American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, Douglas Brinkley

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Acclaimed American historian Brinkley returns with the inspiring story which began with Kennedy's bold promise in 1961 to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. By 1969, the United States and the rest of the world were glued to their television sets as the promise was kept. This meticulously researched book is expertly paced and eminently readable. Sometimes it is nice to escape to the past, a more hopeful time.

 

David recommends:
Millennial Kosher: Recipes Reinvented for the Modern Palate, Chanie Apfelbaum

Apfelbaum is the author of the popular blog Busy in Brooklyn. This is her debut cookbook, in which she reinvents traditional foods with a modern twist. There is a Meatless Meals section offering dairy-free and vegetarian options. In addition to the great recipes and beautiful photographs, there are introductory sections on Tools & Equipment, Ingredients, and special Notes & Tips. This book would make a great gift.

 

David's daughter Abigail recommends:
Bubbe's Belated Bat Mitzvah, Isabel Pinson; illustrated by Valeria Cis

Bubbe is 95 years young and she enjoys crocheting kippot with her granddaughter. Bat mitzvahs weren't a thing when she was a child but her family inspires their beloved Bubbe to follow her dream. It is based on a true story of the author's mother who became a Bat Mitzvah at age 95. The pictures tell the story as well as the text does. This book gave me a warm feeling; it showed that families are supportive and that it is never too late to follow your dreams.

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