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discuss [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?englander+anne+frank '''What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank'''] by [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?englander+nathan '''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.  
 
discuss [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?englander+anne+frank '''What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank'''] by [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?englander+nathan '''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 [http://www.jmrl.org/samepage the NEA Big Read at JMRL].
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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 [http://www.jmrl.org/samepage JMRL's Same Page].
  
 
==About the Author==  
 
==About the Author==  
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?dinner+at+the+centre '''Dinner at the Center of the Earth''']
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?dinner+at+the+centre '''Dinner at the Center of the Earth''']
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X? '''Silver Sparrow''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?anne+frank+englander '''What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank''']
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?+untelling '''The Untelling''']
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==Related Reading - Fiction==
 
  
*F Hepworth, Sally
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==Related Reading - Fiction==
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?mother's+promise+hepworth '''THE MOTHER'S PROMISE''']
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:A single mother dying of cancer requests the help of her nurse and a social worker to protect her teen daughter, who is battling her own inner demons.
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This list of adult fiction related reading includes short story Masters, Jewish-American Themes, Israel Themes and trusting neighbors.
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This list of adult fiction related reading includes short story masters, and themes of Jewish-American, Israel and trusting neighbors.
  
*What We Talk about when We Talk about Love by Raymond Carver
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*F Carver, Raymond
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?what+we+talk+about+love+carver '''What We Talk about when We Talk about Love: Stories'''] by Raymond Carver
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: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.
 
*Hope : a Tragedy by Shalom Auslander
 
*Hope : a Tragedy by Shalom Auslander
 
*To the End of the Land by David Grossman
 
*To the End of the Land by David Grossman
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?MOM+and+ME+and+MOM '''MOM & ME & MOM''']  
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?MOM+and+ME+and+MOM '''MOM & ME & MOM''']  
 
:This focus on the larger-than-life mother of Maya Angelou, and the relationship they shared, highlights the complicated relationship between mother and daughter.
 
:This focus on the larger-than-life mother of Maya Angelou, and the relationship they shared, highlights the complicated relationship between mother and daughter.
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
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*The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren F. Winner
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*Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren F. Winner
Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir by Amy Kurzweil
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*Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir by Amy Kurzweil
How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden
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*How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden
Memoirs by Deborah Feldman: Unorthodox and Exodus
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*Memoirs by Deborah Feldman: Unorthodox and Exodus
Footnotes in Gaza - Sacco
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*Footnotes in Gaza - Sacco
Kingdom of olives and ash : writers confront the occupation
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*Kingdom of olives and ash : writers confront the occupation
The community table : recipes and stories from the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and beyond / JCC Manhattan  
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*The community table : recipes and stories from the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and beyond / JCC Manhattan  
 
Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi
 
Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi
King Solomon's table : a culinary exploration of Jewish cooking from around the world / Joan Nathan
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*King Solomon's table : a culinary exploration of Jewish cooking from around the world / Joan Nathan
Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival During the Holocaust - Evgeny Finkel  
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*Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival During the Holocaust - Evgeny Finkel  
The Book of Separation by Tova Mirvis  
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*The Book of Separation by Tova Mirvis  
Jewish Comedy: A Serious History  
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*Jewish Comedy: A Serious History  
Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil, by Yvette Manessis Corporon  
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*Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil, by Yvette Manessis Corporon  
The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love With Faith, by Judy Gruen (counterposes with  memoirs like Deborah Feldman’s “Unorthodox”)  
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*The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love With Faith, by Judy Gruen (counterposes with  memoirs like Deborah Feldman’s “Unorthodox”)  
Maybe Esther / Katja Petrowskaja - (o/o 1/2018) - 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.   
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*Maybe Esther / Katja Petrowskaja - (o/o 1/2018) - 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.   
Hell's Traces: One Murder, Two Families, Thirty-five Holocaust Memorials, by Victor Ripp - in addition to Holocaust remembrance, this one is interesting b/c it talks about how public memorials/monuments can be made political - relation to local statue talks?  (o/o 12/2017)
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*Hell's Traces: One Murder, Two Families, Thirty-five Holocaust Memorials, by Victor Ripp - in addition to Holocaust remembrance, this one is interesting b/c it talks about how public memorials/monuments can be made political - relation to local statue talks?  (o/o 12/2017)
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
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*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
The Holocaust: a New History, by Laurence Rees (shortlisted for the JQ Wingate Prize)
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*The Holocaust: a New History, by Laurence Rees (shortlisted for the JQ Wingate Prize)
  
  
 
==Movies and Music==
 
==Movies and Music==
  
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Movies and music with themes of Contemporary Israel, Jewish Americans, anti-semitism, trusting neighbors, Holocaust, bullies, family stories, self-defense/bullies.
  
