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Three Floors Up: A Novel, Eshkol Nevo

Do we really know what goes on behind closed doors? Of course not, but do we really know what goes on in our own home? Nevo’s characters come alive immediately. He knows how to tell a story and quickly grab the reader. “What I’m trying to tell you is that underneath the surprise, there was something else that Ayelet and I didn’t dare talk about, that in the back of our minds we knew--okay, I knew--that it could happen." With a first sentence such as this, you have to keep reading! Parenthood is a sacred value in Israel; to examine it as Nevo does is almost taboo. The author also explores sexual tension and the demands of motherhood in a society/country such as Israel, where there is a siege mentality underlying the normal joys and frustrations of parenthood. Arnon is so driven to protect his family, does he imagine that his daughter has been molested by a trusted neighbor or is it his own violent desires at play here? Above Arnon, on the second floor, lives Hani. Her neighbors refer to her as “the widow" because her husband isn’t around much. She has two young children, loves and cares for them, but motherhood is strangling her. Then her estranged brother-in-law arrives at her door and needs a place to hide from creditors and the police. I told you that you have to keep reading. This would make a good beach book, if you’re so lucky. Keep it in mind for a book club suggestion.

 

David recommends:
Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel, Jordan B. Gorfinkel and Erez Zadok

This unique graphic novel integrates a brand-new translation directly into the art on each page. The complete Seder text is presented in English, Hebrew and transliteration alongside instructional cartoons depicting all of the rituals. This new haggadah is sure to breathe new life into your Passover Seder!

 

Estelle recommends:
The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for The World's Most Adventurous Kid, Dylan Thuras and Rosemary Mosco; illustrated by Joy Ang

This book is by the same team who wrote The New York Times bestseller Atlas Obscura. This oversized hardcover book is aimed at youngsters aged 9 and up. It takes you to 100 extraordinary places to visit in 47 countries and covers all of the continents. These fascinating wonders are both natural and man-made. Some are in known countries like Italy, Spain, and Russia while others are in lesser-known countries such as Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. At the very beginning of the book there is a letter to the adventurer, followed by a two-page list of items for the young explorers to pack and a two-page Adventure Plan listing all of the places. At the end of the book there is an excellent index outlining alternate adventure plans and questions to ask while travelling. This book is also visually appealing with bright colours and imaginative illustrations by Joy Ang that youngsters can relate to. Readers will find the book stimulating, imaginative, and above all, fun. I highly recommend it for the curious and adventurous.

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