Friday Reads: Our National Jewish Book Award Winners
This week, the Jewish Book Council announced the winners of the 2019 National Jewish Book Awards, now in its sixty-ninth year. Congratulations to all the winners – 7 books published by Penguin Random House imprints among them! Founded in 1944, The Jewish Book Council is the longest-running organization devoted exclusively to the support and celebration of Jewish literature. The winners will be honored on March 17 at an awards dinner and ceremony at the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan. Below are Penguin Random House’s award winners in adult and young reader categories:
AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND MEMOIR
INHERITANCE: A MEMOIR OF GENEALOGY, PATERNITY, AND LOVE by Dani Shapiro (Alfred A. Knopf)
From the acclaimed, best-selling memoirist, novelist and host of the hit podcast Family Secrets, comes a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity, and love.
CONTEMPORARY JEWISH LIFE AND PRACTICE
HOW TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM by Bari Weiss (Crown)
The prescient New York Times writer delivers an urgent wake-up call to all Americans exposing the alarming rise of anti-Semitism in this country—and explains what we can do to defeat it.
NAAMAH by Sarah Blake (Riverhead Books)
EDUCATION AND JEWISH IDENTITY
ANTISEMITISM: HERE AND NOW by Deborah Lipstadt (Schocken)
The award-winning author of The Eichmann Trial and Denial: Holocaust History on Trial gives us a penetrating and provocative analysis of the hate that will not die, focusing on its current, virulent incarnations on both the political right and left: from white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, to mainstream enablers of antisemitism such as Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn, to a gay pride march in Chicago that expelled a group of women for carrying a Star of David banner.
FLY ALREADY: STORIES by Etgar Keret (Riverhead Books)
THE UNWANTED: AMERICA, AUSCHWITZ, AND A VILLAGE CAUGHT IN BETWEEN by Michael Dobbs (Alfred A.Knopf, in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
Drawing on previously unpublished letters, diaries, interviews, and visa records, Michael Dobbs provides an illuminating account of America’s response to the refugee crisis of the 1930s and 1940s. He describes the deportation of German Jews to France in October 1940, along with their continuing quest for American visas. And he re-creates the heated debates among U.S. officials over whether or not to admit refugees amid growing concerns about “fifth columnists,” at a time when the American public was deeply isolationist, xenophobic, and antisemitic.
YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
SOMEDAY WE WILL FLY by Rachel DeWoskin (Viking Books for Young Readers)
From the author of Blind, a heart-wrenching coming-of-age story set during World War II in Shanghai, one of the only places Jews without visas could find refuge.
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