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Book Club gathers to discuss books (or plays or poetry) written by a Jewish author or that have a Jewish theme. If you see a book that interests you, read it, and join us for the discussion. Come when you’d like, skip as you choose.
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March 30 - I’d Like to Say I’m Sorry, But There’s No One to Say Sorry To Stories by Mikolaj Grynberg
An exquisitely original collection of darkly funny stories that explore the panorama of Jewish experience in contemporary Poland, from a world-class contemporary writer. Mikołaj Grynberg is a psychologist and photographer who has spent years collecting and publishing oral histories of Polish Jews. In his first work of fiction—a book that was shortlisted for Poland’s top literary prize—Grynberg recrafts those histories into little jewels, fictionalized short stories with the ring of truth.
May 4 - The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir by Sherry Turkle
Winner of the 2021 National Jewish Book Award in Autobiography & Memoir! A New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2021 • Named a Best Nonfiction Book of 2021 by Kirkus
In this vivid and poignant narrative, Turkle ties together her coming-of-age and her pathbreaking research on technology, empathy, and ethics. Growing up in postwar Brooklyn, Turkle searched for clues to her identity in a house filled with mysteries. She mastered the codes that governed her mother’s secretive life. She learned never to ask about her absent scientist father–and never to use his name, her name. Before empathy became a way to find connection, it was her strategy for survival. The Empathy Diaries offers a master class in finding meaning through a life’s work.
June 1 - The Seven Good Years: A Memoir by Etgar Keret
Etgar Keret, winner of the 2019 Sapir Prize, Israel’s Prestigious Award for short stories.
The seven years between the birth of Etgar Keret’s son and the death of his father, were really good years, though still full of reasons to worry; alas, they live in Israel. This volume is chock full of many short memoir stories─wise and witty. This autobiographical work─Etgar’s first nonfiction book published in America, and told in his inimitable style—is full of wonder and life and love, poignant insights, and irrepressible humor. As reviewed by Claire Messud, “At once funny and profound, The Seven Good Years is a gem. Etgar Keret approaches memoir the way he does fiction—from surprising angles, with a sly wit, and bracing frankness. Read him, and the world will never look the same again.”
Date & Time
Mar 30 - Jun 1, 2023