Tracy Safron Suggests....

Are you looking for a good book?  Look no further.  Tracy Safron, reader extraordinaire and congregant member, has created a list of books from our library that she recommends.  

Click on the book below to find the complete review so that you can find a book that suits your taste.

 The World That We Knew 

by Alice Hoffman

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Alice Hoffman’s new novel, The World That We Knew, is possibly her best work. The story begins in 1941 Berlin. Hanni Kohn’s husband has recently been murdered in a riot outside of the hospital where he worked. Hanni is realistic about her future. She knows she must save the life of her twelve-year-old daughter Lea and she seeks the best way to secure Lea’s future. Hanni’s prayers are answered by Ettie, a rabbi’s disgruntled seventeen-year-old daughter. Ettie longs to prove her worth in the male orthodox world. Ettie once secretly observed her father making a golem and she is able to craft Ava, a female golem, from clay. Ava appears to be a woman, but she has no heart and possesses supernatural skills.  She is created solely to replace Hanni in Lea’s life and ensure her safety. Hanni pays Ettie with her remaining jewels and train tickets that allow Ettie and her sister to flee Berlin. Hanni sends Lea and Ava to the home of distant cousins in Paris. As the years progress Lea finds love and Ava becomes more woman than a golem. Ava continuously protects Lea from harm. Ettie joins the resistance movement, fulfilling her desire to do the same important work as a man.

Hoffman’s plot is constantly in motion between many intriguing settings. The story moves among inspiring characters and surprising connections.  The World That We Knew is Hoffman’s amazing creation and a book that should not be missed.



Husbands and Other Sharp Objects by Marilyn Simon Rothstein
My Mother's Son by David Hirshberg
Memento Park by Mark Sarvas
Three Floors Up by Eshkkol Nevo 
Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin
The Trust by Ronald H Balson 
The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor
The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers
Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky.
The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
Nine Folds Makes a Paper Swan by Ruth Gilligan
Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt
The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman
Karolina's Twin by Ronald H. Balson
Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
In the Land of Armadillos by Helen Maryles Shankman 
The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb
The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman 
The Jazz Palace by Mary Morris
The Last Flight of Poxl West by Daniel Torday
The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
Luminous Heart of Jonah S by Gina B. Nahai
Henna House by Nomi Eve
The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff
Invisible City by Julia Dahl
You should have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz
One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper
Visible City by Tova Mirvis
The Sister's Weiss by Naomi Ragen
The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
The Imposter Bride by Nancy Zig
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wacker
Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller
Margo by Jillian Cantor
Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt
Fugitive Colors by Lisa Barr
Being Esther by Miriam Karmel
The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg





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