Join other readers for a lively discussion of Jewish-themed books on loan from the Jewish Community Library’s Book Club in a Box. Facilitator Jim Van Buskirk, coordinator of Book Club in a Box, leads a lively and intelligent discussion each month. Registration suggested.
August Selection: One Night, Markovitch by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Two men cross the sea to marry women they have never met in order to help the women escape war-torn Europe for the Jewish homeland. Their changing fortunes take them through war, upheaval, terrible secrets, tragedy, joy and loss. Vital, funny and tender, this debut novel fuses personal lives and epic history in a story of hopeless longing and the desperate search for love.
Discussion Group meets Tuesday, August 27 at 10:30 am.
September Selection: A Grace Paley Reader: Stories, Essays, and Poetry by Grace Paley
Fifteen of Paley’s most famous stories, nineteen essays and thirty-four poems, all dealing with her characteristically large subjects: war, men, marriage, children, life and death.
Discussion Group meets Tuesday, September 24 at 10:30 am.
October Selection: Memento Park by Mark Sarvas
When a Hollywood character actor gets a call about a painting allegedly looted from his family by Nazis in 1944 Budapest, his life is thrown into personal, professional, and spiritual turmoil. Of the many questions asked—about family and identity, about art and history—a central, unanswerable predicament lingers: How do we move forward when the past looms unreasonably large?
Discussion Group meets Tuesday, October 29 at 10:30 am.
November Selection: Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love by Dani Shapiro
Confronted with the stunning news that her father was not her biological father, the acclaimed novelist and memoirist explores the intersections of family secrets, memory, history, biology and identity.
Discussion Group meets Tuesday, November 26 at 10:30 am.