The library is temporarily closed for in-person usage. If you would like to reserve a book for pick-up at the front desk – click on reserve AND fill in the blanks with your name and email address and hit SUBMIT so that Stephanie Krasner, the Librarian, will have all the information. The reserved book will be waiting for you at the front desk.
To Commemorate Yom HaShoah
The Book of Lost Names, by Kristin Harmel. This week, in conjunction with the commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Hadassah’s Virtual Event “One Book, One Hadassah” will be featuring Kristin Harmel’s The Book of Lost Names. Inspired by a true story from WWII, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis. Hadassah Magazine’s Executive Editor, Lisa Holstein, will interview the author on Thursday, April 8, 2021, 6:00-7:00 pm. The discussion will focus on the bravery of ordinary Jewish women involved in the Resistance.
Many more books to commemorate Yom HaShoah, for adults and children, are available in our library for request. Please use our own library website to reserve copies to be held for you at the front desk.
The Smash-Up, by Ali Benjamin. “It’s September 2018. In Washington, D.C., and in cities and towns across America, women have taken to the streets to protest a Supreme Court nominee. And in Starkfield, Massachusetts—a sleepy rural town where nothing much ever happens—Ethan Frome’s otherwise quiet life has turned upside down. His marriage spirals out of control when the issues of our day—cultural, political, and social—become intensely personal. “The Smash-Up” is at once an intimate, moving portrait of a family in distress, a vivid examination of our roiling national rancor, and a powerful exploration of how the things we fail to notice can shatter a family, a community, and a nation.” People magazine reviews this novel by saying “Borrow names and plot elements from Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome. Satirize progressive parenting and education à la Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Then light it all up with the feminist fire ignited by the Brett Kavanaugh hearings—and what do you get? A fun, timely novel that’s unexpectedly full of hope.”
Looking for some new recipes to spark up the holidays?
Check out this new Jake Cohen cookbook
Jew-ish: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch, by Jake Cohen. Cohen reinvents the food of his Ashkenazi heritage and draws inspiration from Persian-Iraqi traditions. His recipes are modern, fresh, and enticing. For Passover think Roasted Tomato Brisket or his recipe for Matzo Tiramisu. You just might want to recreate his take on the “Seder Plate” with smoky deviled eggs (typically a roasted egg), little gem salad with pickled celery and tahini dressing (the second bitter herb), pomegranate-BBQ chicken wings (instead of a shank bone), horseradish mayonnaise, tabbouleh salad (usually parsley dipped in salt water), walnuts and date syrup (charoset), and even a modern addition of orange segments to represent solidarity with LGBTQ Jews and other marginalized communities ( spitting out the seeds to symbolize homophobia). Cohen’s fun twists on the classics make for a thoroughly modern cookbook with joy and deliciousness. A sweet Passover for all!
Heads up, start reading Apeirogon: A Novel, by Colum McCann. Apeirogon is a 2021 AJL Fiction Award honor book, and AJL will be hosting an “AJL Presents” virtual book discussion on Tuesday, April 20 at 12:30pm ET, led by AJL librarian Paula Breger. This event is open to the general public. Please register (and invite your friends to register). Click here to register.
This book is available for request in our own library. Please email: Stephanie Krasner to reserve the book to be held at the front desk for you.
Winner of the National Jewish Book Award – Holocaust
The Unanswered Letter: One Holocaust Family’s Desperate Plea for Help. In 1939, as the Nazis closed in, Alfred Berger mailed a desperate letter to an American stranger who happened to share his last name. He and his wife, Viennese Jews, had found escape routes for their daughters. But now their money, connections, and emotional energy were nearly exhausted. Alfred begged the American recipient of the letter, “You are surely informed about the situation of all Jews in Central Europe . . . . By pure chance I got your address . . . . My daughter and her husband will go . . . to America . . . help us to follow our children . . . . It’s our last and only hope. However, the letter languished in a California attic for decades until a journalist, Faris Cassell, found it and couldn’t rest until the ending of the story was discovered.