Header

Later the Same Day, Grace Paley (1985)

Midcentury short stories from a master

Header

A Walker in the City, Alfred Kazin (1951)

Brownsville in amber, forever

Header

Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, Judy Blume (1970)

A coming-of-age novel for the ages

Header

Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt (1963)

The book that taught America how to think about the Holocaust

Header

On Photography, Susan Sontag (1977)

Prescience, personified.

Header

The Boys of Summer, Roger Kahn (1972)

A book about baseball, Brooklyn, and life

Header

Daniel Deronda, George Eliot (1876)

The first, and greatest, philosemitic English novel

Header

The Puttermesser Papers, Cynthia Ozick (1997)

A woman, her golem, and the keys to the city

Header

Samson the Nazerite, Ze’ev Jabotinsky (1927)

A political parable for the ages

Header

Beginning to See the Light, Ellen Willis (1981)

The rock memoir that was so much more

Header

History of the Jews, Heinrich Graetz (1891)

The first large-scale account of Jewish history was as warm and imaginative as it was intellectually innovative

Header

Foundation Series, Isaac Asimov (1951)

Even in space, it’s the smart ones who survive

Header

Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud (1900)

Freud’s ideas go bump in the night

Header

Swann’s Way, Marcel Proust (1913)

A Madeleine ignites a masterpiece

Header

Red Cavalry, Isaac Babel (1920s)

In Babel’s dark masterpiece, the Soviets fight the Poles and everybody hates the Jews

Header

Ulysses, James Joyce (1922)

Think Yiddish, dress Irish

Header

All-of-a-Kind Family, Sydney Taylor (1951)

Poor Jewish girls lead rich lives in turn-of-century New York

Header

Hungry Hearts, Anzia Yezierska (1920)

The Lower East Side’s young women on the make

Header

The Street of Crocodiles, Bruno Schulz (1934)

A Polish town becomes a Jewish writer’s madeleine

Header

Breakdown and Bereavement, Joseph Haim Brenner (1920)

The legacy of an accidental martyr and intellectual hero

Header

Philosophical Investigations, Ludwig Wittgenstein (1953)

Say what you mean, mean what you say

Header

Catch-22, Joseph Heller (1961)

Life, war, and other inescapable paradoxes make a modern classic

Header

Ethics, Baruch Spinoza (1677)

Excommunicated by the Jews, Spinoza revolutionizes philosophy

Header

The Anxiety of Influence, Harold Bloom (1973)

Bloom revolutionizes literary theory by claiming that hell is the poets that came before you

Header

Adam Resurrected, Yoram Kaniuk (1971)

“I didn’t write it, God wrote it, and believe me, I tried to stop Him.”

Header

Das Kapital, Karl Marx (1867)

Measuring the force of hugely influential, if ultimately dangerous ideas

Header

Without Feathers, Woody Allen (1975)

Leaving Midwood, and other tales

Header

Auto-Emancipation, Leo Pinsker (1882)

Zionism’s reluctant forefather

Load More...