Book Club: Short Stories

Need convincing? Read Jonathan Papernick's Defense of the Short Story for the ProsenPeople where he declares: "This world needs greater understanding, and a well-written short story can pierce the heart like a bullet and stay with a reader for the rest of her life." Hear! Hear! http://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/bookclub/short-stories
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The book that Jewish librarians, teachers, and storytellers have been waiting for has finally arrived, fulfilling almost all of our high expectations.  #ShortStoryMonth

The book that Jewish librarians, teachers, and storytellers have been waiting for has finally arrived, fulfilling almost all of our high expectations.

Arguing with the Storm: Stories by Yiddish Women Writers

Arguing with the Storm: Stories by Yiddish Women Writers (Jewish Women Writers)

This collection of poignant, very human stories leaves the reader wishing for even more of them. Each story is a miniworld where cultures clash, leaving the landscape with enough cracks for the characters to fall right in. #ShortStoryMonth

This collection of poignant, very human stories leaves the reader wishing for even more of them. Each story is a miniworld where cultures clash, leaving the landscape with enough cracks for the characters to fall right in.

Yosef Haim Brenner wrote mostly in Hebrew and often based his fiction on his own experiences and the miseries endured by Jews in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, such as the terrible ordeal of a Jew drafted—as he was—into the Czar’s army, and the poisonous anti-Semitism that was a fact of army life. #ShortStoryMonth

Yosef Haim Brenner wrote mostly in Hebrew and often based his fiction on his own experiences and the miseries endured by Jews in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, such as the terrible ordeal of a Jew drafted—as he was—into the Czar’s army, and the poisonous anti-Semitism that was a fact of army life. #ShortStoryMonth

How wonderful to have another book of retellings of fabulous folktales and midrashim, classic and modern, to add to the storehouse of tellable stories! #ShortStoryMonth

How wonderful to have another book of retellings of fabulous folktales and midrashim, classic and modern, to add to the storehouse of tellable stories!

This collection of four mysteries may seem like a good choice for bedtime reading, but it led this reader into an “all-nighter.”  #ShortStoryMonth

This collection of four mysteries may seem like a good choice for bedtime reading, but it led this reader into an “all-nighter.

In this collection of beautifully crafted short stories, Ronna Wineberg deals with unfulfilled longings, deeply-held secrets, the effects on aging on the mind and the body. #ShortStoryMonth

In this collection of beautifully crafted short stories, Ronna Wineberg deals with unfulfilled longings, deeply-held secrets, the effects on aging on the mind and the body.

Adam Biro first attracted attention in the United States with his ninth book, One Must Also Be Hungarian, which evoked the lost world of pre-war Hungarian Jews through stories about members of his own family.#ShortStoryMonth

Adam Biro first attracted attention in the United States with his ninth book, One Must Also Be Hungarian, which evoked the lost world of pre-war Hungarian Jews through stories about members of his own family.

Weil’s poetic, surprising book (written in 1992, translated in 2008) conceives of those who escaped the Holocaust with their lives as covert survivors, subject always to the devastating ripples of pain and memory that irradiate the rest of their lives. #ShortStoryMonth

Weil’s poetic, surprising book (written in translated in conceives of those who escaped the Holocaust with their lives as covert survivors, subject always to the devastating ripples of pain and memory that irradiate the rest of their lives.

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