Two Poetry Books TBR

Thanks to two recent reviews, I’m adding two more poetry books to my to-be-read list. The first is Jerusalem-based poet and translator Peter Cole’s Things on Which I’ve Stumbled, which Daisy Fried has reviewed here. The second is Poets on the Edge, an anthology of contemporary Hebrew poetry selected and translated by Tsipi Keller, which Alicia Ostriker discusses here. Hopefully I’ll get to both books soon, and have something to say about them.

Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Sydney Taylor Book Awards, administered by the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) to recognize Jewish children’s and teen literature. If you’re looking for reading options for the younger set, as I always am, the titles honored by this award program provide excellent possibilities. Find out more about this year’s winning books, authors, and illustrators here and here, and follow the exciting blog tour, too.

Significant Jewish Books

Last night I was looking through the latest issue of Reform Judaism magazine when I noticed books by two authors I admire featured “For Discussion”: Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories, by Scott Nadelson, and The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Father’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World, by Lucette Lagnado.

As I say, these authors are not new to me (I’ve mentioned them both on this blog), but what is new to me is the Union for Reform Judaism’s “Significant Jewish Books” initiative. As explained here, “In November 1997, Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie unveiled an initiative to encourage every Reform Jew to read significant Jewish books. Since then, the Union has selected eight volumes each year and prepared study guides for them.”

The books by Nadelson and Lagnado, therefore, can now be read with an eye toward discussion fostered by guides provided here. Keep them in mind for your next book group meeting, and check out the full archive of previously recommended titles.