Jewish Book Month is upon us, and we know what you’re thinking, “What am I going to read?” We at Matzah Book Soup (a Jewish Own Voices book club) have you covered! Throughout our first year and a half, we’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing Jewish authors and read some incredible Jewish stories. Here are a few of our favorite books with Jewish rep that we don’t think you’ll want to miss out on!
For middle grade readers:
Summer of Stolen Secrets by Julie Sternberg
When city girl Catarina spends a summer in Baton Rouge with her strict Jewish grandmother, what secrets will she learn and what memories of the past will she dredge up?
The Trouble with Good Ideas by Amanda Panitch
When twelve-year-old Leah finds out that her beloved Zaide is being sent to an assisted living facility, she decides to make a golem to look after him.
The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender
A memoir for young readers of a young girl, Riva, surviving in Auschwitz
What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper
An illustrated novel about a young Jewish girl surviving the Holocaust and returning to life afterwards. How will she adjust to this new version of her life?
Recommended for You by Laura Silverman
Shoshanna loves working in her local bookshop, but when the store hires Jake, work turns into a competition against her new archenemy…until he becomes something more.
For young adult readers:
The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum
Hoodie Rosen’s family and their small Orthodox community have recently relocated to a new town that seems not to want them there. When things spiral out of control and an act of violence is committed, how will Hoodie handle it?
The Ghosts of Rose Hill by R.M. Romero
A story in verse about a young biracial Jewish girl sent to live with her aunt in Prague. Inspired by Jewish mythology and folktales, this is a story of music, love, and perseverance.
Once More With Chutzpah by Haley Neil
A debut novel about high school seniors and twins Tally and Max who participate in a trip to Israel as they grapple with identity, grief, and sexuality.
See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon
College freshman Barrett Bloom is excited for her first day of college…until it turns into a disaster. All she wants is to forget it ever happened, but when she wakes up the next day she finds out it’s STILL September 21st and she’s doomed to live the same day over-and-over-again with Miles, the cute boy from her physics class, who’s been trapped for months.
The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros
A historical fiction novel based on Jewish mythology. Set in Chicago in 1893, Alter Rosen encounters a dybbuk and must race against the clock to track down a killer before it’s too late.
For adult readers:
Shmutz by Felicia Berliner
A contemporary story that follows Raizl, a young Hasidic woman who’s trying to fight her inexplicable addiction to porn while she’s searching for a suitable match.
Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb
A biography of the author’s grandmother told through her voice. Bess saved every voicemail her grandmother Bobby ever left her. In this beautiful story of love and family, she brings everything she knows and loves about her deceased grandmother to the page.
The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan
Naomi Grant, founder of a sex-positive startup, is asked by young Rabbi Ethan Cohen to give a seminar on modern intimacy at his temple in an effort to bring in a younger crowd, but what they don’t expect is to fall for one another.
Thistlefoot by GennaRose Nethercott
A modern fantastical fairytale based in Eastern European Jewish folklore about a house on chicken legs and a sinister figure who is out to find and destroy it.
The Matchmaker’s Gift by Lynda Cohen Loigman
A generational story of love and connection steeped in magical told in alternating perspectives from Sara, a Jewish matchmaker in the 1900’s, and her granddaughter Abby, a divorce lawyer in the 1990’s.
We hope you’ll check out some of these fabulous Jewish books this month, and make sure to check out @matzahbooksoup on Instagram to stay up to date with our monthly picks and Jewish book recs!
Matzah Book Soup is a Jewish Own Voices book club open to all. Founded and run by bookstagrammers and avid readers Amanda (@its.amandas.bookshelf) and Lilli (@litbylilli), Matzah Book Soup focuses on promoting books about Jewish joy. Follow us on Instagram @MatzahBookSoup and join our page on the BookClubs app!