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Summer Reading

If there is a more luxurious feeling than lying in a hammock, or in bed, or on the couch on a summer evening and delving into a good book, then I don’t know what it is. As the warm weather begins, my reading list turns to a mix of High Holiday preparation and summer favorites. My impromptu “Friday night book club” (hello to the Gershens and Chaits) usually spends a few moments after Kabbalat Shabbat services discussing what we are reading. Here are a few of the books I hope to read over the next few months:

Like Dreamers by Yossi Klein Halevi – After reading and enjoying My Promised Land earlier this year, this is the next in my Israel themed reading. It is an exploration of the paratroopers who liberated Jerusalem in 1967 and how they then went on to shape the nation.

Relational Judaism by Ron Wolfson – When everyone is talking about a book you know it’s time to get it. My rabbi friends have been talking about this book and its recommendations of where the Jewish community needs to be going.

The Story of the Jews by Simon Schama – This one is taunting me from my bedside. And it’s only volume one 1000BCE to 1492CE. I missed the PBS series that preceded it but my 10th grade Jewish history teacher would be proud.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – The great reviews for this book have intrigued me. I’m told that it is a “real New Yorker’s” book and a worthwhile 700 pages.

The Heist by Daniel Silva – What can I say?! It wouldn’t be summer without the latest Gabriel Allon thriller. Silva comes out with a new book each July, perfect timing before the beach. I’ve got it on hold at the library and I’m already 234 out of 289.

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann – Over Shavuot I read and adored McCann’s sweeping, elegiac novel Transatlantic and I’m told that this is even better.

What is in your reading stack for this summer?

P.S. A former student introduced me to Goodreads, social media for readers. If you are so inclined, you can find me and friend me (Debi Wechsler) so we can more regularly share what we are reading.