This month, JewishBoston.com plays host to the Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly collection of blog posts from around the web about Jewish Books. To find out where the Carnival will be on any given month, or how to submit your own posts, check out the Association of Jewish Libraries' Carnival Headquarters. A big thank you to Heidi Estrin and Marie Cloutier of AJL for managing this project. Next month's carnival will appear at ErikaDreifus.com on December 15.
Let me begin by admitting to being a little star struck when the first submission for the carnival came in from Sylvia Rouss, author of the Sammy Spider books. Her post, Thoughts on Thanksgiving, suggests turning to the excellent early childhood education handbook, Jewish Every Day, for drawing connections between the upcoming holiday and Jewish values.
Susan Curtis recaps and reviews Promise Me by Nancy Brinker in this post on her blog Bagels, Books and Schmooze. Nancy Brinker is the sister of Susan G. Komen, and the book details Susan's battle with breast cancer and Nancy's emergence as an activist. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure came to Israel for the first time this month, so it's a particularly timely book.
Jill Broderick of Rhapsody in Books participates in Sunday Salon, a weekly internet book club. They read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon back in December, 2008, but Jill's review of it is timeless. Plus, how cool is that whole Sunday Salon concept? (Plus, she asked nicely to be included.)
Erika Dreifus, who's hosting next month's Jewish Book Carnival, reflects on the interplay between fiction and truth in her review of The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer, which was the selection of The Jewish Book Council's Twitter Book Club. (Who knew there are many cool ways to discuss books on the internet!)
Barbara Krasner of The Whole Megillah reviews the children's book The Rooster Prince of Breslov by Ann Redisch Stampler with illustrations by Eugine Yelchin and gives it a 5 out of 5! Find out why she thinks it's so great.
He didn't submit it for this carnival, but my friend David Wolkin conducted an excellent interview with Sarah Glidden about her new graphic memoir (that's a non-fiction comic book for those of you who don't speak fluent library) How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less over at Comics Alliance.
And that's it for this month's Jewish Book Carnival. If this is your first visit to JewishBoston.com, please poke around the site and check out the rest of our blogs, our video contest, our calendar of Jewish events around the Greater Boston area, and more. And don't forget to find the next installment of the Jewish Book Carnival on December 15 at ErikaDreifus.com. If you have a post you'd like to see included, let Erika know!
David Levy is the marketing director of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. From 2010 to 2013, he was editor of JewishBoston.com.