Want to lie on the hammock and read? How about a book with some Jewish aspect to it? Here are some recent books being talked about this summer. Happy reading!

The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal
Non- Fiction: A popular book about a collection of Japanese miniatures owned by a wealthy German Jewish family. It is mostly about the heir to these items as he retraces the history of these pieces.

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
A historical novel about 4 women and their lives before, during and at the time of the attack at Masada.

The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas
A historical novel about a young Jewish girl, her life and voyage to Istanbul.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander
A new set of short stories. All of them deal with the Holocaust, but no two are from the same point of view.

Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
Feldman grew up in a closed Orthodox society. Her story has been widely reported, and the book has been a best-seller.

Sacred Trash by Dina Hoffman
The fascinating story of the Cairo Genizah, and the world it has uncovered.

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Historian William Dodd was the US Ambassador to Germany in the mid 1930s. This is the story of his first year, and the opening of the Nazi war against the Jews.

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