Erlich, Elizabeth. Miriam's Kitchen: A Memoir. New York: Penguin Books, 1997. ISBN: Hardcover - 0670869082, $24.95, Paperback -014026759X, $15.00.
Miriam's Kitchen blends recipes and food reminiscences with family narratives and observations about the author's personal evolution as a Jew.
Feldman, Ellen. The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank: A Novel. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2005. ISBN: Hardcover - 0393059448, $23.95.
Anne Frank and Peter van Pels shared an awkward first love in the Amsterdam annex where they lived in hiding. Feldman pens a deeply affecting, unsettling look into the soul of a man whose attempts to bury his past cannot prevent it from seeping into his present life.
Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition. New York: Bantam Books, 1997. ISBN: Hardcover - 035473788, $29.95, Paperback - 0553577123, $5.99.
The startling new edition of Dutch Jewish teenager Anne Frank's classic diary, written in an Amsterdam warehouse, where for two years she hid from the Nazis with her family and friends, contains approximately 30% more material than the original 1947 edition, and reveals a new depth to Anne's dreams, irritations, hardships, and passions.
Goodman, Allegra. Kaaterskill Falls. New York: Dial Press , 1999. ISBN: Hardcover - 0385323891, $23.95, Paperback - 0385323905, $23.95.
The stories of three Orthodox Jewish families, each of whom is tugged between religious tradition and the secular world are intertwined. The story takes place in the upstate New York town of Kaaterskill, summer Mecca for the tightly knit Kirshner sect, where wife and mother Elizabeth Shulman pictures her community as an island both joined and separated from the outside world. Fascinated with what lies on the spiritual mainland, she hides behind the reassuring rhythms of religious observance, though she's inspired with a "desire, as intense as prayer," to create something all her own.
Horn, Dara. In the Image: A Novel. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2002. ISBN: Hardcover - 0393325261, $24.95, Paperback - 0393325261, $13.95.
An elderly Jewish refugee in a New Jersey suburb crosses paths with his granddaughter's friend and continues by moving forward through her life and backward through his, revealing the unexpected links between his family's past and her family's future.
King, Alan. Matzo Balls for Breakfast and Other Memories of Growing Up Jewish. New York: Free Press, 2005. ISBN: Hardcover - 0743260732, $24.00, Paperback - 0743260740, $14.00.
Combining warmhearted humor with a prideful nostalgia, this collection of over 75 reminiscences by Jews in the arts, politics, religion and sports discuss life in the Jewish family and neighborhood, being a Jew in a non-Jewish world, Jewish holidays, and discovering the essence of being Jewish.
Potok, Chaim. Old Men at Midnight. New York: Ballentine Books, 2002. ISBN: Hardcover - 0375410716, $23.00, Paperback -0345439988, $14.95.
Three novellas are linked by a single character, Ilana Davita Dinn, whose life experiences carry us from the Holocaust to the Kremlin's doctor's plot to the quieter terrors of old age.
Roth, Philip. The Plot Against America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004. ISBN: Hardcover - 0618509283, $26.00, Paperback - 1400079497, $14.95.
When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide in the 1940 presidential election, fear invaded every Jewish household in America.
Shteyngart, Gary. The Russian Debutante's Handbook. New York: Riverhead Books, 2003. ISBN: Harccover - 1573222135, $24.95, Paperback - 1573229881, $14.00.
A passive character, Vladimir Girshkin, becomes briefly proactive with disastrous results as he avoids his suburban parents and their desire that he pursue success, and becomes an expatriate in a trendy European city; somewhat of a mobster, he generally has a good time.
Telushkin, Joseph. The Unorthodox Murder of Rabbi Wahl. New Milford, CT: The Toby Press, 2004. ISBN: Paperback - 1592641075, $9.95.
A feminist rabbi is run down by a car after a spirited discussion at a Sunday evening radio talk show. The "detective," Daniel Winter, a rabbi who gives brief explanations of Jewish law and its reasoning, is particularly upset with this woman when he leaves the show, but he ends up getting involved in the investigation.