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November Jewish Book Carnival

by David Levy on behalf of JewishBoston.com / November 15, 2010

created at: 2010-11-15This 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.

Jew Wishes read the family memoir We Were Europeans by Werner M. Loval and recommends it to everyone

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.

Right here at JewishBoston.com, our friends from InterfaithFamily.com shared a list of Chanukah Reads and Music for Kids.

 

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!


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It is not every day that one of the world's experts on terrorism and war, involved with Israeli and U.S. security for 30 years writes a novel. So, maybe your readers would be interested in my work on terrorism AND this novel. A different kind of angle.  I would of course be glad to be interviewed, live or otherwise.

 

The novel is a Jewish adventure story, based loosely on my grandfather's early years in Poland and Russia from 1906 (the Failed 1st Russian Revolution) to 1921.  It is also a book about the challenge that men face in the world, as "imperfect guardians."  History has tried to rewrite Jewish life as always pious and religious.  But before coming to America Jews were involved in every part of the world in which they lived, horse traders, revolutionary leaders, scoundrels, soldiers, intellectuals, peddlers, gangsters, and doctors.  The novel is very much about that variegated life. 

http://www.theimperfectguardian.com/

 

Glad to find this blog and to read the links that offer little bites about Jewish books. Thanks!

Thank you for hosting.  You did a super job.

Thanks for hosting! It looks great!

David, thanks for doing such a wonderful job with the November 2010 Jewish Book Carnival! Your description of each post is enticing, and it was great that you provided so many extra links for us. I'm also thrilled that you threw in an "extra" that hadn't been submitted - the interview with Sarah Glidden is truly fascinating. Great job!

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