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Article in Themes and Reading Activities categories.

JMRL's Same Page is a community reading program to promote and discuss one book throughout March 2018 by an author featured at the [Virginia Festival of the Book http://www.vabook.org/]. JMRL invites all book lovers in Central Virginia to join this reading initiative. Read and discuss What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander and participate in programs about the book, its themes, and its author. The author will be at JMRL's Northside Library on March 22nd at 6pm, and this event will be free and open to the public.

We've selected a list of books, movies, and music in the JMRL collection that will inspire further exploration and enhance your reading. Find more resources and discussion questions for this book in []. Find information on programs, contests and more by visiting JMRL's Same Page.

About the Author

Nathan Englander is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter. His most recent book is the novel Dinner at the Center of the Earth. In addition to this year's Same Page selection, he is the author of the internationally bestselling story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, and the novel The Ministry of Special Cases. He was the 2012 recipient of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for What We Talk About. His short fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Washington Post, as well as The O. Henry Prize Stories and numerous editions of The Best American Short Stories, including 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. Translated into 20 languages, Englander was selected as one of “20 Writers for the 21st Century” by The New Yorker, received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Malamud Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. He’s been a fellow at the Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and at The American Academy of Berlin. In 2012, along with the publication of his new collection, Englander's play The Twenty-Seventh Man premiered at The Public Theater, and his translation New American Haggadah (edited by Jonathan Safran Foer) was published by Little Brown. He also co-translated Etgar Keret's Suddenly A Knock on the Door, published by FSG.

Read Englander's biography on his webpage.

Read an article by the author "What Jewish Children Learned from Charlottesville" from the NY Times

Listen to CBC Radio Interview with Nathan Englander

Read NPR's interview with Nathan Englander about his new novel Dinner at the Center of the Earth.

Works by Nathan Englander

Related Reading - Fiction

This list of adult fiction related reading includes short story masters, and themes of Jewish-American, Israel and trusting neighbors.

  • F Carver, Raymond
What We Talk about when We Talk about Love: Stories by Raymond Carver
Short stories that feature a pantheon of losers, peripheral people, and men and women without education, insight, or prospects who, ironically, are too unimaginative to ever give up.
  • Auslander,Shalom
Hope: A Tragedy, a novel by Shalom Auslander*
  • Grossman, David
To the End of the Land, by David Grossman
  • McBride, James
Five Carat Soul, by James McBride
  • Eugenides, Jeffrey
Fresh Complaint, new short stories by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Yoon, Paul
The Mountain, new short stories by Paul Yoon
  • Singer, Isaac Bashevis
Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Modan, Rutu
The Property (graphic novel), by Rutu Modan
  • Horn, Dara
Eternal Life, by Dara Horn
A Mother in Roman Jerusalem makes a spiritual bargain to save her dying infant's life- She then lives for 2,000 years. Includes "historical detail (of Jewish history) and down to earth humor" and "thoughtful meditation on the meaning of life."
  • Nevo, Eshkol
Three Floors Up, by Eshkol Nevo
Reviewed in NYT, indicates many similar themes (parenthood neighbors, humor & cutting commentary together), in a modern Israeli context.
  • Namdar, Ruby
Ruined House by Ruby Namdar
Andrew P. Cohen, a successful NYU professor of comparative culture, is suddenly plagued with strange and inexplicable visions of an ancient religious ritual. As his superficially perfect world begins to unravel, he is forced to question his beliefs. Interspersed throughout the novel are pages from an ancient (pseudo) Talmudic text, harking back to the golden age of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Hidden in this frenzied, semi-opaque other narrative lies the mysterious key to understanding the drama of Andrew's life.