*Barber Shop
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===Music===
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*Putumayo A Jewish Celebration
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*Jewish Music of the Dance
  
*Beauty Shop
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===Movies===
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*Big Fish - family stories; main character is trying to get to the truth
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*Everything is Illuminated
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*Zookeeper’s Wife
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*Everything Must Go - based on a different Raymond Carver story than the title story pays homage to, but potentially similar in feel and theme?
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*Schindler’s List
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*Munich
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*Miracle at Midnight* - Danes (Sam Waterston, Mia Farrow) help Jewish neighbors escape Nazis.
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*Anne Frank* - 2001 biopic with Ben Kingsley, 240 min utes
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*Karate Kid - kid learns self-defense to fight a bully
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*The Wedding Plan
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*Unsettled Land - have no idea if this is a good movie or not, but it’s certainly topical - also it’s not purchase-able on DVD, so it would have to be a stream from Amazon
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*Lemon Tree - this has so many ties to that one story - just one, i.e., CUTTING DOWN TREES!  Note it’s in Hebrew
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*The Other Son - “the moving and provocative tale of two young men -- one Israeli, the other Palestinian -- who discover they were accidentally switched at birth, and the complex repercussions facing them and their respective families.” - note this one’s in French
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*Sarah’s Key
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*Birdman (the main character is starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver's short story "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.")
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*The Band’s Visit - Film Movement
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*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.”
  
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?good+hair+DVD+rock '''Good Hair (2009)''']
 
  
  
 
==Books for Teens==
 
==Books for Teens==
  
'''''TEEN READ SELECTION:''''' [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?make+lemonade '''MAKE LEMONADE'''] by Virginia Euwer Wolff
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'''''TEEN READ SELECTION:''''' [insert various teen titles here]
  
 
'''''RELATED READS:'''''
 
'''''RELATED READS:'''''
  
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===Fiction===
 
*YA Arnold, David
 
*YA Arnold, David
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?mosquitoland'''MOSQUITOLAND''']  
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?mosquitoland'''MOSQUITOLAND''']  
 
: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
 
: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 Booth, Coe
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?kendra '''KENDRA''' ]
 
:High schooler Kendra longs to live with her mother who, unprepared for motherhood at age fourteen, left Kendra in the care of her grandmother.
 
  
*YA Bowers, Laura
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*Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?beauty+shop+for+rent '''BEAUTY SHOP FOR RENT: FULLY EQUIPPED, INQUIRE WITHIN''' ]
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*The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan
:Raised by a great-grandmother and a bunch of beauty shop buddies, fourteen-year-old Abbey resolves to overcome her unhappy childhood and disillusionment with the mother who deserted her.
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*Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye
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*Enemy Territory by Sharon McKay
  
