Member's Favorite Books

Books for Adults

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (recommended by Amy Sochard,Debbie Ross)
American Pastoral by Phillip Roth (recommended by Leah Steinberg) “ I would rank as his best to date”
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (Frances Marshall, Ann Friedman)
Bel Canto by Ann Patchet (Debbie Heller, Shirley Brandman, Ann Friedman)—“any book by her is beautiful wonderful literature”
Biography of Lisa Meitner by Ruth Lewin Sime (Leslie McKinney)
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown (Ron Weinreich)
City of Thieves by David Benioff (Diane Scheininger )
Commentary on the Torah by Richard Elliott Friedman (Alan Caro) “Wonderful modern commentary”
Composing a Life by Catherine Bateson (Frances Marshall)
Corfu trilogy memoirs by Gerald Durrell (Leslie Silver) “great fun”
Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush by Robert Draper (Michael Siegel)
Deborah, Golda and Me:  Being Female and Jewish in America by Letty Cottin Pegrebin (Lisa Wishman)
The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies (Frances Marshall)
The Devil in the White City- non-fiction thriller (Bill Steinberg)
Exodus from Leon Uris (Jay Mershon)
Facing Up by Ned Stuttman. (Janet Goldman) “It is a beautiful, heartwarming book which tells the experience of cancer through the eyes of Washington's funniest lawyer, who worked at the Justice Dept bringing Nazi war criminals to trial. The book has you laughing and crying throughout, gets deeply into how his Judaism kept him going, and is a gem for people who are going through cancer, or have loved ones or friends who are, or anyone.”
Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry (Ann Friedman)
Finding Our Way by Barry Holtz (Alan Caro)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows(Diane Scheininger )
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond (Howard Weiss)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers (Amy Freeman)
Heavenly Torah By Abraham Joshua Heschel (Rabbi Gordon Tucker wrote commentary) (Alan Caro)
Hunting Eichmann by Neal Bascomb (Judy Levens)
Jews, God & History by Max I Dimont (Eric Kestler)
JPS Torah Commentary: Genesis by Nahum M. Sarna (Alan Caro)
The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan (Linda Levine)
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Linda Levine)
The Known World by Edward P. Jones-- (Howard Shapiro) “terrific”
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch –(Barry Greene, Alison Mershon)  “I found [this book] to be a surreal worst nightmare that we all can have and a real world best answer to the problem” multiple recommendations)
Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levine. – (Alfred Hellman )“It puts a little different slant on what is the general Jewish political dogma”
Like Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Julia Loeb) 
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (Amy Sochard)
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks (Debbie Ross)
Mary (Mrs. A Lincoln) by Janis Cooke Newman – (Connie Krupin) “sounds dull, but anything but!”
Mr. Mani by AB Yehoshua.  (Ann Friedman)
A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices by Noam and Mishael Zion (Alan Caro)
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Sue Bruser)
Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky (Rhonda Friedman)
Palace Walk by Nagib Mahfouz (Frances Marshall)
The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett (Amy Freeman) 
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (Madelene Greene)
A Pigeon and a Boy by Meir Shalev (Ann Friedman)
The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett (Jerry Ostrov)
The Pity of it All by Amos Elon – (Leah Steinberg) “about the Jews of Germany from the 18th century till Hitler's rise (fabulous book)”
Pioneers, Peddlers and Tsadikim: The Story of the Jews in Colorado by Ida Uchill (Ida Uchill)
The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth—(Howard Shapiro) “ I'm not a Philip Roth fan, and haven't read all that much of his, but I thought this was very good”
Possession by A.S. Byatt (Frances Marshall)
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy (Joan Mazer) 
Random Family by Adrien Nicole Leblanc—(Aimee Teplinsky)  “non-fiction documentation of teenagers in the Bronx including drugs, pregnancy, and incarceration, but ultimately hopeful”
Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams (Frances Marshall)
The Red Tent by Anita Diamont--  (Aimee Teplinsky) “fictional account of Old Testament story of Jacob's daughter Dina”
River of Doubt by Candice Millard- (Bill Steinberg)“adventure book about Theodore Roosevelt in South America - non-fiction”
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf (Leslie Silver) 
The Sabbath By Abraham Joshua Heschel (Alan Caro)
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (Joan Kleinman)
Saturday Wife by Naomi Ragen   (Alan Caro) “Very funny story”
Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer (Linda Levine)
SEX, TIME AND POWER by Leonard Shlain –(Phyllis Katz) “How women's sexuality shaped human evolution”
The Shadow of the WindCarlos Ruiz Zafón and Lucia Graves “great novel” (Bill Steinberg, Leah Steinberg)
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill (Lisa Wishman)
The Source by James Michener (Linda Levine)
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (Bobi Baruch) “A good read and very thought provoking about the nature of man”
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Ann Fadiman (Debbie Ross)
The State of Jones- by Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer (Bill Steinberg) “New non-fiction book about a county in Mississippi seceding from Mississippi in the Civil War to join the north. Great story”
Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi (Debbie Ross)
A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz  (Debbie Ross, Howard Shapiro, Leah Steinberg)
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston (Shirley Brandman)
A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell (Judy Platt) “extraordinary novel about the closing days of WWII in Italy and efforts to save the Jews of the village”
Three Cups of Tea- non -fiction, fascinating story of an American in Pakistan building schools (Bill Steinberg, Leah Steinberg)
Unaccustomed Earth, Jumpa Lahiri  (Aimee Teplinsky, Linda Levine) “wonderful fiction book of short stories (don't let that deter you) of first generation Indian-Americans” (multiple recommendations)
Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler (Howard Goldblatt)
When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by Harold Kushner (Howard Weiss)
Wisdom by Andrew Zuckerman  (Debbie Heller) “This is beautiful picture book of famous people that have wisdom to share.  Andrew Zuckerman grew up in Potomac and is a really wonderful photographer.  He has done another book on animals that is also terrific”
Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman (Alan Caro)
Words That Hurt and Words That Heal by Joseph Telushkin (Michael Goldman)
World Without End by Ken Follett (Jerry Ostrov)
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan (Leslie McKinney)

Books for Kids

FINS AND SCALES by Dr. Deborah Miller (Ida Uchill)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Jonah Loeb)
Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger (Talia Loeb) “Absolutely hilarious young adult book about a Jewish boy growing up in Brooklyn during WWII” 
The Mess by Jennifer Wolfe (Sam Mershon)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (Jonah Loeb)
Only Nine Chairs by Dr. Deborah Miller (Ida Uchill)
Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling (Julia Loeb)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan (Ezra Loeb)
The Warriors series by Erin Hunter (Ezra Loeb)
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst (Aimee Teplinsky) “what can I say, this has gotten me through some rough days, even as an adult”
BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL by Robert McCloskey (Phyllis Katz)
click clack moo by Doreen Cronin (Alison Mershon) “one of my favorite stories to read to [my son]”