The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person

Harold S. Kushner. Nextbook-Schocken, $24 (224p) ISBN 978-0-8052-4292-8

Kushner skillfully analyzes this complex story, surveying many sources along with offering his own impressive interpretation.

Surviving Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah: The Ultimate Insider's Guide

Matt Axelrod. Rowman & Littlefield/Jason Aronson, $16.95 trade paper (200p) ISBN 978-0-7657-0887-8

In this humorous and informative primer on becoming bar or bat mitzvahed, Axelrod helps kids and their parents navigate this meaningful but often stressful time with useful tips and back-to-basics knowledge.