*YA Draper, Sharon
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===Nonfiction===
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?forged+by+fire '''FORGED BY FIRE''' ]
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:Teenage Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved.
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*YA Flake, Sharon
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*Tasting the Sky and Balcony on the Moon, two memoirs by Ibtisam Barakat
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?skin+i'm+in'''THE SKIN I’M IN''' ]
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*War in the Middle East : a reporter's story: Black September and the Yom Kippur War, by Wilborn Hampton
:Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about to love who she is and what she looks like.
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*YA Flying
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?flying+lessons+and+other+stories ''' FLYING LESSONS AND OTHER STORIES ed. By Ellen Oh''']
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:From basketball dreams and family fiascos to first crushes and new neighborhoods, this anthology, written by award-winning children's authors, celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.
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*YA Hunt, Lynda Mullaly
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?one+for+the+murphys '''ONE FOR THE MURPHYS''' ]
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:After heartbreaking betrayal, Carley is sent to live with a foster family and struggles with opening herself up to their love
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*YA Kadohata, Cynthia
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?outside+beauty'''OUTSIDE BEAUTY''']
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:Thirteen-year-old Shelby and her three sisters must go to live with their respective fathers while their mother, who has trained them to rely on their looks, recovers from a car accident that scarred her face.
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*YA Knowles, Johanna
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?PEARL+knowles '''PEARL''' ]
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:After fifteen-year-old Bean's beloved grandfather Gus dies, she discovers uncomfortable secrets about him, her mother, and the father she has never known.
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*YA Madonia, Kristen-Page
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?fingerprints+of+you '''FINGERPRINTS OF YOU''']
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:After spending her life moving from place to place with her single mother, pregnant seventeen-year-old Lemon takes a bus to San Francisco to seek the father she never knew, as well as truths about her mother and herself.
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*YA McDonald, Janet
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?OFF-COLOR'''OFF-COLOR''' ]
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:Fifteen-year-old Cameron living with her single mother in Brooklyn finds her search for identity further challenged when she discovers that she is the product of a biracial relationship
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*YA Nelson, Jandy
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?i'll+give+you+the+sun '''I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN''' ]
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:Inseparable twins Noah and Jude are torn apart by jealousy and family tragedy. Their story is told in alternating chapters, with Noah’s story when the twins are thirteen and Jude’s chapters at sixteen.
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*YA Oates, Joyce Carol
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?freaky+green+eyes '''FREAKY GREEN EYES''' ]
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:Fifteen-year-old Frankie relates the events of the year leading up to her mother's mysterious disappearance and her own struggle to discover and accept the truth about her parents' relationship.
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*YA Sharenow, Rob
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?my+mother+the+cheerleader'''MY MOTHER THE CHEERLEADER''' ]
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:Thirteen-year-old Louise uncovers secrets about her family and her neighborhood during the violent protests over school desegregation in 1960 New Orleans.
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*YA Smith, Sherri L.
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?FLYGIRL'''FLYGIRL''' ]
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:Ida Mae, an eighteen-year-old light-skinned African American, passes herself off as a white woman and has to hide her pilot father’s identity in order to be allowed to fly as a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II.
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*YA Sonnenblick, Jordan
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?falling+over+sideways '''FALLING OVER SIDEWAYS''' ]
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:Harassed at her middle school, not taken seriously at home, and with a "perfect" older brother, Matthew, to live up to, thirteen-year-old Claire has always felt like her life was cursed--then one morning, when she and her beloved father are talking at breakfast, her father suddenly falls over with a stroke, and suddenly everything changes.
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*YA Sutton, Kelsey
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?lonely+ones'''THE LONELY ONES''' ]
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:The stress of her father's job loss causes Fain to feel invisible at home and in her new school, but she escapes with the monsters of her imagination until a family crisis and a human friend cause her to reconsider.
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*YA Woodson, Jacqueline
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?after+tupac+&+d+foster '''AFTER TUPAC & D FOSTER''' ]
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:In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.
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*YA Zarr, Sara
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?how+to+save+a+life '''HOW TO SAVE A LIFE''' ]
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:Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill's mother agrees to adopt Mandy's unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.
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==Books for Youth==
 
==Books for Youth==
  
LITTLE READ SELECTION:  [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?gone+crazy+in+alabama '''GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA'''] by Rita Williams Garcia
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CHILDREN'S SELECTION:  [Insert children's titles here]
:Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.
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*JP 306.85 Hoffman, Mary
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:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?great+big+book+of+kindness'''THE GREAT BIG BOOK OF KINDNESS''']
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:This treasury of stories features diverse families and how they live together.
  
'''''Chapter Books'''''
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===Fiction===
  
*J DiCamillo, Kate
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*Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?RAYMIE+nightingale '''RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE''']
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*Oscar and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon (Picture Book)
:Raymie enters a beauty pageant hoping to win her father’s affection and bring him home and is drawn into unlikely friendships with her competition.
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*The Safest Lie by Angela Cerrito
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*The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren (Picture Book)
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*Brundibar by Tony Kushner
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*Hidden by Loic Dauvillier (Graphic Novel)
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*Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch (Graphic Novel)
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*Flying Lessons and Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh
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*The Goat by Anne Fleming
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*Benno and the Night of Broken Glass by Meg Wiviott
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*Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam by Fawzia Gilani-Williams
  
*J Frazier, Sundee Tucker
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===Nonfiction===
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?the+other+half+of+my+heart '''THE OTHER HALF OF MY HEART''']
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*The Grand Mosque of Paris: a Story of How Muslims Saved Jews During the Holocaust by Karen Gray Ruelle
:When Minerva and Keira King were born, they made headlines: Keira is black like Mama, but Minni is white like Daddy. Together the family might look like part of a chessboard row, but they are first and foremost the close-knit Kings. Then Grandmother Johnson calls, to invite the twins down South to compete for the title of Miss Black Pearl Preteen of America.  Minni dreads the spotlight, but Keira assures her that together they'll get through their stay with Grandmother Johnson. But when their grandmother's bias against Keira reveals itself, Keira pulls away from her twin. Minni has always believed that no matter how different she and Keira are, they share a deep bond of the heart. Now she'll find out whether that’s really true.
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*J Greenwald, Lisa
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?my+life+in+pink+and+green '''MY LIFE IN PINK AND GREEN''']
 
:When the family's drugstore is failing, seventh-grader Lucy uses her problem-solving talents to come up with solution that might resuscitate the business, along with helping the environment.
 
