Juvenile: The People’s Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice | Cynthia Levinson

A lyrical, exquisitely illustrated biography of influential Jewish artist and activist Ben Shahn

    “The first thing I can remember,” Ben said, “I drew.”

    As an observant child growing up in Lithuania, Ben Shahn yearns to draw everything he sees. After seeing his father banished by the Czar for demanding workers’ rights, he develops a keen sense of justice, too. So when Ben and the rest of his family make their way to America, Ben brings both his sharp artistic eye and his desire to fight for what’s right. As he grows, he speaks for justice through his art—by disarming classmates who bully him because he’s Jewish, by defying his teachers’ insistence that he paint beautiful landscapes rather than true stories, by urging the US government to pass Depression-era laws to help people find food and jobs.au

    In this moving and timely portrait, award-winning author Cynthia Levinson and illustrator Evan Turk honor an artist, immigrant, and activist whose work still resonates today: a true painter for the people.

Adult: Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played | Tovah Feldshuh

    This heartwarming and funny memoir from a beloved actress tells the story of a mother and daughter whose narrative reflects American cultural changes and the world’s shifting expectations of women.

    From Golda to Ginsburg, Yentl to Mama Rose, Tallulah to the Queen of Mean, Tovah Feldshuh has always played powerful women who aren’t afraid to sit at the table with the big boys and rule their world. But offstage, Tovah struggled to fulfill the one role she never auditioned for: Lily Feldshuh’s only daughter.

    In this insightful, compelling, often hilarious and always illuminating memoir, Tovah shares the highs and lows of a remarkable career that has spanned five decades and shares the lessons that she has learned, often the hard way, about how to live a life in the spotlight, strive for excellence, and still get along with your mother. Through their evolving relationship we see how expectations for women changed, with a daughter performing her heart out to gain her mother’s approval and a mother becoming liberated from her confining roles of wife and mother to become her full self.

The Auschwitz Detective | Jonathan Dunsky

    The boy was murdered in Auschwitz. The killer isn’t a Nazi.

    Poland, 1944: Adam Lapid used to be a police detective. Now he’s a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz.  Reduced to a slave after losing his family in the gas chambers, Adam struggles to find a reason to carry on living. But when a boy is found murdered inside the camp, Adam is given the chance to be a detective again.

    Ordered to discover the identity of the killer, Adam must employ all his wits to solve the mystery while surviving the perils of Auschwitz. And he’d better catch the killer soon because the punishment for failure is death.

    The Auschwitz Detective is a gripping historical mystery that will thrill readers of murder mysteries and historical fiction. It is the 6th installment of Dunsky’s Adam Lapid Mystery series.