More interesting books for Jewish readers in 2022

Three books that may be of interest to readers of many Jewish books were published in October. Due this month are rare works of fiction by American Jewish Nobel laureate Louise Gluck, a biography of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and a new novel by bestselling author Danny Shapiro.

79-year-old poet and essayist Gluck, who won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature, has created what she calls a prose narrative about twin girls’ first year of life, “Marigolds and Roses, a Novel,” which is out Oct. 11 day. For an author known for her published poetry and two volumes of essays, this 66-page book is her first work of fiction.

Her publicist breathlessly called it: “Sad and funny at the same time, and run through with a stoic sense of wonder, this little wonder… unlike anything Glück has written, at the same time it is The inevitable, the transcendent.” In addition to her Nobel Prize, the author has collected nearly every major writing prize awarded to an American writer.

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The long-awaited memoir of the controversial and long-serving former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be published on October 18 under the title “Bibi: My Story.” The book promises “eye-opening candor” about the life and long career of the political leader whose controversial relationship with President Barack Obama and his successor Relations between Israel and the Arab states were very different, culminating in a major diplomatic agreement between Israel and the four Arab states. State in 2020.

The book comes as Israel’s leaders battle over their political life as leader of Israel’s largest political party, Likud, during the upcoming national elections on November 1. The MJCCA Book Festival is part of a virtual presentation hosted by the Streicker Center in Temple Emanu-El and the National JCC Literary Consortium on October 20. You must purchase his book through the festival to participate.

Dani Shapiro’s new novel “Signal Fire,” a writer with a large Atlanta following, will be published Oct. 18 on the same day as Netanyahu’s autobiography. Shapiro drew a crowd when speaking at Temple Sinai at Sandy Springs Four years ago about her previous book, the non-fiction “Inheritance,” about her tangled tale of conception through artificial insemination .

Her latest book is set on a summer night in the mid-1980s, when three alcoholic teenagers are involved in a car accident that changes the lives of everyone involved. Shapiro is also back for the fourth season of her hugely successful podcast “Family Secrets,” which she launched last month. The Atlanta-based production has racked up 25 million downloads over the past few years.

Another popular author, Gary Shteyngart, has a new humorous novel, Country Friends, about a diverse group of eight friends who gather in New York’s Hudson Valley. He spent six months waiting for the epidemic to end in a country house in his home. It was partly inspired by Steingart’s love of Russian writer Anton Chekhov, who was deeply influenced by country life. Host Sasha Senderovsky, like Russian-American writer Shteyngart, called the scene “Doomsday Villa.” The novel had plenty of belly laughs and drew strong reviews, notably the New York Times calling it Steingart’s “best yet.” Here’s Amazon’s Best Books pick.

More serious readers may find Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s latest book, The Hidden Order of Intimacy, her provocative reflection on the biblical book of Leviticus. Zornberg was also a guest at the Sinai Temple a few years ago. In the past, she has written highly original works on books such as Genesis, Exodus, and Numbers, as well as the popular work on Moses in the Yale Jewish Life series.

With a PhD in English Literature and teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Zornberg draws on a wide range of literary, philosophical and psychoanalytic theories as well as more traditional sources and Rabbi Midrash. Publishers Weekly describes how “this brilliant explanation builds on its thorough analysis of the golden calf and astonishing sources — including Aristotle, George Eliot and Sigmund Flore An original and persuasive view of Leviticus based on the

The Jewish Publishing Association offers Edward Feld’s book on biblical history, “The Book of Revolutions: The Battles of Priests, Prophets, and Kings Who Created the Torah.” It describes the Torah as the war and conflict of ancient Israel. Epic historical stories that are resolved into three important legal codes: the Covenant Code of Exodus, the Deuteronomy Code of Deuteronomy, and the Holy Code of Leviticus. They are all important forces in shaping contemporary Judaism.

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