  
*J Kelly, Erin Entrada
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?land+of+forgotten+girls '''THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN GIRLS''']
 
:Abandoned by their father and living in poverty with their heartless stepmother in Louisiana, two sisters from the Philippines, twelve-year-old Sol and six-year-old Ming, learn the true meaning of family.
 
  
*J Kline, Lisa Williams
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?winter's+tide '''WINTER’S TIDE ''']
 
:Building a family is hard, especially with stepsisters who are complete opposites. During the bleak and dreary days of winter, Diana continues to be bullied at school, Stephanie continues hiding a painful secret, and both their lives are shaken by two tragic accidents.
 
  
*J Leal, Ann Haywood
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?finders-keepers+place '''A FINDERS-KEEPERS PLACE''']
 
:As their mother’s manic-depression worsens, sisters Esther and Ruth search for their father, a preacher who left them seven years earlier in 1966.
 
  
*J Paulsen, Gary
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?liar+liar+the+theory '''LIAR, LIAR: THE THEORY, PRACTICE, AND DESTRUCTIVE PROPERTIES OF DECEPTION''']
 
:Fourteen-year-old Kevin is very good at lying and doing so makes life easier, but when he finds himself in big trouble with his friends, family, and teachers, he must find a way to end his lies forever.
 
 
*J Pearsall, Shelley
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?all+of+the+above'''ALL OF THE ABOVE''']
 
:Five urban middle school students, their teacher, and other community members relate how a school project to build the world's largest tetrahedron affects the lives of everyone involved.
 
 
*J Standiford, Natalie
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?secret+tree '''THE SECRET TREE''']
 
:After Minty discovers a secret tree with a hollow trunk that holds the secrets of everyone in the neighborhood, Raymond, a new boy drawn to the tree and Minty start watching their neighbors.
 
 
*J Stead, Rebecca
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?when+you+reach+me '''WHEN YOU REACH ME''']
 
:In 1979, as her mother prepares to be a contestant on a television game show, Miranda tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
 
 
 
'''''Picture Books Featuring Family'''''
 
 
 
*JP Adoff, Arnold
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?black+is+brown+is+tan'''BLACK IS BROWN IS TAN''']
 
:Describes and celebrates the life of a multiracial family.
 
 
*JP Coffelt, Nancy
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?fred+stays+with+me'''FRED STAYS WITH ME''']
 
:A little girl with divorced parents describes how her dog, Fred, stays with her no matter what.
 
 
*JP Hughes, Shirley
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?annie+rose+is+my+little+sister'''ANNIE ROSE IS MY LITTLE SISTER''']
 
:Alfie describes the things that he and his little sister do together.
 
 
*JP Newman
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?heather+has+two+mommies'''HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES''']
 
:In this classic tale, Heather feels bad that she has two mommies and no daddy when she goes to playgroup, but grows to realize there are all kinds of families.
 
 
*JP Pak, Soyung
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?dear+juno'''DEAR JUNO''']
 
:A boy receives a letter from his grandmother in Seoul, South Korea
 
 
*JP Parr, Todd
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?family+book+parr'''The Family Book''']
 
:Represents a variety of families, some big and some small, some with only one parent and some with two moms or dads, some quiet and some noisy, but all alike in some ways and special no matter what.
 
 
*JP Piven, Hanoch
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?my+dog+is+as+smelly'''MY DOG IS AS SMELLY AS DIRTY SOCKS: AND OTHER FUNNY FAMILY PORTRAITS''']
 
:Using objects and unique designs to draw the characteristics of her family, a young girl draws her family in a way that is special just to her, including a horn for the mouth of her baby brother and a can of fish attached to her beloved, but stinky, pooch.
 
