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Greenberg Families Library — New Releases

New Titles March 2021


The Plot Against America

An alternate American history during World War II is told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey as they endure the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, who captures the presidency and turns the nation toward fascism.

Other Titles: 

  • From Cairo to the Cloud: The World of the Cairo Geniza
  • American Pickle



The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history and brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything.
Their marriage evolves with love and conflict, humor and pathos in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, and their mother, Mary. Ana’s pent-up longings intensify amid the turbulent resistance to Rome’s occupation of Israel, partially led by her brother, Judas. She is sustained by her fearless aunt Yaltha, who harbors a compelling secret. When Ana commits a brazen act that puts her in peril, she flees to Alexandria, where startling revelations and greater dangers unfold, and she finds refuge in unexpected surroundings. Ana determines her fate during a stunning convergence of events considered among the most impactful in human history.

Other Titles:

  • The Orchard by David Hopen
  • The Lost Family by Jenna Blum
  • A Teygl in his Pocket by Carla J. Silver
  • The Slaughterman’s Daughter by Yaniv Iczkovits
  • Those Who Are Saved by Alexis Landau
  • The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr
  • The Cast by Amy Blumenfeld
  • To be a Man by Nicole Krauss


The Telling: How Judaism’s Essential Book Reveals the Meaning of Life by Mark Gerson

God didn’t design the Seder to put your kids to sleep.
Instead, the Seder is an experience your family should love, treasure and remember. Have you ever wondered that there might be something more to Passover, the Seder and in the Haggadah—something that just might hold the secrets to living the life of joy and meaning that you were intended to?
In The Telling, Mark Gerson, host of The Rabbi’s Husband podcast and renowned Jewish philanthropist, shows us how to make the Seder the most engaging, inspiring, and important night of the Jewish year. The Telling will enable you to see what the Haggadah really is: The Greatest Hits of Jewish Thought. This understanding will enable you to provide your guests with the most interesting, insightful and practically helpful night of the year—with teachings and lessons that will continue to brighten in the year to come


Other Titles:

  • Judaism for the World by Arthur Green
  • The New Spice Box: Contemporary Jewish Writing edited by Ruth Panofsky
  • Radical Inclusion: Engaging Interfaith Families for a Thriving Jewish Future by Edmund Case
  • Return to the Place: The Magic Meditation and Mystery of Sefer Yetzirah by Rabbi Jill Hammer
  • In Search of Light by Martha Salcudean
  • Bugsy Siegel: The Dark Side of the American Dream by Michael Shnayersoin
  • Rabbi Leo Beck: Living a Religious Imperative in Troubled Times by Michael A. Mayer
  • It’s All the Same to Me: A Torah Guide to Inner Peace and Love of Life by Moshe Gersht
  • We are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Sarfran Foer
  • Esther: Power, Fate and Fragility in Exhile by Erica Brown
  • Jew-ish: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch by Jake Cohen


The Abba Tree by Devora Busheri

Hannah and Abba―Hebrew for “Dad”―are spending time together in nature on Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish Arbor Day. As Abba rests under a carob tree, Hannah declares that she wants to climb a tree. The carob tree’s trunk is too skinny, but can she climb a eucalyptus tree or a pine tree or an olive tree? When each poses a challenge―for being too scratchy, for not having footholds―Abba offers new inspiration for climbing and insight into what Hannah and the carob tree share in common.



Other Titles:

  • Sarah’s Solo by Tracy Brown
  • I am Anne Frank by Brad Meltzer
  • Miriam at the River by Jane Yolen
  • Soosie: The Horse that Saved Shabbat by Tami Lehman-Wilzig