Summer Books


Discovering Louisa May Alcott's Jewish History on Portuguese Tour

By Eve LaPlante

Louisa May Alcott, author of ‘Little Women,’ had dark features that some attributed to her Jewish ancestry. An author journeyed to Portugal to find out more.Read More


Debut Novelist Helene Wecker Dreams of Jinnis (and Golems)

By Curt Schleier

In ‘The Golem and the Jinni,’ Helene Wecker mines the mysticism of two peoples so masterfully that it is hard to believe it is her first novel.Read More


On Franz Kafka's Birthday, Looking Through Lens of his Sexuality

By Peter Ephross

If ever there was an author whose works resisted analysis, it’s Franz Kafka. A new book emphasizes the author’s repressed homosexuality and fantasies about boys.Read More


Charles Bernstein Makes Lovely Cacophony in his Latest Collection

By Jake Marmer

Charles Bernstein’s first collection of actual new poetry in seven years is a culmination of his ideas and here more than ever, the poet engages with his Jewishness.Read More


Radio Kvetcher Jonathan Goldstein Is Still Learning How To Grow Up

By Susan Comninos

Jonathan Goldstein, producer of WireTap and author of a new essay collection called “I’ll Seize The Day Tomorrow” reflects on his career and his persistent immaturity.Read More


The 12 New (Jewish) Books For Summer

By Julia M. Klein

We survey the best of new Jewish lit, from debut fiction to biographies of Franz Kafka and the creators of Superman. There’s even a story about Anne Frank’s older sister.Read More


Interpreting the Holocaust Dreams of Literary Puzzle Master Georges Perec

By Vladislav Davidzon

Georges Perec was a founder of the so-called OULIPO movement. The publication of “La Boutique Obscure” represents a growing interest in his work.Read More


Growing Up Jewish in Christian Suburbia

By Caroline Leavitt

In the early 1960s, it was tough to be part of the only Jewish family in a Christian suburb of Boston. Best-selling author Caroline Leavitt revisits that troubled period.Read More





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