Library Corner

Out of Egypt

January 12, 2021

By Robin Jacobson.  To many Jewish families with memories of hard times, Meyerland in the 1970s was the Promised Land. This Jewish neighborhood in Houston, Texas, was home to big …

Israel in Translation

December 13, 2020

By Robin Jacobson. Here’s literary news to celebrate: new novels from two of Israel’s best-known authors – A.B. Yehoshua and Eshkol Nevo – have arrived in American bookstores and libraries …

The Jewish Dynasties of Shanghai

December 1, 2020

By Robin Jacobson. The intertwined history of two Baghdadi Jewish families in China – the Sassoon and Kadoorie families – is the stuff of epic novels. The Last Kings of …

Mystery, Suspense & Troublesome Texts

November 2, 2020

By Robin Jacobson. A fun suspense novel topped with a generous scoop of Jewish history is a winning combination, even if the history relates to the origins of dark anti-Jewish …

Novel Experiments

September 21, 2020

Every book browser knows that libraries and bookstores typically separate books broadly into fiction and non-fiction – fiction in these bookcases and non-fiction in the bookcases over there. But some …

Building A Bridge

September 21, 2020

By Robin Jacobson.   Goldie Goldbloom’s novel On Division is a rarity among books about the Hasidic world. Unlike many books on Hasidic life, it is not a bitter exposé by …

Masada Backstories

September 21, 2020

By Robin Jacobson.  Two thousand years ago, on a mountaintop overlooking the Dead Sea, 967 Jewish men, women, and children faced down the military might of the Roman empire. When …

A Salute to Local Authors

May 6, 2020

By Robin Jacobson. We proudly present three new memoirs by DC-area authors Judith Heumann, Esther Safran Foer, and Ron Hoffer. Each book speaks to the Jewish and human experience and …

Songs of Comfort

May 6, 2020

By Robin Jacobson. What to read during a pandemic?  Since the Book of Psalms (Sefer Tehilim) is the traditional Jewish prescription for times of crisis, I opted for a new …

Lying and Truth-Telling: New Israeli Fiction

April 2, 2020

By Robin Jacobson.  Even people who think of themselves as essentially good and moral can become enmeshed in lies and deceit. That is one of the themes of Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s …