Staff Book Recommendations

April 8, 2020
Becky Friedman

The Katz Center staff reading list for the #wfh era.

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The Katz Center staff has been working from home for several weeks now, translating seminars into virtual meetings for fellows, planning for next year's cohort and public programs, and doing our best to nurture Judaic studies scholarship, all while social distancing.

But since we know our fellows and followers may be exploring literarily with their extra time at home, we put together a list of reading recommendations. Each staff member picked a favorite book—many quite fitting for the current moment—and has suggested that you read it. 

Have a look, find something new, and enjoy while you work from home, and read, and write, and socialize there too.


Anne Albert 

It Could Always Be Worse by Margot Zemach

It Could Always Be Worsebook cover


Bonnie Blankenship

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien

Lord of the Rings book cover


Sam Cardillo

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Brothers Karamazov book cover


Dajana Denes Walters

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant book cover


Natalie Dohrmann

Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe

Journal of the Plague Year book cover


Becky Friedman

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula book cover


Etty Lassman

Limassol by Yishai Sarid

Limassol book cover


Brian Lipscomb

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

The Dark Tower book cover


Carrie Love

The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien

The Country Girls book cover


Karen Schnitker

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Beloved book cover


Steve Weitzman

Yale's Jewish Lives series on biblical and ancient rabbinic figures, particularly David: The Divided Heart by David Wolpe, Jacob: Unexpected Patriarch by Yair Zakovitch, and Moses: A Human Life by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

King David book cover


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