Summer Reading List 2015
At Home in Exile – Alan Wolfe
The author, a professor of political science at Boston College, argues that the diaspora community is integral to Jewish life, and plays as important a role in the world wide Jewish community as the State of Israel. (269)
My Struggle vol 2 – Karl Ove Knausgaard
The second book in the multivolume autobiographical novel by the Norwegian author. Freud’s impulse to look inward motivates Knausgaard’s astonishing work. By following the author in his soul directed journey, the reader also reaches a place of deeper understanding and wisdom. (573)
Bringing Up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel
Volume 2 of the author’s Wolf Hall series follows the fate of the narrative’s protagonist, Thomas Cromwell. A progressive, but at the same time a cunning and ruthless player of the political game (the real game of thrones) Cromwell stands as a powerful literally creation who reflects many of the our modern struggles. (432)
The Art of Dancing in the Rain – Garth Stein
This year’s beach read. Because every once in a while it is good to see the world from a dog’s perspective. It truly is a dog’s life.
Capital in the 21st Century – Thomas Piketty
The French economist produces a stunning survey of the history of wealth and inheritance over the last 500 years. In so doing, he argues that the market economy may increase, not decrease the wealth gap. An important book for our time, when that gap grows larger by the day. (long and technical!)
H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald
The beautifully written book is a moving mediation on life, loss, love, the natural world, and the art of falconry. If you choose one book from this list, this is the one to choose!
Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare
In a year when anti-semitism is on the rise it makes sense to look back to Shakespeare’s great play with the central Jewish character Shylock. The speech that begins “I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes…” is one of the greatest in all of the Bard’s cannon.