Posted by Salma Felah
This month, I am reading The Seven Good Years by Etgar Keret. It is as funny, as odd, and as true as his unforgettable and entertaining short stories.
Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza by Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole is an interesting look into a world of Jewish scholarship I knew nothing about, and a good Jewish history.
The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser is an extremely personal story because it is about my grandfather. It is very interesting to me to read a story I have heard about in pieces. It is extremely well written, and even though it has not come out I recommend it to all!
I haven’t started yet, but I am very excited to read The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz this month!
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer is an intergenerational look American Jewry, its relationship to Israel, the Holocaust, Jewish ritual, politics, technology, and media (among other things…) and how they each play out in a domestic space and the world more generally.
This month, I am reading I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Set in the English countryside during the 1930s, it is narrated by a young girl who lives with her family in a decrepit castle in England. So far it is a good read, but I have not finished it yet!
This month, I am reading The Waiting Room by Leah Kaminsky. Her writing is compelling and her characters are already living with me — and I just started!
At some point in everyone’s life, you dream about “running away.” Leave Me by Gayle Forman is that story. Overworked, very busy mother, wife and full-time editor, Maribeth Klein gets sick and can not recuperate. This novel is about what Maribeth does to face her real life again.
I’m riding the last month of summer for all it’s worth with my August reads. Currently I have my nose burred in Moonglow: A Novel by Michael Chabon and an upcoming English translation of Tommy Wieringa’s These Are the Names, which won the 2013 Libris Prize in its original Dutch. It doesn’t take long to see why: I’m only a few chapters in and I’m already spellbound by the novel’s balance of mundane and mysterious between two seemingly inharmonious stories without ever striking a discordant note.
And for those wondering how Moonglow compares to his previous novels: Chabon’s back.