Zoe Heller, author of the novel ''What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal,'' recommends Melvin Konner's ''UNSETTLED: An Anthropology of the Jews.''
''Unsettled'' is a brilliant and engrossing account of Jewish history and how it has shaped the character of Jewish culture and religion. Konner is a great storyteller, and his book is that rarest of achievements -- a scholarly study that is entirely accessible to the common reader. It actually kept me up at night.