What We’re Reading Next
On January 6th, we’ll discuss The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish, an exquisitely written novel about the ties two women: a present-day historian and a Portuguese Jewish scribe living in 1660’s London.
The selection for the February 3rd meeting is The River Midnight by Lillian Nattel, a poignant and humorous novel about the lives of Jewish women in Blaszka, a turn-of-the-century Polish village.
All meetings are on Sunday mornings, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Braun library.
What We’ve Read in the Past
Mr. Mani by Abraham B. Yehoshua,
Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman
Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
The Chosen by Chaim Potok, paired with a Braun Library film series showing of the movie based on the book
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska
Einstein and the Rabbi by Naomi Levy
The Best Place on Earth, a collection of short stories by Ayelet Tsabari,
The September, 3rd issue of the New York Times magazine included an interview with David Peplow, a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in England who has done multiyear ethnographies of book groups.
The article reports that when he asked people why they joined a book club, many said — unsurprisingly — that they wanted to talk about books. But, the article continued, “when he read through transcripts from dozens of hours of recorded group meetings, it became clear that they were grappling to understand themselves more deeply. “Reading and talking about fiction gives people a way of processing things that happened in their lives in a relatively safe space.” Peplow says.”
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