More For Your Summer Reading List

A while back I asked for ideas for Jewish-themed summer reading, and you responded with a great list in the comments section. I asked the same question on another social network, and got more great suggestions. I can’t summarize them or vet for quality, but they came from people who enjoyed them:

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

The Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wacker

“Anything by Herman Wouk

Playing with Matches by Suri Rosen

Joshua, a Brooklyn Tale by Andrew Kane

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

The Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg

A Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavic

And then these, which are Jewish-authored but not Jewish-themed:

Books and stories by Harry Turtledove (alternate histories)

And some online lists for fun and profit:

Tablet Magazine’s List of 101 Great Jewish Books

Goodreads Best of Jewish Authors List of Jewish Fiction in the 21st Century

Jewcy: The 50 Most Essential Works Of Jewish Fiction Of The Last 100 Years 

These should keep us reading for a while!

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

10 thoughts on “More For Your Summer Reading List”

  1. Actually, at least two novels and several short stories by Harry Turtledove are specifically about Jews. There’s one about a rabbi faced with a kosher pig.

    Neil Gaiman was raised orthodox Scientologist, so he’s not really Jewish.

  2. With respect, Neil Gaiman may not be a practicing Jew, but he is most definitely Jewish.I went to (Orthodox Jewish) primary school with his cousin. And besides that fact, he’s a wonderful writer.

  3. Sorry to have missed the previous post. At Fig Tree Books, we focus on publishing novels of American Jewish Experience, so please consider our titles, too. Plus, we review “classic” books in the “Recent Reviews” on our website. Give us a look!

  4. I just finished The Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg.
    Great story.
    Thanks for the recommendation.

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