October Jewish Book Carnival


Sitting here preparing this month’s Jewish Book Carnival, I am happy to have something to think about other than the mess that is occurring practically outside my front door in the United States Capitol building. Since moving to Washington, DC last November, I have been thrilled at the opportunities presented by living “in the District.”  From seeing Thomas Jefferson’s Library at the Library of Congress to walking to the National Book Festival and poster_enlargehaving my FREE poster signed by the illustrator, Suzy Lee,  I have been able to enjoy the best of my and your tax payer dollars almost every weekend – until the government closed.  I pray that wisdom (and compassion for the 800,000 unemployed workers) will enter the minds of our Congress people and a resolution to this deadlock will be found. Perhaps they can find something in this month’s Carnival, a rare gathering of blogs about Jewish books and other happenings in the Jewish world, to assist them with making the important decisions required to keep our country afloat and at the forefront of the nations of the world.  As for you, please take time to visit every one of this month’s participants, and be sure to leave a comment on the web sites telling them you saw their post at the October Jewish Book Carnival.

The Jewish Book Carnival is a great place to get ideas for books to read and things to do. I just finished The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (which was fantastic!) just because of the great reviews I read on Carnival postings. It appears that a lot of reading took place this past month, judging by the number of book reviews I received. Get ready to make your reading list now, there are some great choices here!

Let’s start with children’s books:

BarbaraBoyMath Bietz at Jewish Books for Kids interviews Deborah Heiligman about her new book, The Boy Who Loved Math.



Jill at Rhapsody in Books reviews the companion volume to Code Name Verity – one of last year’s best books! – Rose Under Fire (set in the Ravensbruck concentration camp). This is going at the top of my reading list

MightyHandAs for me, I spent some time at InterfaithFamily.com, looking at what is new and exciting for parents to share Torah stories with their children.



Meghan Wolff, Publicity Coordinator for Kar-Ben Publishing, shares the KarBen blog featuring a story about the newly renovated Jerusalem Railway Station, the same station Engineer Ari took of from:

For the Adults among us:

JBkCNaomi Firestone-Teeter at the Jewish Book Council shares some fantastic non-fiction news – the five finalists for the Sami Rohr Prize.



Batya Medad at  Me-ander reviews  A Bit of Wit, A World of Wisdom by Yehoshua Kurland, Gefen Publishing House

CultbusterAnd over at Shiloh Musings, Batya reviews Confessions of a Jewish Cult Buster by Rabbi Shea Hecht



ElixirOver at The Prosen People, another Jewish Book Council blog, Gabi Gleichman offers some insights into what it was like to write, The Elixir of Immortality, a fictionalized account of the family of Baruch Spinoza.


 Lorri M. reviews Great House by Nicole Krauss.



On My Machberet, Erika Dreifus shares memorable morsels from The Impossible Takes Longer: The Memoirs of Vera Weizmann as told to David Tutaev.

OxfordShortLeora Wenger – who is hosting November’s Jewish Book Carnival – at Sketching Out reviews a variety of short stories from the anthology, The Oxford Book of Hebrew Short Stories.


Heidi Estrin at The Book of Life podcast interviews Maggie Anton about Rav Hisda’s Daughter, Book I: Apprentice: A Novel of Love, the Talmud, and Sorcery. Maggie has a lot of interesting background information to share, including some actual spells!


StartersMy good friend, KSP, at Life is Like a Library, reviews a mouthwatering cookbook Starters & Sides Made Easy.


I hope you enjoyed this month’s Jewish Book Carnival. Again, please take time to visit the bloggers posted here and share that you saw them here!

Happy Reading!

Kathy B.


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10 Responses to “October Jewish Book Carnival”

  1. Leora says:

    Thank you for hosting. I love how you organized the books; it makes it pleasant to read and view.

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  3. Judith fein says:

    this really is a carnival for the eyes. thank you so much for the roundup.

  4. Kathy B. says:

    Thanks, Judith. You are very kind! KB

  5. Kathy B. says:

    Thanks Leora, I appreciate your coming by to see the Carnival. KB

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  7. Kathe says:

    Thank you for being such a gracious hostess. The presentation enticed me to visit each selection!

  8. Lorri M. says:

    Thank you so much for hosting. You have done a great job with the setup and links.

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