Books, and Schmooze, Susan Curtis talks about  Rebbe by Joseph Teluskin, and  People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.




  • Leora Wenger at Sketching Out writes a book review of Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust by Yaffa Eliach.




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