Neighbors: The World Next Door

Jewish history is, in many ways, a history of encounters with neighbors, and the story of the Jewish neighbor is, in turn, a story of the wider world. But if the Jewish experience has been in some ways exceptional, the experience finds ready parallels in those of other peoples—especially in contemporary America.

This theme is part of the Jewish Literature—Identity and Imagination series, which is an exploration of Jewish literature and culture. Other themes in the series include Between Two Worlds: Stories of Estrangement and Homecoming, Demons, Golems, and Dybbuks: Monsters of the Jewish Imagination, A Mind of Her Own: Fathers and Daughters in a Changing World, Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel, and Your Heart's Desire: Sex and Love in Jewish Literature.

Book List

  • A Journey to the End of the Millennium by A.B. Yehoshua
  • Red Cavalry by Isaac Babel
  • Neighbors by Jan T. Gross
  • The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
  • Mona in the Promised Land by Gish Jen

Program Brochure

The humanities scholar’s essay was written by Jeremy Dauber, Atran Assistant Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Columbia University.

Download the scholar’s essay, annotated book list, and supplementary texts (PDF). Please note: The American Library Association and Nextbook, Inc. are the copyright owners of this essay and annotations. The credit lines embedded in the program materials and/or sponsor and funder logos must remain on all published (print and web) materials derived from these materials.

How-To Discussion Programming Guides

Developed to aid participants in “The Millennium Project for Public Libraries,” this how-to guide (PDF) provides basic information about developing and promoting book discussion programs.

When planning a “Let’s Talk About It” program, you may wish to consult the planner’s manual (PDF) for general how-to information about program format, selecting a scholar, promoting your series, evaluation, and more.