May 2018: Books by Jewish Writers for Jewish-American Heritage Month

Welcome back to our monthly recommendations feature! For May, we wanted to celebrate some of the many amazing Jewish writers whose work is available in our store. Some of these books feature Jewish characters and some don't, but these books all showcase the breadth of talent these writers bring to the table.


In the children's section, we recommend Lisa Brown's The Airport Book. This one will be relatable to everyone who's ever traveled through a modern airport as part of a young family!

One of our favorite new children's middle grade books is Joanne Rocklin's Love, Penelope. Penny writes letters to her future sibling before they arrive, and introduces them to her home of Oakland, their moms, and the important stuff--the Warriors.

Our classic middle grade/YA pick is Judy Blume's Deenie. Deenie's mother wants her to be a model, Deenie wants to be normal, and both of their plans are thrown off when Deenie is diagnosed with scoliosis and required to wear a highly visible neck brace.

For fans of young adult books, we strongly suggest Gayle Forman's I Have Lost My Way. This is a beautiful tale of three very different teenagers drawn together in New York City who have all somehow become lost. One of the characters, Freya, is Jewish through her mother.

Anyone who hasn't yet read Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay really should. This is a magnum opus starring two young Jewish geniuses who invent the fascist-fighting superhero genre.

In nonfiction, one exciting new release is Robert Reich's The Common Good. Reich is one of the most respected and influential political thinkers of the moment, and in this new book he argues for a radically inclusive understanding of the American project.


The Airport Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626720916
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 10th, 2016

Love, Penelope Cover Image
By Joanne Rocklin, Lucy Knisley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419728617
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 20th, 2018

Deenie Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481410366
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 29th, 2014

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I Have Lost My Way Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425290774
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 27th, 2018

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (with bonus content): A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812983586
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 12th, 2012

The Common Good Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525520498
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Published: Knopf - February 20th, 2018