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A Jewish American Heritage Month Reading List

While Book Talk by the Sea recently highlighted Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, AAPI is not this month's only month-long heritage observance. May is also celebrated as Jewish American Heritage Month, a way of acknowledging the history and culture of Jewish Americans and their contributions to this country. It was born of a 2006 grassroots effort begun in Florida to achieve such recognition. As with AAPI month, the Library of Congress, NARA, National Endowment for the Arts, and other institutions and organizations maintain a virtual exhibit of multimedia and documents to explore Jewish history and culture. You can access it at

Novels and histories of the Holocaust are published in abundance and often quite popular, and certainly a great deal of them are worth our attention, but there is far more of the Jewish experience that can be and has been conveyed through literature. Please explore the reading list below to discover novels, histories, memoirs, cookbooks, poetry, and more related to Jewish heritage. Click on the links to learn more about each book and/or to request them in our catalog.


Rashi's Daughters, Maggie Anton

Milk Fed, Melissa Broder

People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks

Margot, Jillian Cantor, Nathan Englander

Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer

The Lost Shtetl, Max Gross

The World That We Knew, Alice Hoffman

Eternal Life, Dara Horn

The Weight of Ink, Rachel Kadish

Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss

The Complete Stories, Bernard Malamud

The Chosen, Chaim Potok

American Pastoral, Philip Roth

Maus, Art Spiegelman

Love and Treasure, Ayelet Waldman

Memoirs, Biographies, and Other Nonfiction

Little Failure: a memoir, Gary Shteyngart

Night, Elie Wiesel

Kaddish, Leon Wieseltier

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