We begin the New Year with a new batch of postings in the Jewish book blogosphere. I especially love seeing the year's prizes and "best of" lists for inspiration (and for mental arguments)
The Jewish Book Council announces their 2012 National Jewish Book Awards and posts their most anticipated 2013 spring titles from the Jewish Book Council.
Jonathan Kirsch reviewed The Rarest Blue by Baruch Sterman and Judy Taubes Sterman in The Jewish Journal, which bestowed its 2013 Jewish Journal Book Prize on the authors.
On MyMachberet, Erika Dreifus shares some thoughts about Karen E. Bender's new novel, A Town of Empty Rooms.
Leora Wenger reviews Jews in Gotham: New York Jews in a Changing City by Jeffrey S. Gurock, a professor of history at Yeshiva University. This volume is the last of the series City of Promises and encompasses the years 1920 to 2010.
Ann Koffsky reviews three recent picture books about Israel.
Lorri M. offers two reviews. In Saving Monticello: The Levy Family's Epic Quest to Rescue the House that Jefferson Built, by Marc Leepson, the author has given the reader an amazing overview of actual facts, data, events, timelines and the struggles that the Jewish Levy family endured, including the underlying antisemitism that was a product of the era. Jewish Roots in Southern Soil: A New History, by Marcie Ferris and Mark I. Greenberg, contains thirteen intellectual and fascinating essays, which defines factors that differentiate “southern Jews” from the general Jewish population.
The Whole Megillah | The Writer's Resource for Jewish Story blog - offers an interview with poet Matthew Lippman.
Needle in the Bookstacks searches for recipes to warm up the winter.