Related Reading - Nonfiction

  • 92 Angelou, Maya
This focus on the larger-than-life mother of Maya Angelou, and the relationship they shared, highlights the complicated relationship between mother and daughter.
  • 92 Frank, Anne
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Winner, Lauren F.
Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren F. Winner
  • GN92 Kurzweil, Amy
Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir by Amy Kurzweil
  • GN956.94 Glidden, Sarah
How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden
  • 92 Feldman, Deborah
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman
  • 92 Feldman, Deborah
Exodus: A Memoir by Deborah Feldman
  • GN956.94 Sacco, Joe
Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco
  • Waldman, Ayelet and Chabon, Michael
Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation
  • Manhattan, JCC
The Community Table: Recipes and Stories from the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and Beyond by JCC Manhattan
  • Ottolenghi, Yotam
Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi
  • Nathan, Joan
King Solomon's Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking From Around the World by Joan Nathan
  • Finkel, Evgeny
Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival During the Holocaust by Evgeny Finkel
  • 92 Mirvis, Tova
The Book of Separation by Tova Mirvis
  • Dauber, Jeremy
Jewish Comedy: A Serious History by Jeremy Dauber
  • Corporon, Yvette Manessis
Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil by Yvette Manessis Corporon
  • Gruen, Judy
The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love with Faith by Judy Gruen (counterposes with memoirs like Deborah Feldman's "Unorthodox")
  • Petrowskaja, Katja
Maybe Esther: A Family Story by Katja Petrowskaja
  • (1/2018) A woman traces family members in eastern Europe, meditations on how history affects a family, how to tell stories when you don't know what happened; family members went underground or were killed by Nazis.
  • Ripp, Victor
Hell's Traces: One Murder, Two Families, Thirty-five Holocaust Memorials by Victor Ripp
  • In addition to Holocaust remembrance, this one is interesting because it talks about how public memorials/monuments can be made political- relation to local statue talks? (12/2017)
  • Murad, Nadia
The Last Girl, by Nadia Murad
  • The NYTBR headlines their review of this "replaying the Holocaust in the Middle East" -it tells the story of a woman escaping capture by IS agents in Iraq with the help of a Sunni man, whose life and family then become targets- plays directly into the question of how far someone will go to help hide/rescue someone else- seems like it would make for very good, timely discussion
  • Rees, Laurence
The Holocaust: A New History, by Laurence Rees (shortlisted for the JQ Wingate Prize)

Movies and Music

Movies and music with themes of Contemporary Israel, Jewish Americans, anti-semitism, trusting neighbors, Holocaust, bullies, family stories, self-defense/bullies.


  • CD Jewish
'Putumayo: A Jewish Celebration'
'Jewish Music of the Dance'


  • DVD Big
Big Fish- family stories; main character is trying to get to the truth
  • DVD Everything
Everything is Illuminated
  • DVD Zookeeper's
The Zookeeper's Wife
  • DVD Schindler's
Schindler's List
  • DVD Munich
  • DVD Karate
Karate Kid- kid learns self-defense to fight a bully
  • DVD Wedding
The Wedding Plan
  • DVD Sarah's
Sarah's Key
  • DVD Birdman
'Birdman (the main character is starting in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver's short story, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love")'
  • Band's
The Band's Visit- Film Movement'
  • DVD Campfire
'Campfire- Film Movement- ("A beautiful little story about growing up, finding love, and letting go of past losses. Effortlessly and almost invisibly entwined within the context of Israeli settlements and youth group movements")'

Books for Teens

TEEN READ SELECTION: [insert various teen titles here]



  • YA Arnold, David
When she learns that her mother is sick in Ohio, Mim confronts her demons on a thousand-mile odyssey from Mississippi that redefines her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane
  • YA Hesse
Girl in the Blue Coat, by Monica Hesse
  • YA Lanagan
The Brides of Rollrock Island, by Margo Lanagan
  • YA Nye
Habibi, by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • J McKay
Enemy Territory, by Sharon McKay


  • Tasting the Sky and Balcony on the Moon, two memoirs by Ibtisam Barakat
  • War in the Middle East : a reporter's story: Black September and the Yom Kippur War, by Wilborn Hampton

Books for Youth

CHILDREN'S SELECTION: [Insert children's titles here]

  • JP 306.85 Hoffman, Mary
This treasury of stories features diverse families and how they live together.


  • Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank
  • Oscar and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon (Picture Book)
  • The Safest Lie by Angela Cerrito
  • The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren (Picture Book)
  • Brundibar by Tony Kushner
  • Hidden by Loic Dauvillier (Graphic Novel)
  • Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch (Graphic Novel)
  • Flying Lessons and Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh
  • The Goat by Anne Fleming
  • Benno and the Night of Broken Glass by Meg Wiviott
  • Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam by Fawzia Gilani-Williams


  • The Grand Mosque of Paris: a Story of How Muslims Saved Jews During the Holocaust by Karen Gray Ruelle