Jewish American Literature

A Guide to Reading Interests

by Rosalind Reisner


This groundbreaking work, the first readers' advisory guide to Jewish American literature, guides you in finding fiction and nonfiction books that match specific reading interests. More than 700 titles are categorized and described.

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October 2004

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 360
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Reference and Information Services and Tools/Readers' Advisory and Leisure Reading
  Reference and Information Services and Tools/Arts and Humanities Literature Reference Tools

Jewish American literature covers a broad range of genres and literary works. Some of the United States' most compelling literature centers on the American Jewish experience; some of the most acclaimed authors write from the heart of their experience as Jewish Americans. This ground-breaking work is intended to guide readers and those who advise readers in selecting fiction and nonfiction books that match specific reading interests. It is the first readers' advisory guide to Jewish American literature. Like other titles in the Genreflecting Advisory Series, the book organizes titles by genre—mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, stories of romance, and literary fiction. In addition, there are chapters on holocaust literature and on biography/autobiography. More than 700 titles are categorized and described. Each chapter is further organized by subgenre and theme. Award-winning titles are noted, as are books that appeal to young adult readers and titles appropriate for book clubs and reading discussions. In addition, the author presents guidelines for building and maintaining a collection of Jewish literature, tips for advising readers, and lists of further resources for exploring the genre; making this a thorough and practical resource. Young adult and adult - Grades 9 and up.

Series Description

Genreflecting Advisory Series

Significantly expanded and updated, the titles in this highly acclaimed series are designed to help you quickly locate the kind of fiction your library patrons are looking for. Each title includes the latest reads and reading trends within a genre and identifies subgenres, similar titles, read-alikes, and relevant online resources. Annotations describe and evaluate the best, the most popular, and the most representative books in a genre, noting special features of the works and referencing or comparing them to related publications. Brief historical overviews, award information, section tabs for quick reference, and practical guidelines for advising readers are just some of the features you will find in these useful guides. Designed for easy access, these books are compact enough to be carried into the stacks and simple enough to be used by general readers. Essential for readers' advisory and ready-reference, they are also excellent tools for acquisitions and collection development.
Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionBuilding and Maintaining a Collection of Jewish American LiteratureMysteries and ThrillersHistorical FictionScience Fiction and FantasyStories of Love and RomanceLiterary FictionHolocaust Literature: Memoir and FictionBiography and AutobiographyReaders Advisory ResourcesAuthor/Title IndexSubject Index



Reisner's guide--informative, true to its intended scope, and well indexed--is not only a useful tool for inquiring minds but will make its way as a list-lover's favorite. A brief, well-written introduction explains the book's organization, and entries are concisely annotated....Recommended. All library collections, teachers, and book selectors.—Choice

"The latest entry in the Genreflecting Advisory Series is this superb bibliography of Jewish American fiction.... Reisner thoroughly examines Jewish literary fiction, using the series' subcategories of character, story, setting, and language to distinguish major works; she also identifies a canon of major literary and classic authors.... The breadth and depth of Reisner's knowledge are exceptional.... This timely, well-researched, well-indexed volume is necessary for all public libraries."—Library Journal, Starred Review

This work has already been awarded the 2005 Judaica Reference and Bibliography Awards prize from the Research and Special Libraries Division of the Association of Jewish Libraries and one can do no better than quote their accolade for the book. This book aids collection development and reader advisory services ranging from public, synagogue, community centre, and school libraries to academic and research institutions.—Reference Reviews

At last, a perfect readers' advisory for Jewish American literature! This compendium will be a godsend to librarians, booksellers, and the reading public....[Reisner] has provided us with a treasure trove of worthwhile information in an attractive and accessible format.—Jewish Book World


2004 R&S Reference Book Award by the Association of Jewish Libraries

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