Hello, book lovers! Welcome back to another Three to Read! This week, we are celebrating Jewish Book Week. From February 26th-March 6th, London holds Jewish Book Week, a literary festival where Jewish people can support Jewish education and writers. We love to uplift and highlight diverse voices here at Bookstr, so we’ve gathered three works by Jewish authors that have just been released this year. Whether you’re into non-fiction, fiction, or short stories, we hope you’ll find some new Jewish books to add to your TBR!
by Rachel Krantz
When Rachel Krantz fell for Adam, he expressed that he was looking for a committed, non-exclusive relationship. Intrigued and excited about this different form of partnership, Krantz explores loving and being fully committed to Adam while exploring relationships with other people. Being the journalist that she is, Krantz deeply analyzed and journaled her feelings, discussions with professionals, and various interactions within the polyamorous community. She details her most intimate moments with Adam and her other relationships while also trying to understand herself and her newfound independence.
Rachel Krantz, the founding editor of Bustle, looks at non-monogamy in a unique and raw way in her memoir. She questions the freedoms and boundaries of love, power dynamics, miscommunication, and other happenings in open relationships. Krantz does this effectively by sharing transcripts of recorded discussions and diary entries, adding another layer of vulnerability as we witness her introduction and exploration of polyamory.
Coffee Shop Read
by Jennieke Cohen
Romance is on the menu for this historical fiction novel! Set in an alternate 1800s England, culinary chefs sit at the top of society. English-Filipina Penelope Pickering is often cast aside for celebrating her Filipino heritage through her food. Elijah Little is a talented amateur whose dream of owning a storefront is shot down by London merchants because he is Jewish, leading him to become a street vendor. When Penelope and her top-of-her-class friend Helena Higgins meet Elijah, they see a golden opportunity to turn him into a professional chef. With a bit of chaos and a dash of romance, the three of them must deal with the results of their special project.
Jennieke Cohen, known for her debut novel, Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance, has whipped up a gender-swapped retelling of My Fair Lady and Pygmalion. The story touches on multiple topics such as prejudice, racism, and how food binds people together. The diversity in the novel allows readers to learn more about Jewish and Filipino culture through the food and references they make.
by Johanna Kaplan
After almost thirty years, Johanna Kaplan has returned with a new set of short stories. Through various genres, these works follow life in post-World War II Jewish New York with a few recurring characters. There is young Miriam who is sick with the measles, hoping to be visited by Jewish doctors that she believes are princes. We also meet a college-aged woman named Louise Weil, straight out of a private mental institute, whose family has fled Vienna to go to the Dominican Republic. Though the lifestyles and time periods of the characters may vary, the stories that Kaplan has woven together are timeless.
Johanna Kaplan first got the world’s attention in her novel O My America! and short story collection Other People’s Lives back in 1975 and 1980. She continued to write stories that reflected the imperfect people around her and the insight she learned on the way. Some of the stories included in the collection were previously unpublished, and are now able to get new life in this release. No matter when they were written, the stories Kaplan has created are ones that will transcend time.
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