 
*JP Richardson, Justin & Peter Parnell
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?and+tango+makes+three'''AND TANGO MAKES THREE''']
 
:Two male chinstrap penguins fall in love and raise a baby penguin named Tango together.
 
 
*JP Tarpley, Natasha
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bippity+bop+barbershop'''BIPPITY BOP BARBERSHOP''']
 
:A story celebrating an African-American boy’s first trip to the barber shop.
 
 
*JP Williams, Vera
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?chair+for+my+mother'''A CHAIR FOR MY MOTHER''']
 
:The family saves up spare change to buy a new chair for Mother when their home and furniture are destroyed by a fire.
 
 
*JP Woodson, Jacqueline
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?each+kindness'''EACH KINDNESS''']
 
:When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong by making fun of new student Maya's shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.
 
 
*JP 306.85 Hoffman, Mary
 
:[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?great+big+book+of+kindness'''THE GREAT BIG BOOK OF KINDNESS''']
 
:This treasury of stories features diverse families and how they live together.
 
  
  

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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.

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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.
  • Hope : a Tragedy by Shalom Auslander
  • To the End of the Land by David Grossman
  • Five Carat Soul by James McBride
  • Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides (new short stories)
  • The Mountain by Paul Yoon (new short stories)
  • Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • The Property, by Rutu Modan (graphic novel)
  • Eternal Life by Dara Horn
Amother 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”.
  • Three Floors Up by Eshkol Nevo
Reviewed in NYT, indicates many similar themes (parenthood, neighbors, humor & cutting commentary together), in a modern Israeli context
  • 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
MOM & ME & MOM
This focus on the larger-than-life mother of Maya Angelou, and the relationship they shared, highlights the complicated relationship between mother and daughter.
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren F. Winner
  • Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir by Amy Kurzweil
  • How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden
  • Memoirs by Deborah Feldman: Unorthodox and Exodus
  • Footnotes in Gaza - Sacco
  • Kingdom of olives and ash : writers confront the occupation
  • The community table : recipes and stories from the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and beyond / JCC Manhattan

Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi

  • King Solomon's table : a culinary exploration of Jewish cooking from around the world / Joan Nathan
  • Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival During the Holocaust - Evgeny Finkel
  • The Book of Separation by Tova Mirvis
  • Jewish Comedy: A Serious History
  • Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil, by Yvette Manessis Corporon
  • The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love With Faith, by Judy Gruen (counterposes with memoirs like Deborah Feldman’s “Unorthodox”)
  • Maybe Esther / Katja Petrowskaja - (o/o 1/2018) - 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.
  • Hell's Traces: One Murder, Two Families, Thirty-five Holocaust Memorials, by Victor Ripp - in addition to Holocaust remembrance, this one is interesting b/c it talks about how public memorials/monuments can be made political - relation to local statue talks? (o/o 12/2017)
  • 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
  • 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.

Music

  • Putumayo A Jewish Celebration
  • Jewish Music of the Dance

Movies

  • Big Fish - family stories; main character is trying to get to the truth
  • Everything is Illuminated
  • Zookeeper’s Wife
  • Everything Must Go - based on a different Raymond Carver story than the title story pays homage to, but potentially similar in feel and theme?
  • Schindler’s List
  • Munich
  • Miracle at Midnight* - Danes (Sam Waterston, Mia Farrow) help Jewish neighbors escape Nazis.
  • Anne Frank* - 2001 biopic with Ben Kingsley, 240 min utes
  • Karate Kid - kid learns self-defense to fight a bully
  • The Wedding Plan
  • Unsettled Land - have no idea if this is a good movie or not, but it’s certainly topical - also it’s not purchase-able on DVD, so it would have to be a stream from Amazon
  • Lemon Tree - this has so many ties to that one story - just one, i.e., CUTTING DOWN TREES! Note it’s in Hebrew
  • The Other Son - “the moving and provocative tale of two young men -- one Israeli, the other Palestinian -- who discover they were accidentally switched at birth, and the complex repercussions facing them and their respective families.” - note this one’s in French
  • Sarah’s Key
  • Birdman (the main character is starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver's short story "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.")
  • The Band’s Visit - Film Movement
  • 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]

RELATED READS:

Fiction

  • YA Arnold, David
MOSQUITOLAND
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


  • Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
  • The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan
  • Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Enemy Territory by Sharon McKay

Nonfiction

  • 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
THE GREAT BIG BOOK OF KINDNESS
This treasury of stories features diverse families and how they live together.


Fiction

  • 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

Nonfiction

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