Jewish Books on My Radar: January-June 2021

It’s hopeless. I will never be caught up with all the reading that I want to do—not even within the subset of my reading that can be categorized as “reading of Jewish interest.”

And yet! I haven’t yet given up on assembling lists like this one, of brand-new (as in published this week) and soon-to-be-published titles on my radar for the first half of 2021. (Again, let’s try to ignore the fact that I have yet to finish reading all the titles I’ve shared on previous lists of this sort!)

I couldn’t fit cover images from all 18 titles within this pretty image. Please scroll down to find the full list, listed (more or less) in chronological order, with January’s releases posted first.

Assortment of book covers.
Thanks so much to Julie Zuckerman for her (patient!) “Advanced Beginner” tutorial in the art of the Canva collage.

You’ll find here a mix of prose and poetry; short-story collections, novels, memoirs, and more; and books for children and grown-ups.

  1. I Wish My Father by Lesléa Newman, Headmistress Press (January)
  2. Sergeant Salinger: A Novel by Jerome Charyn, Bellevue Literary Press (January)
  3. Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued written and illustrated by Peter Sís, Norton Young Readers (January)
  4. The Albert Memmi Reader edited by Jonathan Judaken and Michael Lejman, University of Nebraska Press (February)
  5. Osnat and Her Dove: The True Story of the World’s First Female Rabbi by Sigal Samuel, illustrated by Vali Mintzi, Levine Querido (February)
  6. City of a Thousand Gates: A Novel by Rebecca Sacks, Harper (February)
  7. The Man Who Loved His Wife by Jennifer Anne Moses, Mayapple Press (March; this one I’ve actually had the chance to preview, and it provided me with my most recent #SundaySentence)
  8. Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure by Menachem Kaiser, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (March)
  9. Meiselman: The Lean Years by Avner Landes, Tortoise Books (March)
  10. Small Bibles for Bad Times: Selected Poems and Prose of Liliane Atlan, bilingual edition translated by Marguerite Feitlowitz, Mandel Vilar Press/Dryad Press (March)
  11. At the End of the World, Turn Left by Zhanna Slor, Agora Books (April)
  12. Antiquities by Cynthia Ozick, Knopf (April)
  13. 37 Days at Sea: Aboard the M.S. St. Louis, 1939 by Barbara Krasner, Kar-Ben (May)
  14. Summer of Stolen Secrets by Julie Sternberg, Viking Books for Young Readers (May; this one I previewed when the author came to me for a publicity consultation)
  15. Letters to Camondo by Edmund de Waal, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (May)
  16. Wolf Lamb Bomb: Poems by Aviya Kushner, Orison Books (June)
  17. Address Unknown by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor, Ecco (June; as noted in my piece for The American Scholar, this is a re-release, with an introduction by Margot Livesey)
  18. The Vixen: A Novel by Francine Prose, Harper (June)

Any titles of Jewish interest on your radar that aren’t listed here? Please tell us!

Assorted book covers

11 thoughts on “Jewish Books on My Radar: January-June 2021

  1. Thanks, Erika!
    Also, coming in April from Kar-Ben: The Woodcarver’s Daughter by Yona Zeldis McDonough.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Quite right, Barb! Thank you for that reminder!

  2. Jacquie Herz says:

    Circumference of Silence by Jacquie Herz, Black Rose Writing, (July)

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Well, this post focuses on January-June, but congratulations on your forthcoming publication, Jacquie.

  3. Rachel Kamin says:

    Here are the 2021 Jewish fiction titles on my to-read list:
    Milk Fed by Melissa Broder (Simon & Schuster, 2/2021)
    Long Island Compromise by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (6/2021)
    The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles (Atria, 2/2021)
    Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin (Pantheon, 6/2021)
    How to Find Your Way in the Dark by Derek Miller (Houghton Mifflin, 6/2021)
    Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson (1/2021)
    The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner (Redhook, 4/2021)
    The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon (Berkley 1/2021)
    The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker (HarperCollins, 6/2021)

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Oh, my goodness–Rachel, you always have so much information! (You know, I had thought that Josh Henkin’s novel was published LAST year–largely because I read a review in print that I now see has an editor’s note about the delayed publication date: https://jewishreviewofbooks.com/articles/8038/sundowning/.)

  4. Great list, as always! Two more to add:
    – Rebel Daughter by Lori Banov Kaufmann (Penguin Random House; Feb 9)
    – Hope Valley by Haviva Ner-David (Bedazzled Ink Press; April)

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thanks (again!), Julie!

  5. Helpful list-thanks!
    You might also add:

    The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos by Judy Batalion (Harper, April)

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you! I’m going to keep the post to 18 books, but I’m grateful for all the comments with additions. (This is a case where everyone SHOULD read the comments! ;-))

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