What are the best books by Jewish authors?

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    #1Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.

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    Janice James
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The classic book that everyone should read. So well written, such an informative look at the Holocaust. They say that a large percentage of millennials don't know what happened in the Holocaust. They should make this book required reading in all schools! Read it!"
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    Night is the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. Night shows the worst side of humanity during World War II, when familial relationships blurred because of hunger, pain, and fear inside concentration camps.

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    Justin Hayes
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Night is a powerful book and one of the best books by a Jewish author. It is humbling, horrifying, and honest. Night is a must read for anyone wanting to know what the Holocaust was like for the Jewish people."
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    #3The Complete Stories

    The Complete Stories

    With the exception of his three novels The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika, The Complete Stories includes all of Franz Kafka's literary work, even those published posthumously.


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    Michael Sandoval
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "These stories are essential for anyone who wants to understand contemporary literature and culture. Franz Kafka's sense of alienation, anxiety and obsession with self has seeped out of Metamorphosis, The Burrow, and Inside the Penal Colony to dominate and often contort the literary consciouness of the modern world. Mocking the reader with the familiarity of the grotesque, many of these stories are almost comical, until the horror sinks in. Perhaps the challenge of Kafka's vision is whether it leaves his readers muttering and turning in circles like his characters, so overwhelmed that they cannot escape. "
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    #4Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are
    Where the Wild Things Are is one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's picture books of all time, written by American author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

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    Justin Woods
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Does anything really need to be said about this epic classic? It's been a book, a movie, and probably even a poem and a sonnet. Our great great grandchildren will still be telling Maurice Sendak's classic tale centuries from now. Dim the lights, light a candle, tuck the littl'uns into bed and tell them all about...where the wild things are!"
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    #5Fragments of Isabella: A Memoir of Auschwitz

    Fragments of Isabella: A Memoir of Auschwitz

    On May 29, 1944, the day after Isabella Katz's twenty-third birthday, she, her family, and all the Jews in the ghetto in Hungary, were rounded up by Nazi storm troopers, packed into cattle cars, and deported to Auschwitz. Fragments of Isabella has become a classic of holocaust literature and human survival.


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    Christine Fernandez
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I have always found that reading memoirs of things that happened during the holocaust to be sad and enlightening. The book cover is almost haunting. I believe that I would likely read this and then pass it on to other."
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    #6The Communist Manifesto

    The Communist Manifesto
    The Communist Manifesto is an influential political document written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels originally published in 1848. This work summarises the authors' theories about the nature of society and politics, considered as a continuous class struggle.

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    Brian Banks
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "The Communist Manifesto was one of the most famous books written by Jewish authors. I have read this book several times and it is one of the best books ever written. I believe everyone will enjoy it."
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    #7The Crucible

    The Crucible

    The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts by Arthur Miller tells the story of Abigail Williams, who was wrongfully charged with witchcraft in 17th century Salem. The story was inspired by the persecution of communists in the US during the McCarthy era.


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    Rose Murray
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Crucible is an amazing play that really brings the concept of community paranoia to life. It's one of the only literary works by a Jewish author that has broken through the goyim chokehold on public school curriculum to be included in required reading lists. It's even been made into a movie (starring Winona Ryder as the instigator of all the trouble). The Crucible has had a huge impact on modern literature and is definitely one of the best plays I've ever read, hands down."
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    #8Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Where the Sidewalk Ends is a collection of humorous poetry and illustrations by Shel Silverstein. It presents common childhood issues and amusing stories fit for kids.


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    Robert Powell
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Classic book that has been loved by generations of kids and adults and will continue in the future. Great stories and funny images. "
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    #9The Gift of Asher Lev

    The Gift of Asher Lev
    The Gift of Asher Lev is a novel by the author Chaim Potok. Published by Ballantine Books on September 10, 1997, The Gift of Asher Lev tells of the spiritual journey of Asher Lev upon his return to Brooklyn.

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    Willie Evans
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Gift of Asher Lev is thought to be one of the greatest books written by a Jewish author. Chaim Potok wrote a great story on how spirituality and the city."
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    #10Portnoy's Complaint

    Portnoy's Complaint

    Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth is a story of  Alexander Portnoy's confession and the conflict between having an unappeasable sexuality and the trauma brought about by childhood experiences. 


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    #11The Chosen

    The Chosen

    The Chosen is a young adult novel written by Chaim Potok. First published in 1967, The Chosen follows the spiritual journey of two fathers and two sons. The novel is published by Fawcett Books.


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    Andrea Freeman
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Chosen was written by Chaim Potok. i follows the spiritual journey of two fathers and two sons . it is very captivating to read it"
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    #12Looking for Lost Bird

    Looking for Lost Bird

    Looking for Lost Bird: A Jewish Woman Discovers Her Navajo Roots is a biography book written by Yvette Melanson and Claire Safran. This was originally published in 1999. This memoir is about how Yvette was raised and her beliefs.



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    Crystal James
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Looking for Lost Bird is an amazing book about the meeting of two cultures and how our realities don't always reflect our expectations, one of the best books by a Jewish author, I was moved to tears frequently, and inspired by the life of a Jewish woman with Navajo roots."


Best What are the best books by Jewish authors
1Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 41 Paid
2NightBooks 36 Paid
3The Complete StoriesBooks 35 Paid
4Where the Wild Things AreBooks 32 Paid
5Fragments of Isabella: A Memoir of AuschwitzBooks 30 Paid
6The Communist ManifestoBooks 28 Paid
7The CrucibleBooks 26 Paid
8Where the Sidewalk EndsBooks 24 Paid
9The Gift of Asher LevBooks 21 Paid
10Portnoy's Complaint Books 15 Paid

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