A murder in New York is nothing new, but when it happens among the ultra-orthodox Jews of Borough Park, that's another thing altogether. Rebekah Roberts finds herself investigating the story for the paper, while facing a part of her past she knows nothing about. You can read my revised review here
Invisible City by Julia Dahl Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, a Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby for her religion. After college Rebekah moves to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a reporter. Covering the murder of a Hasidic woman, she learns that since the NYPD kowtows to the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, there will be no autopsy and the killer may get away with murder.
Brooklyn Toile by Beastie Boys' Mike D - Neatorama Toile du Jouy prints usually depict bucolic scenes of farm animals, couples on a picnic and such, but that won't do for Beastie Boys singer Mike D. When Mike wanted to decorate his Brooklyn house, he decided to fight for his right to design his own Brooklyn-themed toile wallpaper.
Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart - Traces the author’s experiences as a young bullied Jewish-Russian immigrant in Queens, his haphazard college pursuits, and his initial forays into a literary career. Recommended by: Lisa Caputo, Assistant Library Director