A Brief Reading List for Background on The Jewish Question
A History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time, Howard M Sacher, Updated Edition 2007, 1270 pages: Considered the definitive work on modern Israel.
It's Easier to Reach Heaven Than the End of the Street, Emma Williams: 2010 memoir - an invaluable book for anyone wishing to understand the tensions in the region; particularly notable for the author's ability to boil down the situation's complexities into easily understandable and relatable prose.
A Tale of Love and Darkness, Amos Oz: A stunning 2004 memoir about the author's childhood in Israel with the back story of his parents and how they came from Europe as part of the Zionist movement.
Gentleman's Agreement, Laura Hobson: 1947 bestseller concerning the social and economic aspects of anti-Semitism in American life.
The Adventures of Augie March, Saul Bellow: His 1953 breakthrough novel is a quest for identity by a fatherless Jewish/American young man in Depression Chicago.
Exodus, Leon Uris: 1958 bestseller covers European anti-Semitism, the Jewish exodus to Palestine in the 19th and 20th centuries and the founding of modern Israel.
The Hope, Herman Wouk: 1993 novel relates the three Israeli-Arab wars between 1948 and 1967 including historical figures and fictional characters.
The Romance Reader, Pearl Abraham: 1995 novel about a young Jewish woman seeking to live outside her orthodox Hasidic upbringing.
The Yiddish Policeman's Union, Michael Chabon: 2007 alternative history/ murder mystery set in a temporary Jewish homeland in Alaska, includes Jewish identity issues and humor as well as the weight of family.
36 Arguments For the Existence of God, Rebecca Goldstein: 2010 novel explores philosophy, religion and traditional Jewish life in modern times.
To the End of the Land, David Grossman: 2010 anti-war novel in which a mother suffers through a war that has no end while her son reenlists in the Israeli army and brings us up to the present in this conflict.
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