Jewish Memoirs

These personal accounts from all over the world provide a glimpse at the diversity of Jewish life today and in the recent past. All of these titles are located in the Adult Nonfiction section of the Library.


Aciman, Andre. Out of Egypt. 1994. (B A1814.ou).

Auslander, Shalom. Foreskin’s Lament. 2007. (B A9325.fo).

Bernstein, Harry. The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers. 2007.
(818.54 B5315.in).
     Also available: Large Type

Bird, Kai. Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978. 2010. (956.9442 B).

Cook, Lisa Fineberg. Japan Took the J.A.P. Out of Me. 2009. (952.16092 C).

Crystal, Billy. 700 Sundays. 2005. (792.7 C9578.se).
     Also available: Large Type

De Waal, Edmund. The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss.
2010. (929.2 D).

Delman, Carmit. Burnt Bread and Chutney: Growing Up Between Cultures--A Memoir of An Indian Jewish Girl. 2002. (B D3594.bu).

Dubner, Stephen J. Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son’s Return to His Jewish Family. 1998.
(248.246 D).

Ehrlich, Elizabeth. Miriam’s Kitchen. 1997. (641.5676 E).

Feiffer, Jules. Backing Into Forward. 2010. (B F2975.Ba).

Feldman, Deborah. Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots.
2012. (B G8515.of).

Hakakian, Roya. Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran. 2004. (B H1558.jo).

Kaplan, Vivian Jeanette. Ten Green Bottles: The True Story of One Family’s Journey from War-Torn Austria to the Ghettos of Shanghai. 2004. (B K18765ka).

Kasher, Moshe. Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16. 2012.
(B K192.ka).

King, Alan. Matzo Balls for Breakfast: And Other Memories of Growing Up Jewish. 2004.
(B K52.ma).
     Also available: Large Type

Klam, Julie. Please Excuse My Daughter. 2008. (B K632.pL).

Lagnado, Lucette. The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit. 2007. (B L1763.ma).

Mann, Reva. The Rabbi’s Daughter. 2007. (B M2824.ra).

McBride, James. The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother. 19964. (B L86427.wh).
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Oz, Amos. A Tale of Love and Darkness. 2004. (B O992.ta).

Reich, Howard. The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich: A Son’s Memoir. 2006.
(B R3474re).

Roiphe, Anne. Epilogue. 2008.
(B P8768.th).
     Also available: CD

Rothschild, Matt. Dumbfounded. 2008. (B R84733.du).

Sabar, Ariel. My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq. 2008. (305.89204567 S).

Shalev, Meir. My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner. 2011.
(B S5282.My).

Shapiro, Dani. Devotion. 2010. (818.54 S5293.de.

Shepard, Sadia. The Girl from Foreign: A Search for Shipwrecked Ancestors, Forgotten Histories, and a Sense of Home. 2008. (973.04924 S).

Suberman, Stella. The Jew Store. 1998. (976.8004924 S).
     Also available: Large Type