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

A coming-of-age novel for the ages

Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt (1963)

The book that taught America how to think about the Holocaust

On Photography, Susan Sontag (1977)

Prescience, personified.

The Boys of Summer, Roger Kahn (1972)

A book about baseball, Brooklyn, and life

Daniel Deronda, George Eliot (1876)

The first, and greatest, philosemitic English novel

The Puttermesser Papers, Cynthia Ozick (1997)

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

Samson the Nazerite, Ze’ev Jabotinsky (1927)

A political parable for the ages

Beginning to See the Light, Ellen Willis (1981)

The rock memoir that was so much more

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

Foundation Series, Isaac Asimov (1951)

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

Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud (1900)

Freud’s ideas go bump in the night

Swann’s Way, Marcel Proust (1913)

A Madeleine ignites a masterpiece

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