That means ‘Happy New Year’ in Hebrew…. BECAUSE IT’S THE JEWISH NEW YEAR!!! Also known as Rosh Hashanah.
I’m in the midst of my intensive second week of my Publishing MA here at UCL in London, but I thought I’d compile a ‘listicle’ of some Jewish themed or centric books in honour of the new year.
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I’ll just get the predictably me one out of the way first; I LOVE THIS BOOK A LOT. It’s about a Golem called Chava who comes to New York at the turn of the last century with a man who paid to have her made as his wife before leaving home and ends up dying on the way there.
So Chava ends up in New York all alone trying to hide her ways from the Jewish community. She also ends up befriends a Djinn. It’s really lovely and magical and addicting and you need to read it right now because I say so.
Honestly, how can I make a list about Jewish books and NOT include an Eisner??? This man is one of THE most important figures in the comic book and graphic novel industry.
And his stories are more than just that, they are like these amazingly detailed and immersive autobiographical reports of a very different life for New York Jews. Pretty much all his New York stories are like this and are all AMAZING.
🔯 STARGLASS 🔯
SECULAR JEWS IN SPACE!!! THAT’S BASICALLY IT!! Ok no it’s not, but I read this last year and LOVED IT. Terra, lives on a ship that left earth 500 years ago in search of a new hospitable planet. Things start going south when she accidentally becomes witness to a murder and has to make difficult choices, especially since the ship is just months away from landing. The culture on board the ship, called Asherah, is like a diluted Ashkenaz Jewish one. IT’S REALLY COOL. Anyway, this is deffo one that belongs on this list because there really SHOULD be more like it.
READ MY REVIEW HERE
I haven’t read this yet, but I’ve wanted to for a while, and if The Museum of Extraordinary Things is any indication, it’s gonna be GREAT. This is the FICTIONAL story of the mother of Camille Pissaro, the father of the Impressionism art movement. His mother, Rachel, the protagonist of this book, lives on the island of St Thomas where her family and other Jews fled to during the Inquisition. It’s a sort of typical 1800s story of a young girl who seizes the moment to seek her own future and how that affects her family. But she’s Jewish!!! And she lives in the Caribbean!! Like my mum did!!! And eventually travels across the globe!! LIKE MY MUM!!!!
I haven’t read this either, but if you know me well enough you know I am a slut for Golem stories. YOU HEARD IT RIGHT HERE FOLKS.
This is a 3 part comic set in WWII in which an allied plane crashes in a Jewish village, that sparks Nazi’s to come by and investigate. The villagers hide the survivor and use river mud and clay to create a Golem to protect them and the pilot as well.
Also it’s from Dark Horse which is one of my FAVOURITE comic publishers.