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vicki (skiourophile / bibliolathas)

I liked that little run of books beginning "The Untold / Unwitting / Forbidden" - I wonder if that's going to be a new trend now we're all tiring of the super-long sentence book-title?!


I think I own a book by Sarah Rayne. I think it's labelled horror though. Or am I mixing her up.
I agree, it's fascinating to read Jewish books, not about the Holocaust. I've got one by Chaim Potok - The Chosen that's said to be one of the best. I know I've read a few but whenever someone look for titles I can't remember. I'll come back if I manage.
And what about books from Israeli authors? I thought Zeruya Shalev and Amos Oz write very well.


You've got some really interesting sounding books on the list! The What Lies Beneath and The Forbidden descriptions gave me chills, and The Untold sounds like some good fun. Anticipation if half the fun sometimes, isn't it?

As for Jewish lit, Isaac Bashevis Singer is marvelous. Also, I have heard really good things about Chabon's Yiddish Policeman's Union. It's on my TBR list :)

Mary Grover

My own list of eagerly awaited books is entirely different.

But I do have a Jewish literature suggestion. It's "Kaaterskill Falls" by Allegra Goodman. Some of her other books might be suitable too. Also, "The Three Weissmans of Westport" by Cathleen Schine.
Not to mention Saul Bellow and Bernard Malamud.


My favourite Jewish writers have all be mentioned here already so I come to second that: Singer, Malamud, Bellow, Potok, and add only one David Grossman.


I've got 2 books for your Jewish list: The River of Midnight by Lillian Nattel (historical fic set in a Polish Jewish village w a focus on women) and Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers (nonfic by an an-so researcher about the lives of teenage Hasidic girls in Crown Heights). I'm sure I've read & enjoyed more (I just can't think of the titles of a couple), but those are the two that sprung into my head first. :)


You're right--now that you mention it! Much easier to remember, isn't it! Not that you get much of an idea of what the book is about... :)


I have several books by Sarah Rayne--I have heard good things about her,though I must admit that some time ago I checked something out of the library by her and just could not get into it--it went back unread. I think she has written a log and it may have simply been timing--other books by her have much more appeal than whatever it was I was trying to read.I read The Chosen when I was in school but now don't remember anything about it. I am sure I still have my copy somewhere. I do want to read some Israeli authors now that you mention it--I just pulled out from my bookshelves an Orange/Bailey's longlist title from last year--The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, which looks really good--though I will just have to look right now as I have far too many books started otherwise. I am not familiar with Shalev--so will look her/him up--but I have looked at the books by Oz that my library has many times.


This is a really good list--I am already in line for a few of them at the library as a matter of fact! :) I seem to be reaching quite often these days for thrillers--and I have a ghost story on the go at the moment that is due back at the library tomorrow, but I will have to return it late I fear! Yes, I love bookish anticipation! Do you have a favorite IB Singer novel? I know the name but don't think I have any of his books (he is mentioned in Crossing Delancy as a matter of fact!). And I have that Chabon...unread you will not be surprised to hear... I wonder what I did with my copy.


It's fun hearing about other reader's books, isn't it. I can usually manage to add to my own wishlist when I see someone else's which means it's nice to see new titles! I have that Allegra Goodman--it is set in a summer camp/well holiday locale, isn't it? That sounds quite appealing right now. I will look up your other suggestions--thanks! The Schine sounds interesting, too!


Thanks Cath--I have lots of authors to explore. Chaim Potok is the only one I have read before. I have checked out Bernard Malamud's The Natural twice now! Alas, it has gone back both times unread... (My fault not the book's by the way). I think this is (yet another) area where I am lacking when it comes to having read much!


Thanks Eva (so nice to hear from you by the way--hope all is well!)--both sound great. I love a women's author slant as you may know. The second sounds especially good, so I am off to add it to my wishlist!

Jan S.

Oh, Crossing Delancey is a favorite of mine, too. Such a sweet movie.
At my last trip to the bookstore, I was looking for something a bit different than my usual reads - historical fiction, English novels and mysteries. What I found was, "The Marrying of Chani Kaufman", by Eve Harris. In the opening pages, a nineteen year old Chani is preparing for her wedding to a boy she barely knows. They are Orthodox Jews, living in a London suburb. The novel was long listed for the Booker, so you may have heard of it already. It is on my TBR pile, and I'm itching to get started on it.


Oh, do tell me what you think of it. I do remember it from when it was longlisted and have been very curious about it! I know my library has it, so if you get on well with it let me know and I will check it out, too! I love Crossing Delancy--it is one of my favorite movies and I can watch it over and over! I love the literary setting and such a sweet love story (though not at all saccharine). And I know what you mean by needing something a little different! I have not been reading much historical fiction and was thinking I need to look through my library pile for something new. Lately for me it has been suspense novels and ghost stories and I think I want some family drama or something historical, or maybe an international crime/mystery story....sometimes you don't quite know what you are looking for until it sits there staring you in the face!


I am super excited about the new Beatriz Williams! And it is awesome to see Courtney Collins book being released overseas. Here it was published under the title of The Burial though.


I hear you on being behind Danielle. Anyway, I love making book lists because I love to share titles that are new to me but also to keep a list for myself of books I want to read. Please keep making these as I keep adding books to my list :)

From your list I had heard about the Anthony Doerr book and it's one that's definitely on my list.


I just brought home her first (or earlier--not sure how much she has written?) book to read while waiting for this to be published! It looks good, too. And I am looking forward to the Collins book--it sounds good. I hate it when they switch titles on us by the way. I need to read some Australian authors this year so this will be good!


I wanted to get more caught up on things this weekend than I did--you know how that goes! Always in need of more free time. I am a happy list maker and this is a nice way to keep new books close at hand--I can sort tags and get them all on one page and then see what has been published that I can borrow or buy! I swear I have read Anthony Doerr before--or at least own one of his other books...


If you need help finding Australian authors check out the Australian Women Writers challenge! Lots of interesting books over there.

Also, if you are looking for a recommendation, try In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl. Just read it last week and loved it!


I've not read any of Singer's novels, only a number of his short stories and they were all really good.


Thanks so much--how did I miss that? I have bookmarked the page and will return to it often for ideas. I did some double checking--the only problem is often the books have not yet been published here. I see Kindle versions for some titles--though I prefer to get paper books, but maybe I can try and get some via ILL. I don't think an Amazon Australia exists? I have ordered books from Australia before but as you would expect postage is outrageous--still I will find some good books. I just started reading A Geraldine Brooks novel, and she is originally from Australia, so I think she counts. And I am going to buy the MacColl--I had it out from the library but didn't get to it before the due date--I have a gift card burning a hole in my pocket so I think I will have to add it to my next order--others have said how much they liked the book, too. And...I have two unread books by Kate Morton waiting for mas well!


As you know I love short stories, so they work for me! I will see what my library has--I am sure we must have lots of his books! You can never have enough short story collections at the ready in my opinion! I was just thinking, too, that I should read Anzia Yezierska--have you read her? Not only is she Jewish and the stories are set in NYC, but I think at least some of the books were published in the early 1900s, which would be perfect for my Century of Books, which is in the back of my mind even though I have not given it much attention of late! Have you read her before?


If you want to buy Australian books try I *think* it has free postage! Of course, our books are much more expensive here than they are in America. There is an Amazon Australia now, but I haven't actually purchased from them yet!


I think you are right--I have used them for ordering at my work, now that you mention it. I would love to order some Australian titles. Why am I not surprised that Amazon has now invaded Australia! They are everywhere. Will have to check them out, too, if nothing else than to use them as a tool for book searching.

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