Greenberg Families Library — New Titles

New Titles January 2023

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LOCAL AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People Ed. by Andrea D. Lobel and Mark Shainblum

What if there are other timelines, other histories, other Jews? Would they still have a covenant with the one God, or would
they know strange gods? Would they have survived banishment, pogrom and Holocaust? What if the Holocaust had not occurred? Or what if it had succeeded beyond Hitler’s darkest dreams? Some of the world’s greatest speculative fiction authors explore these roads not taken, and many others, in Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People, the first-ever anthology of Jewish alternate history fiction. Contributors include Jack Dann, Robert Silverberg, Harry Turtledove, Jane Yolen, Lavie Tidhar and Benjamin Rosenbaum, among many others!

Read more about the editors here.

FICTION 

Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Biblitz

The Immigrant is an uplifting tale of tragedy, triumph, and the struggle to discover what matters most. The year is 1920, and a teenage Russian boy named Lev has just witnessed his entire world go up in flames. His parents killed in a horrific blaze, leaving him homeless and alone, Lev finds himself joining up with a strange traveling circus. He sets off on a dark journey across a bleak landscape of corruption and persecution. Facing violent racists, unscrupulous conmen, seedy thugs, and deadly Russian police, Lev’s travels take him across the ocean, through the Big Apple, and finally to the windswept deserts of America’s Southwest. But even as he searches for his last living connection, he finds himself embarking on another journey, into the mysteries of growing up-and discovering what the word home truly means.

 

Other new titles:

  • A Glimmer Through the Beach by Juliet Ayres
  • Bluebird by Sharon Cameron
  • The Book Spy by Alan Hlad
  • Alice in Condoland by Liz Bieler
  • Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan
  • South of Happily by G.A Anderson
  • The 12th Commandment by Daniel Torday

NON-FICTION

Religion and Genocide: Changing the Conversation by Steven Leonard Jacobs

Religion and Genocide: Changing the Conversation is a cutting-edge introduction to the complex and controversial relationship between religion and genocide. This volume aims to widen the reader’s understanding of religion and those who practice it, the nexus of religion and violence, and those who legitimate their violence by framing it in religious terms by looking at notions of holy wars, religious wars and genocide and the practitioners of such. This book delves into our current thinking of ourselves as biological entities, our relationship to genocide, and the impact of geography (including climate change) and diseases on our humanity and our ability to commit genocide. Tying together all these seemingly disparate threads, this text concludes with the significant and still largely unanswered question, “Where do we go from here?”. Highlighting the complex relationship between religion and genocide, this is an essential read for students and academics studying religion and violence, Judaism, Judaic studies, and Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Religion and Genocide will also be of interest to researchers in related subjects such as history, politics, sociology and anthropology.

 

Other new titles:

  • Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War by Adam D Mendelsohn
  • Onto Center Stage: The Biblical Woman by Sara Reguer
  • Yedias HaTorah Step by Step: A Practical Guide to Retaining Your Learning by Rabbi Dovid Schoonmaker
  • Religion and Genocide: Changing the Conversation by Steven Leonard Jacobs
  • The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War One to the Cold War by David Nasaw

YOUNG READER/YOUNG ADULT

28 Days: A Novel of Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto by David Safier

Warsaw, 1942. Sixteen-year old Mira smuggles food into the Ghetto to keep herself and her family alive. When she discovers that the entire Ghetto is to be “liquidated”―killed or “resettled” to concentration camps―she desperately tries to find a way to save her family. She meets a group of young people who are planning the unthinkable: an uprising against the occupying forces. Mira joins the resistance fighters who, with minimal supplies and weapons, end up holding out for twenty-eight days, longer than anyone had thought possible.

 


JUVENILE

A Gift of Feathers by Ken Schept

When she finds a feather, Grandma Dot adds it to her collection. Feathers, she tells her two granddaughters, remind Grandma Dot of people she’s lost. At first, the girls see the feathers as fun to play with. But soon, Grandma Dot’s feathers take on larger meanings – of comfort, remembrance, and love. This affectionate, hopeful story will inspire readers of all ages to make memories and traditions part of their own family stories.

 

Other new titles:

  • Hanukkah in Little Havana by Julie Anna Blank
  • Tizzy, the Dizzy Dreidel by Allison and Wayne Marks
  • Mendel’s Hanukkah Mess Up by Chana and Larry Stiefel