Monday, December 29, 2008

Jewish Literature Challenge

Callista is hosting the second Jewish Literature Challenge - it runs from 21 December 2008 until 27 April 2009 and requires us to read at least 4 books by Jewish authors or about Judaism.

I have tons of ideas, which are listed below - the list might change though!

Completed: ALL 4/4 as of 22 April 2009

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Night by Elie Wiesel
Maus I and II
The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
The Story of God by Robert Winston
Nothing's Sacred by Lewis Black
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka


Ana S. said...

You're unstoppable :P

I still haven't read The Devil's Arithmetic. I really want to get to it. Maus and Night are both very impressive books.

Hannah Furst said...

I recently read your post about Irène Némirovsky and wanted to let you know about an exciting new exhibition about her life, work, and legacy that opened on September 24, 2008 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage —A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City. Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française, which will run through the middle of March, will include powerful rare artifacts — the actual handwritten manuscript for Suite Française, the valise in which it was found, and many personal papers and family photos. The majority of these documents and artifacts have never been outside of France. For fans of her work, this exhibition is an opportunity to really “get to know” Irene. And for those who can’t visit, there will be a special website that will live on the Museum’s site

The Museum will host several public programs over the course of the exhibition’s run that will put Némirovsky’s work and life into historical and literary context. Book clubs and groups are invited to the Museum for tours and discussions in the exhibition’s adjacent Salon (by appointment). It is the Museum’s hope that the exhibit will engage visitors and promote dialogue about this extraordinary writer and the complex time in which she lived and died. To book a group tour, please contact Tracy Bradshaw at 646.437.4304 or Please visit our website at for up-to-date information about upcoming public programs or to join our e-bulletin list.

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Eva said...

I only listened to half of People on the Book as an audiodownload, but it'd DEFINITELY be a good Jewish Lit pick. I found it a bit too depressing, but that's just me. :)

Kathleen said...

Thanks for joining the challenge!