Jewish Book Club selections for January-June 2022

Dec 9, 2021 | Announcements

The Jewish Book Club is a great way for book lovers to enjoy getting to know each other through lively discussion about great books with Jewish and literary value. Selections are mostly fiction, occasional biography/memoir or historical non-fiction.
For now, the book club will continue meeting on Zoom at 12:00pm on the second Tuesday of each month.

If you would like to take part, please email IHC librarian Evelyn Pockrass to receive the Zoom link.

January 11, 2022 

The Slaughterman’s Daughter, by Yaniv Iczkovitz; translated from the Hebrew by Orr Scharff.
An old-fashioned saga depicting life in the shtetl under Czarist rule during the Pale of Settlement.
One can readily imagine the characters being alive and speaking in a compelling story that is both humorous and sad.


February 8, 2022

The Woman With The Blue Star, by Pam Jenoff.
Set in Krakow, Poland, but based on Holocaust experiences of Jews living in sewers in Lvov, this novel tells the story of Sadie’s and Ella’s friendship and their heroism during unbelievable circumstances.


March 8, 2022

Norwegian by Night, by Derek B. Miller.
Published in 2012, Miller’s hero, Sheldon Horowitz, is an 82-year-old American living with his granddaughter and her husband in Norway when a violent incident occurs in their building, precipitating Sheldon’s actions to protect a young child while thinking of his past and of his son who was killed in Vietnam.

April 12, 2022

How to Find Your Way in the Dark, By Derek B. Miller.
Published in 2021, this is a prequel to Norwegian by Night, and focuses on Sheldon in his early teens.  In the 1940s he seeks revenge for his parents’ deaths at a time when he has unusual adventures with his cousins and a close friend. Anti-semitism plays a role in both books featuring Sheldon Horowitz as the main character.

May 10, 2022

Eternal, by Lisa Scottoline.
Part romance, part World War II tale of life in Italy centering on the Jewish Ghetto area in Rome.  Marco, Elizabetta, and Sandro mature from their teenage years into heroic characters during the brutality of the Nazi invasion of Italy.

 

June 14, 2022
                       
The Matzah Ball, by Jean Meltzer.
More “fluff” than we usually read, Meltzer’s comical romance story also addresses certain deeper issues: chronic medical conditions, the effects of parents’ divorce on children, the pressures of being a child of famous parents, and religious conflicts.

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