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    Updated: 9/5
       Currently Reading:

  • Judaism Beyond God: A Radical New Way to Be Jewish by Sherwin Wine.

  • Philosophical Essays by Fernando Pessoa.

  • Notes On the Death of Culture by Mario Vargas LLosa.

  • The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips.

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  • Léon Blum : Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist by Pierre Birnbaum.

  • Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews.

  • The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida.

  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.

  • Bernard Berenson A Life in the Picture Trade by Rachel Cohen.

  • Humanistic Judaism by Sherwin T. Wine.

  • Jabotinsky: A Life by Hillel Halkin.

  • Ben Gurion, Father of Modern Israel by Anita Shapira.

  • Find Me by Laura Van Den Berg.

  • Living The Secular Life by Phil Zuckerman.

  • The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution by Jonathan Eig.

        Newer Listings:

  • This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids by Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo.

  • Rainbow in the Cloud: Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou.

  • Inside Madeline by Paula Bomer.

  • The Quotable Musician From Bach To Tupac by Sheila E. Anderson.

  • The Leonard Bernstein Letters edited by Nigel Simeone.

  • Daughter of the King Growing Up in Gangland by Sandra Lansky and William Stadiem.

  • Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues by MartinJ Blaser MD.

  • Visible City by Tovah Mirvis.

  • A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthough Ideas by Warren Berger.

  • The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison.

  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman..

  • Scent of Butterflies by Dora Levy Mossanen.

  • Alena by Rachel Pastan.

  • Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germary. by Yascha Mounnk.

  • The Rise of Abraham Cahan by Seth Lipsky.

  • Raw by Mark Haskell Smith.

  • The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls.

  • The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed his Mind and changed the history of Free Speech in America.. by Thomas Healy.

  • The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. by Andrew Sean Greer.

  • Treacherous Paradise by Henning Mankell

  • All That Is by Phillip Salter.

  • The Great Agnostic Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby.

  • The Hour of Peril by Daniel Stashhower.

  • Ghost Man by Roger Hobbs.

  • Power Systems by Noam Chomsky.

  • Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.

  • Winter of the World Book Two of the Century Trilogy by Ken Follett.

  • In Praise of Messy Lives by Katie Roiphe.

  • Chasing Venus The Race To Measure the Heavens By Andrea Wulf.

  • Free Will By Sam Harris.

  • The Orphan Master by Jean Zimmerman.

  • Unorthodox:The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman.

  • When General Grant Expelled the Jews by Jonathan D. Sarna.

  • Bringing up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman.

  • The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith.

  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.

  • Bad Boy of Music by George Antheil.

  • Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes.

  • Mudbound by Hillary Jordan.

  • Jews On Broadway An Historical survey of Performers, Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists, and Producers. By Stewart Lane.

  • When She Woke by Hillary Jordan.

  • The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta.

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

  • Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay.

  • La Seduction by by Elaine Sciolino.

  • The Greater Journey Americans in Paris by David McCullough.

  • The Forgotten Founding Father:Noah Webster's Obsessions and the Creation of an American Culture by Joshua Kendall.


  • Fantasy


  • The Diver's Clothes Lie  Empty by Vendela Vida. Harper Collins: 2015. A newly divorced woman from Florida travels alone to Morocco. Unexpectedly, the backpack containing her valuables and passport is stolen shortly after at her hotel during check-in. Having no passport or other identification will lead her to a bizarre path of adventure as a person with multiple identities, including a part as a stand-in for a celebrity actress in a movie. As the whirlwind of her adventures progresses, the story of her entangled past slowly unfolds. She assumes new identities while escaping further from the past of her former life. The reader will be immersed in this highly original novel. The author has written four books, including The Lovers and Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name, which was awarded a Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award when developed into script. She is a founding editor of Believer Magazine.

  • Find Me by Laura Van Den Berg. Farrar,Straus, and Giroux : 2015. Joy is immune to the "sickness" raging in the U.S. and has volunteered to live in a hospital researching its cure. No one leaves the hospital- it is a sci-fi  environment where the staff wear hazmat suits and patients are clothed in hospital scrubs. The U.S. is in a state of near anarchy. Joy, who was abandoned as an infant, seeks to escape the hospital and find her birth mother, who is a famous scientist. The novel focuses on the bizarre state of affairs in the U.S.- the economic system has decayed- there is constant news of the sickness abating and then raging again as an epidemic. This is a haunting futuristic novel depicting an eerie future scenario. The reader will be drawn to the author's storytelling gift. Her first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All The Water Leaves Us, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a finalist for Frank O'Connor Short Story Award . Her second collection of stories, The Isle of Youth, was an NPR Best Book in 2013. Find Me is her first novel. Her web site is
  • Non-Fiction