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Jewish Book Week

Hi all!

I SO wish I was in London this week to hear all the amazing speakers at Jewish Book Week. The Lineup is seriously amazing! To join me in being jealous, check it out here:


In honour of the 60th anniversary of Jewish Book Week those guys over there have put together a list of 60 great Jewish Books over the last 60 years. I’ll copy down the list below (or you can check it out on their site http://www.jewishbookweek.com/2012/speakers-recommend.php):

Aharon Appelfeld Badenheim 1939
Saul Bellow Mr Sammler’s Planet
Linda Grant  When I Lived in Modern Times
Vasily Grossman Life and Fate
David Grossman See Under: Love
Joseph Heller Good As Gold
Howard Jacobson The Mighty Walzer
Thomas Keneally Schindler’s Ark
Imre Kertesz Fatelessness
Jerzy Kosinski The Painted Bird
Nicole Krauss The History of Love
Bernard Malamud The Fixer
Albert Memmi The Pillar of Salt
Anne Michaels Fugitive Pieces
Amos Oz A Tale of Love and Darkness
Cynthia Ozick The Shawl
Chaim Potok The Chosen
Philip Roth American Pastoral
Bernice Rubens The Elected Member
Jonathan Safran Foer Everything is Illuminated
Andre Schwartz-Bart The Last of the Just
Isaac Bashevis Singer Enemies – A Love Story
Art Spiegelman Maus
Tony Kushner Angels in America
Arthur Miller The Price
Harold Pinter The Birthday Party
Neil Simon The Odd Couple
Arnold Wesker Roots
Yehuda Amichai Poems of Jerusalem
Leonard Cohen Lyrics
Allen Ginsberg Kaddish
Paul Celan Poems
Dannie Abse Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve 
Hannah Arendt Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
Isaiah Berlin Two Concepts of Liberty
Bruno Bettelheim Children of the Dream
Avraham Burg The Holocaust is Over, We Must Rise from its Ashes
Anne Frank The Diary of Anne Frank
Martin Gilbert The Holocaust  
John Gross A Double Thread
Abraham Joshua Heschel God in Search of Man
Eric Hobsbawm The Age of Extremes
Eva Hoffman Lost in Translation
Louis Jacobs We Have Reason to Believe
Yeshayahu Leibowitz Judaism, Human Values and the Jewish State
Primo Levi If This Is a Man
Nadezhda Mandelstam Hope Against Hope
Benny Morris The Birth of the Palestinian Problem
Claudia Roden The Book of Jewish Food
Leo Rosten The Joys of Yiddish
Jonathan Sacks The Dignity of Difference
Roman Vishniac A Vanished World
Edmund de Waal The Hare with Amber Eyes
Leon Wieseltier Kaddish  
George Steiner Language and Silence
Adin Steinsaltz The Talmud
Elie Wiesel Night
Judith Kerr When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree
Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are

What do you think? I have (embarassingly) read only a very small number of them… Another list for me to get reading! But they’re calling on feedback viw their site or Facebook page and we at Sunflower would love to hear your thoughts too. What should stay? What sohuld go? What needs to be added? Bombard me with comments like you guys are wont to do!

Love Fay

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